What is Piriton Syrup?
Piriton Syrup is a medicine that is intended to be used to treat the symptoms associated with hay fever and other allergies. The active ingredient in the syrup is chlorphenamine maleate, which is an antihistamine that will treat the symptoms caused by an allergy, which include itchiness, redness, swelling, and irritation.
What is the cause of an allergy?
An allergy is caused by substances that the body thinks is a threat and as a result, the immune system triggers a response. This response includes releasing chemicals that help to defend against potential threats. One such chemical is histamine, which is the cause of many of the symptoms associated with an allergy. This is because histamine is designed to protect the body from the threat and the symptoms are a defence mechanism. Many allergy treatments are known as antihistamines because they suppress the histamine released by the body and reduce the symptoms caused.
Who is this Piriton Syrup suitable for?
This syrup medicine is suitable to be used by adults and children aged 1 and over. It should not be used by anyone who is allergic to the ingredients that are contained in the syrup. This syrup should also not be used if you have taken antidepressants known as Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) in the last 2 weeks, or are taking any other antihistamines. You should speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using if you have any of the following, or any of the following apply to you:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- An enlarged prostate
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Intolerant to some sugars
Do not drive or use machinery when using this syrup and avoid drinking alcohol. If you are using any other form of medication, then seek advice before using.
Can someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding use this syrup?
Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding should consult a medical professional for advice before using this Piriton syrup.
How should Piriton Syrup be used?
The syrup should be taken using the provided spoon and taken by the mouth. The recommended dosages vary based on the age of the user. The recommended dosages are:
- 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
Do not exceed the recommended dosage under any circumstances.
Are there any side effects?
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
- A headache
- Blurred vision
- Low blood pressure
If you notice any side effect, stop using and speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist as soon as possible. You can also record any side effect that you notice using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Why do I need to answer questions to buy this product?
You do not need a prescription for Piriton Syrup, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist 4 U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that Piriton Syrup is the best choice for you.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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Hi, my little boy has eczema and takes this for the itch. He is at nursery and i wondered can we give him his medicine over 2 doses morning and evening or do the doses have to be spread throughout the day?
For 2-6-year-olds, the recommended dosage is one 2.5ml spoonful every 4-6 hours.
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