Uses and Side Effects of Peritol

Updated on August 3, 2017
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Dr. Manura Nanayakkara is a practicing doctor in Sri Lanka. He holds a postgraduate diploma in psychiatry.

Peritol Syrup
Peritol Syrup

Introduction

Peritol is a brand name of Cyproheptadine. It has many actions, but one of most commonly utilized is its serotonin antagonist action. This action makes it a good appetite stimulant. In addition, Peritol inhibits histamine receptors. Therefore, it works as an anti-histamine medication, such as Piriton. Pertiol also causes drowsiness and helps to induce sleep. Anti-histamine indications are common colds and allergies.

Peritol should not be used for sleep. Other medications should be used for sleep problems.

Common uses of Peritol

  1. Appetite stimulant
  2. Anti-histamine (common cold, allergies)
  3. Sleep-inducing agent - effect wanes after some time
  4. Treatment of drug-induced akathisia - a troublesome side effect of some anti-psychotic medications.

How to use peritol

Usual dosage of peritol is 4mg thrice daily. That is 10ml of peritol syrup thrice daily.

What are the side effects of Peritol?

Main side effect of peritol is its ability to cause drowsiness and sedation. This action makes driving vehicles and operating machinery dangerous. In addition, drowsiness goes into next day morning and to make waking early morning difficult.

Peritol can cause weight gain due to its ability to increase appetite. In addition, using Peritol to induce appetite in a patient with an underlying disease (cancer) without investigating the cause for loss of appetite can be dangerous. In some countries this medication is available over the counter.

Other common side effects of Peritol

  • Headache
  • Psychomotor impairment
  • Urinary retention
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Gastro-intestinal disturbances

Rare side effects of Peritol include low blood pressure, palpitations, arrhythmias, dizziness, confusion, depression, sleep disturbances, tremors, fits, liver problems, and angle-closure glaucoma.

Peritol is available as tablets, capsules and syrups. It should ideally be taken in the night. Elderly people will get most of the side effects. In addition, it is not recommended to use Peritol in children.

Who should not use Peritol

This drug should not be used in patients with prostatic hypertrophy, urinary retention, in people susceptibility to angle-closure glaucoma, and in intestinal obstruction. Peritol should not be taken if you have liver diseases. It is because peritol can induce coma in liver failure. In addition, taking peritol to induce appetite without seeking a cause for appetite loss can be dangerous (some chronic diseases can cause appetite loss such as Tuberculosis).

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Peritol should be avoided in pregnancy. Newborn irritability, paradoxical excitability, and tremor can occur following delivery. In addition, Peritol should not be used in mothers who are breastfeeding.

Summary

Peritol is a common over-the-counter appetite stimulant. However, it can cause some problematic side effects, such as drowsiness.

Drowsiness is a main side effect of Peritol that can cause serious injuries when driving.
Drowsiness is a main side effect of Peritol that can cause serious injuries when driving. | Source

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      Georgion 

      2 weeks ago

      Does it stop pregnancy??

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      558415 

      5 weeks ago

      Is perital a form of birth control?

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      Sanjida 

      5 months ago

      I want to buy this.bt how can i buy it?

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      Nishani 

      8 months ago

      My baby was presceibed to give peritol since he refuses to eat almost everything. He is 9 months old. He seems to have lot of sleep after the medicine. Do I have to go to the doctor again? Will this drowsiness last long until he stops taking peritol?

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      Sharon Smith. 

      8 months ago

      Can you take perital if trouble with high blood pressure.

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 

      11 months ago from Sri Lanka

      Yes you will again lose appetite. If you have continuous loss of appetite then you need to be examined by a doctor for serious physical or mental health issue. Peritol is only temporary solution.

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      Denesha 

      14 months ago

      WHEre can I make an order can't find it no where

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      Pankaj kumar jha 

      14 months ago

      Peritol syrup company /manufacturer name Agency in patna (Bihar )

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      amashawelivita 

      16 months ago

      Is it bad if I stop taking peritol at once?

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      Destiny 

      19 months ago

      I have asthma can i take peritol??

      And how long after you're taking peritol u should gain weight?

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      nishant bhende 

      2 years ago

      I m taking peritol,but when i stop,it getting me side effect like headach,filling weekness,i want to stop,plz help me out.

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 

      2 years ago from Sri Lanka

      vish

      Three times per day

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      Angel 

      2 years ago

      Does pertiol causw swelling of the breast?

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      vish 

      2 years ago

      how many times want to take

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 

      3 years ago from Sri Lanka

      It is unlikely. But it is safe not to take it in first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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      Den 

      3 years ago

      Can peritol cause a miscarriage?

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 

      3 years ago from Sri Lanka

      There is no relationship with periods and peritol

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      Abi 

      3 years ago

      Does it stop women from seeing there period?

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      rahul sen 

      3 years ago

      Ye dawai khy kaam aati he

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      madu 

      3 years ago

      Is it dangoures?

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      lisa 

      3 years ago

      About How much weight can be gained from peritol

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 

      3 years ago from Sri Lanka

      It depends on host of other factors, therefore exact answer cannot be given. However, most people will experience weight gain within one month.

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 

      3 years ago from Sri Lanka

      It depends on host of other factors, therefore exact answer cannot be given. However, most people will experience weight gain within one month.

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      Melissa patience 

      3 years ago

      Okay how long it takes to gain weight when taking peritol

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 

      3 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Yes will weight will be lossed once it is stopped. Unless proper cause for weight loss is found

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      Melissa patience 

      3 years ago

      Whenevyi took the peritol am wondering if when i stop talking it if the weight will come off

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      Louise Elcross 

      6 years ago from UK

      Interesting.

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