Effectiveness Of Allegra Increases With Your Knowledge  

When it comes to taking any medicine, the more you know the better. Here is Allegra, the most effective antihistamine that may reduce the effects of natural chemical histamine in your body, provided you use it as recommended. You will need to be knowledgeable about this medicine to ensure that it proves as effective to you as it has for the others. 

  • Histamine is known to produce a few very common symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itching, and watery eyes. Using Allegra to treat the symptoms can help you get rid of these as well as seasonal allergies such as hay fever.
  • It is effective for both adults and children and can also be used for skin allergies such as itching and hives which are known to be the conditions caused by chronic idiopathic urticarial.

However, there are a few things that you should be aware of when you use Allegra so that you do not experience any adverse effects.

  • First, ask your doctor or even a pharmacist before taking Allegra to know whether or not you are allergic to any drugs. Also inform if you have any kidney disease.
  • Second, tell your doctor about the current medications that you are having as Allegra may interfere with a few specific drugs. These may include over the counter or prescription drugs, vitamin or herbal products.
  • You must not use Allegra with fruit juice such as orange, apple, or grapefruit as this will reduce the effectiveness of the medicine.
  • If you experience anything unusual after taking this medicine stop using it and get emergency medical help. Usually, when you use too much of this medicine or have allergic reaction you may encounter with hives, difficulty in breathing or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, and throat.

Never use more than the dose recommended on the label or as suggested by the doctor. If you experience any symptom that does not improve, tell your doctor.

Instruction for mothers

According to the FDA pregnancy category C, it is not known whether Allegra has any effect on an unborn baby but it is prudent to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine. 

It is also not known whether Fexofenadine affects the nursing baby by passing through the breast milk therefore do not use this medicine if you are breast feeding without letting your doctor know about it.

Taking the medicine

There are a few specific guidelines to follow when you take Allegra. This will help you to stay safe and get the optimal benefits of using this medicine.

  • Available in tablets and capsules to treat seasonal allergy symptoms in children you must make sure that they are not less than 6 years old. 
  • If you use Allegra oral suspension or liquid for your children make sure that they are not below 2 years and mot more than 11 years in age.
  • If you are using this medicine to treat chronic idiopathic urticarial in children in its liquid form, make sure that they are at least as young as 2 months old. 

Under no circumstances you should give this medicine to any children without medical advice and always follow the instructions available on the label or as suggested by the doctor. Taking this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer time than recommended can have serious effects. 

The process to follow

If you are using oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you open it and measure a dose. Do not use a regular spoon to measure the liquid dose. Instead use a medicine cup or a marked measuring spoon to make sure you get the correct dose. If you do not have any dose measuring device buy one from the pharmacist.

  • If you are taking Allegra ODT or Orally Disintegrating Tablets take it with a full glass of water and not with any other type of liquid. Make sure that the tablet is stored in its blister pack until you are ready to take it and do not keep the package open or peel back the foil from the tablet blister prior to that. 
  • Do not push a tablet through the foil as that may damage the tablet and use clean dry hands to remove it and place it in your mouth. The tablet is specially designed to start to dissolve right away. Do not swallow the whole tablet or chew it but allow it to dissolve in your mouth. As the tablet dissolves in your mouth swallow several times. Drink the glass of water henceforth.
  • You must take tablet on an empty stomach, preferably an hour before your meal and two hours after your meal.

After buying it from RXShopMD.com when you are not using, keep the tablets away from heat and moisture at room temperature. If it is a liquid, keep the bottle tightly closed.

Symptoms of overdose

As said earlier you should never overdose while taking Allegra. Always follow the instructions. Even if you miss a certain dose either take it when you remember and there is time or skip it if it is time to take your next dose. Never take extra to make up your dose. If you overdose you will experience symptoms like dry mouth, drowsiness or dizziness.

Things to keep in mind

You must keep in mind that there are a few specific things that you should avoid while taking Allegra. You must not take any antacids within fifteen minutes before or after taking the Allegra pills. This is because antacids will make it difficult for your body to absorb the chemicals of Allegra.

  • Also avoid taking fruit juices along with Allegra as most of these especially oranges, grapes and apple juice contain high levels of antacids. 
  • You must also avoid taking any other medication for allergy or cold along with Allegra unless it is absolutely necessary and recommended by your doctor.

All these will help you o avoid the side effects such as fever, chills, cough and body aches.

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By Finn

Finn Oliver Edwards: Finn, a pediatric nurse, shares child health tips, parenting advice, and preventive measures for common childhood illnesses.