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Due to a unexpected allergic reaction that caused my eyes and face to swell up and cause considerable pain and discomfort, I was advised to take a course of antihistamines. As I had also been prescribed antibiotics because of the risk of infection, the nurse advised me to purchase the Piriton branded antihistamines from a local chemist rather than paying for an additional prescription charge. This proved to be worthwhile advice as an NHS prescription currently costs over 8 pounds per item. I paid just over 5 pounds for a pack of 60 Piriton tablets from Sainsburys making a worthwhile saving. I was pleasantly surprised by how fast acting the tablets actually were. The pack recommends taking this tablets at intervals of between 4 to 6 hours. Shortly after taking the second tablet, I could see a noticeable difference in the swelling and the soreness and discomfort was also much reduced. Fortunately I have not experienced any side effects although there is a leaflet included with details of possible risks.The tablets themselves are very small making them easy to take even without a glass of water. There is also a syrup version available if anybody needs to avoid tablets for any reason. I have been taking these tablets for several days now and my allergic reaction does appear to be improving gradually. The tablets may cause drowsiness but I have felt okay during the daytime although I have found myself going to bed slightly earlier at night. This may be due to feeling generally rundown too and not necessarily due to the tablets themselves.
Ok, so I'm feeling a bit Bashful about how cheesy that title is, so my apologies before the review proper!
I am fortunate that I'm not a hay fever sufferer, however I am allergic to cats, a couple of vegetables, and occasionally I'll have an allergic reaction and have absolutely no idea what triggered it, so I'm a connoisseur of antihistamines!
Piriton is a classic, its the one we always had in the house when I was a child. We used to have it in liquid form which is still available but as an adult I prefer tablets as I find bottles of liquid medicine can get really sticky and horrible when left in a cupboard in between uses. The tablets come in a pretty standard blister pack with the usual leaflet inside for dosage and safety information.
The active ingredient in both the liquid and the tablets is chlorphenamine maleate, the pack does warn you that this product can cause drowsiness and that you shouldn't drive etc. after taking it, however it doesn't really get across just how extreme the sedative effects of this drug can be! Within about 15 minutes of taking Piriton, I find myself completely unable to stay awake, my eyelids are heavy, my neck feels like it can't support the weight of my head, I stop being able to concentrate on what I'm doing and before I know it I'm waking up two hours later with drool on the arm of my sofa and the TV still on in the background!
It does alleviate allergy symptoms, I can't deny that, you can feel the benefit within a few minutes, but the crashingly overpowering drowsiness unfortunately means it isn't really very practical. I couldn't use this if I had to work, or look after children, or get anything at all done really. I understand that not everybody has such an extreme response to Piriton, but I think anybody planning to buy it should be aware that it can happen, and the first time you take it you should make sure you don't have much to do in the next few hours just in case.
There are other antihistamines available now such as cetirizine and loratadine which don't seem to produce the same level of drowsiness as chlorphenamine, but they don't always work for everybody's allergies. Piriton seems to be the heavy duty, nuclear option.
Piriton is a brand-name antihistamine medication that can be used to treat itchy skin and other skin complaints, insect bites and stings, and other cases of bodily irritation such as mild allergic reactions to foods and additives.
I always have a few packets of Piriton allergy tablets on hand because of my many allergies, and I end up spending quite a bit of money on them so I tend to only buy them when they are on offer. Although I don't get severe allergic reactions, if I am visiting someone's house and they have a cat, I literally can't speak for sneezing, and on days when the pollen count is high, I feel awful and drowsy and my eyes won't stop watering and itching. Some days my eczema will flare up for no apparent reason and the ensuing itchiness can become unbearable, which is when I really need to take an allergy tablet to stay moderately sane and functional. So I always have a pack of Piriton in my bag for when the histamine reaction arises, and these tablets have never failed me yet.
The tablets are very small, less than a centimetre in size and therefore very easy to swallow even if your throat is swelling up a bit, which has also happened to me before. If I know I am going to be exposed to an allergen I try to take the tablet as late in the day as possible, so that the drowsiness will not interfere too much with my daily chores, as in my experience the drowsiness can last all day if you take the tablet in the morning.
Compared to other antihistamines, Piriton goes to work quite quickly once you have taken a tablet. For me this is usually within 15 minutes, and I can always tell that the tablet is working because the drowsiness comes on suddenly too. Before I became pregnant, I had a bout of awful hayfever where I needed to taken Piriton daily for almost a week. This is okay to do as it is not a dangerous medication and I had no contraindications, ando the more frequently you take the tablets, the more effective they become, which is helpful if you have a long-term problem like I did. They worked just as they were meant to and were worth the drowsy feeling because at least it wasn't accompanied by unbearable sneezing and itchy eyes.
I normally buy Piriton from Boots, where it costs £3.59 for a packet of 30 tablets, as I can collect advantage points too and they sometimes have these on a buy two get one free offer. Children over the age of 6 years of age can be given Piriton but it is not recommended in pregnancy, unless the need is absolutely essential. I must admit to looking forward to being able to take Piriton again I have had my baby, because with this humid weather my allergies have been horrible, and no amount of prevention has been able to counter them fully.
4 stars from me - one star off for the drowsy factor.
If you have allergies, then you know how annoying they can be. Allergies can ruin your day especially when your a woman and you have mascara on and your eyes water and it ruins your makeup.
Why I wanted this.....
It wasn't until I turned 18 that I started getting hayfever, so I was looking for some form of tablet that would save all the snotty noses, weeping eyes, and sneezing.
Primarily, these tablets come in a box that is yellow with the Piriton name on the front and instructions on the back. When you open the box the tablets come in a little blister pack that you have to pop them out of.
The tablets themselves....
The tablets are small and round, a light yellow colour with a split down the middle and a P on the front. When taking them, I don't think they taste of anything, so you don't get a nasty taste in your throat.
What they help....
Hay fever and other allergies,
Reactions to foods and insect bites,
Also relieves rash from chicken pox
Nettle rash, dermatitis etc,
How to take....
Take tablet orally with water.
6-12 years, half a tablet every 4-6 hours. No more than 3 tablets in a 24 hour period.
12-adult, 1 tablet every 4-6 hours, no more than 6 tablets in 24 hour period.
Elderly, speak to pharmacist.
You can buy these in store or online...
I have seen these in Boots for £3.59 for 30 tablets.
With every medication there are always side effects so speak to your GP first, they are also drowsy so do not drink or operate machinery.
What I thought....
I found these very effective to use, they are fast working, I don't have allergies except hay fever and I found these easy to swallow and very good working.
I found these worked really well.
They are a little more expensive than seem other allergy tablets but I think the way they works makes up for it.
I don't like the fact that they are drowsy.
Would I recommend....
I would recommend the non drowsy ones.
I have been suffering with hay fever for as long as I can remember and as much as I look forward to summer I do dread the high pollen count that comes with it. I am luckier than some people as my hay fever is only a mild version and thanks to all the advances in modern medicine I can pretty much get on with my life uninterrupted with only a few days here and there where it actually affects my daily life.
Piriton tablets are usually my first port of call when my hay fever is bad and I need some help with controlling it. They aren't cheap though at nearly £10 for a pack which has 30 tablets in it but they are the best thing for controlling my allergies so it is a price that I happily pay.
They work by blocking the histamine receptors in your body meaning that you can actually be exposed to whatever is causing your allergies without them flaring up. This is how is works for me anyway. I would never dream of venturing in to the countryside and walking through flower fields for instance but when I have taken a Piriton I can be exposed to as many flowers as I like and my allergies do not play up. I probably wouldn't recommend that you go rolling in flowers but they do allow me to be able to be at least in their vicinity without any itchy eyes or runny nose.
You can take a Piriton every 4 to 6 hours as long as you don't take more than 6 tablets in a 24 hour period. Now I usually only have to take one in the morning and one in the evening to keep my hay fever under control but as I said mine is mild so if you suffer worse then you may need to take more which does mean it can become costly.
As well as working on hay fever these can work on other allergies as well such as with animals or with dust mites.
They can cause drowsiness but I have never found this to be a problem while taking them and I have ever experienced any sort of reaction but of course they are a medicine so you should really read the leaflet that comes with them to make sure that it is safe for you to take them.
Piriton tablets just make summer more bearable than it would be otherwise and although I am grateful that I only suffer from mild hay fever these do make the suffering a lot less than it would be otherwise.
Why am I reviewing a widely used hay-fever product in December?
Because Piriton tablets, just like allergies, are not just for when the news carries hay fever warnings. For all too many of us it is a year long problem to be managed.
I am packing these in my Christmas luggage as I am allergic to cats and my brother has two very adorable but very furry allergy triggers who love me very much. I pack these in my holiday medical kit as I have horribly bad reactions to mosquito bites. Seriously, if I do not take these for the inside and slather on hydrocortisone cream on the bite itself I will ulcerate and scar. I not only get tree pollen allergies and find it impossible to mow grass - which is why I live in a flat with no garden - but I am allergic to moulds.
With the weather having gone insane and flooding all too common I have been feeling the eye itch and sniffles which happen to me when there is mould in the air. I am sure I am not the only one. My asthma meds keep me breathing and, well, alive, but they are not so good at dealing with the eye and nose issues triggered by autumn and wet winter moulds.
So I buy these.
There are more modern meds available and many of those are also available over the counter at a Boots or major supermarket near me and you. So why do I buy Piriton?
They have stopped me ulcerating and scarring in rainforests where I got chomped on by clouds of mozzies. I take these and my eyes don't itch or fingers tingle when my brother's cats come and sit on my lap (as cats do to many of us who are allergic) for a good long stroke. I can go to a barbeque in friends gardens and not look like I am crying. They let me stop off in the forest on the way to my parents and get fresh air without paying for it.
Some people will experience sleepiness with these. It is not something I have had a problem with - possibly due to my caffeine addiction and base levels of the latter in my bloodstream. Those who do experience sleepiness should obviously not drive or operate heavy machinery when taking these. But for me, they help my driving in high allergy areas as I am neither sneezing nor suffering from runny eyes.
It works as the active ingredient Chlorphenamine blocks the histamine H1 receptors which are the culprits in allergic reactions. Because it is this broad blocker it does cover the whole spectrum of allergic reactions and is so useful in so many situations.
Though asthmatics are included with the elderly, children under six, epileptics, high blood pressure sufferers who should use with caution, this asthmatic depends on these little pills to make life better and has not suffered from side effects.
The main side effects is sleepiness, though dizziness and nausea are also included in the list of side-effects.
As with any medical product, always read the warning leaflet and discuss with your doctor, especially if you are taking any medications it may counter-indicate with.
After doing that those with allergies or family members who suffer will benefit from heading to Boots and picking up a box of these miracle workers. A 30 pill box will cost £3.59 or 359 Advantage points. The 60 pill box is not cheap at £6.39 or 639 points, but is worth it, especially for longer holidays in mozzie biting areas as it works and saves you the horrors of trying to find something which will bring down an allergic reaction in a foreign language pharmacy.
As it is, one of these little pills are easily swallowable and provides welcome relief within thirty minutes and lasts for four to six hours.
All year round and everywhere.
Which is why they are a staple of my medicine cabinet and why I am reviewing this now as I know I will not be the only allergic facing mould, cats and holiday mozzie bites this Christmas and so in need of knowing what works for fellow sufferers.
And the carboard box and warning leaflet are even recyclable for that virtuous green feeling.
I have been suffering terribly from hayfever recently, well really all summer and I never normally suffer from it. I ignored it at first and hoped it would go away but it got to the stage I kept sneezing and it was putting me off doing my work and so it was time to cure it. I looked at a lot of hayfever tablets but none seemed that promising but I went for Piriton as it is one of the more well known brands and it looked like it covered what I had perfectly. It isn't cheap but if it worked I wasn't really bothered about buying it.
Piriton comes in a yellow and orange box with the Piriton logo bold on the front and in the petals images off things to do with allergies. It states that this contains 30 tablets and lists exactly what symptoms it will cure as well as that it contains chlorphenamine maleate. The box comes with a leaflet with more information ad on the reverse lists ingredients and warnings and how to use these. The tablets are on two strips with silver foil backing with 15 tablets on each strip, very easy to use and these are small tablets.
Now, with Piriton it does state on the warnings that taking these may cause drowsiness, I never usually pay attention to the warnings but I took these at work and felt I was a lot more tired than normal by the afternoon, these really can make you feel drowsy. It does recommend to avoid alcoholic drinks and if affected to not drive or operate heavy machinery. The Piriton tablets are just small orange coloured tablets not too big to take and really easy to use, apart from the drowsiness though I had no other issues.
So, apart from the obvious being hayfever that these help with, they also give relief for allergies like pet, house, dust & mite and mould spore allergies. They also relieve nettle rash, hives, heat rash, prickly heat and dermatitis as well as reactions to food, food additives, medicines and insect bites. These also relieve the itchy rash of chicken pox and they cover a wide range of allergy symptoms. I was using mine mainly for hayfever as I was suffering from a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing.
To take these, you are recommended if an adult or child over 12 to take one tablets every 4 to 6 hours but no more than 6 tablets in a 24 hour period. I was taking these once every four hours as my hayfever was really bad, I expected no miracle cure but hoped these would calm down the symptoms. I noticed after taking for a couple of days that an hour or so after taking them the sneezing does die down a lot as does the runny nose. However, you really have to keep taking these as when you stop the symptoms come back.
I was a bit disappointed as I hoped these would stop my hayfever symptoms for a bit longer but it wasn't really the case. Taking 6 a day all summer would cost a lot of money and my watery eyes had to be treated with something different really as these didn't stop that. I find waiting for these to take effect a bit of a slow process, especially when sitting uncomfortably at work just hoping the tickly nose will stop and the painful sinuses. They do work but it is the constant taking them which I don't like, I want something stronger.
I am still suffering now and still taking these but I'd be tempted to try something else to see if it's get rid of the symptoms for longer. I think if you have milder symptoms than me that this might be the right medicine for you but for me I am suffering that bad that Piriton just didn't seem the right thing for me to fully ease my suffering. They are still worth taking and I'd take them on holiday for insect bits and allergies, so they do have a good purpose.
To buy a packet of 30 tablets, I got mine from Boots where I paid £3.59 which isn't cheap but isn't the worst price either for the amount you get .
There is no official Piriton website but they are a product of GlaxoSmithKline.
As someone who has odd allergies (cut grass, nutmeg, dust, the odd flower etc.) I always always always keep an antihistamine in the house, and for me Piriton is the brand that I know best and one of those 'go to' brands for me because I know I can trust them to do the job well.
Availability & Cost
Piriton are available in most chemists and many supermarkets around the country as well as being available online in a variety of places. They are an over the counter antihistamine and therefore you can buy them without the need for a prescription.
Pack sizes that I know of are 30's and 60's for tablets and then they also do a syrup, but not buying this myself I don't really know sizes or prices for it. Normally I buy these in a pack of 30 at a time through the winter months and then in the spring and summer I tend to buy the larger 60 packs because it's at this time of year I tend to suffer more.
The price tends to be around £2 for 30 and £4 for 60 although special offers and price drops do help sometimes with this.
How it works
Piriton contains the active ingredient Chlorphenamine maleate which is a sedating antihistamine.
Now, histamine is a substance that the body produces as a sort of defence mechanism and when the body reacts to an allergen such as pollen or dust etc. then it stimulates the cells where this histamine is stored so they release more of it than is needed. The result is generally unpleasant as the histamine causes a chain reaction of allergy symptoms from inflammation and itching to watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing etc.
The active ingredient Chlorphenamine in Piriton works by blocking the histamine receptors. This means that although the histamine is still released, it doesn't bind to the H1 receptors and therefore doesn't cause all these nasty symptoms. The reason it's known as a sedating antihistamine is that as well as doing this, it also enters the brain and causes drowsiness too.
My use of Piriton
As I mentioned I have a variety of weird and interesting allergies and although mostly I just ignore minor problems from them, when they cut the grass locally, or if I pass a field full of certain flowers (rape is one of these), I do tend to react a little more thoroughly and this is when Piriton comes in exceedingly handy.
These tablets can be taken every 4-6 hours, and the adult (and kids over 12) dose is 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours with no more than 6 tablets in any 24 hour period. For kids between 6 and 12 the dose is halved and they should take only half a tablet at a time and no more than 6 half tablets in any 24 hours. They're not recommended for those below the age of six.
I personally tend to find that I don't need these so much at night, so 1-3 tablets per day normally does me depending on what has set the allergy off of course and how extreme it is. The tablets are small, round and very easy to swallow with a bit of water, and if I'm pushed I've found I can take them just by swallowing them with my own saliva (like in the car travelling when I don't have juice on me and we come across fields and fields of rape growing).
There are a variety of reasons why you shouldn't take these - if you're on drugs for insomnia or sleep issues, for example, or if you're on some anti anxiety drugs. Glaucoma sufferers, those with an over active thyroid and a few more. In other words - talk to your GP or chemist before you use these and make sure you're safe to do so!
I do find these work very well, and the effect is quite long lasting for me which is great. There are other brands which work too, but as I said early on, these have long been one of my 'go to' brands for easing the symptoms of allergy for me and they're what I would tend to recommend to others if asked.
What can I say? For anyone who has ever had an allergy, Piriton is a life saver.
I have three dogs, and two of them have allergies. The Doberman has hayfever and the Labrador has an unspecified allergy to something that inflames her skin. Both the dogs take piriton every day, which stops the Doby's eyes weeping gunk and stops the Labrador from the worst of the itching.
My husband has taken it after a couple of nasty insect bites; the itching and inflammation has improved and there are virtually no side effects (check the packaging in case you have a sensitivity to any of the ingredients).
The vets recommends piriton, even when the dogs are on other medication, as it is a very safe product to take and makes the dog's lives much nicer.
Now, with dogs and husband using this product, buying the branded boxes can be very expensive. I buy mine on line from Hyperdrug - £9 for 500 tablets. Yes, 500! And they are of the same make and quality as the stuff you buy in Boots. I would recommend that anyone who has a long-term need for this product also buys it is bulk - you'll save yourself a fortune.
I've suffered with hayfever since I was tiny and piriton has been a brand i've been using for absolute years. It's a brand that I know I can trust - it's effective, readily available and affordabley priced. Piriton is used to help with allergies such as nettle rash, insect bites, food alergies or alergies to medicine. It can also be used to treat more serious allergic reactions and helps calm down the effects of the allergy - eg swollen eyes, swollen tounge. This is because the medicine contains something called chlorphenamine maleate, which blocks the chemical that causes allergic reactions as well as the histamine receptors resulting in a less severe reaction to the allergy. The only ownside is that due to the ingredients, it causes drowsiness.
Piriton is widely available and can be purchased from chemists, boots, supermarkets (over the counter), and so on. It can also be puchased online via Amazon etc and you do not need a prescription to purchase it. Piriton is available in liquid form and in tablets. The liquid form is handy for little ones, and I opt for the tablets. The tablets come in either packs of 30 or 60, and I buy the packs of 60 as I like to be stocked up so that I don't suffer from my hayfever too much when the warmer weather kicks in. A pack of sixty tablets varies from £5-6, while a pack of 30 is around £3-£4. I buy my piriton from a local chemist - Lloyds pharmacy, and pay £6.19 which sounds expensive but the pack of 60 lasts for ages.
The tablets come in a rectangular box made of thin cardboard. The colour scheme is orange and yellow and there's the product name in clear, bold writing. The colour cheme defiently helps the product stand out from the shelf and it's easily recogniseable. The conditions that the product can treat are listed on the front of the packet. These include heat rash, food allergies, chicken pox and so on. The tablets come with a leaflet which has plenty of information including warnings, doseage, ingredients and so on. The tablets themselves are small and round and are very easy to swallow. Each tablet contains 4mg of chlorphenamine maleate and the tablets also contain lactose, maize starch, yellow iron oxide (E172), magnesium stearate and water.
You should not take piriton if you are taking drugs to treat anxiety or insomnia, have epilepsy, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, an overactive thyroid, very high blood pressure, or heart, liver or lung disease. If you are pregnant or breast feeding you should consult your doctor before use - I spoke to my midwife who said it was fine to take piriton while breastfeeding. Doseage wise, adults, children over twelve and the elderly can take one tablet every 4 to 6 hours and shouldn't exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. Children aged between six and twelve should take half a tablet every 4 to 6 hours. Do not give the child more than 6 half tablets in 24 hours.
As I said above, I take these for my hayfever which makes my throat, and eyes swell up. It also makes my throat hurt, eyes itch/run and occasionally my lips swell slightly. My hayfever usually starts around April time but as the weather has been hot lately it's been starting to get quite bad. My hayfever is usually bad when I wake up so I have been taking one tablet before bed which really helps. I don't wake up with a swollen, sore throat and my eyes aren't runny or sore/swollen. I take one with my breakfast and apart from a few sneezes and a bit of a sniffle, I am fine all day. These tablets work a treat and I can not fault them. I don't and never have suffered any nasty side effects and I would certianly reccomend Piriton.
I take these tablets on a regular basis as I suffer from both allergies and hayfever.
The tablets cost around £3.49 and that is for a pack of 30 tablets. They come in blister packaging which helps to keep the tablets fresh until they're used. The tablets are VERY small in size but they do work so please don't judge them on their size!
The tablets are very fast acting. If I have a sneezing fit in the morning I reach for one of these and within fifteen minutes my sneezing has stopped and I can get on with my day. The tablets also help with itchy eyes, another horrible symptom of hayfever. Again, the tablets take around fifteen minutes to kick in but once they have kicked in my eyes start to feel a whole lot better. They can still look a little red and sore but they don't FEEL sore and they're not as itchy. I have found that your body soon gets used to the tablets and after a while the redness starts to disappear. The joys of hayfever!
The tablets also help with pet allergies. I have a guinea pig that lives with me in my apartment. He usually starts my nose off but I can cuddle him fine with these, the tablets stop all the irritation that I usually experience whilst cuddling my pet.
They don't leave me feeling drowsy either.
These are great allergy tablets for a wide range of different allergies.
Although I love the spring/summertime what I do not look forward to is the allergies, in particular the hayfever. I have asthma and I think I am more susceptible to these types of things that irritate the eyes, lungs, throat etc. Hayfever can make you feel really rotten and I hate the fact that sometimes I think its better just to stay in than to brave the outdoors as I know I will suffer if I go out. WE live in the country and so are surrounded by fields and I think this is often the trigger of my hay fever, especially when the farmer it doing anything to his crops such as harvesting them.
The funny thing is I don't suffer from hay fever all the time but every couple of weeks I will start to get that scratchy throat, watery eyes and sneezing nose that you just cannot control. When these times occur I take Piriton tablets. Piriton Allergy Tablets provide fast relief from the symptoms of hayfever and other allergies.
They work due to the active ingredients. Each tablet contains chlorphenamine maleate in a 4mg dosage which is a which is an anti- histamine. According to an article I read, antihistamines are commonly used for the relief of allergies caused by intolerance of proteins so this is how these tablets work. They will provide relief from the symptoms of
hayfever and other allergies e.g. pet, house dust mite & mould spore allergies
nettle rash, hives, heat rash, prickly heat & dermatitis
reactions to food, food additives, medicines & insect bites.
The tablets are quite easy to take. They are fairly small and brown in colour and come individually packaged in foil blister packs so you can use just one at a time and still store the rest.
According to the packaging the recommended dosages are as follows:
Adults and children aged 12 years and over: Take one tablet every 4 to 6 hours. Do not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours.
Children aged 6 to 12 years: Give half a tablet every 4 to 6 hours. Do not give more than 6 half tablets in 24 hours.
Children under 6 years: not recommended.
I find these work well for me and definitely relieve my symptoms. Sometimes I will have a few sneezes and light symptoms still but it is so much better when I am using these tablets than when I am not. A pack of 30 tablets cost £3.50 which I think is a good price. Obviously as I only take these for a couple of days it takes me quite a while to finish a packet so it does last a long time and I tend to always have a packet in the cupboard when I need relief.
I have suffered from cripplingly bad (ok slight exaggeration) hayfever for nearly 10 years straight and from the start have tried countless different tablet medicines available over the counter. For me, Piriton is the only tablet that actually works and I don't suffer from any side-effect.
For me hay fever is the perfect alarm clock as I have to lunge for a tablet the moment I wake up, or I'm sneezing for the best part of an hour and can barely see for my runny eyes. This gives you an idea of how badly I suffer from hay fever!
Piriton contains 4mg of chlorphenamine maleate per tablet, which are small & easy to swallow - which is great because during that awkward moment when it doesn't go down first time, if you don't react quickly they taste disgusting! I find that Piriteze, which as far as I can tell is Piriton's little sister with less medication, is not strong enough.
Piriton is advertised for the 'fast relief' from the symptoms of hayfever & other allerges, nettle rash, hives, dermatitis, prickly heat, reactions to food or additives, medicines, insect bites, and chickenpox. I have read in places that it does not seem to take effect for up to an hour - for me this is not a problem as a hayfever medication as it seems to prevent symptoms straight away, though this may be a problem for other ailments - I simply don't know I'm afraid.
When I purchase Piriton over-the-counter at Boots I am warned of the main side-effect - drowsiness, and the standard 'Do not operate heavy machinery' warnings are given with the product. I don't suffer from this, but again this may be a personal thing. The label also says to avoid alcohol while using this medication - being a student I have been known to take a Piriton with a swig of beer or somesuch and there are no adverse effects (as far as I can tell), though I do seem to become 'influenced' quicker. Basically I don't recommend or encourage consuming alcohol while using Piriton medication, but as the hayfever season runs for months & months I have repeatedly found no health issue with doing so.
The dosage is 1 tablet every 4-6 hours for those over 12 years of age, up to a maximum of 6 every 24 hours. I find that 1 every 6 hours is about right. At one point, 2-4 years ago I needed a tablet every 3 hours - so well over the recommended maximum - and was fine, though again this isn't recommended or encouraged.
I have found, thanks to my thrift-expert grandmother, that it is possible to purchase big bottles of up to 300 piriton tablets on prescription. This is much, much cheaper per tablet and highly recommended, though it seems it is an unpopular method of prescription due to the quantity of drugs being given out.
Currently, Piriton is available in a pack of 30 at £3.50 from Boots, or for a pack of 60 at £6.60, though there are almost certainly better deals elsewhere online.
Overall, Piriton is the only tablet that provides hayfever relief for me, and I don't suffer from any side-effects. On that basis it is worth a try if you are suffering from an allergy and your medication isn't working for you at the moment. If you find it works then there are low-cost bulk options available.
I'm going to give it 4* because it could be cheaper per tablet, and it seems to be decreasingly popular as a hay fever medication which, I'm told, means it may not be on the shelves in the future.
**** This is a review for piriton syrup, and not the tablets. I suggested this was added as a seperate category due to it being given to young children, but was advised to place the review here. ****
In February of this year, both of my children caught chicken pox. My 4 year old caught it at nursery, and although quite spotty and a bit under the weather, he wasn't that unwell with it, so I treat it myself with over the counter remedies such as calpol, neurofen and virasoothe. This was to control the fever and also to relieve the itching.
I was warned that my younger son would probably catch it too, but also be more ill with it as he had been exposed to the virus for longer. I purposely made sure that I bathed them separately to try and avoid it if I could, but when he came down with it too it was awful.
He had so many spots I lost count. He was only 2 at the time, so still in nappies, and his entire genital area became so sore he was screaming in pain at me every time he urinated. I ended up taking him to the Drs, where he was weighed, and I was given very precise instructions of dosages based upon his weight. He is a large child for his age, weighing over 3 stone, so the dose I had given him based on packet instructions was not at all accurate, and not bringing down the temperature or controlling the pain.
Piriton was prescribed and I was warned that it would make him drowsy, but I wasn't really prepared for how much it would affect him.
Before taking any medication, he had been really restless all night. Tossing and tunring in bed, and waking up almost hourly to cry about the pain, and we were all shattered.
One dose of piriton giving to him at tea time, and he went to bed pretty much straight away after falling asleep on my knee. I put that down to being tired. He woke in the night, so I gave him another dose as recommended.
The following morning he did not wake until after 9. Normally my children start bouncing around about 7am, so totally out of character. He had a drink, I gave him another dose. He sat on the settee for about 20 minutes, and then he got up. I asked where he was going, and he told me he was going back to bed.
Now if I had not been told by the Dr this might happen, I would have been extremely worried as both my boys are very active. They do sleep about 11 hours a night, but when they have had a good nights sleep they are then awake all day.
I reluctantly gave him this medicine for a couple of days, but I really didn't like it knocking him out. I know it is kinder to let them sleep it out, but it felt really bad and I was checking on him every few minutes now convinced he was ok. I gave it him another couple of evenings to help him sleep through the night and then gave up completely.
This medicine can be given to children from 1 year of age, and the dosage increases until 12 years when it becomes the adult dose. A child's dose is 2.5ml, whereas an adult dose is 10ml. The box clearly states the guidelines.
Personally, after seeing how it affected my child, I would only be happy giving it to him again under instruction from a Dr. As well as easing the itch of chicken pox, it can be used for hayfever, pet allergies, food allergies, skin rashes and insect bites. It is available over the counter, and contains the chlorphenamine maleate as its active ingredient.
I reluctantly recommend this. I know it was the best thing I could give him at the time, so he could rest and his body could recover quicker, but personally, I would rather not sedate my child. The bottle remains in the fridge, and I will probably use it up myself as a hayfever treatment.
Although I am not prone to suffering from allergies as such I do have the odd bout of hay fever type symptoms. This is the time of year where those unfortunate enough to have this very irritating and unpleasant condition find most discomforting. There are several proprietary remedies or aids available over the counter and Piriton is perhaps the best known of this selection.
The main active ingredient of Piriton is chlorphenomine maleate, which is an anti- histamine. Histamine is a substance produced by the body in reaction to an allergy of some kind, it causes some rather nasty and definitely unwanted symptoms, such as rashes itches and is also associate with a reaction to certain foods.
The tablets are of a light brown colour and contain 4mg of the big word (chlorphenomine maleate) that I quoted in the beginning of this section, another ingredient used in the product of this effective hay Fever treatment is lactose so this may affect those with an intolerance to lactose and therefore medical advice should be taken, as it should be where there are any doubts on the effectiveness or the side effects of any drug administered. What basically happens is the chlorphenomine maleate blocks the body's ability to produce histamine and therefore reduce the symptoms associated with many common allergies.
My son's girlfriend has the misfortune to suffer from hay Fever and uses products such as this to ease the uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms. The few times I have used this I have found it extremely effective in reducing swelling caused by endless itching and scratching, and almost completely stopping the itch which caused all the trouble. With so much pollen floating around at this time of year it is hard to avoid being caught out so it is handy to have a pack f this at hand to relieve any concerns.
What I discovered tonight though whilst taking my little doggie to the vet with similar symptoms is that you can use Piriton to treat allergies in pets to. My vet suggested giving Tasha twice the dose advertised for human relief so she is now getting two tablets every four hours and there is a visible reduction in the redness around her eyes. A pack of thirty tablets cost in the region of £4.29 and provides treatment for 7 days after which if you are still suffering badly consultation with a qualified medical person should be your first priority.
Now that I look at the box which houses the thirty tablets I can see a picture of a dog along with common causes of allergic reactions, such as insects, freshly cut grass, and pollen from those blooming beauties. There is no need to suffer the very distressing symptoms, this product is used my millions to ease the suffering and I have found it very useful in treating my rather trivial complaint, and indeed Tasha's allergic reaction.
If you are in doubt about the use of any drug get proper advice, those kind people at Boots will help you our should you require help and they will give good practical advice on how to beat the hay Fever and allergies. I have never found them forceful in selling me Piriton just to make a sale they have advised me on other products and left the final decision to me. I chose Piriton and am glad I did. I feel I can speak for Tasha in saying she also is quite appreciative of my decision.
Piriton Allergy Tablets; are used to treat the allergic symptoms of hayfever and other allergies / The active ingredient is chlorphenamine maleate, an antihistamine which can help to relieve the symptoms of some allergies and itchy skin rashes / It can be used to treat the itchiness, redness, swelling, tenderness and irritation that can be caused by: hayfever and other allergies e.g pet, house dust mite and mould spore allergies, -nettle rash and hives, -skin allergies and dermatitis, -prickly heat and heat rash, -reaction to food, food additives or medicines, -insect bites and stings, -the itchy rash of chickenpox.