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Piriton Tablets

Piriton Tablets & Syrup

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Piriton Antihistamine Tablets & Syrup

Piriton tablets and syrup can provide fast and effective relief from hay fever and other allergies in adults and children over the age of 1 year.

Buy Piriton online from The Independent Pharmacy today in just a few simple steps and get your treatment delivered to your door. 

Piriton Information

  • Age: 1 year +

    Maximum per order: N/A

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Piriton?

Piriton tablets and syrup are great hay fever and allergy treatments for children and adults. Piriton contains an antihistamine ingredient called chlorphenamine that quickly relieves the bothersome symptoms of hay fever and other reactions and allergies. 

This formula is what is known as a drowsy antihistamine, which can also help to aid restful sleep. Each box contains 60 tablets that are suitable for children and adults over 6 years or you can buy one 150ml bottle of syrup that can be taken from the age of 1 year.

 

What is Piriton used for?

Piriton is an antihistamine which helps to relieve symptoms of allergies including a runny nose, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes but is also very effective at soothing itchy, irritated or inflamed skin.

You can take Piriton to ease symptoms from the following: 

  • Hay Fever
  • Skin allergies and dermatitis
  • Pet allergies
  • Insect bites and stings
  • House, mould or dust mite allergies
  • Nettle rash and hives
  • Heat rash
  • Mild food allergies
  • The itchy rash of chickenpox

 

Piriton for chickenpox

Chickenpox is a very common illness in children causing very itchy, fluid-filled blisters. The symptoms of chickenpox usually will improve over time without treatment but it can be very hard to stop a child itching and scratching the blisters. 

If your child is over the age of 1 year and is suffering from the itching caused by chickenpox then taking Piriton, daily while symptoms last, can help to make your child feel more comfortable. 

Other things that can help to make your child more comfortable include:

  1. Making sure they are drinking adequate fluids to avoid dehydration
  2. Dressing them in suitable clothing to avoid getting too hot or too cold
  3. Keeping their nails short and clean
  4. Giving them a children's paracetamol 

 

How does Piriton work?

Piriton contains an antihistamine called Chlorphenamine which reduces symptoms of allergies by blocking the histamine receptors in the body. This process stops the histamines causing the allergic response that leads to symptoms appearing.

 

How long does Piriton take to work?

Most people report feeling some relief from allergies or itching within 30 minutes to an hour after taking Piriton.

 

Does Piriton make you drowsy?

Chlorphenamine is known as a sedating antihistamine because it works directly on the brain and it can cause some people to feel more drowsy making it particularly effective to reduce symptoms during the night. Newer variations of antihistamines such as loratadine and cetirizine are known to make people less drowsy. 

 

Piriton vs Piriteze

One key difference between Piriton and Piriteze is their active ingredients. Both products are part of the drug group known as antihistamines, they contain different active ingredients. 

Piriton has the active ingredient chlorphenamine which is known as a sedating antihistamine whereas Piriteze contains the active ingredient cetirizine hydrochloride. This is a newer form of antihistamine that is less likely to cause drowsiness.

Other prescription treatments for hay fever & allergy include:

Here's some more information about Desloratadine vs Loratadine.

 

Piriton and Calpol

Calpol is a medicine that contains paracetamol which is used to reduce pain and fevers in children. It is perfectly safe to take Piriton and Calpol (or paracetamol) at the same time. At The Independent Pharmacy, we do not currently sell any form of paracetamol syrup, including Calpol. 

 

Piriton and alcohol

Drinking alcohol while taking Piriton can increase your chances of feeling drowsy and experiencing other unwanted side effects. You should therefore avoid drinking alcohol while you're taking Piriton.

 

Sources

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Piriton dosage

Piriton is for oral use only and can be taken by children and adults over the age of 1 year to treat symptoms of allergies. 

Piriton Tablets:

Children age 6-12 years: Take ½ of a tablet every 4-6 hours as needed. Taking no more than 6 halves in 24 hours.

Children and adults over the age of 12 years: Take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours as needed. Taking no more than 6 tablets in 24 hours. 

Piriton Syrup: 

Children 1-2 years: Take one 2.5 ml spoonful twice daily

Children 2-6 years: Take one 2.5 ml spoonful every 4-6 hours. Maximum six 2.5 ml spoonfuls in 24 hours.

Children 6-12 years: Take one 5 ml spoonful every 4-6 hours. Maximum six 5 ml spoonfuls in 24 hours.

Adults and children over 12 years: Take two 5 ml spoonfuls every 4-6 hours. Maximum twelve spoonfuls in 24 hours. 

Before taking either Piriton Tablets or Piriton Syrup you must read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly. 

 

Piriton overdose

If you take too much Piriton you must call a doctor or emergency department as soon as possible. Do not drive as this medicine may make you drowsy. 

Piriton side effects

Taking Piriton can cause some people to experience unwanted side effects. If you are worried about any side effects or they do not improve once you have stopped taking Piriton to speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice. 

The most common side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • blurred vision
  • Feeling sick 
  • Loss of appetite

If you experience any severe side effects that cause swelling of the face or you are having difficulty breathing you need to seek immediate medical attention either by calling 999 or attending your nearest emergency department. 

For full details regarding side effects please take the time to read all the information in the Patient Information Leaflet.

Piriton ingredients

Piriton Tablets

Each tablet contains the active ingredient: 4 mg of Chlorphenamine.

Each tablet contains the inactive ingredients: Lactose, maize starch, yellow iron oxide (E 172), magnesium stearate and water. 

Piriton Syrup:

Every 5 ml of syrup contains the active ingredient: 2 mg of Chlorphenamine

Every 5 ml of syrup contains the inactive ingredients: Sucrose, glycerol, ethanol, tingle flavour, peppermint oil, water and, methyl, ethyl and propyl hydroxybenzoates (E 218, E 214 and E 216).

For full details please make sure you have read the Patient Information Leaflets thoroughly for either Piriton Tablets or Piriton Syrup.

Piriton warnings

Before taking this medicine please ensure you have read the Patient Information Leaflet for either Piriton Tablets or Piriton Syrup

Speak to a doctor before taking Piriton if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have primary angle-closure glaucoma
  • You are experiencing problems emptying your bladder
  • You have epilepsy or have a condition that causes seizures
  • You are currently taking or have recently stopped taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medicine. 

Piriton in pregnancy & breastfeeding

Speak to a doctor or pharmacist before taking Piriton if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. They will be able to advise you what is the best treatment for you at this time. 

Piriton and driving

Piriton is a sedating antihistamine and is known to make some people feel more tired than usual. You should wait to see how Piriton affects you before operating machinery or driving.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Hay Fever?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

Piriton Tablets & Syrup Reviews

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Scott McDougall

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Published on: 20-01-2017

Last modified on: 20-01-2021


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

Reviewed By:

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Andy Boysan

BPharm

Reviewed on: 20-01-2021

Next review date: 20-01-2023


Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.


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