Case scenario

Francesca, a woman in her mid-thirties, has come to the pharmacy to ask for some Phenergan (promethazine) 10 mg tablets to manage her allergic rhinitis. She has used promethazine in the past and it worked well, so this is what she always uses now. She is not taking any other medicines, has no other known medical conditions, and is not pregnant or breastfeeding. How would you respond to Francesca’s request?

Learning objectives

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss current recommendations for the management of allergic conditions, including the place of sedating antihistamines.
  • Describe the risks associated with the use of sedating antihistamines.
  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist in advising patients on the appropriate management of allergic conditions.

Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1.3, 1.3.2, 1.5.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.2.5, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5.1.

Competencies (2010) addressed: 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.5.2, 6.1.2, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.2.2, 7.3.1, 7.3.2.

Accreditation code: CAP1808C

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