Piriton Expectorant Linctus for Children: Uses, Dosage, & Side Effects

Description and Composition of Piriton Expectorant Linctus For Children

Piriton expectorant linctus for children is pleasantly flavoured and effective mixture which will generally combat any allergic symptoms in addition to loosening the bronchial secretions thus facilitating breathing. Each 5ml teaspoonful of the syrup contains:

  • Chlorpheniramine maleate BP 1mg,
  • Ammonium chloride BP 50mg and
  • Sodium citrate BP 22mg.

Indications and Uses Piriton Expectorant Linctus

Piriton expectorant linctus for children is an effective expectorant for use in upper respiratory tract infections including the common cold and bronchitis.

Dosage of Piriton Expectorant Linctus

  • Children, 1-6 years: One teaspoonful (5ml), three to four times daily
  • Children, 6-12 years: Two teaspoonfuls (10ml), three to four times daily
  • Or as directed by your physician.

Contraindications Piriton Expectorant Linctus

Chlorpheniramine preparations are contraindicated in patients hypersensitive to antihistamines or any of its constituents and also in patients who have had monoamine oxidase inhibitor therapy within the previous fourteen days.

Precautions

  • Chlorpheniramine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision and psychomotor impairment, which can seriously hamper the patients ability to drive or operate machinery.
  • In common with other drugs having anticholinergic effects, it should be used with caution in epilepsy, prostatic hyperplasia, glaucoma, hepatic disease, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, thyrotoxicosis, raised intra-ocular pressure, severe hypertension or cardiovascular disease and bronchial asthma.
  • Long term treatment with Piriton expectorant Linctus increases the risk of dental caries and it is essential that adequate dental hygiene is maintained.

Pregnancy and lactation

  • Piriton expectorant linctus should only be used during pregnancy when clearly needed and when the potential benefit to the mother outweighs the potential risk to the foetus.
  • Use by nursing mothers is not recommended because of the risk of adverse effects in the infant.
  • Antihistamines may inhibit lactation.

Drug interactions with Piriton Expectorant Linctus

Chlorpheniramine may have an additive effect when used concurrently with hypnotics, alcohol and anxiolytics causing potentiation of drowsiness. Chlorpheniramine inhibits phenytoin metabolism and can lead to phenytoin toxicity.

Side Effectst of Piriton Expectorant Linctus

Side effects include sedation, inability to concentrate, lassitude, in coordination, headache, dizziness, muscular weakness and twitching. tinnitus, depression, irritability and nightmares infrequently occur.

Other side effects include dryness of the mouth, gastro-intestinal disturbance such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, anorexia, hepatitis, palpitation, tachycardia, arryhthmia, tightness of the chest, blurred vision, urinary retention, thickening of bronchial secretions, haemolytic anaemia and other blood dyscrasias.

Allergic reactions including exfoliation, dermatitis, photosensitivity, skin reactions and urticaria may occur.

The effects of alcohol may be increased.

Paradoxical excitation in children and confusional psychosis in the elderly may occur.

Presentation

Pack of 100ml.

How to Store Piriton Expectorant Linctus

Store below 30°C. Protect from light.

Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.

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