ACRIVASTINE - Watsons Health

ACRIVASTINE

COMMON BRAND NAME(S):

GENERIC NAME(S): PSEUDOEPHEDRINE HCL/ACRIVASTINE

 

Description: Acrivastine is a non-sedating antihistamine that is structurally related to triprolidine. It is excreted via urine.

Acrivastine is a combination medication for temporarily relief of symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis.  It helps relieve watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing. Decongestants help to relieve stuffy nose and ear congestion symptoms.

Do not use this product to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor..

This medication is not meant to cure common cold and may cause serious side effects. Do not give other medications with the same ingredients.

How to use acrivastine-pseudoephedrine

  • Take this medication by mouth, taken with food if stomach upset occurs.
  • For the liquid form of this medication, use a measuring device. Household spoon may yield an incorrect dosage.
  • Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets or capsules, unless it is in the form of chewable tablets.

Dosage is based on your specific condition and you must not take more than prescribed.

If symptoms persist for more than a week without relief of this medication, consult your doctor.

Acrivastine’s side effects include: Drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth/nose/throat, headache, upset stomach, constipation, or trouble sleeping.

Unlikely but serious side effects include: mental/mood changes (such as confusion, hallucinations), ringing in the ears, difficulty urinating, vision changes (such as blurred/double vision),fast/irregular heartbeat, seizure.

If you experience these symptoms and In case of allergic reactions, consult your doctor immediately.

Precautions

Inform your doctor or pharmacist your allergies, medical history, especially especially of: breathing problems (such as asthma, emphysema), diabetes, glaucoma, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver disease, seizures, stomach/intestinal problems (such as ulcers, blockage), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), difficulty urinating (such as due to enlarged prostate).

Avoid doing activities that require alertness such as driving and using machinery as this medication may cause drowsiness.

Take caution if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, liver disease, phenylketonuria (PKU), because the liquid products, chewable tablets, or dissolving tablets/strips may contain sugar or aspartame. Liquid products may also contain alcohol.

Children and older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this product.

Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before taking this drug.

 

Interactions

Some products that may interact with this drug include: antihistamines applied to the skin (such as diphenhydramine cream, ointment, spray), blood pressure medications (especially reserpine, guanethidine, methyldopa, beta blockers such as atenolol, or calcium channel blockers such as nifedipine).

MAO inhibitors may cause a serious, fatal, drug interaction. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine) during treatment with this medication. This should  not be taken for two weeks before treatment with this medication.

This medication may interfere with certain medical/laboratory tests (including brain scan for Parkinson’s disease), possibly causing false test results.

Overdose

Get emergency medical help when overdose is suspected.

Missed Dose: As soon as you remember, take a regular dose or if the time of the next dose is near, wait for it before taking another dose and resume your usual schedule. Do not increase the dose to compensate for the missed dose.

Storage: Store medications in Room temperature Do not expose to light and moisture Do not store in the bathroom Keep all medications away from pets and children Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour into a drain.

 

Brands

Also marketed as

  • Semprex [ GlaxoSmithKline ]

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