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   Allegra-D 12 Hour

Allegra-D 12 Hour
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This medication is an antihistamine and decongestant combination which provides relief of seasonal allergy symptoms such as watery or itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, itchy throat, and stuffy nose (nasal congestion).This medication is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age due to the high amount of pseudoephedrine.

 
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Allegra-D 12 Hour

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This medication is an antihistamine and decongestant combination which provides relief of seasonal allergy symptoms such as watery or itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, itchy throat, and stuffy nose (nasal congestion).This medication is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age due to the high amount of pseudoephedrine.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.

Storage
  • The manufacturer of U.S.
  • products recommends storage at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C).
  • The manufacturer of Canadian products recommends storage at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C).
  • Store away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: irregular or unusually slow or fast heartbeat, unusual nervousness or excitement, and seizures.

How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal as directed by your doctor.
  • High-fat meals may decrease the absorption of the medicine into your bloodstream, decreasing its effectiveness.Swallow the tablet whole.
  • Do not break, crush, or chew the tablet; doing so will destroy the long action and increase the chance of side effects.Taking this drug with apple, grapefruit, or orange juice may decrease the absorption of fexofenadine.
  • Avoid taking this drug with these types of fruit juices.
  • If possible, take it with water instead.Antacids containing aluminum and magnesium can decrease the absorption of this drug.
  • Do not take antacids within 2 hours of taking this medication.Do not increase your dose or take this more often than directed.Do not take this medication for several days before allergy testing since test results can be affected.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Side Effects
  • Nausea, stomach upset, trouble sleeping, headache, dizziness, nervousness or dry mouth may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: fast/irregular heartbeat, uncontrolled shaking or tremor.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: seizures, chest pain, mental/mood changes.This medication does not usually cause drowsiness when used at recommended doses and under normal circumstances.
  • However, this drug may make you dizzy; therefore use caution engaging in activities that require alertness such as driving or using machinery.A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking fexofenadine with pseudoephedrine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: glaucoma (narrow angle type), severe difficulty urinating (urinary retention), severe high blood pressure, severe heart/blood vessel disease (coronary artery disease), experienced serious side effects with decongestants (irregular heart rhythm).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, problems urinating (e.g., enlarged prostate), high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems (e.g., ischemic heart disease), thyroid problems (hyperthyroidism), glaucoma (open angle type).Limit alcoholic beverages, as it may intensify drug side effects.
  • (See also Side Effects)Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.The pseudoephedrine in this product passes into breast milk.
  • Breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, 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 the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.This drug should not be used with or within 14 days of taking MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: adrenalin-like drugs (e.g., ephedrine, methylphenidate), antacids containing aluminum and magnesium, certain high blood pressure drugs (e.g., guanethidine, methyldopa, reserpine, beta-blockers such as propranolol), herbal products containing ephedra, St.
  • John's wort.Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain additional antihistamines and decongestants that could increase your risk for side effects.
  • Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.

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