|Type of medicine||Antihistamine|
|Used for||Relief of allergic conditions in adults and children over 2 years of age|
|Available as||Tablets and syrup|
Alimemazine is used relieve allergic conditions which cause itching and skin reactions.
Exposure to substances such as pollen, pet fur, house dust or an insect bite can cause the body to produce a chemical called histamine. The release of histamine causes allergic symptoms which can include itching and skin rashes. Antihistamines like alimemazine reduce the effects of histamine and help to relieve these symptoms.
Alimemazine is also sometimes used in children before a hospital operation.
Before taking alimemazine
Before taking alimemazine make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have heart, liver or kidney problems.
- If you have glaucoma (increased pressure in your eye).
- If you suffer from epilepsy.
- If you have prostate problems, or have been experiencing difficulty passing urine.
- If you know you have a blockage in your small intestines, or if you have been constipated for over a week.
- If you have Parkinson's disease.
- If you have thyroid problems.
- If you have phaeochromocytoma (a tumour on your adrenal gland).
- If you have myasthenia gravis (a condition causing muscle weakness).
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or to any other medicine.
How to take alimemazine
- Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Take alimemazine exactly as your doctor has told you to. It is usually taken two or three times a day.
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your next dose, in which case leave out the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a missed dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Alimemazine may cause drowsiness. Do not to drink alcohol while you are taking alimemazine as it increases these feelings of drowsiness.
- If you are having any treatment like an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking alimemazine.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with alimemazine.
- Alimemazine may cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight. Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA light and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, especially in strong sunlight or until you know how your skin reacts. Do not use sunbeds.
Can alimemazine cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, all medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects||What can I do if I experience this|
|Drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision||Make sure your reactions are normal before driving, operating machinery or doing any other jobs which could be dangerous if you were not fully alert or able to see properly|
|Dry mouth||Try chewing sugar-free gum or sweets|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller. If the headaches continue, speak with your doctor|
|Difficulty passing urine||Speak with your doctor if this becomes troublesome|
|Stomach upset||Eat little and often. Stick to simple foods|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store alimemazine
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 59th Edition (March 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Alimemazine Tartrate 10 mg Film Coated Tablets, Winthrop Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated December 2010.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 07/06/2011||Document ID: 3875 Version: 24||© EMIS|
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