If you have seasonal allergies or chronic hives, your healthcare provider may recommend Allegra® (fexofenadine hydrochloride). Although Allegra was originally available by prescription only, it is now available as an over-the-counter (OTC) medication.
The drug comes in the form of tablets, orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs), and oral suspension (liquid). It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice daily. Allegra works by blocking the effects of histamine, chemicals in the body that can cause itching, sneezing, and irritation.
This medicine has been shown to be effective in improving symptoms of hay fever, such as itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. It can also help relieve itching due to hives.
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