ALLEGRA-D DRUG INFO
IMPORTANT NOTE: The
following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be misunderstood to indicate
that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
RELEASE - ORAL (fex-oh-FEN-uh-deen WITH sue-doh-eff-ED-rin)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Allegra D
ALLEGRA: Take fexofenadine exactly as directed. If you do not understand these instructions,
ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. Take each dose with a full glass
of water or other liquid. Allegra is usually taken twice a day, in the morning and the evening. Follow
your doctor's instructions. Do not take fexofenadine close to a dose of an antacid that
contains aluminum or magnesium such as Rolaids, Maalox, Mylanta, Milk of Magnesia, Pepcid
Complete, and others. These medications have the potential to interfere with the effectiveness of fexofenadine. Never take
more of this medication than is directed by your physician. If your symptoms are not being
adequately treated, consult with your physician about other options. Store fexofenadine at room temperature away from
moisture and heat.
HOW TO USE: Take Allegra-D
by mouth on an empty stomach 1 hour before or two hours after meals
as directed, usually twice daily. Consuming this medicine with a meal
that is high in fat can decrease its effectiveness. Do not take antacids containing
aluminum and magnesium within 2 hours of taking Allegra.
Swallow the medicine whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet, and
do not take more than prescribed. Do not take this product within
14 days after stopping a MAO Inhibitor (see Drug Interactions).
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, stomach upset,
trouble sleeping, headache, or cold symptoms may occur. If these
persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Unlikely but report
promptly: dizziness, mental/mood changes, fast heartbeat, fever.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but
very serious side effects occur: fainting, irregular heartbeat.
Although drowsiness is very uncommon at usual doses under normal
circumstances, be prepared for the fact that drowsiness may occur and may effect
the ability to perfom daily tasks (e.g., driving or operating basic machinery).
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your
medical history, including: allergies, kidney/urinary problems,
enlarged prostate, glaucoma (narrow angle), severe high blood pressure,
heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems (hyperthyroid). Limit
alcohol intake, as it may aggravate drug side effects. This medication
should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss
the risks and benefits with your doctor. The pseudoephedrine in
this product is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before
breast-feeding. Caution is advised when this product is used in
the elderly since this group may be more sensitive to side effects.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor
of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use,
especially: MAO inhibitors (e.g., selegiline, furazolidone, phenelzine,
tranylcypromine, moclobemide, procarbazine, linezolid), certain
blood pressure drugs (e.g., methyldopa, mecamylamine, reserpine,
prazosin), digoxin, all adrenaline-like drugs. Report other drugs
which affect the heart rhythm (QTc prolongation), such as: dofetilide,
pimozide, quinidine, sotalol, procainamide, sparfloxacin, "water
pills" (diuretics such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide).
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Check the labels
carefully on all nonprescription products, such as cough-and-cold
medicines which contain antihistamines and decongestants. Consult
your pharmacist. Do not take this medication for several days before
any allergy testing, as the test results can be influenced. Do not cease this medication without talking
to a healthcare professional first.
OVERDOSE: If overdose of Allegra is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include irregular or unusually slow or
fast heartbeat, unusual nervousness or excitement, rapid breathing,
confusion, hallucinations, and seizures.
NOTES: Do not share this medication
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose of Allegra,
use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next
dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
between 68 and 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from sunlight