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I used to take these pills as a child in the 60s thru 70s for allergies. does it still exist? and what are the ingredients? its a round coated green small tablet. thank you for your help sylvia

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Teri Says:

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My father was on it for decades! Gave his such blessed relief. At 67 you I pray I could receive that much relief!

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Edie Says:

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I have no message to leave you.

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Susan Says:

Re: Liz (# 20) Expand Referenced Message

Me too!!!

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HStokes Says:

Is PBZ still sold? If so, under what name?

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Nettles Says:

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Well said Lorian! I totally agree with you. Cigarrettes will kill you before any antihistamine will.

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Pat Says:

I had to take pyrobenzamine from 1944 thru (maybe)1957 for asthma. It never worked at all. I only stopped wheezing when the asthma attack had run its course. The pill tasted so awfully bad that I developed an aversion to the taste of water because of it. My water aversion lasted for another 50 years! I have been curious all these years about that horrible green pill.

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H Larry Elman Says:

I came across this discussion in Feb 2018 - over 10 years after it started. I was on PBZ from about 1947 or so until the early Fifties. I HATED THE #$$%&+ stuff! Reading the other replies, I believe this was because I got it when it was uncoated, dissolved as you were trying to take it, and tasted like **** or worse. Really bad.

It was prescribed for severe allergies. At that time, most allergists would tell you that up to 70% of all allergies had an emotional component. (If that number has changed, it is because our food additives are allergy causing but are not identified as such.)

My father, Dave Elman, was teaching Medical Hypnosis to physicians and had many allergists among his students. Hypnosis is excellent for ailments with an emotional component. I became their experimental animal. Hypnosis is much preferable to PBZ. I HATE PBZ, but can understand the other viewpoint. COATED PBZ is probably much less offensive.

My emotional component? I was nearly killed in a situation my parents were unaware of. Once details of it were uncovered, my allergies were cured, but I carried an emergency supply of the hated PBZ for several years afterwards.

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JohnK Says:

Thanks for all the memories this page brought back. I remember taking pyrabenzamine as a child, even into college. I remember hearing that the drug companies always added extra pills to the big bottles of a thousand that the pharmacies stocked them in, so I talked my doctor into giving me a prescription that would allow me to get all ten refills of 100 pills at once, expecting that they would not need to count the pills. The pharmacy made the excuse that they had to count the pills because they had to give me a child proof cap. So, I never got to count to see how many extra were provided by the manufacturer.

Thanks for the memories.

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Liz Says:

Boy are you lucky that you were able to take it in pill form. My mother kept that evil bottle of green, bitter, horrible tasting stuff on the top shelf in the kitchen and every once in a while when I was really young she would make me take a spoonful of it. I was so young that I thought it was a punshment for something I did wrong. Now, 55 years later, I gag at the thought of that stuff...!!!!!

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Caro Says:

It is called Pyribenzamine and actually still exists. They took it off the market becase it caused dry mouth resulting in tooth decay. I'm going to ask my Dr for it and see what happens

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Josh Says:

I would like to find out and see what a pill looks like and what it is with Dan on one side and 5658

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jay Says:

so does anyone out there know TODAY where this little wonder can be found even if its another country, i travel quite often at 57 i too took this as a kid and could sure use it again. is it a norvartis product? ill do the research but i need some more leads

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Lorian Says:

My mother use to take pyrobenzamine for hives. It also worked on watery eyes, nose etc. Now that she is 83 and often uncomfortable with allergic reactions, I don't think that the carnigenic effects should matter. I see cigarettes are still on the market.

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Chris K Says:

Pyrobenzamine is the correct spelling. This was an antihistamine drug prescribed for a variety of symptoms. In Canada it was available as a gree/white capsule.

The druig was withdrawn from the marketplace because of carcinogenic properties.

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gregory Says:

I also took pyribenzamine whe young (now72) and it worked great. It is listed as being called Tripelenamine and is marketed by Novartis. Why it is not avaiable in USA I don't know. The US Military used it extensively in WWII and it helped keep the foot soldiers healthy and helped win thw War. I can't belive that my Docs say they never heard of and my pharmacist also says he never heard of it. the only side effect I had when little was IT made you sleepy but now I'm 72 and on 24hr oxygen and I don't care if I fall a sleep. I've got to find a way to stop the sinus draining dow the back of my throat as whe I cough it up it makes my SpO2 drop from 92 down to 67 and thats when the shoulder pains start. I just do not understand.

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ray Says:

I was given PYROBENZAMINE as a
child by my mother, I'm now 61, it
was the best thing I ever took for
allergy attacks and I had them bad.

I graduated to Benedryl and other
drugs like diphenmax or other
similar drugs but the older I've
gotten, the less I need them.

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mo calvert Says:

I took pyribenzamine (note spelling) in the early 50s for respiratory ailment. It was also known as PBZ. I think it is also known as tripelennamine. I know nothing as to it's present availability.

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gordon geick Says:

I started taking Pyrabenzamine in 1956 for severe sinus attacks. It was VERY effective. I took this drug for the same condition with the same great results until just recently when it was discontinued. Nothing else I have tried has worked workrd.
Now I am searching for a substitute. So far, in vain.

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Kevin Senecal Says:

I started taking Pyribenzamine as a teenager (mid 80's and a small YELLOW pill; orange/ yellow striped white box), as a trial fix for withdrawing from anti-allergy injections. It worked from the start,and NEVER failed. It was removed from production sometime ago, and I have NEVER found a suitable substitute. Has anyone tried tripelennamine (A stated new version of PBZ)?

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JB Says:

I'll try again. Also, change the spelling to pyrabenzamine....Look on line...

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