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Periactin (Cyproheptadine)

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Periactin is a popular drug that has been labeled as an antihistamine. Such medicines are known to act by blocking some of the effects that are produced by several

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Periactin Information

Periactin is a popular drug that has been labeled as an antihistamine. Such medicines are known to act by blocking some of the effects that are produced by several naturally occurring histamines (a sort of chemicals) in the patient’s organism. A treatment with this product is known to effectively treat common cold or allergy symptoms such as runny nose; sneezing; watery eyes; itching; rashes; hives and so on. Although the FDA has not yet tested this drug’s effectiveness in the case of underweight patients who need to stimulate their appetite, some doctors are known to prescribe Periactin under special circumstances.

Periactin Indications

Periactin is a well known antihistamine that is generally prescribed to treat some of the most unpleasant (but very common) symptoms that are triggered by the common cold or by an allergic reaction. This medicine can sometimes be prescribed to underweight patients in order to stimulate their appetite. However, this antihistamine could also prevent or treat some other medical conditions that have not been listed in this guide. Ask your personal health care provider for more information about the beneficial effects that you will receive from your treatment with this product.

Periactin Warnings

Patients who are following a treatment with Periactin should employ extra caution while performing any activity that is known to require mental or physical awareness and / or alertness (driving, for example), as this drug can trigger side effects like drowsiness or dizziness that could easily impair his or her reactions or thinking. It is highly recommended for patients who are currently taking Periactin to avoid consuming any type of alcoholic beverages or any products that contain alcohol (this increases this medicine’s unpleasant effects, especially dizziness and drowsiness). 
Before you start using Periactin you should inform your personal health care specialist if you have:

  • a stomach ulcer;
  • glaucoma;
  • bladder problems, an enlarged prostate, or difficulty urinating;
  • hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid);
  • heart problems or hypertension;
  • asthma.

Such medical conditions might prevent you from starting a treatment with Periactin, or might require special medical exams or special dosage of this medicine during your treatment with it.

Periactin is a category B FDA pregnancy medicine. Therefore, a treatment with this medicine is unlikely to harmfully affect a growing fetus. However, if you are pregnant, you should consult with your health care specialist before starting a treatment with this medicine. It is known that this product’s ingredients can and do pass into the patient’s breast milk. Therefore, nursing mothers should avoid using this drug without their doctor’s approval. Elderly patients and children are more prone to developing this drug’s most severe side effects (they should be prescribed a lower dose of this medicine). Do not give this medicine to a child without first consulting it with a pediatrician.

Periactin Intake Guidelines

Ask your personal health care provider to give you precise directions regarding your treatment with Periactin. Do not deviate from your physician’s instructions. If you did not understand some of them, or if you have other questions about your intake of this medicine, you should ask a nurse or a pharmacist for further explanations. Patients who want to learn more about this medicine should read the drug’s label.

Each dose of this product should be accompanied by a full glass of liquid. As this medicine is not a stomach irritant, you may take it either on a full or on an empty stomach. To make sure that you are using the right dose of the Periactin syrup, you should measure the medicine with a special device (such as a measuring spoon or cup). Patients who do not own such a device should purchase one from a pharmacy. 

Consult with your personal health care specialist to determine exactly when to start and to stop your intake of Periactin. Keep this product away from heat and moisture, in a place that cannot be easily reached by either pets or children.

Periactin Dosage

Ask your personal health care provider to give you the precise dose of Periactin that you should take in during your intake of this medicine. No patient should be prescribed more than 32 mg of Periactin per day.

Periactin Overdose

The average symptoms that could be triggered by an overdose with this product include confusion, extreme sleepiness, ringing in the ears, weakness, large pupils, dry mouth, hallucinations, blurred vision, fever, flushing, insomnia, shaking, and possibly seizures. If you have any of the symptoms that have been listed here, or if you suspect that you are suffering from an overdose with Periactin, you should seek medical attention at once.

Periactin Missed Dose

A missed dose of Periactin should be taken in as soon as possible. If it is time for another prescribed dose, you should skip the one that you have missed and proceed with your regular treatment.

Periactin Side Effects

Among Periactin most common side effects are:

  • fatigue, sleepiness, or dizziness;
  • dry mouth;
  • headache;
  • enlarged prostate;
  • difficulty urinating.

Periactin Drug Reactions

You must not start taking Periactin if you have taken within the last 2 weeks a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) like phenelzine (Nardil), isocarboxazid (Marplan), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). During your intake of this medicine you should avoid using:

  • anxiety or sleep drugs;
  • drugs for depression;
  • any type of medicines that are known to trigger drowsiness, sleepiness, and so on.

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In some countries PERIACTIN may also be known as: Cyproheptadine, Antegan, Vimicon, Preptin, Viternum, Cyprogin, Ciplactin, Cipla-Actin, Hepdine, Polytab, Prakten, Sipraktin, Cyheptine

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