Piriton Syrup is a medicine that is intended to be used to treat the symptoms associated with hay fever and other allergies.
2mg of chlorphenamine maleate
Children aged 1-2 – ONE 2.5ml spoonful twice a day
Children aged 2-6 – ONE 2.5ml spoonful every 4-6 hours
Children aged 6-12 – ONE 5ml spoonful every 4-6 hours
Adults and children aged over 12 – TWO 5ml spoonfuls every 4-6 hours
Patients with renal or hepatic impairment should seek doctor’s advice prior to taking this medicine.
Like with any medicine, there is a chance of experiencing side effects. Potential side effects when using this syrup include:
- Drowsiness – which can help when taken at night
- Itchy and raised skin
- Swelling in the face
- Liver problems
- Increased bruising or bleeding
- Difficulty passing urine
What is Piriton?
Piriton tablets and syrup are great hay fever and allergy treatments for children and adults. Piriton contains an antihistamine ingredient called chlorphenamine that quickly relieves the bothersome symptoms of hay fever and other reactions and allergies.
This formula is what is known as a drowsy antihistamine, which can also help to aid restful sleep. Each box contains 60 tablets that are suitable for children and adults over 6 years or you can buy one 150ml bottle of syrup that can be taken from the age of 1 year.
What is Piriton used for?
Piriton is an antihistamine which helps to relieve symptoms of allergies including a runny nose, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes but is also very effective at soothing itchy, irritated or inflamed skin.
You can take Piriton to ease symptoms from the following:
Skin allergies and dermatitis
Insect bites and stings
House, mould or dust mite allergies
Nettle rash and hives
Mild food allergies
The itchy rash of chickenpox
Piriton for chickenpox
Chickenpox is a very common illness in children causing very itchy, fluid-filled blisters. The symptoms of chickenpox usually will improve over time without treatment but it can be very hard to stop a child itching and scratching the blisters.
If your child is over the age of 1 year and is suffering from the itching caused by chickenpox then taking Piriton, daily while symptoms last, can help to make your child feel more comfortable.
Other things that can help to make your child more comfortable include:
Making sure they are drinking adequate fluids to avoid dehydration
Dressing them in suitable clothing to avoid getting too hot or too cold
Keeping their nails short and clean
Giving them a children’s paracetamol
How does Piriton work?
Piriton contains an antihistamine called Chlorphenamine which reduces symptoms of allergies by blocking the histamine receptors in the body. This process stops the histamines causing the allergic response that leads to symptoms appearing.
How long does Piriton take to work?
Most people report feeling some relief from allergies or itching within 30 minutes to an hour after taking Piriton.
Does Piriton make you drowsy?
Chlorphenamine is known as a sedating antihistamine because it works directly on the brain and it can cause some people to feel more drowsy making it particularly effective to reduce symptoms during the night. Newer variations of antihistamines such as loratadine and cetirizine are known to make people less drowsy.