SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of fexofenadine are:
Other important side effects include:
PRESCRIPTION: No, yes (suspension)
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 30, 60 and 180 mg. Suspension: 30 mg/5 ml.
STORAGE: Tablets and suspension should be stored at room temperature between 20 C - 25 C (68 F - 77 F).
Children 2-11 years of age should be given 30 mg twice daily for seasonal allergies or urticaria.
Children 6 months to 2 years old should receive 15 mg twice daily for urticaria.
The suspension is used for children less than 6 years old.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Aluminum containing antacids (for example, Maalox) reduced the absorption of fexofenadine when administered 15 minutes apart. Therefore, aluminum containing antacids and fexofenadine should not be administered together. Fruit juices (apple, orange, grapefruit) may reduce the absorption of fexofenadine. Fexofenadine should only be administered with water.
PREGNANCY: Fexofenadine has not been adequately studied in pregnant women.
NURSING MOTHERS: Fexofenadine has not been adequately studied in women who are breastfeeding.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
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