60 mg capsules: Non-sedating antihistamine. Indications: Hayfever
Contraindications: Known hypersensitivity to fexofenadine or any of
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.
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
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
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
- 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
- you have any
allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes
will consider these points when recommending Telfast.
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
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.
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:
These same effects
were seen in patients taking dummy or placebo capsules during the clinical
How Do I Store
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.
Return any unwanted capsules or tablets to your pharmacist.
What Does Telfast
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
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