Periactin is an anti-histamine medication that relieves the symptoms of hay fever (seasonal allergies), hives (itching, rash), allergic conjunctivitis, pink eye, and other allergic symptoms. Periactin is also available in a generic formula.

How should I take this medicine?

Periactin tablets should be taken orally. Ensure that you follow the directions on the package insert. To avoid stomach irritations take Periactin with milk or food. Make sure that each dose is taken on schedule. Never increase the dose unless advised by a doctor.

What if I miss a dose?

If a dose is missed, you may take it as soon as possible. Thereafter, revert to your regular dosing schedule. You should not take a double dose.

What precautions should I take while using Periactin?

You may experience some uncomfortable side-effects when first using Periactin. If these symptoms do not clear up after a couple of days, you should inform your doctor.

When first using Periactin do not drive or perform any dangerous activity. This medication can cause dizziness or fainting. When getting up, after sitting or lying down, do it gradually especially if you are an elderly person. Alcohol can increase dizziness therefore avoid drinking alcohol while using Periactin.

Increase your daily intake of water while using Periactin to avoid dry mouth. Sucking hard candy or chewing sugar-free gum will also help.

Periactin can cause blurry vision or dry eyes. People who wear contact lenses can obtain relief with lubricating eye-drops. If this condition persists, contact your ophthalmologist.