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    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 11th Jul 18, 2:50 PM
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    Antihistamines
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    • 11th Jul 18, 2:50 PM
    Antihistamines 11th Jul 18 at 2:50 PM
    My daughter is off on an expedition with school. On her kit list is Antihistamine (not Triludan).

    She doesn't have hay fever but has quite sensitive skin so it wouldn't surprise me if she had a reaction to something along the way - they are going to Nepal.

    My only experience with them is Piriton but that doesn't seem to be widely available and it is all Piriteze now which has a different active ingredient.

    I am looking for advice on what multipurpose one she should be taking.
    The adventure company refuses to give any medical advice - wouldn't even say what jabs were needed.
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    • fibonarchie
    • By fibonarchie 11th Jul 18, 3:22 PM
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    You don't need to book through them, obvs, but the MASTA website will tell you which jabs she'll need.

    https://www.masta-travel-health.com/#

    As regards antihistamines it might be worth asking the pharmacist.
    • K80 Black
    • By K80 Black 11th Jul 18, 3:59 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 3:59 PM
    If you're looking for an equivalent to Piriton - the active ingredient is chlorphenamine maleate, which is available as a generic from boots etc - though I have no problems finding Piriton available to buy online.

    It is a medication that needs a pharmacist though - are you asking for it in chemists, or looking in supermarkets?

    No idea if that's a good multipurpose antihistamine... and I wouldn't trust a stranger on the internet in that regards anyway!
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 11th Jul 18, 4:07 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 4:07 PM
    I use certirizine, my husband uses loratadine.
    Both non-drowsy but we both find different one work for us.

    It's much cheaper to ask for generic tablets rather than brands in fancy packaging.


    If you are concerned about a reaction, why not buy a small amount of both (or whatever the pharmacist recommends) and try them here before she goes.
    Ask the pharmacist but I think the downsides would be minimal (i take them every day).
    • FrugalFriend
    • By FrugalFriend 11th Jul 18, 5:56 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 5:56 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 5:56 PM
    I also find Piriton suit me, got a generic equivalent from the US on EBay. I paid about 12 delivered for 1000, (yes 1000). They're 13.50 now, still great value: https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Major-Chlorpheniramine-4mg-Allergy-Tablets-1000ct-Expiration-Date-02-2020/153070468828?epid=1201136306&hash=item23a3b5fedc:g :mmEAAOSwgMNbK~vg
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 11th Jul 18, 6:01 PM
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    • 11th Jul 18, 6:01 PM
    I use certirizine, my husband uses loratadine.
    Both non-drowsy but we both find different one work for us.
    Originally posted by lisyloo
    I've used both with good effect.

    I guess they are taking them for emergency use (stings etc)?

    Whichever the OP goes for - if it was my child I would try one first while they are still here, to make sure no adverse affects.

    also see https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/159/nepal
    Last edited by Lorian; 11-07-2018 at 6:04 PM.
    • Nile
    • By Nile 11th Jul 18, 6:20 PM
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    Anthisan cream is very good for bites:

    https://www.boots.com/anthisan-cream-25g-10087220

    You can probably find it cheaper in other stores.
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    • By elsien 11th Jul 18, 6:26 PM
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    Piriton sent me drowsy while driving, so I stick to cetirizine now, the generic version from the savers type shops. They work fine and helps with skin reactions which I also get. Plus an antihistamine cream for bites.
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