Periactin is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) cyproheptadine. On this page you will find out more about Periactin, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)
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Active ingredient in this medicine: cyproheptadine
Over 65 years of age?
If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.
Information for medicine and pack size:
Periactin 4 mg uncoated tablet, 50
Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:
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What this medicine is for
Use as an antiallergic-antipruritic agent and relief of migraine and vascular types of headaches.
Table of characteristics
White, flat circular, bevel edged tablet containing 4 mg of cyproheptadine hydrochloride. Marked 'P4' on one side, scored on the other
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|Dosage Form||Tablet, uncoated|
|Route of administration||Oral|
50 & 100: Pharmacist Only Medicine (Over the counter)
There is one type of pack available.
Pack type 1
|Storage temperature||Store below 30 degrees Celsius|
|Storage conditions||No information available|
|Life time||3 Years|
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information
The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.
Is this medication banned in sport?
Check if you can use your medicine whilst playing sport. Search the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) database that provides information about the prohibited status of specific medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
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