Drug Class: What is Periactin an why is it prescribed?
Periactin Mechanism: How does Periactin work?
Periactin Dosage: How should you take Periactin
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Periactin
Special information on Periactin
Periactin side effects
|Drug Class: What is Periactin an why is it prescribed?|
|Generic Periactin belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines. Generic Periactin works by blocking the action of histamine and other substances produced by the body, which are causing your allergy or itchiness.
Generic Periactin is used to relieve the symptoms of allergy, such as hay fever, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy and watery eyes.
Generic Periactin also relieves the itchiness associated with some skin problems, such as rash, hives, dermatitis, eczema, mild reactions to insect bites, and chickenpox.
Generic Periactin is also used to treat migraines and other similar headaches, in people whose symptoms have not been relieved by other medicines. Migraine is an intense, throbbing headache, often affecting one side of the head. It often includes nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and sensitivity to sound.
Generic Periactin is not addictive.
|Periactin Mechanism: How does Periactin work?|
|Generic Periactin (cyproheptadine) belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines.
Histamine is released when the body responds to an allergen (e.g. pollen, cat hair, and bird feathers. It binds to receptors (H-1 receptors) causing a range of effects, including, widening of small blood vessels in the nose and eyes and contraction of the muscles of the gastro-intestinal and respiratory tracts. These effects are responsible for the characteristic symptoms of allergies (such as inflammation of the skin, airways or tissues, rashes, itching of the skin, eyes or nose, nasal congestion or narrowing of the airways).
Generic Periactin blocks the action of histamine on H1 receptors, thereby relieving the symptoms of allergic reactions.
Generic Periactin is also used in the prevention or treatment of migraine headaches. It is not fully understood how Generic Periactin works in this condition. In addition to blocking the actions of histamine, it blocks the action of a chemical in the brain called serotonin. These chemicals are involved in migraine.
Generic Periactin is called a sedating anti-histamine as it enters the brain in significant quantities and is therefore more likely to cause drowsiness than the newer group of non-sedating anti-histamines.
|Periactin Dosage: How should you take Periactin|
|Take Generic Periactin only when prescribed by your doctor.
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day.
For allergies and itching:
Children 7 to 14 years old
Children 2 to 6 years old
For migraine and vascular types of headaches:
Swallow Generic Periactin with a glass of water.
If you miss a Generic Periactin dose
Generic Periactin Overdose
Generic Periactin Storage instructions
Generic Periactin Preparations:
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Periactin|
|There may be an increase in sedation when Generic Periactin is taken with alcohol or other sedating medicines such as anti-anxiety medicines, hypnotics, sedatives or tranquillizers.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants (such as phenelzine) prolong and intensify the anti-cholinergic effects of antihistamines, such as, dry mouth, blurred vision and constipation.
Some other medicines, which should not be taken with Generic Periactin, include moclobemide and tranylcypromine that are used to treat depression.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
|Special information on Periactin|
|Most Important Fact about Generic Periactin
Generic Periactin should not be used for children less than 2 years of age. Generic Periactin may cause excitation in them.
Generic Periactin precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
It is recommended not to use Generic Periactin while breast-feeding. Alternatively, if Generic Periactin must be used, the mother should not breastfeed. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Special warnings about Generic Periactin
When taking Generic Periactin on a regular basis, make sure your doctor knows if you are taking large amounts of aspirin at the same time (as for arthritis or rheumatism). Generic Periactin may cover up effects of too much aspirin, such as ringing in the ears.
Generic Periactin may cause some people to become drowsy or less alert than they are normally. Even if taken at bedtime, it may cause some people to feel drowsy or less alert on arising. Make sure you know how you react to Generic Periactin before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
Generic Periactin may cause dryness of the mouth, nose, and throat. For temporary relief of mouth dryness, use sugarless candy or gum, melt bits of ice in your mouth, or use a saliva substitute. However, if your mouth continues to feel dry for more than 2 weeks, check with your medical doctor or dentist. Continuing dryness of the mouth may increase the chance of dental disease, including tooth decay, gum disease, and fungus infections.
Why Generic Periactin should not be prescribed?
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using Generic Periactin and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Generic Periactin should not be used to treat an acute attack of asthma.
Check with your doctor if you are not sure whether you have any of these conditions.
|Periactin side effects|
More common side effects of Generic Periactin may include:
Less common side effects of Generic Periactin may include:
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