I have year round allergies and live in the south which happens to have lots of allergy triggers for me. After 2 days of taking Allegra, I am still stuffy,runny,sneezing,coughing and eyes are irritated. The only side effect this has is it gives you a really dry mouth but nothing else. I had received a sample from a website and I had high hopes it would work but sadly it did nothing for me. I honestly can't say I would recommend this but just like all medicine, it depends on the person and wether it works well for them. As for me, I will not be buying this.
Beats my allergies
I've suffered from allergies and sinus problems my entire life, and have pretty much tried every prescription, and over the counter allergy medicines.
When I get allergies my eyes start to water and itchy uncontrollably, i can't stop sneezing, and I get so congested that it's almost impossible to breathe. And it's awful because my terrible allergies almost always turn into sinus infections if I don't do anything about it.
I take Allegra now, and I can't tell you how much of a relief it's actually been. It gets rid of both my indoor and outdoor allergies, and I can feel it working quick. It gives me relief for the whole day. I would say it's probably the best allergy medicine, and the strongest as well.
I am able to go through my day without my allergies bothering me, and without being drowsy all the time. I honestly don't care about the price of the Allegra because it rids of me of all my allergy symptoms, and it allows me to be productive instead of being stuffed up, miserable, and tired all the time.
Effectiveness: I can't feel my allergies at all when i take Allegra. It takes away the itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and congestion without making me feel drowsy.
That's what the Allegra is good for, it gets rid of symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose/throat, and itchy/watery eyes.
Ease of Use: It's easy to take because you only have to take one pill a day, and it totally lasts for 24 hours.
Ingredients: It has fexofenadine HCI 180 mg. This ingredient is meant to relieve allergy symptoms, such as the ones stated above.
Immediacy: I can feel the Allegra working completely within an hour, but you can start to feel some of the symptoms go away within 15-30 minutes. I take it everyday and it has completely rid me of all effects of my allergies. I feel great now.
works great but not 24 hours
This really dries you up with little side affect but really only seems to give 12 hour relief. It is a small pill that is easy to swallow and 12 hours is a pretty good period of time to feel relief. It helps my scratchy throat and itchy eyes and I cannot live with out it
Long Beach, NY
Worked okay, still prefer Claritin.
I've tried every allergy medication I can find, and Allegra worked okay for me. However, for the price, I would still use Claritin for my usual spring and fall allergy symptoms. The pills are small and easy to swallow, and the blister packs aren't too difficult to deal with, so that's definitely a plus.
I tried Allegra in the spring when my allergies were just starting to get bad. I did not make me sleepy or feel "fuzzy-headed" but it didn't work quite as well as other medications. My allergy symptoms didn't quite go away completely. It probably would work better when the symptoms weren't as bad.
In my experience, Allegra is one of the more expensive brands. I have friends who use it and really like it, so I don't think it's a bad product. It just didn't work for me. Definitely try it is you have allergies and your medication isn't working. And if you can find a coupon for it, that's even better.
The only allergy medication that works for me
Allegra has been my standby allergy medication for many years now. All others have given me insomnia, so I cannot take more than one dose. Allegra used to cause this after a few doses but fortunately no longer does. I find that taking it regularly during seasonal allergy flares will make life bearable at least although at times just this one medication is not adequate to stop symptoms.
Most recently I learned that Allegra works very well in combination with Singulair. After a trial run, I am happily using both and getting much better coverage for seasonal allergies without negative side effects.
I first used name brand Allegra, then the generic prescription equivalent. Since this medication became available over the counter I have purchased both the name brand as well as a generic store brand. So far all the preparations have been equally effective.
However, I cannot use the form with additional decongestant added, as this will cause insomnia. Insomnia is not a typical side effect but my allergist informed me that a small number of people do respond in this way.
Best allergy relief I've gotten from an OTC medicine
Allegra is phenomenal at helping me manage my allergies. My mother in law has 5 cats and is not exactly the best house keeper. Before I started taking Allegra prior to going to her house I would end up with watery eyes, a runny nose and general discomfort breathing after the first 15 minutes visiting her. Now I am able to stop by for several hours at a time without any issues. It also really helps me with my seasonal allergies. I like that I don't have to take it everyday to be effective but rather can take it when I am having problems or know that I am going to be in contact with something that could aggravate my allergies. I find that it works better for me personally than Zyrtec and other OTCs the I have tried it the past. It also seems to work better (and be more affordable) than prescription medicines that my doctor has prescribed in the past.
And, not that it's much of a selling point but I love that the manufacturer puts out coupons in the Sunday paper, on their website and on their facebook account. Got to love a bargain, especially one that works this well.
Love it for seasonal allergies!
I absolutely love allegra for my adult onset seasonal allergies! Every year as an adult I would become terribly ill with cold like symptoms which eventually would turn into a bacterial thing and wouldn't go away for weeks especially without any antibiotics from my doctor. My doctor finally told me to take allegra everyday because it is probably my allergies which in turn becomes a bacterial infection. Allegra worked like a charm! It works immediately for me when I am having allergy symptoms. It is easy to swallow and I cannot express its effectiveness. It doesn't make me drowsy at all or make me feel weird. You should make sure you drink a full glass of water when you take it and I also try not to take it on an empty stomach just in case. The only downside to taking allegra is that it can be pretty pricey but it is so worth it in the end since it does work quickly and effectively.
I couldn't live without Allegra for my severe allergies
I have not just seasonal allergies, but bothersome every single day of the year allergies. My nose will run and/or tingle all the time if I am not medicated. It is even worse if my cat decides he wants my attention, my eyes begin to swell and itch non stop. It does not matter if the flowers are in bloom or if there is snow falling my allergies are always at their worst. I sought help from an allergist who gave me lots of test and said other than shots and good medicine there was nothing I could do. He initially started me on a medication, that was not Allegra, and it was no help at all. I might as well have been taking nothing. On my return doctor visit he told me he wanted me to try Allegra and he usually got great results with it. That was twenty plus years ago and it is still my allergy medicine of choice. I have tried many other allergy medications as they have came on the market over the years, but nothing cures my symptoms like Allegra. My itchy eyes are gone within fifteen minutes of taking Allegra every time. I cannot imagine how I would live my life with my terrible allergies without Allegra around to rescue me. I give Allegra a ten and I am so thankful such a wonderful medicine is around for people like me who suffer from allergies.
Very effective at treating food allergies
This medication is very effective at treating the symptoms of my food allergies. It does not seem to be effective at all at treating my respiratory allergies, but it does work for my husband, so it seems to depend on the person taking it. I have taken it for years to treat symptoms of accidental food allergy exposure, and it reduces the itching, swelling, redness, hives, etc that come with that. I have never experienced side effects from it, which is amazing. I would recommend at least trying it for respiratory allergies to see if it helps you - and definitely if you have food allergies. I have also found that it is best (for me) to take the brand name Allegra rather than one of the generic ones, as the inactive ingredients are different, and the brand name has fewer ingredients that I am allergic to. Often with generics, you will find that the first ingredient is corn starch, which can be problematic if you are taking it to treat a corn allergy.
Allegra Allergy Medication isn't my first or even second choice.
I have both year-round allergies (cats and dogs) and seasonal allergies (pollen). I used to take prescription allergy medication twice a day every day but I weaned myself off of it and now only take it on an "as needed" basis.
*Allegra Allergy Medication* has 180 milligrams of fexofenadine HCl, an antihistamine, which works for indoor or outdoor allergies. This product claims that it will relieve: sneezing, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, and itchy nose/throat. One tablet provides 24 hour hours of relief and is safe for adults and children 12 years and older to use. Children younger than 12 should not use it and adults 65+ years or those with kidney disease should consult their doctor before use. The instructions also state that you shouldn't take *Allegra* at the same time as aluminum or magnesium antacids nor should you take it with fruit juices.
My doctor prescribed this allergy medication to me several years ago when it came in 12 hour tablets. It didn't work particularly well for me back then so she switched me to Zyrtec after a few months which is what I used until I decided that I needed to get myself off of the daily allergy medication thing.
My allergies have been flaring up already due to the warm winter that we've had so I'm already taking medication now and then when my symptoms are exceptionally bad. Interestingly, I recently received a free sample of *Allegra Allergy Medication* with a drugstore.com order. I figured that I'd might as well try it again and see if maybe worked better for me now. Unfortunately, it didn't. I was still a sneezing, itchy, watery-eye mess. I also tend to prefer allergy meds with a decongestant these days which plain *Allegra* doesn't have.
This allergy medication may work well for some people, but it doesn't really do anything to alleviate my indoor/outdoor allergy issues. I wouldn't buy it in the future nor would I recommend it.