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Periactin Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Periactin is an antihistamine and it is used to treat cold- and allergy-related symptoms such as hay fever, nasal inflammation, stuffy nose, red and inflamed eyes, hives, and swelling. It work by blocks the effects of the naturally occurring chemical histamine in your body.

Periactin Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 4 milligrams 3 times daily.
  • For childrens who have ages 2 to 6 Years, the usual dose is 2 milligrams 2 or 3 times a day.

Uses of Periactin

  • Cyproheptadine is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, itching, watery eyes, hives, rashes, itching, and other symptoms of allergies and the common cold.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Periactin

Before taken Periactin medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Periactin. Side effects may include:

  • Anemia
  • Confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Fluttery or throbbing heartbeat
  • Hysteria
  • Irritability
  • Lack of coordination

Warnings and precautions before taking Periactin:

  • After taken Periactin, you may feel some dizzy, drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that requiring alertness such as drive a car or operate machinery.
  • You should tell your doctor if you are allergic to cyproheptadine or any other drugs.
  • If you are taking prescription and nonprescription medications, especially medications for depression or seizures, muscle relaxants, narcotics, sedatives, then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you have asthma, diabetes, ulcers, difficulty urinating, heart disease, high blood pressure, seizures, or an overactive thyroid gland, then you should tell your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Periactin with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Periactin with the following:

  • Antidepressant drugs classified as MAO inhibitors, including Nardil and Parnate
  • Sedatives such as Nembutal and Seconal
  • Tranquilizers such as Librium and Valium
Overdose

After taken Periactin if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Periactin overdose include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Fever
  • Stomach or bowel distress
  • Stupor or coma


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