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What is fexofenadine?

Fexofenadine is an effective, non-drowsy treatment for hay fever, hives (itchy skin) and other allergy symptoms. It contains the active ingredient fexofenadine hydrochloride and is available in a tablet form. It is available in both 120mg and 180mg strengths.

The medicine works by blocking the action of histamine, a natural substance that the body produces when you are having an allergic reaction. Because fexofenadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine, it is less likely to cause sleepiness than some other antihistamines. 

Fexofenadine can be taken by adults and children (12 years and over). 

The main symptom of hives is an itchy rash.

The rash can:

  • be raised bumps or patches in many shapes and sizes
  • appear anywhere on the body
  • be on 1 area or spread across the body
  • feel itchy, sting or burn