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My child has been on Phenergan this past month. His Ped put him on this drug to combat allergic reaction caused by mosquito bite(it bulges out of proportion).I have seen unsually uncontrollable behaviour in my child. He is beyond cajoling, reasoning when he gets into this behaviour. I tried stopping it and found he was calmer and wonderful. But he had severe cold and was put on drugs for cold, cough etc. Again this erratic behaviour started with more severity.I am inclined to believe these cold and cough drugs cause severe side reaction in children.
DO NOT GIVE PHENERGAN TO YOUR CHILDREN----because it can KILL them. It can cause respiratory arrest, as it did to my child when it was prescribed by the pediatrician for vomiting. My child died within 24 hours of being given the phenergan!
Phenergan is an over the counter or prescribed medicine that has several uses. It can be used for travel sickness and this has been the main reason I have used it repeatedly over the years, but also for allergic reactions such as hay fever or hives and as a mild sedative.
I was first introduced to Phenergan through work colleagues. My son was about 9 months old at the time and I was struggling to keep my eyes open at work as my son did not sleep through the night and I was exhausted.
A number of other mums in the office suggested I get some Phenergan and occasionally give my son a spoonful before bed, as it is a mild sedative and would give me a full nights sleep every so often to re-charge my batteries. I was a little dubious and fearful of giving my son a sedative just so I could sleep through the night, but eventually I battled with my conscience and went to the chemist. Thankfully, at this point I was turned away as they do not sell this over the counter or on prescription if you are intending on using it for a child under 2 years old, as it is not suitable for them.
I didnt bother trying to obtain this again for another year and a bit, and by this point my son was suffering terribly from car sickness. At times we could just travel 5 minutes down the road and he would throw up. After a few experiences of this we decided it was best to travel everywhere with a bowl on his lap.
I had a trip to my sisters coming up and as it was quite a long drive I really didnt want my son suffering any more than he had to and I looked through all the travel sickness remedies about. I struck tablets off the list, as there was no way he would chew them, even the fruity ones. I had tried wristbands with pressure points and they had made no difference so I was relieved when I finally remembered that Phenergan was a travel sickness preventative and spoke to my health visitor about it.
She got a prescription from the doctor for me although by this time my son was over 2 and I could have got it over the counter and we got the bottle from the pharmacy. Before handing it over she warned me of the effects drowsiness! I was mildly excited at the thought of my son maybe sleeping through the night following a legitimate dosage of this travel sickness remedy.
Phenergan comes in a 100ml bottle and the first thing to say is it is very difficult to open. It has a childproof cap on it but even so once you have pushed down and got over the initial clicks it is still very hard to get right off.
The medicine itself doesnt really have a smell but does have a slight orange taste to it and my son certainly had no problem taking the dosage. It is however very, very sticky if you get it on your hands or anywhere else. Having no colour to speak of it will not stain clothes if it gets knocked at all during the spoon to mouth movement!
The first time we used this was for the journey we had coming to my sisters. Reading from the instructions on the box I had to give him one 5ml spoonful (dose varies depending on age) the night BEFORE the journey. I thought this was odd as I assumed it would be out of his system by the time we came to drive the following day, however it does say you can repeat this dosage again after 6-8 hours and knowing the severity of his car sickness I gave him another spoonful in the morning. The journey was event free. I gave him his bowl to hold anyway but there was no point in the ride that I thought he was looking pale or he had gone too quiet. These were the classic signs I looked for usually in order to make sure he had the bowl in time but I had to say I was really impressed with this.
We used it countless times over the course of the next two years and it worked for about 90% of the time. There was the occasional journey that he still threw up, but we never quite put total confidence in it and he always still held his bowl so we were at least saved the cleaning up process, but overall as a travel sickness preventative I was impressed and began to rely on it for longer, planned journeys. It was annoying that it had to be taken the night before because if you forgot or went on a spontaneous car ride there was nothing else you could do, although I would still give a dose of it in the morning before leaving and hope for the best.
It doesnt end there though. My son was still not sleeping through the night at this point and I had given up with all the techniques to get him to do so. As I had the bottle at home it was too much of a temptation not to give it a try as a mild sedative. It had worked so well as a travel sickness preventative and my son had no adverse reactions to it, so I decided to give it a go. This time he was meant to have 3-4 spoonfuls as a single night time dose and I gave this to him while he was in the bath. I felt guilty as he swallowed the liquid, but its not as if this is not meant as a short term sedative.
That night I slept the whole night through with no disturbance and no crying toddler to deal with. I woke in the morning and flew up the stairs to make sure he was OK. There he was sleeping like a baby, and he woke a few minutes later in his bed for the first time ever I think! I felt like a new woman and he was the happiest he had been for a long time, as he was not all niggly from being so tired.
I was too scared to give it to him again the next night and he woke as usual, so there was nothing lingering in his system. I did however use it occasionally after that as a sedative, when I was extremely tired and eventually he started to sleep through on his own so I had no need to use it. I must add though that this must not be given for more than 7 consecutive nights.
Thankfully now he has grown out of travel sickness and has been sleeping through the night for about three years! Phenergan is a distant memory in this house now as his sister sleeps through now and has thankfully never suffered car sickness. The bottle I pulled from the back of the cupboard for this review will be binned now as it only lasts for a month after the top has been open.
Overall, I do highly recommend Phenergan. I have not experienced the results based on an allergy, but certainly for travel sickness and as a sedative for over two years old, I would use it again if needed. Its not just for kids and adults can benefit too, although it is recommended to use tablets instead of syrup and also it is more important to be aware of the drowsiness it can cause in adults, as you are more likely to be doing something potentially dangerous like driving.
I would like to finish by saying that this is a review based entirely on my personal experience with Phenergan after consulting with my health professional. Please seek proper medical help before taking this and always read the instructions inside the packaging before starting dosage, as there are some side effects that you should be aware of.
Phenergan is NOT suitable for children under 2 in any circumstances nor is it suitable for diabetics.
it has been almost two months now that i have stopped taking phenergan (promethazine). For six years i took a single 50mg tab in the evening to intensify the effect of my methadone (100mg/day thru most of this period.) It gives a kind of funky chemical nod, superficially opioid but really just sedation - the holes-in-the-shirtfront sort. I stopped going out much. Even television got hard - I couldn't remember what i'd seen well enuff to keep track of a story plot. This could not fail to be depressing, and the depression sapped my attention-span too. I started avoiding friends. While this developed, i was separately worried about the appearance of akathisia. I couldn't keep still. CONSTANT fidgeting. I've always been hyper so i didn't notice at first, but people noticed and mentioned it, which didn't help the intensifying depression much. I could control it by focusing on being still, but soon my guard would fade and twitching jerking drumming would return. I blamed the methadone. Akathisia is frequently iatrogenic, caused by medication. Only trouble was, not only wasn't methadone not a known cause, it should be a CURE. Other opioids are effective in treaing akathisia. It was my pharmacist who put it together. He'd been after me for some time to level with my doctor about the promethazine (sounds so much better than phenergan) which is available without prescription here. I asked him if he thought methadone could cause akathisia. He said "No, but phenergan probably can." The drugs most likely to cause kinetic disorders like akathisia are the antipsychotic tranquilizers - including chlorpromazine, thiordazine and the like. These drugs are phenothiazines, part of a large family of antihistamine drugs with sedative properties.Side effects are the familiar twitching, drooling, pillrollin
g movements seen in long-term psychiatric patients.The early extrapyramidal problems can become a disabling chronic morass of robotic masks, stiff gait and the like. ...and it appears he was right. Saturday will be my first date in a very long time. I don't expect earthshaking results but as chairman mao used to say, 'the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'. Or should that be 'a faint heart never won a fair lady'. No, I don't think he said that one. I also signed up for the local figure-drawing group and that gets me out on Tuesday night. I have noticably more energy and for the first time in years i seem to be sending a feeling of being attracted to others again. Folks, if you feel like your methadone isn't strong enuff, ask for an increase. Don't screw around with 'potentiators'. And... FYI, Gravol and sominex are also members - worth thinking about if you use either.
I have read through most of the Phenergan opinions on this site and was very surprised to see that no one has written about the "Phenergan Night Time Tablets". Several months ago I had a very severe pain on the right hand side of my body around the top of my leg. The pain was most severe in the night and I used to have great difficulty in sleeping. As you may be aware from some of my previous opinions I travel to West Africa a lot and one of my trips I picked up some Diazepam Tablets 5mg from one of my friends pharmacies. These tablets are basically the generic form of Valium. Although I hardly ever used to use these tablets I am one person who always like to keep a stock of everything for any sort of emergency because you never know when you might need it. When I started experiencing these pains my first thought was to take these Diazepam tablets. However as many of you might be aware these Valium tablets, although effective, are very addictive and once your body gets used to it you will find it extremely difficult to gain sleep normally without them. It was in this regard that I started my search for an alternative medicine that could do the job and that was not addictive. I found my choice at Pharmacy2U and these were the "Phenergan Night Time Tablets". They come in packs of 14 tablets and go for £2.47 for the pack. The normal dosage is one tablet at night but this can be increased to two tablets if required. I personally did take two tablets for the first three days and then reduced it to one tablet as my pain subsided. As is the case with all Phenergan products, such as the normal tablets and the syrup, this contains Promethazine Hydrochloride. In the case of these tablets it contains 25 mg of it. This ingredient is the one that brings about drowsiness and induces sleep. It worked splendidly for me and I am all praises for this product. It is also v
ery inexpensive and I stopped taking them after 7 days. After stopping them I thought that I may suffer from drawback symptom but this was not the case. So for all of you out there you may have occasional sleeping problems please do try this relatively new product. It worked pretty well on me and I am not a happy person to please when it comes to medicines.
DIFFICULT TO BE OBJECTIVE WHEN YOU DISLIKE SOMETHING THIS MUCH Phenergan (aka Sominex)(generic name - promethazine) has been around for many years, and was originally used to be used to treat abnormal behaviour arising from mental illnesses. In more recent times however it has also been found to be very effective against the itching brought on by allergic reactions and is also used as an anti-emetic (to prevent nausea) and thus suggested for travel sickness. COMBINATION PREPARATIONS The drug can be found in a variety of cough medicines acting as an antihistamine including Medised and Tixylix. DOSE The adult dose ranges between 20-75mg, and is prescribed to children in reduced dosages according to age (and I should imagine weight). Taken orally, it should take effect within about 60 minutes. WHAT FORMS IS IT IN? Tablets, Liquid (elixir) and injection. 25mg tablets are a purply blue coloue with PN25 imprinted on one side. There used to be a 10mg tablet available also. Sorry no idea on prices, I would not buy this, and have only had it whilst in hospital and on prescription many years ago. SIDE EFFECTS Side effects include extreme tiredness - with me it seems to edge little short of sheer exhaustion. I am prescribed it if admitted as an in-patient to treat my eczema, and it is traditionally used by the doctors in quite large doses to appease the itching, whilst also sedating the patient, helping them to relax and sleep whilst also stopping them scratching. The drug doubles up as a sedative/antihistamine (to prevent itching), and thus can be useful in cases of chicken-pox, urticaria and eczema. I have read some very interesting facts in Star500's op in respect of its use in young children as a sedative. This drug has on me a similar effect to valium (when I injured my neck), making you very lethargic and sluggish, and totally disinterested in everything. I c
an just imagine how a child may feel after taking it, if you are thinking of giving this to a very young child, maybe you should try it yourself first. It feels very powerful, and it scares me somewhat that it can be purchased over the pharmacy counter without prescription. I am a very regular user of sedative inducing antihistamines, as I use Piriton on a daily basis, usually a couple of times a day, as it is the only way to relieve the constant itch I suffer from eczema and a variety of contact allergies, yet, Phenergan drug knocks me sideways. A young child will not be in a position to tell you how they feel, and I would say use with caution. Maybe I just react badly to it, but I certainly do not like the effect it has on me. (This is a woman who received enough Temazepam to sedate a horse before an operation in hospital and still had to be held down by four nurses so that they could administer the anaesthetic. Other apparently common side effects include dry mouth and blurred vision. WHERE CAN I GET IT? You can buy it in your local pharmacy in both tablet and elixir form. ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS Avoid alcohol at all costs, it will massively increase the sedative properties of this drug, and believe me you do not need this. Any sedative such as sleeping tablets, or 'drowsy' antihistamines will increase the sedative properties of phenergan. Do not use this drug if taking MAOI's (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) (what I hear you say - if you are taking these you should know, and will probably be following a restricted diet as guided by your GP, because of potential food interactions with MAOI's.). There is a risk of abnormal heart rhythms with Terfenadine (Triludan)- The 120mg version of this drug has been withdrawn (not sure on lower doses) and Astemizole. Do not drive until you are very clear on how this drug affects you. IN MY OPINION Probably
a very useful drug with a wide variety of uses, but I personally do not get on at all with it.
I first heard about phenergan just befor we went on holiday to Teneriffe last year.I was saying to a friend how I was dreading the 4hour flight with my 2 children then aged 3 and 18 months.she said that she had used phenergan when they went on holiday as it was supposed to make them sleep.Ideal I thought!!!! Off I went to the chemist to buy some but I was amazed when the pharmasist said it was quite dangerous for small children.Obviously we didn't use it. Apparently there has been some research into Phenergan as so many people where using it frequently to help there children sleep and the outcome was that there was an increase in deaths due to sudden death syndrome than in children that hadn't taken it. Apart from the pharmasist telling me this I havn't any real evidence to back this up but it is worth looking into.
I've never used Phenegen, never heard of it until I took my 19 mth old daughter to Cuba in Oct 99. Its a 10 hour flight and someone mentioned to me about a sedative for her.I know what you are all thinking, "what she doing taking a baby on a long haul flight!!." Well it was hubbies idea!I knew it would be difficult, but hey it was worth it.The holiday was brill and she was so well behaved! Apparently in the early 80s it was used to help sleeping in babies and toddlers and was available on shelf. But after it was being misused it was taken off the shelf and was only available on prescription. My doctor prescribed Phenegan as he said it would knock her out for 5hrs, then it at least give us some rest. What a joke!! It only made her dopey and ratty. I gave her the dosage he advised on the way out to Cuba after we had our dinner and she slept for 2 hrs but woke up a miserable toddler, who cried and winged, bless her. We gave her some more a few hours later which again he said was o k but it didn't have a reaction. Even the books and toys we took for her she didn't want and she just sat and cried. We were glad to get off the plane believe me. We tried it on the way back, but again made her ratty and unbearable so we didn't bother trying it again so we just tried to keep her occupied. I wouldn't recommend this its not worth it. If you take you child on a long haul holiday, just take favourite toys and books ,most people are understanding. Or go for a short haul. If you want to get your child to sleep, I would recommend a good sleep routine, Phenegan is not the right answer!!
I have read many opinions about Phenergan and felt that, as someone who works in a pharmacy, I may be able to add a different perspective on the pros and cons of it. For those of you who are not familiar with the product, Phenergan contains an antihistamine called Promethazine Hydrochloride. This is one of the older antihistamines which causes drowsiness in a lot of people, especially children. Because of this, over the years, it has gained the reputation of being an ideal sedative for children. This probably stems from the fact that doctors used to prescribe it to mothers who found it difficult to settle their children down at night. For the majority of children, a spoonful of Phenergan was enough to give them, and the rest of the family, a decent night’s sleep. Using it in this way used to be fine if prescribed by a doctor but Phenergan is not supposed to be sold over the counter in chemists for putting children to sleep. If you read the list of indications of use, it lists travel sickness and allergies and while it lists drowsiness and sedation as a side effect, it doesn’t necessarily mean it should be used as a sedative without medical advice. In fact, it isn’t even recommended for children under 2 years old yet lots of people keep on buying it. I have to admit that it is very difficult when someone, usually with a young child and looking very tired and worn out, asks to buy Phenergan as we have to refuse the sale if there is any doubt to it’s uses. But what I find even more difficult and frustrating is when someone comes in and knows all of the "correct answers" to the questions that we have to ask regarding who it is for and what they are using it for: eg, "it is for my 10 year olds travel sickness" when it is obvious what they are really using it for. It is not as if we refuse the sale because we are being mean and spiteful (most chemists would not want
to turn away customers) but believe it or not we are keeping in line with medical advice and trying to help in the long run. Firstly, by using Phenergan you may be covering up a problem which is preventing the child from getting a good sleep. This could be anything from an annoying cough to an uncomfortable bed or even hyperactivity. (Note: Phenergan doesn’t always have an effect in hyperactive children). Secondly, Phenergan isn’t indicated for use in children under 2 as possibly hasn’t been tested in this age group and no one knows if it will have any other effects in children of this age. I’m not saying that this is the definitive reason but there is always some sort of reason why the manufacturers do not recommend something (eg. Aspirin is unsuitable for under 12’s because of the risk of Reye’s Syndrome). Perhaps it would be advisable to listen to them as they are the ones that carry out all of the tests and monitoring. The suitability and indications of this product is even listed in the British National Formulary (BNF) which is a reference book used by both Doctors and Pharmacists. Of course, if someone really wants to buy Phenergan then if they go around enough pharmacies and answer all the questions correctly then they will eventually get it. However, less pharmacies are stocking the elixir (which is used for 2-5yrs) and people are instead buying the tablets which only have a dosage for 5 years and upwards listed. This can thus cause even more confusion and problems. Now I don’t want you to think that I hate Phenergan, when I actually believe it to be a really good antihistamine for allergies, hayfever and travel sickness. I am just urging everyone to be extra careful and to read the instructions and ensure that the correct dosage is being given for the correct indication. I know that there will be many of you who disagree with me but it is a subject that I
feel strongly about as every day I encounter the same problems with it. However, what I have noticed is that people who have been refused Phenergan are taking Medised instead. This has the same antihistamine but also contains paracetamol and is allowed for children under 2. But, to get a good night’s sleep, a child ends up getting unnecessary paracetamol. But I’ll leave that rant to another review...if I don’t get too much hate mail about this one!
My youngest son is 9 years old and a diagnosed DYSPRAXIC. For people who are unaware what this means, it simply is a term given to a clumsy child whose brains are there and are very clever yet take more time to do things than others. He has poor balance at the best of times, and falls over a needle on occasions yet he loves to travel. He hates tablets even the sweetie chewy type for travel sickness and so I have to rely on medicine to do the trick. He easily gets embarrassed if he throws up and you would agree if your child spent a day trip to the nearest town with a carrier bag hung over his ears like a nosebag. I regularly use PHENERGAN and have done for the last two months just once a fortnight and yet something strange is happening. According to specialists Dyspraxic children often accompany inner ear balance problems as does travel sickness. However I would like to know if I am the only parent whose child has had to stop taking Phenergan because it has stopped working as a travel sickness medicine? When it does work it is absolutely brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone who suffers with this complaint. But remember that as with all drugs ask the doctors or pharmacists and read the leaflet enclosed before taking it.
Phenergan is very widely misused and misunderstood. I beg you not to use it to sedate your children, it is actually an anti-histamine. To the best of my knowledge thankfully it now is not available over the counter. Many parents use it to help get a nights sleep by sedating babies and young children, to do so is dangerous as it may mask or hide real illnesses such as febrile convulsions etc. It is not even recommended for babies, please read the labels. I am speaking from a bad experience, my ex-wife used to give my daughter it when i worked nights to get her to sleep, so she could have peace, and would then give her more when she woke up, its so easy to fall into a trap of anything for peace. She would hide it around the house and keep buying it when i threw the other out. Single mothers may be at risk of using it because of stress. Its dangerous to misuse it so please beware, a healthy child cries not just a poorly one. And yes my daughter suffered with febrile convulsions and i nearly lost her.
Phenergan - every mother’s answer to a good nights sleep or is it??? Phenergan is an antihistamine containing promethazine. It can be used for travel sickness, allergy and hayfever, but surprisingly enough one of the indications for it is not for putting babies to sleep. In fact, for those of you who read the directions on the packet, it is not even recommended for use in children under 2 years old - so why is it infamous for sedating children then? It probably stems from the fact that Phenergan contains an older type antihistamine which causes drowsiness in both adults and children. Obviously children are more susceptible to its effects (but every person is different and may not react to it like this). As well as drowsiness, it has other side effects such as a dry mouth. Doctors used to prescribe this drug to enable both mother and child to get a good nights sleep. This may be fine under proper medical advice but just buying it over the counter without speaking to your doctor may not always be the right thing to do. All I’m saying is that, while Phenergan is a great drug for travel sickness and allergies, it is not supposed to be used for putting babies and young children to sleep. The label states this but I hadn’t realised it and had been using it just like other mothers. I’ll be more careful in future and read the labels properly.
Phenergan has an almost mythical reputation for putting kids to sleep........I've known mothers use it for their kids on a regular basis. Not much liking using medicines unless absolutely necessary, I held off trying it until absolutely desperate.........only to find it didn't work! I spoke to my GP about it at a later date and discovered that not only does it sometimes not work, but in some cases it actually can have the opposite effect to the one you intended, and make your child hyperactive! It is actually an antihistamine, ( promethazine hydrochloride) uses include for sickness (it's an anti emetic) allergies and of course its familiar use as a sedative for kids. Try it by all means, but be aware that it can have the exact opposite effect to the one you're looking for!
I am glad this remedy works for some children - but on mine it definitely didn't! My son was hyperactive in the womb and as a baby would not settle, no way no how. By the time he was three he had been prescribed Phenerghan on different occasions to enable me to get a bit of sleep at nights. Unfortunately it didn't work at all. He thrived on the stuff. Trouble is it didn't send him to sleep. He was later diagnosed as hyperactive (ADHD and Autistic) so I would say for parents of hyper kids, don't bank on Phenerghan working because it often doesn't. My younger daughter is 'normal' but often doesn't want to go to bed. She's 5 now and on a couple of occasions we have given her Phenerghan. Again, unfortunately it didn't work. Maybe my kids are immune to it's effects?
When my two oldest children would not sleep and they were devils, not like my youngest he sleeps soundly but only because in the beginning when he didnt sleep i was told about phenergan by another mum, who swore by it as she had used it with all for of her kids. What it does is relax them down and brings out the tiredness in them, and within 5 mins of giving them a spoonful they are fast asleep for the rest of the night, where they would normally wake you up every few hours. My boy had it every night for 2 weeks and then slept soundly at night and still does. Do not know if it was a fluke, but give it a try and let e know if it works. It might give you frustrated mums some peaceful sleep, it even helped when he was teething. It is about £2.00 a bottle from your chemist they use it for travel sickness to relax your stomache, so must do the same to your child relax them down so they can settle back to sleep. Hope it works for use as good as me.
This medicine is a phenothiazine aimed at treating or preventing nausea, vomiting, or motion sickness / Always seek medical advice before taking any drugs