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Is Fenigan safe to use?

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Visitor
I thought Fenigan was a strong drug given to help children with sleep problems. However, I have leart recently that you can in fact buy it over the counter as friends have given it to their kids when flying long distances to ensure they sleep. Does anyone have experience of this?
mango11

SERIOUSLY THIS IS TERRIBLE!!!

I AM A QUALIFIED PAEDIATRIC NURSE (WORKING IN INTENSIVE CARE)AND A PARENT. I URGE ALL PARENTS OUT THERE USING MEDICATION FOR THE ABOVE MENTIONED PURPOSES TO STOP.

WE USE THE ABOVE MENTIONED MEDICATION IN A CONTROLLED SAFE ENVIRONMENT, AND DOSAGE IS CALCULATED ON WEIGHT AND AGE.

A PLANE OR ABROAD IS CERTAINLY NOT A SAFE ENVIRONMENT.

THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS FROM THE MISUSE OF THESE DRUGS COULD BE LIFE THREATENING.

:mad:

millyx
phenergan

I have used phenergan successfully on many long haul flights with my three children. (we live in new zealand and have flown to UK several times) I was advised by the pharmacist to give the full dose to ensure it works properly, otherwise it can have the reverse effect. Also I wait until they have eaten a meal and the cabin lights are being turned off - on a night flight. I have also used it occasionally to help with jet lag at the destination ie . when they wake up at 3am ready to start the day!! As they have grown older I don't need to use it. However by far the best bet is to fly with an airline with a decent entertainment system!

Louismum

I gave it to my son when he was about 18 months old. He woke up after 15 mins and was so agressive, I just wanted to throw myself out the plane it was that bad and a 10 hour flight. When I got back home my Mum informed me that it used to have the same effect on me when I was a baby! Never again..

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I used Phenergan on my gp's advice, for my daughter when she was two years old, she became over excited and hysterical making the journey miserable for her and other passengers.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

i think it is a disgrace that adults are giving this type of medication to thier children to keep them quiet on a flight if you cant cope dont take them so far. I was prescribed this medication for vertigo and the side effects to me as an adult were awful for gods sake think about what your giving your children and the reasons for giving it.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

Phenergan in my experince has caused paradoxical excitment as my GP put it. The children were uncontrollable and it does not work on overtired or jetlagged kids. The day after hangover from the drug lasted 3 days and it was an awful start to the holidays. I wish I never used it. I've travelled 28hrs with two children now and good planning and break is a better solution for all rather than a potential sleep of 8hrs that may or may not happen. THe nurses advice is the best.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I hadn't heard about the possible effects on sunburn. Thanks Ros

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I wouldn't use it on the flight, but, if flying long-haul use it on the fist night at your destination to help get over the jet-lag. Word of caution. My 12 and 10 year olds used it last year (Malaysia) and their 'minor' sunburn blistered and has scarred. It is a side effect I believe.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I have used Phenergan as a cure for travel sickness in the car - for which it worked brilliantly - but only when the dose was given just before travelling. It does also have a sediative effect and helped my son to get through a period of difficulty sleeping. I found 1 chemist unduly suspicious when I asked for phenergan, but when I stated it was for travel sickness they were fine. I thought if its for sale over the counter it must be safe if you read all the directions and only use it when necessary.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

Have you ever taken this? I have migraines and yes while I'm sure as an adult my does is much stronger it makes me groggy for 2 days. I sleep for hours and it is not really a restful sleep.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

Absolutley Not! I gave it to my two year old on a longhaul flight to the States. It had the opposite effect-my daughter was hyperactive for 9 hours and ended running up the aisles with no clothes on-Never again and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone. My husband disowned her and I ended up crying on the floor by the toilets. If I could have got off I would have done....

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I have heard that there is a small amount of phenegan in 'Mediced'. I have found 'Mediced' great for getting the kids to sleep. I have also used phenegan bought over the counter at an independent chemist and found it safe to use.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I used it on my 13 month old when traveling to the US. I spoke to my GP first and under advise used it in a small amount 2.5. He slept for 5 houres and when he woke up he seemed fine. no side affects. I would take advise from your GP first.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I used phenergan on my two year old last summer for a lengthy flight. It definately worked as he was asleep about 15 mins after giving it to him! However what i would say is that it took him almost 2 days after this to recover fully from it...he was a bit zombie like and irate!

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

My four year old son has excema and has been prescribed phenergyn for the past two years to help him sleep without itching. It really helps him get into a deep sleep. I have used it on my two year old little girl when she went through a phase of waking in the night. After three nights she'd cracked it. All phenergyn does is help get my two into a deeper sleep than usual. You can buy phenergyn over the counter in most chemists. I know Boots definitely have it. It helps my son with his itching and has irradicated our sleep problems here!

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I used Phenergan on my eldest daughter for car sickness from when she was about 7 years old. I always bought it over the counter in the chemists. It worked for a treat the sickness (although I always wondered if that was psychological) but it did not make her more drowsy or more awake at all - she seemed exactly as normal. Maybe the dosage for car sickness is smaller than that for inducing sleep?

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I used this on my 2 year old. I obtained it via prescription as our local pharmacies do not routinely sell it with the view of using it to travel long haul to New Zealand. I tested it on my son the night before departure and i was glad I did. The next morning he looked like a zombie (really scary) and he was promptly sick. I did not use this on the flight, i took plenty of small toys, small snacks and a familiar blanket for him to snuggle into...worked fine!

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

** DO NOT GIVE PHENERGAN TO CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS. This drug can depress respiration and HAS caused fatalities in children of that age range. Use caution for children over the age of two. It should NOT be used in conjunction with a variety of other medicines, eg, Antihistimines, as this can cause excessive sedation. Other drugs include ethanol, barbiturates, anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, other phenothiazines, and narcotic pain medications. PHENERGAN's generic name is Promethazine, and is used to prevent motion sickness, nausea or vomiting, and to treat itching associated with allergies or for sedation. SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness can be one of the side effects, of which there are many, so please make yourselves aware of them. Ironically, promethazine, (Phenergan) sometimes stimulates rather than sedates patients, particularly children. Such stimulation may be manifest by restlessness, inability to sleep, heart palpitations or even seizures. ** PLEASE, PLEASE USE WITH CAUTION.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

how about on a daily basis? have just found out ex gives it to my 9 yrs old when she vists him every other weekend to put her to sleep at ngt. She has no sleep probs, is just excited to be there!!

Visitor
fenigan abroad

does anyone know the spanish name for fenigan

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I used to use this when my daughter was a toddler to help her sleep did'nt think you could get it anymore

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

Absolutely as long as you test it first...used to live in Hong Kong so made 13 hour flights bearable with two under two! We had to have it prescibed based on weight of child in order to make sure they don't get too much.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use? (Phenergan)

I think it is actually spelt Phenergan and I've heard you can buy it over the counter at the chemist.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

my son is terrified of lifts and i think he will be the same on a plane where can i buy fenigan from i,ve been told health food stores but have had no luck

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I would not recommend you do the above. Dont bother with it, it can have the opposite effect on some children, wake them up and make them hyperactive.

Visitor
Is Fenigan safe to use?

I have used it on my 10 month old, he is now 6. I did a double dose on a flight to South Africa. He slept for about 8 hours. My advice is to wait until they are quite tired, or in a place where they are unable to run around - ie already in the aeroplane and give it then. On some children it can make them a bit hyper esp if they have the chance to run around. I would try it at home first and check the child sleeps - even try on an evening when putting him/her to bed. Other thing, you will be asked the age of the child when buying it over the counter - you need to say the child is over two. I hope that helps.

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