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Fexofenadine

Fexofenadine is an antihistamine medication that’s only available on prescription. It’s given to patients that suffer with allergies such as hay fever, urticaria (hives) and other reactions to allergens. It helps to relieve symptoms associated with these conditions and make life more comfortable for those suffering with allergies. Those that take fexofenadine for hay fever have usually tried a range of over-the-counter antihistamines that haven’t worked for them.

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What is fexofenadine?

Fexofenadine hydrochloride (usually shortened to fexofenadine) is often used for hay fever. It’s a non-drowsy antihistamine that can help to relieve symptoms of allergies. Some of the other conditions that fexofenadine is used for include:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Eczema
  • Urticaria
  • Reactions to insect bites and stings
  • Some food allergies

All of the above conditions are related to the production of histamine, which can cause inflammation and irritation, leaving you feeling unwell or irritated. Fexofenadine hydrochloride works by blocking the effect that histamine has on the body, relieving symptoms such as:

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Itching eyes
  • Itching nose
  • Sneezing
  • Hives
  • General itching associated with allergies

Fexofenadine is usually prescribed after a patient has tried other non-drowsy antihistamines without effective results. Fexofenadine is generally well-tolerated and most people are able to take it without many unpleasant side effects, so if you think that fexofenadine can help with your hay fever or allergies, make an appointment with your own GP to discuss your symptoms and whether the medicine is suitable for you or not.

How does fexofenadine work?

Fexofenadine works by blocking the action that histamine has on the body. When your body detects an allergen, histamine interacts with its receptors in cells which cause symptoms such as watery eyes, itching and sneezing. This is what we know as an allergic reaction. As fexofenadine stops this action, it relieves those symptoms, meaning that you’re able to be around an allergen without experiencing as much discomfort.

Is fexofenadine safe?

Most people are able to take fexofenadine hydrochloride safely despite it being a prescription-only medicine. Not many people tend to experience adverse effects with the drug, but there are some people that need to take extra care and consult their doctor before considering it. These groups of people often have problems with the body processing medications, or some of the side effects that it might cause. If any of the following conditions apply to you, you should speak to your doctor before starting treatment:

  • Allergic to fexofenadine or any ingredients
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart disease
  • Elderly (over 65)

If you aren’t affected by the above conditions or problems, fexofenadine should be a safe hay fever and allergy treatment for you.

Does fexofenadine interact with any other medicines?

The only known interaction with fexofenadine tablets is indigestion remedies that contain aluminium and magnesium. If you use these whilst taking the antihistamine, it might affect how it’s absorbed by the body and make the drug less effective, meaning that your symptoms may still be present. If you do need to take an indigestion tablet that contains aluminium or magnesium, you should wait at least 2 hours after taking fexofenadine. Alternatively, you could find a different treatment for indigestion that doesn’t contain either of these ingredients. If this sounds like an option for you, ask your pharmacist which medicines are appropriate.

Although there’s only one known interaction with fexofenadine, you should disclose any and all medications that you take to your GP before being prescribed anything new. It might help to make a list of everything you take (including illegal drugs, OTC medicines and herbal remedies).

Fexofenadine side effects

Fexofenadine tablets do have the potential to cause some side effects, but most people find that they either don’t experience any, or that they’re only mild. However, if they’re bothering you to a degree where the side effects outweigh the benefits of the medication, you should stop taking it and consult your GP. Some of the most common symptoms associated with fexofenadine hydrochloride are:

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Bad dreams
  • Nervousness
  • Tachycardia
  • Arrhythmia
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin rash/itching
  • Hives

Some of the symptoms above may actually be symptoms of the condition that fexofenadine is treating, but it’s still good to be aware of all of the potential side effects you might experience.

It’s always important to tell you doctor if you do have any side effects and you can also report them via the MHRA yellow card app by searching for your medication. This also works for any other symptoms that aren’t listed above but that you believe are related to taking the medication.

Can I drive when taking fexofenadine?

Fexofenadine is generally a non-drowsy antihistamine. It should be safe to drive, but it has also been known to affect some people and make them feel more tired than usual. If it’s your first time taking the medication, you should wait and see how you feel before deciding whether to drive or not. If you feel dizzy, drowsy or confused, you should avoid driving until you feel better. It might help to ask your GP if you can reduce your dose to see if it stops you feeling drowsy (so long as it’s still treating your allergy symptoms).

If you’re unaffected by the drug, you can drive as you normally would.

How to take fexofenadine

Fexofenadine is usually taken once a day, at the same time each day.

If you’re taking the 30mg tablet, you can take this with or without food, but the patient information leaflet recommends that higher doses should be taken before a meal. You should always swallow tablets with water to avoid them becoming stuck in the oesophagus and causing irritation. You might also be able to get fexofenadine as an oral suspension if you find it difficult to swallow tablets.

Can I use other allergy medicines with fexofenadine?

This depends on what you’re taking. For example, it might not be a good idea to take another antihistamine with fexofenadine, but if you use nasal sprays and eye drops to ease some of your symptoms, it should still be safe to use these in conjunction with the medication.

If you aren’t sure if you can take another medicine alongside fexofenadine, always check with a pharmacist who’ll be able to advise you.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Advice on Addiction and Medication Restrictions

If you are at all worried or concerned about an addiction to any type of medication, we urge you to speak to a professional for help and advice. Below are links to organisations that can help.

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    Fexofenadine 120mg 30 Tablets £9.99
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