Chlorphenamine is the active ingredient in many hay fever medications, including Piriton and Pollenase.
It works quickly to get those annoying hay fever and allergy symptoms under control, helping you to feel more comfortable and less sneezy.
It can also be used to ease reactions to insect bites and stings, conjunctivitis, and eczema and is available over the counter, so you can get back to normal without needing a prescription.
Chlorphenamine can also be found in some cold medications, paired with other ingredients to help to treat symptoms of coughs and colds.
You can get Chlorphenamine in tablets, which are usually best for adults, or syrup, which is usually best for children over a year old, so it’s a great allergy remedy for the whole family.
Chlorphenamine is an antihistamine, which means it works to ease your hay fever symptoms by blocking histamine.
Histamine is naturally created by your body when you come into contact with something that you’re allergic to, like pollen, dust, pet hair, or other allergens.
Histamine tells different parts of your body to get the allergen out of your system as quickly as it can, causing symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, rashes, and more.
Chlorphenamine blocks histamine as it’s trying to send these messages, preventing hay fever and allergy symptoms by tackling their source head-on.
When you’re picking up an antihistamine you may notice the active ingredient on your product listed as Chlorphenamine, Chlorpheniramine, or Chlorphenamine Maleate, and wonder what the difference is.
The truth is that there’s not much difference, and these are all just terms for the same active ingredient.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you shouldn’t take medicines that contain chlorphenamine.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and need an antihistamine that will help you to manage your hay fever or allergy symptoms, then doctors will usually recommend an antihistamine called loratadine.
However, you should always speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medication when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
The usual chlorphenamine dosage for adults and children over the age of 12, is one 4mg tablet every 4 – 6 hours.
Make sure that you don’t take more than 6 tablets, or 24mg, in any 24-hour period.
This dosage can be different for younger children or the elderly, and can differ from medicine to medicine.
To be sure you’re taking the right amount of medicine, make sure you read the patient information leaflet that comes with each product carefully, so you get the right dosage as recommended by the manufacturer.
Otherwise, you should follow any dosage instructions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist.
Chlorpheniramine is an older antihistamine, which means that it can make you feel drowsy or sleepy after you take it.
If you do feel this way after taking medicines that contain this ingredient, you should not try to drive or operate tools or machinery until you’re sure the feeling has passed.
If you need to drive or use machinery and find that Chlorpheniramine interferes with that, then you may want to consider a newer antihistamine, such as Loratadine or Cetirizine, which are less likely to make you feel drowsy.
Although Chlorpheniramine can make you feel drowsy or sleepy after you take it, it isn’t recommended as a way to ease short-term insomnia.
You may choose to take Chlorpheniramine before bed if it makes you feel drowsy, as a way to help you to manage your hay fever symptoms overnight.
However, if you’re looking for a medication that will help to ease your short-term insomnia, we recommend speaking to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist so they can give you some advice about choosing a product that will be right for you.
It usually takes around half an hour for Chlorphenamine to get to work and ease your allergy symptoms.
If you need relief that will get to work fast, you can’t go far wrong with medicines that contain Chlorphenamine.