Allegra Oral Suspension (Fexofenadine Hydrochloride) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Allegra Oral Suspension
Allegra Oral Suspension is indicated in the treatment of symptoms of a seasonal allergy in children aged between 2-11 years. The drug is also used to treat chronic idiopathic urticaria in children aged between 6 months and 11 years. The generic name of this drug is Fexofenadine.
Allegra Oral Suspension is classified as an antihistamine as it works by inhibiting the activities of histamine, a naturally occurring chemical that causes inflammation. The drug is available in Allegra Oral Suspension 30mg/5mL strength. In addition to Fexofenadine, Allegra Oral Suspension also contains the following inactive ingredients: edetate disodium, poloxamer 407, sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, titanium dioxide, butylparaben, sodium phosphate dibasic heptahydrate, xanthan gum, artificial raspberry cream flavor, purified water, sucrose, and xylitol.
Side Effects for Allegra Oral Suspension
The drug may cause some unwanted side effects. Before you start using the drug, discuss the potential side effects and benefits of the treatment with your doctor or pharmacist.
Less serious side effects of Allegra Oral Suspension are: muscle pain, back pain, drowsiness, diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea, or headache. Consult your doctor in case any of the above side effects become a cause for concern.
Stop your medication and consult your doctor if the drug causes any of the following serious side effects: fever, body aches, chills, cough, or other flu symptoms. Seek emergency medical help if Allegra Oral Suspension causes hypersensitivity. The common symptoms of an allergic reaction are: hives, skin rashes, itching, swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat, wheezing, shortness of breath, and trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of side effects of Allegra Oral Suspension. The drug may cause side effects that are not listed above. A patient information leaflet is provided to you when you buy Allegra Oral Suspension. This small booklet contains the complete list of side effects and other useful information.
You should not buy Allegra Oral Suspension if your child is allergic to Fexofenadine or any other ingredient used in the formulation or any other antihistamine drug. To ensure that the drug is safe for your child, inform your doctor or pharmacist about your child’s medical history.
Allegra Oral Suspension Dosage
For treating seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms in pediatric patients aged 2 to 11 years, the recommended dose is Allegra 30mg (one teaspoonful) twice a day. For children who suffer from a decreased renal function, the recommended dosage for treating seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms is Allegra 30mg once a day.
The recommended dose for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria for children aged 2 to 11 years is Allegra 30mg two times daily. The recommended dose for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria for children aged between 6 months and 2 years is Allegra 15mg two times daily. For children with decreased renal function, the recommended dosage is Allegra Oral Suspension 30mg once a day for pediatric patients aged 2-11 years, and 15mg once a day for children aged between 6 months and 2 years.
Some drugs may decrease the efficacy of Allegra Oral Suspension or increase some of its side effects. This is why you must inform your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines that your child is taking before you start giving Allegra Oral Suspension to him/her.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.