What is Fexofenadine?
Fexofenadine hydrochloride is an anti-histamine medicine for adults and adolescents over the age of 12 years that is used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever (season allergic rhinitis) such as sneezing, itchy, runny or blocked nose and itchy, red and watery eyes.
How does fexofenadine work?
When your body is exposed to pollen, there is a chance that it will result in allergic symptoms, known as hay fever. When this happens, the cells in the inner lining of your nose release a chemical called histamine, which in turn leads to inflammation and symptoms of hay fever such as sneezing, itching and a runny nose.
Fexofenadine is a non-drowsy anti-histamine and works by preventing the release of the chemical that causes symptoms of hay fever. Fexofenadine hydrochloride is an anti-histamine medicine for the relief of hay fever symptoms: blocked, itchy and runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes.
Fexofenadine prevents the chemical histamine being released by the cells in the lining of your nose which causes hay fever symptoms.
Adults with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever): 120 mg taken once a day with water and prior to eating, if possible.
Fexofenadine should not be taken if you are pregnant, unless absolutely necessary. It is not recommended for use during breast-feeding.
Common Side Effects:
- Drowsiness (although the medication is non-drowsy, it can cause drowsiness in some people)
Read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects and precautions.
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