Some say fexofenadine helps people with eczema. But what is it really?
Antihistamines are prescribed to help individuals who fall victim to hay fever, symptoms related to allergies, and urticaria. Urticaria is a condition that causes hives on the body. For children and young adults that suffer from eczema, uticaria can happen when the body is affected by an allergic reaction like hay fever and asthma.
Fexofenadine (also known as Allegra, Fexidine, Telfast, Fastofen, Tilfur, Vifas, Telffexo, and Allerfexo) was manufactured after a popular prescribed antihistamine called terafenadine, which goes by brand names Triludan and Seldane. Terafenadine impacted the QT interval, however. The QT interval is the measurement of electrical cycle in the heart. With Triludan and Seldane, the medications caused the prolongation or lengthened interval, which resulted in fatal cardiac arrhythmias.
Considered as a third-generation antihistamine, fexofenadine acts as an antagonist to the H1 receptor. Fexofenadine does not affect the gastrointestinal tract, blood vessels, and smooth muscle of the body. The medication works to block the production of H1 receptors that initiate the start of an allergic process. In January 2011, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) allowed the sale of Fexofenadine to be sold as an over-the-counter product.
When taken orally, 1/3 of the medication is circulating through the body. After 6 hours, Fexofenadine has reached the highest level of effectiveness. Fexofenadine has been effective for relief of these symptoms:
Cons: Fexofenadine has not been effective in reducing the itching that is related to eczema.
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