Can I take Antihistamine whilst on Chemo

Hi All,

Wondered if you could help, 9 days into my first EC and have been bitten by some sort of insect! wondered if any of you ladies know if its ok to take antihistamines?? Would really appreciate an answer ASAP as it is really starting to throb!

Thanks in advance


Think you should check with the chemo nurse or your GP. I got a rare skin disease when on FEC (which included epirubicin) called erysipilis, and my useless GP prescribed an antihistamine (piriton) which I took, but this was not what I needed. I eventually ended up in the A&E overnight as the rash spread from my nose to my eyes, which became closed and I had a fever of 103. They sorted it out eventually, with an antibiotic. As it is a Friday night, and bank holiday to boot, an insect bite is not the same as erysipilis, so I would take piriton or something similar to ease the bite. Don’t quote me though, as I am no doctor. Why don’t you ring the NHS Direct service, or your GP’s on-call service? As you are on chemo, someone should be available to help you.

Good luck Lynne,

Hello Lynne

I was given Piriton at the hospital while I was on Taxotere as I had an allergic reaction to Taxotere - so anti histamines must be OK with that sort of chemo - although I don’t know about EC.

Good luck

Hi, I had piriton for big red scaley face whilst on txotere and it did help phone up chemo unit they will probably know take care Eileen

Dear Lynne

It is advisable that you check with your medical team prior to taking any medication not prescribed by them.

You are welcome to contact our freephone confidential helpline on 0808 800 6000 for information from our team of specialist nurses.

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