Piriton (Chlorphenamine)

Piriton Hay Fever Relief tablets are one of the most sought-after treatment options, especially during allergy season, to overcome the varied symptoms of hay fever. The usual dosage of 4mg is safe for use by people aged six years and above.
Piriton (Chlorphenamine)
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Piriton (Chlorphenamine)

Piriton Hay Fever Relief tablets are one of the most sought-after treatment options, especially during allergy season, to overcome the varied symptoms of hay fever. The usual dosage of 4mg is safe for use by people aged six years and above.


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Piriton is an effective oral medication that helps treat and prevent the symptoms of hay fever and other allergies. It contains an active ingredient called Chlorphenamine. Chlorphenamine is a fast-acting antihistamine that can be taken for quick relief from irritating allergic symptoms like:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Blocked nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Itchy mouth, nose, throat, or ears
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired?

These easy to swallow tablets are used for:

  • hay fever
  • red, itchy eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • eczema
  • hives (urticaria) caused by food allergies and chickenpox
  • insect bites and stings

Piriton tablets contain 4mg of the active ingredient chlorphenamine maleate, which is an antihistamine. Antihistamines treat allergies by preventing the action and blocking the natural histamine produced by the body. Histamine is created when the body comes near something it’s sensitive to, such as pollen, or dust and that essentially gives rise to the typical symptoms of an allergy. Piriton works by blocking histamine and preventing the allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and rashes.

Hay fever and other allergies can eventually affect daily life and make it difficult to venture outdoors. By being prepared with Piriton early on, you can now enjoy your Summers and forget about the hay fever or insect bites allergies.?

Like all other medications, Piriton comes with its own set of instructional facts and aspects that you need to take care of before beginning your treatment. Listed below are the key facts associated with Piriton:

  • Since alcohol increases the risks of side effects, you should avoid drinking when taking chlorphenamine.?
  • The tablets require at least 30 minutes to an hour to start acting against the symptoms.
  • Some of the common side effects of taking Piriton are nausea, sleepiness or dizziness, difficulty concentrating, dry mouth, headaches, or blurred vision.
  • Chlorphenamine is also known by the brands Allercalm, Allerief, Hayleve and Piriton.
  • When mixed with other medicines, Chlorphenamine is known as Cofsed Linctus, Galpseud Plus Linctus and Haymine.
  • It can be taken by adults and children aged one year and above.
  • It is a brand name for chlorphenamine.
  • Since it is a sedating medication, do not drive or operate machinery when you feel sleepy after consumption.?
  • Children who are taking this medication should avoid potentially dangerous activities, like bike or horse riding.
  • Stop taking Piriton at least 72 hours before skin prick or patch tests since it could alter the results.

Even though these are easily available, Piriton tablets can be unsuitable for certain groups of people. Talk to a healthcare professional before taking Piriton if you:

  • have taken a type of antidepressant called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in the past two weeks
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in Piriton
  • suffer from rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption since Piriton allergy tablets contain lactose
  • have fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrose-isomaltase insufficiency since these tablets contain sucrose
  • have had an allergy to chlorphenamine or any other medicines in the past
  • suffer from primary angle-closure glaucoma
  • have problems peeing or emptying your bladder
  • are at risk of epilepsy or another health problem that triggers fits
  • are intolerant to some sugars such as lactose or sucrose
  • are booked to have an allergy test since chlorphenamine may affect the results, so you might be required to stop taking it a few days before the test.
  • are unable to have any alcohol since some liquid chlorphenamine contains a small amount of alcohol, you should check the ingredients list carefully.

The ideal recommended dose is to take one tablet every 4 to 6 hours for adults and children over 12 years. Children aged 6 – 12 should take half a tablet every 4 – 6 hours. Make sure you do not consume more than six tablets in a day. If you miss a dose, you can take it as soon as you remember if it's not nearly time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and continue with your next one as usual. Whatever be the case, never take two tablets at once to make up for the missed dose.

You can swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water, with or without food.

Piriton may cause some unwanted side effects due to overdosing or other bodily interactions. To avoid any harmful effects, make sure to keep in touch with your doctor and get medical help as soon as required.

Some of the most common side effects of Piriton include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Stomach problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Coordination problems
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

If you're already onto other medicines, including prescription-free and herbal medication, you should contact your pharmacist or doctor before beginning Piriton to ensure that the combination is safe and that your drugs won't interact. Avoid Piriton if you are taking:

  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs), i.e. medications prescribed for depression. Avoid Piriton if you have taken them within the past two weeks
  • Other antihistamines, including those used in cough or cold medicine
  • Phenytoin used for epilepsy
  • Anxiety medicines
  • Sleep inducing medications
  • painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • antipsychotics, e.g. haloperidol, chlorpromazine
  • baclofen
  • barbiturates, eg phenobarbital, amobarbital
  • benzodiazepines, eg diazepam, temazepam
  • gabapentin
  • other sedating antihistamines, e.g. hydroxyzine, promethazine, diphenhydramine
  • pregabalin
  • sleeping tablets, e.g. zopiclone
  • strong opioid painkillers, e.g. morphine, codeine, tramadol
  • tricyclic antidepressants, e.g. amitriptyline, nortriptyline
  • antimuscarinic medicines for Parkinson's symptoms, e.g. procyclidine, orphenadrine, trihexyphenidyl
  • antimuscarinic medicines for urinary incontinence, e.g. oxybutynin, flavoxate, tolterodine, propiverine, trospium
  • some antipsychotics, e.g. chlorpromazine, clozapine
  • antispasmodics, eg hyoscine, atropine

Keep Piriton out of reach and sight of children. Store it in a cool, dry place below 30ºC.

You can order this medication via online pharmacies such as MedsNow, which offer an online consultation along with a discreet delivery of Piriton right at your doorstep. You can opt for an online consultation to ensure that it is an appropriate treatment option for your specific allergy needs.

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