Allegra® (fexofenadine hydrochloride) is a medication often used for the treatment of seasonal allergies and chronic hives. Although Allegra was originally available by prescription only, it is now available over-the-counter (OTC).
This medicine is an antihistamine that can help relieve symptoms of hay fever, such as:
- Itchy, watery, or red eyes
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose or throat.
It has also been shown to help improve itching due to hives.
Allegra comes in several different forms and strengths, including tablets, syrup, and orally disintegrating tablets. It is taken by mouth, generally once or twice a day. The syrup and orally disintegrating tablets are approved for use in young children.
Before taking Allegra, check with your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have kidney disease, or are 65 years of age or older.
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