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polony
25-10-2006, 18:16
Does anyone know about phenergan? What is it used for and what does it do? :confused:

WeThree
25-10-2006, 18:19
Phenergan has 3 uses:

1. To control allergy problems and sudden allergic reactions
2. To help relieve nausea and car sickness
3. As a sedative (not that I would recommend it for this, but some people do use it for this reason)

FourAngelKisses
25-10-2006, 18:21
3. As a sedative (not that I would recommend it for this, but some people do use it for this reason)

I wouldn't recommend it for that either, sometimes it can have the opposite effect and the kids end up bouncing off the walls for hours.

I used it as an antihistamine for my kids when they had eczema, but to be honest, it didn't work that well.

Dannii79
25-10-2006, 18:24
Phenergan is an antihistamine. It blocks the effects of the naturally occurring chemical histamine in your body.

Phenergan is used to treat allergy symptoms such as itching, runny nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, hives, and itchy skin rashes.

Phenergan also prevents motion sickness, and treats nausea and vomiting or pain after surgery. It is also used as a sedative or sleep aid.

Phenergan may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

http://www.drugs.com/phenergan.html

Starlet
25-10-2006, 18:43
Yep, I have a bottle with me most of the time, DS2 is allergic to bees and I have to give it to him if he gets stung.

A girl I know was told by her doc to give some to her son who was having trouble sleeping. WHen he said some, he meant for one or two nights. She did it for WEEKS(like 3 or 4 bottles worth). Eep!

FourAngelKisses
25-10-2006, 18:45
OMG!!!!!!!!!! Didn't she know that ANY medication shouldn't be used for long periods?? I hope her son was okay after all of that.

Mamaduke
25-10-2006, 18:59
I was a phenergan baby/child...I didn't sleep a full night until I went to primary school and the doctor put me on phenergan for a little while to get me to sleep, as soon as I was off it though I was back to waking at midnight, ready for the day...my poor mother!!

**This was the 70's though...I don't think that this would be a course of action any doctor would take nowadays.
Didn't do me any harm though...except for this tick #*%!! :rolleyes:

nemosmum
26-10-2006, 07:12
We use it when our son has anallergic reaction as it helps stop it and relieves the itch/headache/watery eyes/ etc etc

Re: the sleep thing, a friend of mine just had her toddler do a sleep apnea test and found she wakes 60 times an hour (a very severe case of sleep apnea) which is why she has never slept for longer then 30 mins on her own....poor bub!

belinda
26-10-2006, 07:22
i was told it not recommended till a child is 2 years old as it is a sids risk. I have never used it thats just what i was told

Elfin
26-10-2006, 07:30
I have been told the same as Belinda. For children under 2 it is never recommended for use without medical advice because of the SIDS link.

Another product that can be used from 6 months on is Polarmine. We have used that one and it is good.

melfunction
26-10-2006, 07:47
It is not recommended for sedative purposes on any child unless under a GP supervision.

I have known of people who used it every night on their kids just so the parents could go to the pub and leave them at home :thumbsdown:

Also, a single mother who doped up her child just so as the mother could have some ME time everynight. Just wrong!

FourAngelKisses
26-10-2006, 07:49
Yep, Polaromine is great....love it!! Works well for chickenpox too.

I used to use Petalix, but I can't seem to find it anywhere these days.

nemosmum
26-10-2006, 08:22
i was told it not recommended till a child is 2 years old as it is a sids risk. I have never used it thats just what i was told

Yep Ds's allergy specialist and paed. both prescriped phenergen at a small dose when my son was about 8mths old (due to his severe allergic reactions)

I hated using it as i was very fearful so would only give him 1ml which worked well for him in the begining.

We tried Pollaramine too but it made ds very groggy and irritable, i have tried it too for my allergies and found i got the same effect so i guess its just our genes lol

WeThree
26-10-2006, 09:48
Another antihistemine (sp) that I have found good is zyrtec. My son often needs antihistemines twice a day just to function but I dont like to give him phenergan before school in case it makes him to drowsy, so I often use zyrtec or polaramine before school instead.

2s'nuff
26-10-2006, 11:04
I wouldn't recommend it for that either, sometimes it can have the opposite effect and the kids end up bouncing off the walls for hours.


My Sis tried some on her 4.5YO on Sunday, as her DD gets carsick and she was flying for the first time later in the week. Had her bouncing off the walls until late that night. If you are planning to use it to ward off travel sickness, try it before the trip to see how your little one reacts to it.

Milliner
26-10-2006, 11:08
I used it for a rash and when I was bitten by something I wouldn't give it to DS to sleep!!! :no:

MummyCharmzy
26-10-2006, 11:11
Zachs had it for antihistimine and he went from sleeping 15-16 hr nights to not waking for just over 24 hrs..... we never gave it to him again

Ive never heard of the SIDS link but was aware its not reccommended without doctors advice before 2 years, Zach had it around 18 months but was a very very small 18 month old

bobtob
26-10-2006, 11:37
HI
I used Phenergan this July when we flew to England with our 2 boys(aged 2 and 4) as a mild sedative, my GP recommened it and it worked a treat, i tried it before we left and they had no adverse reaction so i was happy and confident using it.
I gave them both one dose on the long 12 hr flight and they both had a 4 hr sleep that they usually wouldnt have had. I think this helped them adjust to the new time zone and also made a long flight less stressful for them. I have never used it at home other than the trial but would use it again on a long flight.

SweetSerenity
26-10-2006, 13:19
HI
I used Phenergan this July when we flew to England with our 2 boys(aged 2 and 4) as a mild sedative, my GP recommened it and it worked a treat, i tried it before we left and they had no adverse reaction so i was happy and confident using it.
I gave them both one dose on the long 12 hr flight and they both had a 4 hr sleep that they usually wouldnt have had. I think this helped them adjust to the new time zone and also made a long flight less stressful for them. I have never used it at home other than the trial but would use it again on a long flight.


:yes: Yup the pharmacist i work with said its fine for cases like this for young children. It can often be quite stressful for young children on long flights so it does definately help with that. Doesnt do harm to the child either.

sarah81
26-10-2006, 15:02
My allergist has recommended it to us for my DS quite severe allergic reaction. Her says it is faster acting that say Zyrtec and therefore causes them to be drowsy.

My DS previously used Zyrtec for allergic reactions and he responded quite well to it and wasn't sleepy.

I have also used childrens Claraytyne for DS2 as he had a rather wierd allergic reaction to unknown source recently, on Dr's advice. Claratyne is meant to be a non-drowsy one.

As you can see my children are right up there with the allergies!

3cherubs
26-10-2006, 15:49
I use it on DD1 for when she is bitten by mozzies or sand flies, the bites go really big if we do not give her phenergan.
She gets a bit tired but no other effects.
It helps her to stop itching.

Ky
26-10-2006, 16:30
I used it for ds when he had just got over a bout of rotavirus which had got him into the habit of waking every hour throughout the night and I was absolutly exhausted!

I did this with medical advice, used a lesser dose than recommended and stopped after 4 nights ... it worked and he went back to sleeping through on his own!

I have also used it recently when my dd had chickenpox and wasn't sleeping well because of the itching ... it helped heaps. It worked so well for her that I thought I would try it for myself when I got chickenpox, but I had trouble sleeping ... I should have known, I have always had a "very awake" reaction to sleep inducing drugs!

daisyxs
26-10-2006, 19:07
if too much is given to children under 2 it can cause their lungs to collapse which im guessing would be the sids link cos the large dose is for a sedative.