Allergies

Allegra Side Effects

Allergies can be an utter nuisance especially when they are seasonal in nature. In the United States of America, allergies affect anywhere between 40-50 million people. There are not too many known medicines for allergy relief or prevention of allergies. The two class of drugs mostly used to treat allergies are anti histamines and decongestants.

One drug which is very commonly used to treat allergy symptoms is Allegra. Generically, it is known by the name of Fexofenadine. Although it has been cleared by FDA for usage, like all drugs, reportedly it too has some side effects. Most people adjust well to the drug. The

Allegra side-effects

reported are very minor. The advantages of the drug outweighs the side effects hands down. About 2% of the people taking the drug are found to suffer from side effects.

 

How does Allegra work?

In allergies, the body reacts adversely to the protein found in the allergen. The body produces antibodies, namely, IgE. These antibodies react with the protein in the allergen and binds with them. As a response, the mast cells in the gut, pharynx and skin produces a chemical, namely, histamine. Histamine causes the adverse reactions in the body. The discussed drug is basically an antihistamine and works against this chemical. The allergic symptoms like sneezing, skin rash, itching, red watery eyes etc can be brought under control with the said drug.

Possible Allegra side effects

Though a small number suffers from the side-effects , the possible ones are as follows:

  • Vomiting – 12% of people using it reports having it.
  • Headache – 10.3 % report having a headache.
  • Coughing – 3.8% or below suffers from it.
  • Diarrhea – 3.7% or below suffers from it.
  • Back Pain- 2.5% or below suffers from it.

Other side effects are as follows:

  • Respiratory Tract Infection.
  • Fever.
  • Dizziness.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Middle Ear Infection.
  • Arm or leg pain.
  • Inflammation on legs, tongue and face.
  • Shortness of breath.

Preventive Measures for reducing Allegra side effects

  • Avoid using it if you have a history of being allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • Consult a physician and take the recommended dosage. Overdose can lead to symptoms like hallucinations, seizures, rapid breathing, palpitations and confusion.
  • This medication is not recommended to be used in pregnancy or while nursing.
  • Certain medications like antacids containing magnesium and aluminum like pepcid, rolaids, milk of magnesia, maalox and mylanta may interfere with the said drug and causes side effects.
  • The drug has not been tasted on children yet. So it is better to keep them away from them.
  • Consult a doctor if symptoms do not disappear and worsens further.

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