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Only hayfever treatment for me
Member Name: Goldfever
Advantages: Effective, no side-effect for me, cheap sources
Disadvantages: Can be expensive and, can be slow to take effect, possible drowsiness
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.
Summary: I'm stuck with it and its fine for me.
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