Provides effective relief from symptoms of hayfever and other allergic conditions such as pet or dust allergies, these include sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, itchy nose and throat. It can also be used to treat the symptons of urticaria, also know as hives, where the skin looks blotchy, like nettle rash, with white raised wheals (bumps) surrounded by redness.
Why do I need this medicine?
Acrivastine is used in allergies and inflammation of the nose, including sneezing and runny nose. It helps relieve itch and hay fever.
Acrivastine belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Acrivastine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take Acrivastine with or without food.
You may stop taking Acrivastine once you feel better, unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions: epilepsy, overactive thyroid gland, high blood pressure, heart, liver, kidney or lung disease.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking medicines to treat anxiety or help you sleep.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Acrivastine to a child or elderly person. Children and elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.
What side effects could I experience?
Rarely, Acrivastine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you feel dizzy or drowsy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Acrivastine may also cause mood changes, headache, tiredness, muscle weakness, stomach discomfort and dry mouth.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction to a similar antihistamine called triprolidine.
Alert your doctor if you are taking antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), or have taken them for the last 14 days.
Alert your doctor if you have glaucoma, asthma, stomach or intestinal ulcers, prostate problems or difficulty in urination.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are on Acrivastine.
Do not give Acrivastine to premature and newborn babies or children below 12 years old.
Do not give Acrivastine to any child unless advised by the child's doctor or a pharmacist.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- mood medicines or sleeping pills
- other medicines for allergy
- medicines for AIDS (HIV)
- antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Symptomatic relief of allergic rhinitis, hayfever, chronic idiopathic urticaria
Not recommended for use in the elderly or for patients with significant renal impairment
Adults and children 12 years and over: One capsule up to 3 times daily