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Member Name: Vialdana
Advantages: Helps combat symptoms of allergy.
Disadvantages: Needs to be taken with care.
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.
Summary: A good brand of antihistamine that works well and does what you want it to.
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