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Brand name: Telfast

Telfast contains the active ingredient fexofenadine. You can buy it from your pharmacy.

Telfast is used to treat allergy symptoms such as:

  • sneezing
  • itchy, watery or red eyes
  • itchy or runny nose.

Telfast can also be used to treat hives and itchy rashes (known as urticaria).

Telfast belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines. It works by blocking the release of histamine, a chemical that causes the hay fever and allergy symptoms.

Telfast comes as tablets for adults and children over 12 years, and in a liquid for young children. It should be taken with a glass of water, with or without food.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: fexofenadine

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Telfast 60 mg film-coated tablet, 20

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What this medicine is for

Relief of symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis in adults and children aged 12 years and older.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Peach, oval, double convex film coated tablet

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Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
2: Pharmacy Medicine (Over the counter)
20: Pharmacy Medicine (Over the counter)

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 36 Months
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

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