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THANK GOODNESS FOR PIRITON
Member Name: lak11
Date: 03/11/10, updated on 10/07/12 (2948 review reads)
Advantages: Stops itching and irritation
Disadvantages: None really for me
I like to keep a pack of Piriton tablets in the home. Fortunately nowadays these aren't something I have to use very often, but the need does arise and, often without warning, which makes it advisable to have these handy.
Piriton is an antihistamine preparation to treat many conditions, especially those causing itchiness and irritation such as: hay fever, chickenpox, insect bites and stings, allergic reactions, skin problems and so on.
I have sensitive skin. This I can usually keep under control but I have occasional bouts of dermatitis, and some things do just cause itchy skin for me, which sometimes just won't go away without using Piriton.
Some years ago I had a terrible flare up of dermatitis. This affects my hands and wrists and has been very severe at times over many years. I would wake at night scratching my hands and wrists until they bled. My hands would swell and become very painful. As those of you suffering from similar skin conditions will know, its the itching that really get to you. I felt as if it was driving me insane, especially as it was severely depriving me of sleep.
I tried various creams and lotions, many prescribed. Some worked for a while and some not at all. A very few creams helped the itching during the daytime, but if I woke in the night scratching, then they had very little effect. I think you have to use these preparations at the first sign of irritation for them to help. Once the itching really starts and the overheating, then it's very difficult to calm.
I made many visits to G.P.s and consultant dermatologists. They seemed to suggest that skin conditions are difficult to treat. I felt most didn't understand the misery that skin conditions can cause. Not only can it be irritating and painful but I got to the stage where I couldn't pay for anything in a shop because my hands looked so awful. I tried to keep my hands hidden.
Eventually I was given a prescription for Piriton tablets. This was a long while ago in the days when most things were cheaper on prescription! I didn't have much faith, but when the itching started one evening, with a vengeance, I took a tablet before going to bed.
After about half an hour or so I started to feel a little drowsy and the itching lessened a little. I would say the Piriton began to gradually take the edge of off it. I think it would have been about one hour after taking that I managed to go to sleep and managed to stay asleep for a few hours without being wakened by the terrible itching and scratching of my hands. This was encouraging. So for a few nights I took the Piriton tablets and was so pleased that the itching lessened. This gave my skin a chance to begin to heal.
I believe that thanks to Piriton the cycle was broken and there was a pleasing improvement in this condition. Piriton didn't cure it but it certainly helped. I wasn't scratching which gave the ointments more chance to work. Also, how lovely to get some sleep at last.
Piriton comes in tablet form. These tablets are small and very easy to swallow. It's also available in syrup form, making it easier to give to children and those, like my daughter, who don't find swallowing tablets easy.
I find the tablets which make me drowsy work the bes. As usually I take the tablets in the evening this doesn't cause a problem. However, if you need to take Piriton longer term then I would advise trying them in the non drowsy form.
My daughter has used the syrup when she has, on two occasions had a bad reaction after stroking cats. Her eyes became extremely puffy and itchy. Of course this had to happen when the doctors surgery was closed. so I was pleased to have some syrup left from the last of my children's emergencies. ( I think this was a bad reaction from an insect bite.)
In my household Piriton, in one form or another, has been used to treat skin irritations, insect bites, allergic reactions from contact with cats, and hay fever and heat rash. It can also be used for allergic reactions to food, food additives and medicines.
Piriton is available as an over the counter medicine.
(Taken from the website: www.piriton.co.uk
Piriton Allergy Tablets are round, yellow tablets engraved on one side with a P above the break line. Each tablet contains the active ingredient chlorphenamine maleate 4 mg. The tablets also contain lactose, maize starch, yellow iron oxide (E172), magnesium stearate and water. The tablets come in a pack containing 30 or 60 tablets.
Do not take these tablets if you:
* Are allergic to antihistamines or to any of the ingredients listed above.
* Have taken drugs for depression called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) within the last 14 days.
Please see your doctor before you take these tablets if you:
* Have epilepsy, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, an overactive thyroid, very high blood pressure, or heart, liver or lung disease.
* Are taking drugs to treat anxiety or to help you sleep.
* Are taking any medicine containing phenytoin for epilepsy.
* Medicines should not be used during pregnancy, or breast feeding, without seeking advice from a doctor.
Driving and using machines
* These tablets may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision and loss of co-ordination. If you experience any of these effects do not drive or operate machinery.
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking.
Piriton Allergy Tablets and Piriton Syrup contain chlorphenamine. Piriteze Allergy Tablets and Piriteze Allergy Syrup contain cetirizine.
I don't consider these expensive but prices vary. I would expect to pay around three pounds or just over for a pack of thirty allergy tablets.
Summary: I would recommend Piriton for irritating skin complaints and allergies.