Periactin or, Cyproheptadine or, Peritol is a prescribed medicine that has local anesthetic properties. This medicine is used as a treatment for common allergic symptoms like runny nose, flu, cold, watery eyes, headache, rashes, hives, redness on the body and uncontrollable sneezing. This medicine controls the production of histamine in the body and thus, acting as a reliever to such allergies. This drug is not at all meant for the kids and infants.
What is the most important information I should know about Periactin?
This medicine comes in variety of forms like: Tablet and Liquid.
The dosage is always based on your age, medical history and weight so, it is better that you get it prescribed from a doctor first and follow his guideline. You should never raise its dose on your own.
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to cyproheptadine, or if you have diabetes, glaucoma, a stomach ulcer, urination problems, if you are having an asthma attack, or if you have a debilitating disease.
Do not drink alcohol while you are on this drug; it can prove fatal.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Periactin?
One must discuss in detail about his/her medical history and various problems.
One must tell whether he/she is allergic to cyproheptadine or not.
One must discuss about his/her food and drinking habits as well as this drug cannot be taken with alcohol.
Children must avoid this medicine as it can be very sensitive towards them as it can create a lot of excitement instead of dizziness in them. Older people must take it only if it is more than necessary.
Pregnant women must ask doctors about risks that are associated for the unborn child and then decide whether to go on prescription or not.
Lactation women must avoid feeding her child as this passes into the breast milk.
How should I take Periactin?
Generally, it is taken 2-3 times s day with or without food. Tablets must be swallowed directly inside. In case of liquid, it must be exactly measured with a device or spoon that you can get easily from the pharmacy store. Always stick to your doctor’s instructions.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Never take more doses than the actual prescribed one. You can always take your next scheduled dose on time.
What happens if I overdose?
In case you have taken extra dose of this medicine and feeling uneasy then, immediately contact tour doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Periactin?
Alcohol must be avoided while one is on this medicine as it can prove very dangerous for health.
Several side effects have been listed of this medicine:
Dizziness/drowsiness /Faint feeling
Confusion, Illusions and uncommon behavior
Jaundice/ Yellowness in the body
Fast heart beats
Tiredness/distorted sleeping patterns
Change in food habits
Medical help in a must of any of these symptoms are found in the patient.