Telfast®
Oral Liquid and 6 – 11 Years tablets

Fexofenadine hydrochloride


Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about Telfast. Please read the information carefully before giving your child Telfast.

This leaflet provides a summary of the information available, it does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your pharmacist or doctor, who have more detailed information.

If you have any questions about Telfast, or if your child experiences any problems while being given Telfast, speak to your pharmacist or doctor.

All medicines have benefits and risks, so please discuss these with your pharmacist or doctor to make sure that the benefits of your child taking Telfast outweigh any possible risks.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What Telfast is used for

Telfast contains an active ingredient called fexofenadine hydrochloride. It is one of a group of medicines called antihistamines.

Antihistamines help reduce allergic symptoms by preventing the effects of a substance called histamine, which your body produces when exposed to certain substances.

Telfast is a non-sedating antihistamine which means it has been shown to not cause drowsiness.

Telfast is used to relieve the symptoms of:

  • hayfever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) and year round allergies (perennial allergic rhinitis). Symptoms include runny, itchy, blocked nose, sneezing and itchy, watery, red eyes.
  • hives or nettle rash (chronic idiopathic urticaria). Symptoms include pink to red, itchy swellings on the skin.

Your pharmacist or doctor may have recommended this medicine for another reason.

Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been recommended for your child.

Before giving it to your child

When it must not be given

Telfast must not be given to your child if your child has had an allergic reaction to fexofenadine, terfenadine (Teldane®) or any of the other ingredients in Telfast. These are listed at the end of this leaflet.

Do not give Telfast to a child under 2 years of age for allergies (allergic rhinitis) or 6 months of age for hives (chronic idiopathic urticaria). There is currently not enough information available to recommend Telfast for use in children under 2 years of age for allergies and 6 months of age for hives.

Do not give Telfast after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack or bottle or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If you give your child this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.

Before giving it

You should inform your pharmacist or doctor if your child has any allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes. Your pharmacist or doctor will consider these points when recommending Telfast.

Taking other medicines

Tell your pharmacist or doctor if your child is being given any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food store.

Some medicines and Telfast may interfere with each other.

Your pharmacist or doctor has more information on medicines to be careful with or to avoid while your child is being given this medicine.

How to give it to your child

How much to give your child

For Hayfever/Allergic Rhinitis:

  • Children 2 – 5 years old:
    5 mL (equivalent to 30 mg) of Telfast Oral Liquid, twice daily, when required.
  • Children 6 – 11 years old:
    5 mL (equivalent to 30 mg) of Telfast Oral Liquid or one 6 – 11 Years tablet#, tw