TELFAST FACTSHEET

TELFAST FACTSHEET

Telfast Fexofenadine 60 mg capsules: Non-sedating antihistamine. Indications: Hayfever and allergies.
Contraindications: Known hypersensitivity to fexofenadine or any of the ingredients.
Warning: Do not use during pregnancy or lactation except on medical advice. Directions for use: Adults and children 12 years and older: one capsule (60 mg) as required up to twice daily.

Please read the following information carefully before you begin taking Telfast. This leaflet provides a summary of the information available. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist who have more detailed information. If you have any questions about telfast, or if you experience any problems in taking telfast, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks, so please discuss these with your pharmacist or doctor to make sure that the benefits of taking telfast outweigh any possible risks.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine, as you may want to read it again.

What Is Telfast And What Is It Used For?
Telfast capsules and tablets contain an active ingredient called "fexofenadine". It is one of a group of medicines called antihistamines. Telfast is used to relieve the symptoms of hayfever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) such as sneezing, itchy, watery or red eyes, and itchy, blocked or runny nose. Telfast does this by blocking the action of histamine, which causes these unwanted affects. Telfast is a non-sedating antihistamine which means it has been shown not to make you drowsy or slow down your reactions.

Is Telfast Suitable For Me?
Do not take Telfast, and tell your doctor or pharmacist, if:

  • You have had an allergic reaction to fexofenadine, terfenadine (teldaneŽ) or any of the other ingredients in Telfast. These are listed at the end of this leaflet.
  • The expiry date on the pack has passed. It may have no effect or an unexpected effect if it is taken after this date.
  • The packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Before Taking Telfast: You should inform your pharmacist/doctor if:

  • you are, or might be, pregnant
  • you are breast feeding
  • you have any allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes

Your pharmacist/doctor will consider these points when recommending Telfast.

Taking other medicines:
Tell your doctor of pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines. It is recommended to leave 2 hours between taking Telfast and antacids containing aluminum and magnesium hydroxide.

Use in children:
There is currently not enough information available to recommend Telfast for use in children under 12 years of age.

How Do I Take Telfast?
Take Telfast with a glass of water as directed by your pharmacist/doctor. Telfast may be taken with or without food. The usual dosage for adults and children over 12 years is one Telfast 60 mg capsule twice daily, when required or one Telfast 120 mg tablet daily. Do not take more than the recommended dose, and remember this medicine is for you. Do not give it to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem to be the same as yours. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is an acute condition. You should seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist if you need more than 14 days continuous treatment. If Telfast does not relieve your symptoms, do not take extra capsules or tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist.

What Do I Do In Case Of Overdose?
If you think that you or someone else may have taken too much Telfast - (even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning) - contact your doctor or poisons information center, or go to the casualty department at your nearest hospital. It's a good idea to keep the telephone numbers of your doctor, the poisons information center and your nearest hospital handy so that they are accessible in case of emergency.

Does Telfast Cause Side Effects?
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while taking Telfast, even if you do not think the problem is connected with the medicine or is not listed in this leaflet. All medicines can cause side effects. Although most people will not experience any, some of the side effects that may occur with Telfast are:

  • headache
  • tiredness
  • nausea
  • indigestion
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness

These same effects were seen in patients taking dummy or placebo capsules during the clinical studies.

How Do I Store Telfast?
Keep your capsules or tablets in a safe place out of the reach of children. Store the capsules or tablets at room temperature below 25C.

Disposal
Return any unwanted capsules or tablets to your pharmacist.

What Does Telfast Look Like?
Telfast capsules have a white cap and a pink body. Telfast 120 tablets are peach coloured and have a modified capsule shape. Telfast capsules are available in blister packs of 20 capsules. Telfast 120 is available in blister packs of 10 or 30 tablets.

What Are The Ingredients In Telfast?
Each Telfast capsule contains 60 mg of the active ingredient fexofenadine hydrochloride. There are also several inactive ingredients that are used in the manufacture of Telfast capsules. These are: lactose, pregelatinised starch, microcrystalline cellulose, gelatin and croscarmellose sodium, iron oxide red (C177491), titanium dioxide, silicone dioxide and sodium lauryl sulfate.

Each Telfast 120 tablet contains 120 mg of active ingredient fexofenadine hydrochloride. The inactive ingredients in Telfast 120 tablets are: croscarmellose sodium, pregelatinised maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, povidone, titanium dioxide, colloidal anhydrous silica, macrogol 400 and iron oxide. Telfast capsules and Telfast 120 tablets do not contain any gluten or preservatives.

Where To Go For Further Information. Remember this leaflet provides only a summary of some of the important things you need to know about Telfast. Only your doctor or pharmacist is able to weigh up all the relevant facts and you should consult them about all aspects of this medicine as it relates to you.

Hayfever & allergy information service on the Internet at http://www.novotech.com.au/hais

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