- fexofenadine hydrochloride
POM: Prescription only medicine
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Telfast 120mg Tablets
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
TELFAST 120 mg film-coated tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What fexofenadine is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take fexofenadine
3. How to take fexofenadine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store fexofenadine
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT FEXOFENADINE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of this medicine is Telfast 120 mg film-coated tablets, referred to as Fexofenadine throughout this leaflet.
Fexofenadine is an antihistamine.
It is used in adults and adolescents of 12 years and older to relieve the symptoms that occur with hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) such as sneezing, itchy, runny or blocked nose and itchy, red and watery eyes.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE FEXOFENADINE
Do not take fexofenadine:
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking fexofenadine if:
If any of these apply to you, or if you are not sure, tell your doctor before taking fexofenadine.
Other medicines and fexofenadine
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Indigestion remedies containing aluminium and magnesium may affect the action of fexofenadine by lowering the amount of medicinal product absorbed.
It is recommended that you leave about 2 hours between the time that you take fexofenadine and your indigestion remedy.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Do not take fexofenadine if you are pregnant, unless necessary.
Fexofenadine is not recommended during breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Fexofenadine is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, you should check that these tablets do not make you feel sleepy or dizzy before driving or operating machinery.
3. HOW TO TAKE FEXOFENADINE
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
For adults and children aged 12 years and over
The recommended dose is one tablet (120 mg) daily. Take your tablet with water before a meal.
This medicine starts to relieve your symptoms within 1 hour and lasts for 24 hours.
If you take more fexofenadine than you should
If you take too many tablets, contact your doctor or the nearest hospital emergency department immediately. Symptoms of an overdose in adults are dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue and dry mouth.
If you forget to take fexofenadine
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet. Take the next dose at the usual time as prescribed by your doctor.
If you stop taking fexofenadine
Tell your doctor if you want to stop taking fexofenadine before you have finished your course of treatment. If you stop taking fexofenadine earlier than planned, your symptoms may return.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor immediately and stop taking fexofenadine if you experience
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
Additional side effects (frequency not known: cannot be estimated from the available data) which may occur are:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE FEXOFENADINE
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This medicine does not require any special storage condition.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What fexofenadine 120 mg contains
What fexofenadine 120 mg looks like and contents of the pack
Fexofenadine 120 mg film-coated tablets of 6.1 x 15.8 mm are peach coloured, capsule shaped tablets marked with “012” on one side and a scripted “e” on the other.
Each blister pack contains 30 tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
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This leaflet was last updated in 09/2016