Piriton Tablets 4mg x 500 (Chlorphenamine Maleate)
- Relieves Common Allergy Symptoms
- Active Ingredient: Chlorphenamine Maleate
- Effective In 30 Mins To 1 Hour
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Piriton allergy tablets contain the active ingredient chlorphenamine maleate, an antihistamine. Piriton tablets can be used to control symptoms caused by allergic conditions, including hayfever, hives, food allergy and insect bites. Piriton can also be used for relieving itchiness associated with chickenpox. An allergy is when the body has a reaction to a particular food or substance, affecting more than 1 in 4 people in the UK at some point in their lives. Generic Piriton tablets should be taken at the first sign of an allergic reaction or over a period of time to prevent symptoms such as hay fever during a high pollen season to provide long-term allergy relief.
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What are Piriton Allergy Tablets?
We are often asked “What are Piriton Allergy Tablets?”
Piriton is a brand name for the antihistamine known as chlorphenamine maleate. It’s available to buy over the counter or online from your pharmacy of choice. Piriton is used to treat and relieve allergic reactions and or itching.
Piriton is available in two forms, Piriton 4mg Tablets and as a syrup 2mg/5ml. Piriton is a brand name, therefore it can be bought unbranded as well.
The active ingredient contained in Piriton is called chlorphenamine maleate, an effective, reliable way to combat hay fever and other allergic reactions.
Piriton allergy tablets work by combatting the body’s response to an allergic reaction. During a reaction the body produces histamine when it comes into contact with a foreign substance such as pet fur or pollen. Histamine that is released causes inflammation in areas such as the nose, eyes and the respiratory system.
The above areas then start to produce symptoms such as watery/itchy eyes, sneezing with a runny/blocked nose and finally, skin reactions, such as rashes/itching.
Piriton Hay fever Tablets
Piriton hay fever tablets, for those suffering from hay fever, Piriton 4mg Tablets can be used to help relieve symptoms such as –
- Nasal congestion and runny nose
- Itchy, watery and red eyes
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
These are usually present at the time of exposure to the allergen, in this case pollen. Piriton 4mg Tablets get to work straight away. The amount of time you take Piriton may need to be increased depending on the length of hay fever symptoms.
Normally the amount you take usually correlates with the current pollen count, higher counts typically means more severe/longer symptoms.
What are Piriton 4mg Tablets Used For?
Other than using Piriton hay fever tablets as an allergy relief treatment, chlorphenamine maleate is useful for relieving itching caused by chickenpox due to it being an antihistamine.
One of Piriton 4mg side effects can be drowsiness. This is especially helpful for those suffering from itching that is worse at night. This is generally the case in young children, who notice the itching less during the day because they’re active, but notice it at night when lying still and not focused.
Other uses include helping relieve travel sickness, specifically motion sickness. A study has been shown that chlorphenamine maleate is effective and should be considered as a treatment, see here.
Piriton Tablets for Sleeping
Piriton tablets for sleeping?
Antihistamines can cause drowsiness, which may help with sleep once or twice, however, antihistamines that are used routinely are not recommended for trying to help with insomnia/trouble getting to sleep long term.
Taking antihistamines for long term, in the case of helping with sleep, can cause a tolerance to build up, quickly. Consequently, the longer they are taken, the less likely they are going to make you drowsy.
If you are having sleep problems, consult with your doctor and start with some lifestyle changes, such as a regular sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine and increased exercise.
It is not recommended to take Piriton tablets for sleeping.
Piriton for Babies
Piriton is available and can be taken by most people. The Piriton tablets 4mg are suitable for adults and children aged six years and above, while the syrup version is suitable for adults and children age one and above.
Piriton allergy tablets and or syrup is not licensed or suitable for babies under one year. Although under certain circumstances, doctors do sometimes prescribe chlorphenamine maleate for babies aged one month and over. On the other hand you must not give Piriton syrup to babies aged under on year unless you’ve been instructed by your doctor.
Piriton for Dogs
As a general rule, you should never give your dog Piriton without first discussing and getting guidance from your veterinarian. Although it can be safe, any dosage to high or trying to use it to treat the wrong condition can result in negative results.
Unlike most human mediations, Piriton for dogs is actually widely used by UK vets and is considered safe for canines. It’s usually prescribed as an alternative to other varieties of prescription medications/drugs to help treat allergy symptoms in dogs.
Piriton for dogs can be used as a long term way to help combat and treat chronic allergies without causing too many short or long term side effects.
Piriton Chlorphenamine Maleate
Piriton Chlorphenamine Maleate is an antihistamine medicine that is used to treat and prevent symptoms of allergies. It’s known as a sedating antihistamine, making it more likely to make you feel sleepy more than other antihistamines.
On the chemical side of this particular antihistamine, Piriton Chlorphenamine Maleate is a synthetic alkylamine derivative used in allergic reactions. It acts as a competitive histamine H1 receptor antagonist, displaying anticholinergic and mild sedative effects as well.
The appearance of Chlorpheniramine maleate is a white crystalline solid or powder with a bitter taste.
Piriton Side Effects
Like with all medicine, Piriton side effects can occur, but these aren’t experienced by everyone.
The most common side effect is the feeling of drowsiness. This can be helpful if the symptoms are particularly troublesome at night.
Here are more side effects which may occur –
- Children taking Piriton may become excited
- Difficulty concentrating, feeling tired, drowsy, dizzy, headache or blurred vision
- Low blood pressure
- Chest tightness
- Skin peeling
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Twitching muscles or muscle weakness
If you experience any of these Piriton side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Piriton Tablets Dosage
The Piriton tablets dosage can be divided into equal doses.
Adults and children aged 12 years and over:
- Take one tablet every four to six hours as needed
- Do not take more than six tablets in 24 hours
Children ages six to 12 years:
- Give half a tablet every four to six hours as needed
- Do not give more than six half tablets in 24 hours
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you take this medicine as you may be more likely to get side effects including confusion and may be needed to take a lower daily dose.
- Do not take more than the recommended dose
- Do not give to children under six years
If you have any further questions about Piriton Tablets dosage, talk to your doctor or click here to see the patient information leaflet.
Alternative to Piriton Allergy Tablets
Here are some alternatives to Piriton Allergy Tablets –
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
dry mouth, nose, or throat;
blurred vision; or.
feeling nervous or restless.