GSK don't warn of possible withdrawal symptoms.
I have taken the tablets for 2 months straight, not having had issues in the past when I took them for shorter periods.
A day after I stopped taking them, I started itching all over my body. It has been 5 days and I can barely sleep. My skin feels hyper sensitive.
I thought a connection with the tablets might exist and looked online. This 'withdrawal' symptom is well documented on American websites, yet no information appears on the package in the UK.
Can anyone with the same symptoms please report them to GSK, as I am furious that I cannot find any official information on this.
I have a range of mild allergies and have tried just about every anti-histamine going.
This product is Piriteze and contains cetirizine hydrochloride which is in many anti histamines.
They are one a day tablets which does make them easy to to take. They are designed to use with common allergies such as allergic rhinitis, hay fever, and urticaria.
The tablets come with a long list of warnings and should not be used if pregnant or breast feeding or if you have you are allergic or sensitive to, or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients of the medicine, to hydroxyzine, or to piperazine derivatives. Piriteze is for children over six years of age. You can't take them if you have kidney problems, galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency, glucose-galactose malabsorption, epilepsy or are at risk of having convulsions, or if you are at risk of having urinary retention.
It also has a large list of possible side effects. This generation of anti histamines is supposed to be non drowsy but I personally find it makes me extremely drowsy to the point of needing to fall asleep and basically renders me non functional until it wears off. As for how well it works, it seems to help for more minor allergy symptoms quite well, it definitely reduces skin rashes and hay fever. Being able to sleep through my symptoms can be useful at times but it's not ideal for day to day life.
They cost around £4.99 for 12. And there are liquid versions for those who find tablets difficult to take.
My hay fever has gradually been getting worse as I have got older and I have been suffering particularly badly this year. My eyes are so itchy and I just have to rub them quite hard to relieve the itching but this makes them very sore and it turns into a vicious circle of itching and rubbing until my eyes turn into two red circles on my face. I am sneezing numerous times a day and my nose keeps running as though I have a bad dose of the flu. I get it worst in July and August and especially this year when I am outside far more due to the wonderful weather we are having.
I have taken other brand of hay fever tablets in previous years but tried these Piriteze tablets mainly due to them being on offer at Wilkinsons at £1.49 which is the cheapest I have seen them and also I believe that Piriteze is a well known and trusted brand. Boots currently have them for sale at £3.29 but they are in the buy one get one half price offer but this is still dearer than Wilkinsons. I don't tend to take them every day just when I feel I need them when I wake up, or when I know the pollen count I going to be particularly high.
The active ingredient in these tablets is cetirizine hydrochloride which is in the majority of hay fever tablets and in addition to hay fever they are also suitable for skin and pet allergies, and mould spore and house dust mite allergies. The box contains 7 tablets but you can also get them in boxes of 12.
The recommended dosage for an adult is one per day, for children ages 6 to 12 half a tablet twice a day and they are not suitable for children under 6 years old. There is a warning on the box stating that they may cause drowsiness and if so not to drive or operate machinery. Personally I haven't found they make me any more tired than I am during the hot weather anyway, but I am sure that everyone's tolerance levels are different and you should be aware that they can make you sleepy. They are also not suitable if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
The box is yellow and green with a row of flower petals depicting what the allergies are which the tablets are suitable for. The tablets themselves are long and thin and are easily popped out of the foil. I find them small enough to swallow without having any water with them and there is no real taste to them.
I find that if I take one of these tablets my symptoms usually start to reduce after about half an hour and this lasts for the rest of the day. I do still sneeze occasionally but I don't have the itchy eyes and runny nose so a few sneezes I can cope with. I know that there are a lot of hay fever tablets on the market at the moment and there are always very good offers on them at different supermarkets and chemists but as these do really work for me I will continue to buy these as long as they are on special offer. However if they do go up to the full price which I think is around £6 I would not buy them and would try another brand.
I feel that these tablets contain my hay fever and reduce my symptoms, and I would recommend them to others as long as the price is right.
As a hay fever sufferer who also has a few irritating allergies to animals and some scented products, I've tried most antihistamines out there. Of course, the best way to treat allergies is to avoid the thing you're allergic to and prevent the reaction in the first place. Sadly, this isn't always possible, and the next best thing is to keep antihistamines in your bathroom and in your handbag.
Piriteze tablets are made by the same people who make the traditional piriton syrup, but in tablet form they're much more convenient to take, especially out and about. I always hated taking any kind of medicine in syrup/liquid form as the lid and bottle always got sticky and messy, and so did your hands! Piriteze come in a nice, handy, clean blister pack. No muss no fuss.
The active ingredient is cetirizine hydrochloride, this is the same drug as in lots of other brands of antihistamine, so in some ways you are paying for the brand name when you buy Piriteze. These tablets are to be taken once a day, which has its upsides and its downsides. For things like hay fever I've found that the one a day tablets don't actually last the full day and you get a return of symptoms long before you can take your next dose. For long summer days I prefer more traditional 4-8 hourly antihistamines that you can take a few of each day or as and when you need them.
The Piriteze box and information leaflet warns you that the tablets can cause drowsiness. They weren't lying. These will pretty much knock you out. It becomes next to impossible to keep your eyes open and don't even think about taking these if you need to drive, work or look after your small children! This drowsiness effect could be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your circumstances and perspective. If you're at home, you don't have to go anywhere and you are feeling utterly miserable because of your allergy symptoms then a lovely nap with no sniffing or sneezing and waking up feeling better can be blissful. If you're anywhere else except home with nothing to do, its a nightmare.
Therefore, I would recommend having two or more types of antihistamine at any given time. Keep this one in the medicine cabinet at home and use it when it won't matter if you nod off or are lethargic and useless for a few hours. Keep another type of anti-allergy drug in your handbag ready for use when you're out and about and need to stop the sneezing without losing your mental faculties!
I bought these because I have an allergy to furry animals, which isn't brilliant when until recently we had pet cats. I am surprised at the negative reviews from others on this site as I have to say, before I took these, we didn't realise I was allergic and had people review our home for damp, after taking these and realising I had an allergy to cats, my life was so different, I could stroke them and play with them without spending the remainder of my day and evening with breathing problems and skin abrasions.
I appreciate the main use for these tablets is hay fever, as I don't have this I can only speak as a pet user, but they have been great. They are expensive at £4.69 for 12 from Boots but felt worth it as they allowed me to play with our pets which had become extremely difficult prior to that.
The tablets contain an antihistamine called cetirizine which is non-sedating and thankfully doesn't make you drowsy like many antihistamine protections.
The tablet is taken once every day, I took it first thing in the morning with water and it worked until I went back to bed, no rashes no inflamed throat, no puffy eyes, kids should only take half a tablet twice a day.
Pregnant women or mothers who are breastfeeding are advised to avoid the tablets as are people with kidney failure or children under 6.
The list of side effects is fairly comprehensive but I haven't suffered any of these, my experience with the tablets (which I no longer use without our cats) has been a positive one. The tablets are readily available in any pharmacy, have no real taste, I suffered no side effects and they did exactly what I hoped they would. Whilst expensive they changed my life and I really appreciate that. A decent product that does exactly what it said on the tin.
Not to be taken if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
There is nothing quite like writing a review on an allergy tablet while you wait for the advantages of having taken a dosage - it has been three hours already since today's dosage. The dosage clearly states one pill a day and having had some advice from supposedly higher authority than myself regarding allergy health products - I apparently must wait patiently until this minuscule torpedo chalk pill has got into my system and it can take up to a week! A week to relieve me of my sinusitis, itchy eye lids, and mucus overload in my nasal passages, yes, both of them need a decent nasal passage, Calgon rinse and flush; even air requires having their documents checked at nasal air traffic control; the unnecessary red tape evil when hay fever strikes. It is like as if my membranes have read a Nicholas Sparks book simultaneously and got nauseatingly emotional. Due to this occurrence they've expanded in size and are irritating one another. The problem is my docile Piriteze pill is on a permanent Builder's tea break - obviously still talking about what is required to 'eze' my suffering (sorry I couldn't resist) but like a Barclay's banker, ignoring the actual problem for as long as possible. When I say I've taken my daily dosage, I have to admit I've gone through this palaver for two days 'nasal running' now, without any obvious sign of work in progress. The thought of nasally exploding into GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) customer service's ears does fill me with comfort - alas 'mot', they've 'mot' got a Piriteze customer service - nor have they politely left a contact telephone number on the Piriteze petal infected box, so 'we' allergy sufferers can call and noisily complain. Who do they think they are? Bob Diamond!
May cause drowsiness!! - (always play down the side effects, helps with the sales figures)
Luckily for GSK, I'm too drowsy to take it further - yes, one of the side effects of Piriteze is making the eye lids feel sticky and heavy, in pharmaceutical packaging terms: 'drowsiness'. This means operating machinery, including driving a metal container at speed, is ill advised - but writing on a keyboard is fine; keyboards aren't deemed as life threatening, if head meets it from a sitting position. The mandatory keep out of the reach of children notice as a lighter dosage is preferred. Can understand why adults maybe tempted to use an adult dosage - anything for a quiet life - albeit, definitely not advisable. One of the pitfalls of taking this type of drug: firstly, it creates havoc with your social life, because alcoholic drinking is also ill advised, and secondly, it creates havoc with your social life, because there is a strong possibility you'll be dropping off in mid conversation, or worse still dropping off in mid someone else's sentence. Whereby spluttering excuses in the style of Hugh Grant will have to be mastered - unlike in Grant films - the reality is you're ostracized from social events until further notice. Well, until you embarrassingly meet the banal toned recipient (the one you nodded off on, while he was in mid conversation about fishing for trout) in a high street eighteen months on.
No Latin terms - just crushed chillies and an Albanian Mother's Sister
The one irk what really grabs me, is that for any 'actual' effect, (to save any argument's- I'll assume this does happen) you do have to wait........ You really do have to take the twelve chalky torpedo pills - daily to see if it works. By that time the allergy may've gone and how do you know if Piriteze is effective? Naturally, GSK will say: 'Ah, that's the Piriteze working - you're now temporary cured, buy more Piriteze tablets to keep your Antihistamine level up!' What's wrong with having the recommended Antihistamine level for a temporary cure all in one torpedo pill? Not a lot to ask for in our fast modern world. The allergy tablets offer you instant drowsiness - surely offering you instant relief done in the same manner as Paracetamol, isn't too much to ask for, from a blue-chip corporation inventing variations of drug brands too the extent the lunacy marketing team usually adopt Latin terminologies in the quest for naming the pills: 'piri'; means a crushed chilli and 'teze' is Albanian for 'Mother's Sister'. Absolutely nothing to do with allergies - nor Latin phrases - Piriteze the brand breaks the mould for pharmaceutical logic (if that exists) and that's saying something. A mild connection is that when you sneeze the audio can resemble the word 'Piriteze!' The link is short-lived, because it is also for; skin allergies, pet allergies and for the worrying sounding allergy, 'mould spore'.
Cetirizine hydrochloride - for normal citizens, simply means decongestant. The Cetirizine's job is to reduce the major drowsiness side effect. It is absorbed quickly and stops the drowsiness from taking hold, allegedly. Just by mentioning the drowsiness only magnifies the potency.....
What the general pharma-world consensus tells us is that the sufferer requires Antihistamines to combat the allergic infection. And the best means to combat the allergy is to gradually build up the Antihistamines via oral ingestion. This tends to pander to pharmaceutical product consumption in regards to profits - milking the sufferer for he / she's worthhhh. My head is nodding from side to side, my eyes are alf closed now and I feeeel I'm goooiii - ng to droppp off. . . . . . . . Thuddddd on keyboardiohutsfidsjn© 1st2thebar 2012 ih gewuha rhg ueh uehr 2q865%!!!!!
i have only took these(NOT MAX STRENGTH THOUGH) for 3 days so far..but since taking them i have had a funny feeling/sensation in my throat..hard to describe...just wondered if anyone else might have something similar?
I have suffered with a few different Food allergies since I was a child that would always cause me to come out in an itchy rash, particularly across my chest and I often used to take Piriton Medicine to ease it. But as I got older I tried the tablet form which are the Piriteze Allergy Tablets.
They are apparently designed to relieve the symptoms of Hayfever, Pet or House dust mite allergies, Skin allergies, Rashes itching and Hives. The Active Ingredient they contain is something called Cetirizine which is a non-sedating antihistamine.
Directions for using this Medicine is to take 1 a Day and that is supposed to relieve you of any allergy symptoms. But with my experience taking these tablets, they are nowhere near as effective as they are made out to be. They did relieve the itch of the Rash on my chest for a Short Period, but they certainly won't strong enough to fight the itch for very long. As well as my Skin rashes I get from time to time, I also had a really sore scalp which was dry and itching terribly. My doctor said this was likely to be a Skin allergy and reccomended the Piriteze tablets. But they had barely any effect on my itching and sore scalp they were really quite useless.
The worst thing about these tablets though, is how drowsy they caused me to be! Considering they are supposed to be "non-sedative" they made me extremely tired and after taking them I spent the majority of the day fantasizing about my bed! The tiredness made it quite difficult to go about my daily duties. If you take them on an evening, you will probably find that you will want to go to bed very early!
I don't think these Piriteze tablets have really got it right to be honest, any minor relief they have given me was so temporary that it's hardly worth mentioning. If you are suffering from allergies you will definetely need something other than these, they probably work better as a Sleeping aid rather than an antihistamine!
You can buy Boxes of 7 for about £3 or Boxes of 30 for about £8 in most Chemists.
I've just been having a bit of a spring clean and tidied up the drawers in the kitchen and just come across a nearly full box of these Piriteze Max Strength Allergy Tablets.
Now I don't suffer from hayfever and never have, but two years ago I woke up with puffy eyes like you've never seen before, the lids were almost shut and my nose was blocked and I had a slight headache but no temperature.
It's not often I go to the doctors but as this was a very visible looking illness and I had to go to the doctors to put my mind at ease. He said it was hayfever and when I told him I had never had it in my 49 years of life he then told me it can just come on anytime ! , so rather than getting a prescription from him I bought these Piriteze Max Strength Allergy Tablets from Boots and they cost me about £5 or £6 I can't quite remember now.
Looking at adverts on the net shows they retail at different prices depending on where you buy them from but they are all within this price range.
The packaging is the same as the picture above a green and white cardboard box and you get the white tablets in a push out pill tray much like other painkillers you can buy over the counter.
You take the tablet with water or a cup of tea and they take a few minutes before you feel them working on you.
When I got home I took one of the tablets and waited for it to work, now I'm not to sure if it was me being a little paranoid but I began to feel a little worse. Within the hour the puffyness around my eyes had gone down and the blocked nose was beginning to go away but I felt really spaced out and then a little dizzy and had to keep sitting down.
It was a little like a hot flush without the heat, a very strange reaction to the tablet. I had been sneezing a few days before so I took the doctors word that it was hayfever, but was sure the tablet shouldn't make me feel worse.
The day after I noticed the eye puffyness had gone down a little more and the blocked nose had cleared, I had no headache so I didn't want to take another tablet as the symptoms were going.
I shut the tablets in the drawer and they have been there ever since.
Within four days the symptoms went completely away and to this day I have had nothing like that happen since.
I have never had any hayfever symptoms again if this is what it was and can only imagine it was some kind of allergy to something but I can't think what.
I won't be taking or buying these again as they did make me feel dizzy and sickly and spaced out. Maybe this was because I didn't have hayfever I'll never know.
==Piriteze max Strength allergy Tablets==
Now I don't know who gets more annoyed with Himselfs allergies, me or him. His constant all round sneezing drives me round the bend. It is not just a daytime thing it is a wake up in the middle of the night thing too! I mean who wakes up to sneeze a dozen times! It really winds me up but what's worse is that he is so rubbish at buying and taking any sort of preventive measure.
Which is how I come to buying all sorts of anti-allergy tablets for him. These Piriteze Max strength have probably got to be the most expensive that I have ever purchased as I normally opt for the non-branded ones and feel they do as good a job, or even better, than the branded ones.
So for nearly five pounds you get a box of these supposedly max strength allergy tablets. There are 12 tablets in the box which is a strange amount as they are a 1 a day tablet and this is neither one week or two week supply but of course 12 days. Most other boxes I have bought come as a week supply.
Each tablet is stored in the blister packet inside the outer cardboard box and on the whole the packaging looks better than most of the shops own brand tablets that I buy. Of course it is neither here nor there what the packaging looks like as long as it does a good job at protecting the small white pills inside, and this it does.
The pills are easy to take as they are so small and I have to remind Himself to take them before he leaves for work in the morning. If I don't remind him, he won't remember! Most of the time he drinks it down with a cup of coffee but now he has his stomach ulcer he has to ease on on the caffeine and instead washes it down with some water.
The packaging of the product states that these pills should protect the user from all type of allergies that they may suffer with including hay fever (i.e. pollen), dust mites, pet allergies and mould spores. Which all sounds fantastic because we really don't know exactly what it is that himself is allergic to. Me probably.
However after taking the entire box (over the coursse of the 12 days), we noticed that the improvement in his sneezing, runny nose and me not getting annoyed with it all was no better than when he doesn't take the tablets. Having tried many different types of allergy tablets, we usually see some sort of improvement but with taking these there really wasn't any. Seeing as how much money they are per tablet and they come from a supposedly trusted manufacturer, we did expect the tablets to be the best that money can buy.
We were wrong on this it seems as the following week I switched back to using the Tesco own brand allergy tablets which are priced up at a much more reasonable rate and things significantly improved. This really does surprise me with these tablets but because of the fact they are so over priced and so utterly useless, we certainly won't be buying them again.
So for all those reasons I feel that I have to award these Piriteze Max strength allergy tablets a poor score of 1 star out of 5 and this star is only because I have to! I wouldn't recommend them to anyone and I shall stick to the stores own brand in future.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
When it comes to hayfever I really do suffer with it and again, it's that time of year so I'm getting hit with it full throttle at the moment! The daffodils are dying which for makes it all so much worse for me and this year...I'm in the sticks surrounded by greenery!
I'm waking up most mornings sneezing and with sore eyes and a throat that feels cut. It gets worse throughout the day and I'm getting more headaches, I hurt all over and generally feel totally rubbish. Usually I get a hayfever rash too but that hasn't started up yet thankfully. I love the warmth and sunshine of the summer but usually feel rather unable to enjoy it to the max!
Which is why lately I have been trying out a few hayfever remedies. I usually get mine from the Dr but not being at home means no Dr and so I'm left trying stuff out for myself......and mostly it's been rubbish and I have been suffering big time!
My friend though recommended these to me and as they came highly recommended I decided that if they worked so brilliantly for someone else they had to be worth a go and at £4.99 for a box of 12 tablets I decided that they were so expensive they simply had to work (I usually buy far cheaper options by the way!).
White and green box and on the front of it I am told that they are Max Strength Piriteze Allergy Tablets and that they contain Cetirizine Hyrochloride and that there are as I have mentioned already 12 tablets in the box and that they are a one a day formula and that they are to relieve symptoms of hayfever, skin allergies, mould spore allergies and pet and house dust mite allergies. On the back of the box other information given includes dosage advice and ingredients, contact details for GlacoSmithKine (the manufacturers of the product) are also stated. Inside the box you get a white plastic tray of which you push the tablets out of the other side through the silver foil which again has what it is stated on it and clearly. Informative enough packaging this is and it actually looks a quality product so immediately instills confidence.
Well all you do is take one of these rounded off oblong thin white tablets once a day. I take mine first thing in the morning with a glass of water and as it's so small it slides down the throat with ease and that's it...job done.
After having paid so much for these (in my opinion) I had very high hopes of them working for me. After one week of taking these my symptoms though were exactly the same as before I took them. In the short term they made no difference at all to my itchy eyes, sneezing and sore throat, in the long term of course...the same and persevere with them.....I really did.
Personally for me these were simply a total waste of my money though like I stated earlier my friend thinks these are brilliant so obviously they work for some people better than others. On the upside they are not thought to make you drowsy and to be fair to them they didn't me (and don't my friend). Maybe they would help with mild symptoms but for my severe one's they didn't help a jot which even surprises me to be totally honest with you! Avoid like the plague is the best advice I can give you unless money is no object and your not that ill of course lol.
I purchased my box of 12 tablets in Boots for £4.99 though they are available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc.