ALLERGA relieves the itchy, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, red, watery eyes that come with hay fever. It is also used to relieve the itching and welts of hives. Allegra is a type of antihistamine that rarely causes drowsiness.
You can take Allegra with or without food.
Side effects with ALLERGA 180 mg for seasonal allergies are low and may include headache, cold, or backache.
Side effects with ALLERGA 60 mg for seasonal allergies are low; less than 3% of people experience cold or flu, nausea, menstrual pain, or drowsiness.
Side effects with ALLERGA 60 mg for hives are low and may include backache, sinusitis, dizziness, or drowsiness.
Side effects with ALLERGA 30 mg are low and may include headache, cold, coughing, or accidental injury.
Use ALLERGA -D with caution if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, increased pressure in the eyes, prostate problems, or hyperthyroidism. Stop using it and check with your doctor if it causes nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness.
Check with your doctor before combining ALLERGA with erythromycin (E.E.S., Ery-Tab, PCE) or ketoconazole (Nizoral). These drugs may increase Allegra's effects.
Allow a little time between a dose of Allegra and antacids such as Maalox that contain aluminum and magnesium. This type of antacid can decrease Allegra's effects.
Allegra-D should never be taken within 2 weeks of using an MAO-inhibitor drug such as the antidepressants Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate. Also check with your doctor before combining it with the following:
Reserpine (Diupress, Hydropres)
You should also avoid Allegra-D if you have a pacemaker and take digoxin (Lanoxin). In addition, you should not combine it with over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants.
If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.