Children's Allegra Allergy

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Generic Name: Children's Allegra Allergy Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Children’s Allegra Allergy® used for?

Children’s Allegra Allergy® is commonly used for treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies (hay fever), skin itching and hives caused by a condition called chronic idiopathic urticaria in children.

Children’s Allegra Allergy® may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take Children’s Allegra Allergy®?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take the regular tablet with a full glass of water. Do not use any other type of liquid.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

To take fexofenadine orally disintegrating tablets (Allegra ODT):

  • Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Open the package and peel back the foil from the tablet blister. Do not push a tablet through the foil or you may damage the tablet.
  • Using dry hands, remove the tablet and place it in your mouth. It will begin to dissolve right away.
  • Do not swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
  • Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.

Take the disintegrating tablet on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after you start taking fexofenadine. Never use more than the recommended dose.

How do I store Children’s Allegra Allergy®?

Children’s Allegra Allergy® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Children’s Allegra Allergy® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Children’s Allegra Allergy® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Children’s Allegra Allergy® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Children’s Allegra Allergy®?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Children’s Allegra Allergy® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Do not take fexofenadine with fruit juice (such as apple, orange, or grapefruit).

Take the disintegrating tablet on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

There may be other drugs that can affect fexofenadine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after you start taking fexofenadine. Never use more than the recommended dose.

Fexofenadine tablets and capsules may be used to treat seasonal allergy symptoms in children who are at least 6 years old. Fexofenadine oral suspension (liquid) may be used in children ages 2 through 11. When treating chronic idiopathic urticaria, the liquid may be used in children as young as 2 months old.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Children’s Allegra Allergy® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Children’s Allegra Allergy®. Children’s Allegra Allergy® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Children’s Allegra Allergy®?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking fexofenadine and call your doctor if you have fever, chills, body aches, cough, or other flu symptoms.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Drowsiness, tired feeling
  • Headache
  • Muscle or back pain

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Children’s Allegra Allergy®?

Children’s Allegra Allergy® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products that may interact with this drug are:

  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole)

Does food or alcohol interact with Children’s Allegra Allergy®?

Children’s Allegra Allergy® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Children’s Allegra Allergy®?

Children’s Allegra Allergy® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Children’s Allegra Allergy®.

What is the dose of Children’s Allegra Allergy® for an adult?

Ask your doctor for more information.

What is the dose of Children’s Allegra Allergy® for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Allergic Rhinitis

6 months to 2 years: 15 mg orally 2 times a day

2 years to 11 years: 30 mg orally 2 times a day

12 years and older: 180 mg orally once a day OR 60 mg orally 2 times a day

Usual Pediatric Dose for Urticaria

6 months to 2 years: 15 mg orally 2 times a day

2 years to 11 years: 30 mg orally 2 times a day

12 years and older: 180 mg orally once a day OR 60 mg orally 2 times a day

How is Children’s Allegra Allergy® available?

Children’s Allegra Allergy® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet
  • Capsule

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Children’s Allegra Allergy®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: October 9, 2017 | Last Modified: October 9, 2017

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