Drug Class: What is Periactin and why is Periactin prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Periactin work?
Dosage: How should you take Periactin?
Possible food and drug interactions with Periactin
Special Information on Periactin
Possible Periactin Side effects
|Drug Class: What is Periactin and why is Periactin prescribed?|
Periactin belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines. Periactin works by blocking the action of histamine and other substances produced by the body, which are causing your allergy or itchiness.
Periactin is used to relieve the symptoms of allergy, such as hay fever, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy and watery eyes.
Periactin also relieves the itchiness associated with some skin problems, such as rash, hives, dermatitis, eczema, mild reactions to insect bites, and chickenpox.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Periactin work?|
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
|Dosage: How should you take Periactin?|
Take Periactin only when prescribed by your doctor.
For allergies and itching:
Children 7 to 14 years old
|Possible food and drug interactions with Periactin|
There may be an increase in sedation when 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 Periactin, include moclobemide and tranylcypromine that are used to treat depression.
These medicines may be affected by
|Special Information on Periactin|
Most Important Fact about Periactin
Periactin should not be used for children less than 2 years of age. Periactin may cause excitation in them.
Periactin precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
It is recommended not to use Periactin while breast-feeding. Alternatively,
|Possible Periactin Side effects|
More common side effects of Periactin may include:
Less common side effects of Periactin may include:
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