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Name of the preparation: ALLEGRA

Active substance: fexofenadine

Type: The blocker of histamine H 1 -receptors.
Anti-allergic drug
Manufacturer: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND (Germany) manufactured by SANOFI-AVENTIS US LLC (USA)
Composition, form of production and packaging
The tablets covered with a film cover of light pink color, oblong, biconcave, with engraving " 012 " on one side and stylized "e" - on the other.
1 tab.

fexofenadine hydrochloride 120 mg

Excipients: croscarmellose sodium - 24 mg, pregelatinized starch - 120 mg, microcrystalline cellulose - 133 mg, magnesium stearate - 3 mg.

The composition of the membrane: hypromellose E-15 - 2.84 mg, hypromellose E-5 - 1.89 mg, povidone - 0.51 mg, titanium dioxide (E171) - 2.025 mg, silicon colloidal dioxide - 0.73 mg, macrogene 400 - 3.94 mg, iron oxide dye pink mixture) (iron oxide red (E172), titanium dioxide (E171)) - 0.025 mg, iron dye oxide (yellow mixture) (iron oxide yellow (E172), titanium dioxide (E171)) 0.040 mg.

10 pieces.
- blisters (1) - packs of cardboard.
The tablets covered with a film cover of light pink color, oblong, biconcave, with engraving " 018 " on one side and stylized "e" - on the other.
1 tab.

fexofenadine hydrochloride 180 mg

Excipients: croscarmellose sodium - 36 mg, pregelatinized starch - 180 mg, microcrystalline cellulose - 199.5 mg, magnesium stearate - 4.5 mg.

The composition of the envelope: hypromellose E-15 - 4.26 mg, hypromellose E-5 - 2.835 mg, povidone - 0.765 mg, titanium dioxide (E171) - 3.038 mg, silicon colloidal dioxide - 1.095 mg, macrogol 400 - 5.91 mg, iron oxide dye pink mixture) (iron oxide red (E172), titanium dioxide (E171)) - 0.038 mg, iron dye oxide (yellow mixture) (iron oxide yellow (E172), titanium dioxide (E171)) 0.060 mg.

10 pieces.
- blisters (1) - packs of cardboard.

Description of the drug approved by the manufacturer for the printed edition of 2016.


The blocker of histamine H 1 -receptors.
Fexofenadine (a pharmacologically active metabolite of terfenadine) is an antihistamine with selective antagonistic activity to histamine H 1 -receptors without anticholinergic and alpha-adrenoblocking action. In addition, fexofenadine does not have a sedative effect and other effects from the CNS.
In studies in humans, the histamine-induced blistering and hyperemia of anti-histamine action of fexofenadine ingested 1 or 2 times a day appears within 1 hour, reaches a maximum after 6 hours, and lasts for 24 hours after its administration.
Even after 28 days of fexofenadine, there was no development of tolerance to the drug. With a single administration of fexofenadine, a dose-related increase in antihistamine effect is observed with an increase in the dose from 10 mg to 130 mg.When using the same model of antihistamine action, it was found that a dose of at least 130 mg was necessary for a constant action for 24 hours. Maximum suppression of blistering and hyperemia of the skin is more than 80%.
In patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis who received up to 240 mg of fexofenadine 2 times / day for 2 weeks, the duration of the QT c interval (QT corrected) did not differ from that with placebo.

Also, there were no changes in QT c when fexofenadine was taken by healthy volunteers at 60 mg 2 times / day for 6 months, 400 mg 2 times / day for 6.5 days and 240 mg / day for 1 year compared to the duration of QT c for reception of placebo.

Even with a plasma concentration 32 times higher than the therapeutic concentration in humans, fexofenadine had no effect on the potassium channels of delayed rectification in the human heart.


Suction and distribution

Fexofenadine is absorbed rapidly after ingestion, T max is approximately 1-3 hours. The average Cmax when taken at 120 mg / day is approximately 289 ng / ml, and when taken at 180 mg / day, approximately 494 ng / ml.

Pharmacokinetics with a single and course of fexofenadine (inside to 120 mg 2 times / day) is linear.
At a dose of 240 mg 2 times / day, an increase in the proportion of AUC slightly increased (8.8%), this indicates that the pharmacokinetics of fexofenadine is practically linear in the dosage range of 40 to 240 mg per day.
The binding of fexofenadine to plasma proteins is 60-70%.


Fexofenadine is slightly metabolized in the liver and outside it, which is confirmed by the fact that it is the only substance found in significant quantities in urine and feces of humans and animals.


At the course of taking the drug, the curve of excretion of fexofenadine from the plasma decreases bi-exponentially, and the final T 1/2 is 11-15 hours.

According to the data available to date, most of the dose taken in unchanged form is excreted in bile, and up to 10% in urine.


- seasonal allergic rhinitis (to reduce symptoms) - tablets 120 mg;

- chronic idiopathic urticaria (to reduce symptoms) - 180 mg tablets.


The drug is intended for oral administration.

The recommended dose of fexofenadine for seasonal allergic rhinitis for adults and children 12 years and older is 120 mg 1 time / day before meals.

The recommended dose of fexofenadine for chronic urticaria for adults and children 12 years and older is 180 mg 1 time / day before meals.

Studies in special risk groups ( elderly patients, patients with renal and hepatic insufficiency ) showed that they do not require correction of the dosing regimen.


In placebo-controlled clinical trials, headache (7.3%), drowsiness (2.3%), dizziness (1.5%) and nausea (1.5%) were observed most frequently (? 1% - <10 %).
When fexofenadine was taken, the frequency of the above adverse effects was similar to that of placebo.
In placebo-controlled studies with a frequency of less than 1% (the same with fexofenadine and placebo) and with postmarketing use , weakness, insomnia, nervousness and sleep disturbances, or unusual dreams (paronies) such as nightmares;
tachycardia, palpitations; diarrhea.
In rare cases (? 0.01% - <0.1%): exanthema, urticaria, pruritus and other hypersensitivity reactions such as Quincke's edema, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, skin flushing, systemic anaphylactic reactions.


- hypersensitivity to any of the components of the drug;

- Pregnancy;

- lactation period;

- Children under 12 years old.


- in patients with chronic renal and hepatic insufficiency, as well as in elderly patients (lack of clinical experience in this category of patients);

- in patients with cardiovascular diseases, incl.
in the anamnesis (antihistamines can cause palpitation and tachycardia).

There is insufficient data on the use of fexofenadine in pregnant women.
Limited animal studies showed no evidence of adverse effects on pregnancy, intrauterine development, childbirth and postnatal development. Fexofenadine should not be used during pregnancy.
Data on the content of fexofenadine in breast milk when it is taken by women during breastfeeding are absent.
However, it is shown that terfenadine is excreted in breast milk in women. Therefore, the use of fexofenadine during breastfeeding is not recommended.

Use with caution in chronic kidney failure.
No dosage adjustment is required.

Use with caution in chronic liver failure.
No dosage adjustment is required.

Contraindicated in children under 12 years.


Use of the drug with caution for elderly patients (lack of clinical experience in this category of patients).
No dosage adjustment is required.

It is recommended that the time interval between taking fexofenadine and antacids containing aluminum or magnesium hydroxide is at least 2 hours.

Use in Pediatrics

For use in children from 6 to 11 years, 30 mg tablets are produced.

Impact on the ability to drive vehicles and manage mechanisms

When taking the drug, it is possible to perform work that requires a high concentration of attention and speed of psychomotor reactions (with the exception of patients who have an unconventional reaction).
Therefore, it is recommended to check the individual response to fexofenadine before taking these activities.

Symptoms: dizziness, drowsiness and dry mouth.
Healthy volunteers took single doses up to 800 mg and dose doses up to 690 mg 2 times / day for 1 month or 240 mg 2 times / day for 1 year without any significant undesirable effects compared with placebo. The maximum tolerated dose for fexofenadine is not established.
Treatment: in case of an overdose it is recommended to perform gastric lavage, taking activated charcoal, symptomatic and supportive therapy if necessary.Hemodialysis is ineffective.


With the combined use of fexofenadine with erythromycin or ketoconazole, the concentration of fexofenadine in the plasma increases by 2-3 times, but this is not accompanied by a significant lengthening of the QT c interval.
There were no significant differences in the incidence of adverse effects in the use of these drugs as monotherapy and as part of combination therapy. Animal studies have shown that the above increase in plasma concentrations of fexofenadine is probably associated with an improvement in fexofenadine absorption and a decrease in its biliary excretion or secretion in the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract.
There is no interaction between fexofenadine and omeprazole.

Does not interact with drugs metabolized in the liver.

Taking antacids containing aluminum or magnesium 15 minutes before taking fexofenadine leads to a decrease in the bioavailability of the latter as a result of, apparently, binding in the digestive tract.


The drug is approved for use as a means of OTC.


The drug should be stored out of reach of children at a temperature of no higher than 25 В° C.
Shelf life - 3 years.

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