|Medication||120 and 180 mg|
Allegra is used to prevent sneezing, runny nose, itching and watering of the eyes, and other allergic symptoms.
Histamine is a chemical produced by the body. Allegra is stored in cells (mast cells) in almost all tissues of the body. When the body reacts to a foreign substance (an allergen e.g. flower pollen), the mast cells release their stores of histamine.
Allegra acts by blocking the binding of histamine to receptors in the body. Allegra does not prevent the actual release of histamine from mast cells. By blocking the binding of histamine, the release of other chemicals and increased blood supply to the area is prevented or decreased. This results in prevention or relief of the typical symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Histamine may be released from and act in a small (localised) area of the body e.g. the nose. Alternatively, histamine can result in a serious or complete body reaction e.g. anaphylactic reaction. Allegra is only useful for the prevention or relief of localised or less serious allergies such as an itchy rash (rather than very serious allergic reactions).
Take Allegra capsules by mouth, with a sip of water.
You may take Allegra with food.
You may need to take Allegra for several days as prescribed before your symptoms improve.
The usual dose of Allegra is 1 capsule of 120 milligrams twice a day. People with kidney problems should take only 1 dose a day.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of Allegra in children. Special care may be needed. Allegra is usually prescribed for children 6 years of age and older.
Have you skipped your Allegra dose?
If you miss a dose of Allegra, 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 of Allegra
If you take too much of Allegra?
Incase of an overdose with Allegra seek medical emergency immediately.
Symptoms of Allegra overdose are not well known.
Where should you store Allegra?
Store Allegra out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Available strengths of Allegra
Allegra tablets are available in the strengths of 120 mg and 180 mg.
Inform your health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way Allegra works.
Who should not take Allegra?
Allegra should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using Allegra and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Before taking Allegra, tell your doctor if you have any serious illness such as heart, kidney, or liver disease. You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have other illnesses.
Allegra should not be used in pregnancy. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Inform your health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 1 or 2 days of taking Allegra.
Do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
Side effects of Allegra may include