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The antihistamine fexofenadine is used to treat chronic hives and seasonal allergies. By blocking the effects of histamine, this medication reduces the symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and irritation of the throat and eyes. Fexofenadine comes in tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, and oral suspension (liquid). Common side effects of this drug may include headache, back pain, or coughing.
What Is Fexofenadine?Fexofenadine (Allegra®) is a medication used to treat seasonal allergies and chronic hives. It is part of a class of medicines called antihistamines.
Side Effects of FexofenadineAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with fexofenadine. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. In most cases, if side effects occur, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
- Back pain
- Respiratory tract infection, such as the common cold or flu
- Middle ear infection (otitis media).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking fexofenadine if you:
- Have kidney disease
- Are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant (see Allegra and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding
- Are age 65 or older
- Have any allergies, including allergies to fexofenadine.