Does Telfast have side effects?

Does Telfast have side effects

       Have you ever felt an itchy nose or runny nose suddenly after eating some food such as seafood. If you did not feel that way, you may at least know someone else that experienced this condition. This may actually be an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions may seem harmless but it is indeed a danger especially when it interferes with the respiratory system. This will lead to a person having breathing difficulty that may end up with death when it is not treated promptly. One of the medicines to help treat this condition is Telfast 180 mg.

       Telfast contains fexofenadine hydrochloride that is known as an antihistamine. Antihistamine helps to treat symptoms of an allergy. An allergy is known as a reaction by the human body when foreign substances enter the body. Such foreign substances should not be causing any allergy reaction in a normal human but it may have caused excessive body response in some people. Foreign substances that trigger an allergy reaction are known as an allergen. Many things can potentially be an allergen but the most common one includes protein such as nuts, egg and seafood. The allergens trigger a person prone to allergies to produce histamine. Histamine is a chemical in the body that is present in the blood system as a product from the allergic reaction. Histamine is responsible for the many symptoms that occur during an allergy. Common symptoms include itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, hives and skin rash. In some cases, stomach cramp and vomiting can be signs of an allergy.

       In other words, antihistamines work by treating the allergic symptoms by blocking the histamines. Thus, Telfast is used to treat allergic symptoms such as in allergy rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria. Allergy rhinitis is the inflammation of the nose due to presence of allergen. On the other hand, chronic idiopathic urticaria is hives that last more than 6 weeks and may last for 5 years with unknown causes. Due to the nature of the disease of allergic reaction that can be manifested in many ways which does seem similar to one and another kind of allergic reaction, it is important for a person to only take the medicine as prescribed or instructed by the doctor. Patients should never self-treat without medical supervision especially if the allergic reaction is their first time.

            Telfast is recommended to be used in those aged 12 and above. Telfast should not be used by pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers. Should they want to use this medicine, they have to get medical advice from their doctor first. This does not only apply when these women want to take Telfast, but also any other medicine as some medicine can pose danger to them or the baby. Telfast should be used on the same day of the day to maximise its effectivity. Patients should not stop taking the medicine unless their doctor asked to do so. Always follow the doctor’s instructions when taking the medicine. This means that patients should not take more or less what is advice and to take it according to the time recommended.

            You may wonder if Telfast has side effects. Just as with many other medicines, Telfast does have potential side effects such as headache, drowsiness, nausea and dizziness. Despite being part of antihistamine of the non drowsy one, there is still some small possibility that some people would feel dizzy. Even if it is unlikely a person will feel dizzy, they should be careful and feel worried if Telfast does make them experience that. They should double check with their doctor if they did feel such side effects.

            If patients do have other medical conditions, they should let the doctor know as this can help adjust medications to suit needs and to minimise potential adverse events or drug interaction. For example, if a person is taking antibiotics such as erythromycin, they should avoid taking it together with Telfast since this may put them at risk for side effects from Telfast. Another example is when a person taking medicine to help treat stomach issues such as antacid, they should avoid taking antacid that contains magnesium or aluminium with Telfast. It is advised for patients to take antacid at least 15 minutes before or after taking Telfast. Best to leave a 2 hours gap between the time of taking Telfast and the antacid. People with kidney issues should let the doctor know these health problems so that the dose of Telfast can be adjusted or other medicine can be given to avoid further kidney problems.

            In essence, Telfast is an antihistamines that typically does not cause drowsiness and it is usually prescribed for rhinitis allergy and chronic idiopathic urticaria. The medicine should be taken exactly as instructed by doctors. Telfast does have potential side effects but it is uncommon. If a person does experience side effects or unwanted effects from Telfast, patients should discuss the matter with their doctor.

Dr. David K Simson
The author, Dr. David K Simson is a trained radiation oncologist specializing in advanced radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) / Rapid Arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is also experienced in interstitial, intracavitary, and intraluminal brachytherapy.