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      15.06.2008 19:58
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      good but does have some side effects

      I am a very allergic kind of person a used to suffer from hayfever, eczema, heat rash and severe food allergies so these little tablets often feature in my day to day life!

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      These tablets come in 4mg tablets and you can take up to 24mg in 24 hours. They should not be given to children under 6, but children 6 and over can be given half a tablet.

      They can be used for:
      Hayfever
      Bites
      Rashes
      Prickly Heat
      Poisen Ivy
      MILD allergic reactions (i must stress not SEVERE allergies for which immediate emergency care must be sought)

      Effectiveness:
      I find these tablets very useful in reducing the itchyness that can be associated with allergies, however, they do not relieve my hayfever symptoms. I have also had them in high doses whilst recovering from anaphylactic shock in hospitals after the immediate emergency care.

      Side Effects:
      The only side effect i have suffered from is drowsyness. I suffer from this every time i use it and it is extremely difficult to stay awake! For this reason it is stated in the insert not to drive or operate machinery until you know how you will react

      Where to buy:
      Any pharmacy, supermarkets, boots, local shop etc

      Price:
      Roughly around £3 for a packet of 30.

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        26.10.2006 14:12

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        Unfortunately I had a bad reaction to Pirotin. I had used a face cream - for sensitive skin! - to which I had a bad reaction - face very swollen, dry, itchy etc. My doctor suggested over the counter Pirotin. Unfortunately not long after I took it I felt sick, very dizzy and blacked out. The doctor then prescribed an antibiotic. I guess it isn't suitable for everyone.

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        18.03.2002 15:54
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        I would say that nearly everyone has experienced getting bitten by some sort of insect before, and those that have, know just how damm painful it can be. Well I used to live in London until recently, and had never been bitten before, but since moving to the country I have suffered terribly. I have noticed that all opinions on this product have been good, unfortunately mine has nothing good to say about it, although I only used the tablet form and have not tried the cream. Last summer was worse than the first year, I don’t know what sort of insects keep biting me and still don’t. I had bites on my arms and legs, which were very red and itchy and caused terrible swellings, my legs, were so painful that I had trouble walking. I went to my local chemist to see if they could recommend anything. I was advised to purchase Piriton allergy tablets, which the pharmacist suggested for quick relief. I got home and decided to take a tablet straight away, four hours later I took another one and then another. In this time I felt no relief what so ever. The next day I took more every four hours and still nothing happened. These tablets are supposed to be for fast relief from nettle rash, heat rash, prickly heat or dermatitis, reactions to food, reactions to medicines or insect bites and hayfever symptoms. They are small yellow tablets, which are very easy to swallow. Each tablet is only 4mg and you can take up to 24 mg in one day. They are suitable for children over six years old, but the only half a tablet should be given. There is a warning on the packet that states these pills could make you feel drowsy and if affected you should not drive or operate machinery. I was not affected with any drowsiness and although I know every one is different, I can honestly say that I found these tablets to be absolutely useless. I paid £2.85 for the packet that contains 30 tablets and I really wish I hadn’t bothered, as they wer
        e a complete waste of money. I certainly would not recommend them; but then again they might work on some people, so maybe you shouldn’t be put off trying them. I must be one in a million that these tablets don't work on and would love to know if any one else has had the same experience. Thanks for reading bye Cinystar

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          30.10.2001 02:41
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          I had never suffered any allergy in my life up until 3 weeks ago. I was ithing like crazy for 2 days then came out in lumps, Oh my god I thought I had chickenpox. I went to the doctors who informed me I had an allergy to something and he prescribed me these, I though what is a lousy pill going to do, how is it going to stop me itching and get of this nasty rash. 10 minutes after taking them my rash was dissapearing and thank god, the itching stopped. The only thing is they made me very drowsy, in fact I was sleeping all day they knocked me for 6, so do not drink or even worse drive with these. I suppose they are a cheap alternative to sleeping pills. They normally come in packs of 30 for £2.99 but are available on precription so that is cheaper and you get more. If you have an allergy to something get these, you may be different and they may not work, but they do for me. Also the pills are very small so they are very easy to swallow Piriton is an excellent antihistimine and it really does work against allergies.

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          21.05.2001 02:43
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          Piriton (generic name Chlorpheniramine) has been around nearly as long as me, and is used in a wide range of allergy related conditions including hayfever and allergic swellings, as well as being brilliant at stopping itching associated with eczema and other skin allergies. It is also used in hospitals to treat anaphylaxis shock. It is a small pale cream tablet with a 4mg indicator on it (the strength of the tablet) and taken orally starts taking effect within about 60 mins. As I understand it, when the body has an allergic reaction to something it produces chemicals known as histamines, and as the name of the drug group suggests, the anti-histamines work against the chemicals to diminish and hopefully eliminate the symptoms. It can be purchased over the counter for £2.89 per pack of 30 but is also available on prescription for those who can obtain them for free. It can probably be purchased cheaper in its generic form from chemists such as Boots and Superdrug, although I have used the generic form once, and was not convinced of its efficacy, although this may be psychological. It also comes in syrup format, a particularly potent smelling medicine, probably more appropriate for children. This is one of the drugs I wouldn't be surprised to see coming down in price, now the supermarkets have won their battle to sell OTC branded drugs at lower prices, but we shall have to wait and see. USES HAYFEVER It is excellent for sorting out those runny noses and itchy eyes often associated with Hayfever and allergies, but because of the coincidence of the season with exams for many people, users would be wise to ascertain the effect it has on them before taking it. ECZEMA & RELATED CONDITIONS I suffer from very severe eczema which itches almost continuously, and find it has a profound effect on reducing this. It is therefore very useful taken at night, which is when the eczema sufferer will often find themselve
          s scratching more without realising it. SIDE EFFECTS The worst side effect most sufferers seem to have is drowsiness, but it can in some people also cause dryness of the mouth (probably because of the anticholinergic effects), blurred vision and difficulty passing urine. If any doubt, or if you have never taken this drug before, talk to your GP or pharmacist before trying it. In my personal opinion, the drowsiness is more profound if you have not taken it for a while, and can really knock you sideways. I use this drug a lot, having found more side effects with other antihistamines, but in times during the summer when I seem to be taking it up to maximum doseage, I tend to find that the drowsiness wears off, but there again, so do the effects. WARNING: You must not under any circumstances take alcohol with this drug, as it will really knock you sideways. Also, beware if taking any other medication which has a sedative effect, as this could make you very sleepy and thus reduce your reaction times, very dangerous when driving or operating machinery. Chlorpheniramine is also contained in Expulin, Galpseud Plus and Haymine to name just a few, so when chosing any antihistamine, ensure you always speak to your pharmacist and always read the labels. As I have already indicated, anyone considering taking these drugs should liaise with their GP/Pharmacist to ascertain the best medication for them. Whilst having worked within the pharmaceutical industry (not in a medical capacity) and having a fascination for the effects and benefits of medications, ops like this always concern me, because the user MUST be made aware of all the benefits and downfalls from a professional before making a decision.

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            14.05.2001 07:13
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            For several years now I seem to have suffered from an allergy. Each morning I wake up, sneeze, sneeze again, then some more. That’s me off and running. Well either my nose will run or it will be blocked up. Why I have this allergy or what causes it – dunno! I suspected it may be one of those dust mite allergies and in fact it probably is. I’ve changed bed sheets, pillow, duvet etc to non-allergenic ones and for a while there is relief. When I am away from home, I am often unaffected – not always, but mostly. BUT The one thing that I can rely on to ‘sort me out’ , dry my runny nose out and clear my breathing tubes are antihistamine tablets. I have found that Piriton are consistently the best and available at all chemists which have a pharmacy department. You can also buy Piriton in syrup form too. Much easier to take if you are using it with a young child, of course. In fact it was through a cold relief syrup that I discovered relief from my allergy. I used to use Actifed as a remedy from the dreaded runny noses you get when you are struck down with a cold or flu. The worst thing about getting a cold – for me – is the constant use of tissues (not a pretty sight) to clear your nose. The gradual reddening of your nose and the completely debilitating feeling of continually feeling lousy and not able to breathe freely. I tried Actifed – although it does tend to make you drowsy – and it worked. I also tried a similar product – Sudafed – which was a ‘non-drowsy’ formula – but it had little effect. I realised then it was the pseudo-ephadrine in the mixture that was doing the trick. Pseudo-ephadrine is contained in many antihistamines, and it opened my eyes to those products and as I said earlier, Piriton is the most widely used and freely available. A pack of Piriton tablets costs just over £3 for 24 – not cheap, but it works! Another alternative is Boots’
            own brand ‘Allergy relief tablets’ at £2.69 for a pack of 30. These tablets have several uses besides the one that helps me. Any antihistamine product gives relief from insect bites and similarly gives resistance against getting bitten in the first place. I used to often find that when I was on holiday, enjoying a much needed dose of sunshine, my relaxation could be interrupted by all kinds of nasty flying insects. Whether they bit or not, the mere fact they land on me irritates me – annoys me. But if I have been taking antihistamines – they tend to shy away. Yippee peace and quiet for me. • WARNING – As I have mentioned earlier, many formulations – including Piriton – make you feel drowsy. It is a nice feeling of course, but not to be recommended if your are driving or even about to enter an important business meeting. “Sorry Boss I lost the contract – I just dozed off, but my cold’s a lot better now!”. Also DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL if using either the tablets or Syrup liquid So to sum up – Piriton is excellent for bringing relief to allergy sufferers whether you, like me, are troubled by respiratory problems or maybe you have itchy skin – excellent if you have children with chickenpox, it is a big help. Hayfever sufferers are only too aware of the need and benefits of Antihistamines, but possibly take a more powerful formulation by means of prescription. It keeps the flies off you on holiday and gets rid of your sneezes and wheezes.

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              04.11.2000 01:05
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              I have used Piriton tablets and syrup in the past to relief the itching that comes with a slight allergy to the sun. I took a couple of doses and they worked well but I also had a bad cough at the time. This was totally unconnected to the allergy. The next morning I had a 'hard,' rasping cough and my chest was very sore. I went to the doctor and discovered that Piriton was responsible. It had dried up the membranes in my lungs in the same way as it can dry up the nose of a hay fever sufferer. If you have a cough of a cold be careful about taking Piriton as it might have this effect.

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                18.09.2000 05:33
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                Started using Piriton when I was on hols about 9 years ago. It was an absolute darling, I haven't used it continuously since but I do reach for it in the hot weather. My son suffers from ezima on his feet and he cryes with the pain of itching and he gets very sore from scratching, the doc gave him Piriton in liquid form and it works for him too, it also helps him sleep which is good for him too. Not only does it stop itching if you are abroad on hols or for any reason, pack a few tablets in your bag it also keeps those nasty little pests that bite you away. A friend of mine packed all sorts of creams and lotions to stop the bites but she was bit and bit all holiday. I on the other hand was fine no heat rashes prickly heat and no bites either fab hols. If it helps my 16 month old son sleep and stop itching it certainly gets my vote. You can get them prescribed by your doctor or you can buy it over the counter at any chemist not sure of the price but what ever it is it is worth the money. I know the liquid form cost me about £3.50 and that was in Devon at a holiday seaside town where prices can be a little higher. If you haven't tryed it and suffer from heat rashes prickly heat and get bitten a lot then give them a whirl. LET ME KNOW HOW YOU GET ALONG.

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                  10.09.2000 19:47
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                  I first came across Piriton (I always thought it was Pirotin) aged 15, on a camping trip in Wales mid-summer, after I came down with a distressing case of prickly heat. I spent the best part of three days under a cold shower at a swimming pool, before someone handed me a packet of Piriton, which gave me relief from itching after about half an hour. Piriton is easy to swallow, being about the size of the contraceptive pill. It can make you drowsy, so you shouldn't operate machinery, drive etc if you are taking it, and suffer from drowsiness. I did not have the need to use Pirotin again until about 6 years later, after my first encounter with bedbugs, the backpacker's worst nightmare! After spending one night in a dingy hostel in Dublin, I woke up at 4am covered in large red blotches from head to toe. I hopped to the nearest pharmacy with fingernails desperately trying to remove every inch of skin from my body, got a few pitying looks and a lot more nervous glances from people (what were they doing out at 4.30am? I'm not sure) wondering what this crazy spasmodic monster with big red blotches was doing. I eventually arrived at the pharmacy, which was closed and squashed my nose against the glass trying to emit telepathic signals of itching desperation to the smug pharmacist drinking coffee inside, who pointedly turned his back on me and made me wait till 8am, when they officially opened. Once in, I was far too distressed to speak, and simply held out my raw scarlet arms in mute desperation to the innocent faced pharmacist, who handed me a box of piriton, and fought with all her might to stop me swallowing the lot, foil, box and all. And ever since that day, I never leave for any holiday, without carrying several cards of the stuff in each pouch, pocket and picnic basket. Particularly if you have an allergy to insect bites, or are prone to itchy and scratchy things, there's nothing lik
                  e Piriton to make it all go away. Actually, it doesn't totally make it go away, I won't exaggerate (em...) but it does make it bearable enough NOT to scratch. It can also make you drowsy, but is still totally worth it. Like all drugs, Piriton will work better for some people than others, however, I can recommend Piriton unreservedly, although I also recommend you read the label before indulging in relief. ADDITIONAL BIT: Apparently there is an alternative to Piriton, called Clarityn, which does not have any sleepy side effects. ADDITIONAL BIT FINISHED.

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                    09.09.2000 17:46
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                    I suffer with allgergies and for a number of years I have been using Piriton to combat it. I went in Boots to stock up on some more and the pharmisist asked if I had tried Boots own antihisamine tablets as they are very simliar to Piriton. I gave them a go and they work just as well but they are half the price. They are fast acting and have usually taken affect 20 minutes or so after taking them. They work for allergies, bites, sting and hayfever. They come in box of 30 and like most tablets you cant take more than four tablets in 24. The only thing is that they are not recommened for children under six. If Prititon works for you, then I would give this a go as they are just as good.

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                    26.08.2000 03:21
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                    Piriton is no doubt a good basic remedy for allergic reactions such as hives or allergic rhinitis (sneezing) but it isn't the only poassible solution. I took piriton throughout one of my pregnancies because I developed severe allergic rhinitis, but could only take it at night because of the drowsiness it caused. I also have taken it because of an allergy to insect bites which makes travel to warm humid places a nightmare. I would recommend at least trying it, but be aware that there are other possible solutions to the problem. Clarityn is a good over the counter drug which can be used by older children and adults (get it on prescription for kids) and anti histamine creams can be the best solution for allergic reactions to bites as the topical administration of it is more immediate. Best solution I've found so far is to take Clarityn *before* the anticipated allergic reaction as it prevents the full-blown reaction developing, and for adults, you can drink, which you can't with piriton. A final note - *definitely* don't drink alcohol and take piriton, I did it once, and felt like I couldn't properly wake up for the next 24 hrs. Not a pleasant experience!

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                      25.08.2000 04:57
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                      My 3 year old has just had chicken pox, with this she was forever scratching and getting very upset because the itchy spots would not go away. My local chemist recommended piriton syrup in a bid to relive the itchyness and stop the scratching, I had tried good old fashioned calomine lotion but it really did not work. The piriton syrup soon did the trick! It was especially good at night as she did tend to scratch at night - Piriton stopped that! Piriton does have side effects eg drowsiness, so it does need to be taken with care. Piriton syrup can be used by children (from a year old) and adults. It can be used for the relief of hay fever symptons, nettle stings, insect stings and bites, heat rash and prickly heat. I would definetly recommend using it for anyone who has got chicken pox - its extremely effective and much easy to use than calomine lotion!

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                        22.08.2000 21:32
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                        My daughter suffers from time to time with severe Urticaria ( rare allergic reaction) to what we don't yet know but it has been bad enough to hospitalise her a few times, she still gets it now and it completely covers her body literally from head to toe. The only thing that helps to clear it up is piriton syrup, it relieves her itching and clears the rash up although not right away it can take a few days to work on her. She has to have a massive does of it though, for a 3 year old child she has been pescribed an adult dose, the maximum one at that too!! as small doses don't help. Piriton can be bought from any chemist although if you are entitled to free perscriptions then it is free, it's good for all round allergic conditions like hay fever, nettlerash, hives, etc. It works quite quick in relieving the syptoms, well worth it to have a bottle in the medicine cupboard, one drawback is the drowsiness it can cause although with my daughter even on the large doses she has had it hasn't made her drowsy at all!

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                          22.08.2000 18:39
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                          I use Piriton Syrup, for my whole family, for relief from itches. I find it extremely important in summer when there is a high risk of being bitten by insects and of course stung by Bees and Wasps. You don’t normally realise that it has taken affect, until you start itching again, so it must have. I have a mild allergy to the sun. When I forget to put on sun cream, I come out in spots, which can be very itchy. I find Piriton eases the itching very quickly. Piriton is suitable for children over the age of one. Just as well, because one of my daughters decided to have an outbreak of Chicken Pox’s on Christmas Day, luckily there was Piriton in my medicine cabinet, although she was covered in spots, the itching was eased by the used of Piriton.

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