Fexofenadine - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Fexofenadine helps relieve symptoms of cold and allergy, such as runny nose, itch, watery eyes and sneezing.

This medicine also helps relieve allergic skin conditions such as hives and itchy rash.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Fexofenadine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by the doctor.

Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Fexofenadine is available as a conventional tablet, orally disintegrating tablet or as an oral suspension.

If you are taking the tablet, swallow it whole with water.

If you are taking the orally disintegrating tablet:
  1. Remove it from the foil only just before you take it. Do not leave the tablet exposed to air. Do not push the tablet through the foil as it is fragile and easily broken.
  2. Remove the tablet with dry hands by peeling the backing off the foil and tipping the tablet onto your dry hands.
  3. Place the tablet directly on your tongue as soon as it is taken out of the foil. The tablet will immediately start to melt on the tongue. It can then be swallowed with or without water.
Do not cut, break or crush the orally disintegrating tablets.

If you are taking the oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.

You may stop taking Fexofenadine once you feel better, unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • current or history of heart disease
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease 
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Fexofenadine to a child. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects.

If you are going for a skin test for allergy, inform your doctor that you are taking this medicine.
What side effects could I experience?
Fexofenadine may cause any of the following side effects: headache, drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhoea, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and rash.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Fexofenadine should not be taken with antacids as antacids could reduce the effectiveness of this medicine. If you must take antacids, there should be at least 2 hours interval between the antacid and Fexofenadine.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • erythromycin (antibiotic)
  • ketoconazole (medicine to treat fungal infection)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Fexofenadine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements, and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.

Avoid taking Fexofenadine together with high-fat foods or fruit juices (e.g. apple, grapefruit, orange) as the effectiveness of this medicine may be reduced. Ask your doctor about the types of food you should avoid.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
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