Fexofenadine Side Effects

Not all side effects for fexofenadine may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to fexofenadine: oral capsule, oral suspension, oral tablet, oral tablet disintegrating

Along with its needed effects, fexofenadine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking fexofenadine:

Rare
  • Chest tightness
  • feeling of warmth, redness of the face, neck, arms and occasionally, upper chest
  • large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • shortness of breath, difficult or labored breathing

Some side effects of fexofenadine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Vomiting
Less common
  • Back pain
  • body aches or pain
  • chills
  • coughing
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with moving
  • dizziness
  • ear congestion
  • earache
  • fever
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • loss of voice
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle pains or stiffness
  • nasal congestion
  • nausea
  • pain in arms or legs
  • pain or tenderness around eyes or cheekbones
  • painful menstrual bleeding
  • redness or swelling in ear
  • ringing or buzzing in ears
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • stomach upset
  • swollen joints
  • unusual feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • viral infection (such as cold and flu)
Rare
  • Nervousness
  • rash
  • sleeplessness
  • terrifying dreams
  • trouble sleeping

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fexofenadine: oral capsule, oral suspension, oral tablet, oral tablet disintegrating

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea and dyspepsia in approximately 1.5% of patients.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included drowsiness in 1.3% of patients. Dizziness and headache have also been reported.

Genitourinary

Genitourinary side effects have included dysmenorrhea at a rate of 1.3%.

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have included rare reports of rash, urticaria, and pruritus. Other hypersensitivity reactions have included angioedema, chest tightness, dyspnea, flushing, and systemic anaphylaxis.

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects have included nasopharyngitis and upper respiratory tract infection.

Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal side effects have included myalgia, back pain, and pain in extremity.

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