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Mepyramine is an antihistamine.

Pronunciation: ME-pir-a-meen

What are mepyramine’s uses?

Mepyramine – also known as mepyramine maleate – is the active ingredient in some topical antihistamine creams. It is used to treat insect bites, stings and nettle rash, providing relief from the consequent skin irritation and itching.

What dosage should you take?

The cream may be applied up to 3 times daily to the affected areas until symptoms disappear but not for more than 10 days.

Always check the correct dosage with your Clicks pharmacist first.

What special precautions should you take?

  • Use this externally only.
  • Do not apply it to broken areas of skin or wounds.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, mouth and vagina.
  • This ointment is not for long-term use.
  • Do not use it if you have eczema.
  • Do not use it on sunburnt skin.
  • If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding only use mepyramine on the advice of your doctor or Clicks pharmacist.

Mepyramine should be used with caution if you suffer from the following conditions:

What drug interactions could you experience?

Mepyramine is not known to interact badly with any other medicines. However, to avoid potential adverse drug interactions, always inform your doctor or Clicks pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or planning to take.

What are mepyramine’s side effects?

Side effects could include:

  • Burning skin
  • Rash

This is not a complete list of side effects. It’s essential that you call your doctor should you notice any severe or odd side effects.

The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in April 2015