Generic Name: Acrivastine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is acrivastine used for?

Acrivastine is commonly used to treat the symptoms of allergies, such as hay fever, hives and rashes (urticaria) and pet or dust allergies.

It is an antihistamine. It is used to relieve the symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes, in adults and children aged 12 to 65 years.

It can also be used to treat the symptoms of hives (urticaria) where the skin looks blotchy with white raised wheals (bumps) surrounded by redness.

Benefits of being on this drug can include relief from the symptoms that are caused by allergies.

How should I take acrivastine?

Take this medication by mouth usually up to three times a day.

Use this medication when required (when you are suffering from the symptoms associated with an allergy: runny or itchy nose, sneezing, itchy throat, and watery, itchy, or red eyes) in order to get the most benefit from it.

Remember to use it at the same time each day – unless specifically told not to by your doctor.

It may take up to 15 minutes before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.

Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

How do I store acrivastine?

Acrivastine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store acrivastine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of acrivastine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush acrivastine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using acrivastine?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of acrivastine or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Acrivastine should not be used in: patients who are allergic to the antihistamine triprolidine; patients with kidney disease; children under 12 years old.

Most people do not get drowsy when taking acrivastine. However, some people may be affected, if you are affected do not drive or operate machinery. Do not drink grapefruit juice while taking this medication. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Stop taking the medication when you feel better. If symptoms persist or worsen, talk to your doctor.

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink whilst taking this medication.

The elderly: acrivastine is not recommended for use in the elderly (over 65 years old).

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using acrivastine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking acrivastine.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from acrivastine?

Side effect may occur when using this drug, such as:

  • Drowsiness

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.



What drugs may interact with acrivastine?

Acrivastine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products that may interact with this drug are:

  • Sedatives or tranquillisers (used to treat anxiety or sleep disorders)
  • Ketoconazole (an antifungal used to treat fungal infections)
  • Erythromycin (an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections)

Does food or alcohol interact with acrivastine?

Acrivastine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with acrivastine?

Acrivastine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are: kidney disease.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using acrivastine.

What is the dose of acrivastine for an adult?

Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

What is the dose of acrivastine for a child?

Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

How is acrivastine available?

Acrivastine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of acrivastine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: September 13, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2017

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