What is Fexofenadine?

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Fexofenadine is an allergy medicine taken for seasonal allergies and hives, to relieve symptoms like itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. Unlike some other allergy medication fexofenadine does not cause drowsiness and driving is not contraindicated.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Idiopathic angioedema 72 10
Autoimmune urticaria 31 1
Allergic rhinitis 20 14
Dermatographism 19 5
Seasonal allergy 19 11

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 4
Moderate 9
Mild 45
None 129

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fexofenadine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 6
Anxious mood 2
Bad taste in mouth 2
Drowsiness 2
Dry mouth at night 2
Excessive dry mouth 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fexofenadine

Dosage Patients Percentage
180 mg daily 18
30 mg daily 1
60 mg daily 1
180 mg twice daily 1
360 mg daily 1
720 mg daily 1
180mg as needed 1
60mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Fexofenadine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 45
Other 24
Expense 13
Doctor's advice 12
Side effects too severe 11
Course of treatment ended 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 4
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Duration

Currently taking Fexofenadine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Fexofenadine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 145
Usually 30
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 26
Not at all hard to take 150
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 28
< $25 79
Not specified 75

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fexofenadine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Desloratadine (Clarinex) 7
Cetirizine (Zyrtec) 6
Loratadine (Claritin) 5
Montelukast (Singulair) 4
Loratadine-betamethasone (PrefexNS) 2

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Patients stopped taking Fexofenadine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Levocetirizine (Xyzal) 6
Montelukast (Singulair) 5
Desloratadine (Clarinex) 3
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Loratadine-betamethasone (PrefexNS) 3

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19 patient evaluations for Fexofenadine

Jan 9, 2019 (Started Jan 21, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cholinergic urticaria)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dermatographism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 360 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 20, 2017 (Started Jan 21, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cholinergic urticaria)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for dermatographism)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 360 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 11, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for allergies)
  • Side effects
    Mild (insomnia if dose taken late or missed)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: take it in the morning

  • 0 helpful marks

May 20, 2014 (Started Apr 26, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for allergies)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 180 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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