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FEXOFENADINE; PSEUDOEPHEDRINE (fex oh FEN a deen; soo doe e FED rin) is an antihistamine and a decongestant. This medicine is used to treat or prevent symptoms of allergies.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
disease of the blood vessels or heart
high blood pressure
untreated thyroid problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to fexofenadine, pseudoephedrine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Swallow this medicine with a glass of water. Do not break, crush, or chew. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take the tablet on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after a meal. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Patients over 60 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
grapefruit, apple, or orange juice
medicines for blood pressure
medicines for heart problems
some medicines for colds, allergies and breathing difficulties
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. If you have high blood pressure, check your blood pressure regularly. Ask your health care professional what your blood pressure should be, and when you should contact them.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
The tablet shell for some brands of this medicine does not dissolve. This is normal. The tablet shell may appear whole in the stool. This is not a cause for concern.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
dizzy or confused
fast heartbeat or chest pain
infection or fever
nausea or vomiting
nervousness or difficulty sleeping
rise in blood pressure
tremor or muscle contractions
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 to 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.