Allegra is an antihistamine. It is used to relieve the symptoms of allergies and hives (chronic idiopathic urticaria).
Antihistamines work by preventing the effects of histamines, which are produced by the body. Histamines can cause itching, sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes.
In some people, histamines can close up the bronchial tubes in the lungs, which makes breathing difficult. Histamines can cause some people to have hives, with severe itching of the skin.
Do not give any over the counter medications to a baby or child under 4 years of age. Using these medications in very young children may cause serious or life-threatening side effects.
This medication is only available with your doctor’s prescription.
This medication is available in the following forms:
2 What To Know Before Using
As with all medicines, the risks must be compared to how much a medication will help you. This is a decision that you and your doctor will make together.
For this medication, there are many things that need to be considered:
Allergies: Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Doxorubicin or to any other medications. It is also important to inform your doctor of any non-medicine allergies such as foods, dyes, preservatives or animals.
Pediatric: No appropriate studies have been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of this medication in children. Safety and efficacy have not been established.Do not give any over the counter medications to a baby or child under 4 years of age. Using these medications in very young children may cause serious or life-threatening side effects.
Geriatric: Up-to-date studies have not shown any problems specific to the elderly that would limit the use of this medication in the elderly population.
Pregnancy: This medication is listed as Pregnancy Category C. This means that animal studies have shown an adverse effect and no studies have been performed on pregnant women OR there are no adequate studies on pregnant animals and pregnant women.
Breastfeeding: Studies in women suggest that this medication poses minimal risk to the infant when used while breastfeeding.
Drug Interactions: Certain medications should not be used together. However, in certain cases, two medications may be used together, even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change your dose or take other precautions.When taking this medication, it is important that you inform your doctor if you are taking any of the medications listed below. The following interactions were selected on the basis of potential significance and are not all-inclusive.Using this medication with any of the following medication is not recommended, but may be unavoidable in some cases.Your doctor may make the decision not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medications you take:
TocophersolanUsing this medication with any of the following medications may increase your risk of side effects. However, using both medications may be the best treatment for you.If both medications are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you take one or both medications:
Aluminum Carbonate, Basic
Dihydroxyaluminum Sodium Carbonate
St John's Wort
Other Interactions: Certain medications should not be used while eating, or while eating certain foods in the case of negative interactions. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medications may also cause negative interactions. Talk with your doctor about the use of your medication with food, alcohol or tobacco.Using this medication with any of the following is not normally recommended, but may be unavoidable. If used together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you take your medication or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol or tobacco:
Other Medical Problems: Pre-existing medical problems may affect the use of this medication.Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Kidney Disease - Use with caution. The effects may be increased due to the slower removal of the medication from the body.
Phenylketonuria - Use with caution. The orally disintegrating tablets contain Phenylalanine.
Some side effects that may occur do not normally need medical attention. These may leave as your body becomes accustomed to treatment. Ask your doctor about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Talk to your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome, or if you have questions:
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