PIRITON SYRUP

Active substance: CHLORPHENAMINE MALEATE

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2. Check before you take Piriton Syrup
Do not take Piriton Syrup:

Chlorphenamine Maleate

Please read right through this leaflet before you start using this medicine.
This medicine is available without prescription, but you still need to use Piriton
Syrup carefully to get the best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again.
• If you have any questions, or if there is anything you do not understand, ask
your pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1. What Piriton Syrup does
2. Check before you take Piriton Syrup
3. How to take Piriton Syrup
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Piriton Syrup
6. Further information

1. What Piriton Syrup does

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Piriton Syrup is used to treat the allergic symptoms of hayfever and other allergies.
The active ingredient is chlorphenamine maleate, an antihistamine which can help
to relieve the symptoms of some allergies and itchy skin rashes. It can be used to
treat the itchiness, redness, swelling, tenderness and irritation that can be caused
by:
• hayfever and other allergies e.g. pet, house dust mite
and mould spore allergies
• nettle rash and hives
• skin allergies and dermatitis
• prickly heat and heat rash
• reactions to food, food additives or medicines
• insect bites and stings
• the itchy rash of chickenpox.

• if you have ever had an allergic reaction to antihistamines or any of
the ingredients (listed in Section 6)
• if you have taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) prescribed
for depression in the last two weeks
• if you are taking other medicines containing antihistamines, including
products for the relief of colds and coughs.

Take special care with Piriton Syrup
• Talk to your doctor before you take this syrup if you have very high
blood pressure, heart disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, enlarged prostate,
liver disease, kidney disease, bronchitis, asthma or bronchiectasis.
• Avoid drinking alcohol with this medicine.
• Do not drive or operate machinery if the syrup makes you feel drowsy, dizzy
or if you experience blurred vision.
• Piriton Syrup contains 6.3% v/v ethanol (alcohol), similar to 6.3 ml beer
or 2.6 ml wine per 5 ml spoonful. This could be harmful if you suffer
from alcoholism. This should also be considered if you are pregnant or
breast feeding, in children and high-risk groups such as patients with
liver disease or epilepsy.
• Clean your teeth regularly. The syrup contains sucrose and long term
use could increase the risk of tooth decay.
• If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor before using Piriton Syrup.
• Piriton Syrup contains 2.36 g of sucrose per 5 ml. This should be taken
into account in patients with diabetes mellitus.

If you are taking other medicines
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this syrup if you are taking any
prescribed medicines; particularly phenytoin (for epilepsy) or medicines for
anxiety or to help you sleep.

Pregnancy and breast feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking the Piriton Syrup if you are
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Pharma code Ref. No. 483
3. How to take Piriton Syrup
Use the spoon provided
Age
1-2 years

Dosage
One 2.5 ml spoonful twice daily

Maximum in 24 hours
Two 2.5 ml spoonfuls (5 ml)

2-6 years

One 2.5 ml spoonful every 4-6 hours

Six 2.5 ml spoonfuls (15 ml)

6-12 years

One 5 ml spoonful every 4-6 hours

Adults and children Two 5 ml spoonfuls (10 ml) every 4-6 hours
over 12 years








Chest tightness or thickening of phlegm.
Skin peeling, itchy rash and sensitivity to the sun.
Ringing in the ears.
Twitching, muscular weakness and abnormal co-ordination.
Confusion, excitability, irritability, low mood or nightmares.
Children may become excited.

If you do get any side effects, even those not mentioned in this leaflet, tell your
doctor or pharmacist.

Six 5 ml spoonfuls (30 ml)
Twelve 5 ml spoonfuls (60 ml)

Elderly: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you take this syrup as you may be more likely
to get side effects including confusion and you may need to take a lower daily dose.
• Do not take more than the recommended dose.
• Do not give to children under 12 months.

If you or a child take too much syrup
Contact your doctor or casualty department. Do not drive if you have taken too
much.

5. How to store Piriton Syrup
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use this medicine after the ‘EXP’ date shown on the pack.
Store below 25ºC. Protect from light.

6. Further information
Active ingredient Each 5 ml dose contains Chlorphenamine Maleate 2 mg.
Other ingredients Sucrose, glycerol, ethanol, tingle flavour, peppermint oil,
water and, as a preservative, a mixture of methyl, ethyl and propyl
hydroxybenzoates (E 218, E 214 and E 216).

If you forget to take the syrup

Methyl, ethyl and propyl hydroxybenzoates (E 218, E 214 and E 216)
may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).

Take a dose as soon as you remember, unless it is nearly time to take the next one.
Never take two doses together.
If your symptoms persist, see your doctor.

The bottle contains 150 ml.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Piriton Syrup can have side effects, but not everybody gets them.
Children and older people are more prone to side effects.
• The most common side effect is drowsiness. This drowsiness can be helpful if
symptoms are particularly troublesome at night.

The marketing authorisation holder is GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare,
Brentford, TW8 9GS, U.K. and all enquiries should be sent to this address.
The manufacturer is Farmaclair, Avenue du General de Gaulle,
14200 Herouville Saint Clair, France.
This leaflet was last revised in April 2014.
PIRITON is a registered trade mark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.

Stop taking this product and consult your doctor if you:
• Experience allergic reactions which can be severe. Signs include raised and itchy
skin, swelling of the face or mouth causing difficulty breathing.
• Experience liver problems.
• Experience anaemia or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
• Experience difficulty passing water.
• Collapse.
The following side effects may occur:
• Difficulty concentrating, feeling tired, dizziness, headache or blurred vision.
• Loss of appetite, indigestion, feeling or being sick, diarrhoea, tummy pain or
dry mouth.
• Low blood pressure (you may feel faint) or changes in heart rhythm.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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