Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mom | 2010-05-28



I read your post below and I see that you say Celestimine is very strong medication - is it safe under certain circumstances and when is it necessary to give Celestimine? Also what dosage per kg can be administered.
Why I ask, my two year old often comes down with croup which always appears viral and my paed always prescribes Celestimine and no antibiotic unless other signs of infection are present. I now have a bottle of Celestimine as my GP incorrectly gave me a script for a whole bottle and not the usual 4 day dose my paed gives. I have decided in future if he gets croup I will self medicate for 4 days with Celestimine given twice a day as this has always cleared the croup up very quickly. Is this safe?

Expert's Reply



Celestamine is a strong cortisone called Bethamethasone combined with an old fashioned antihistamine called Polaramine. There is no obvious reason why you need or would want to to give this antihistamine together with the cortisone for a child with recurrent croup.Celestamine has a very long action. The side effects of cortisone in children include growth retardation. If a cortisone is course is repeated in children this may not give the adrenal glands time to recover and the side effects may be experinced.It is always advisable to use a short acting cortisone in children especially where there is the possibility that the course may need to be repeated in less than a month. Short acting cortisones usually mean prednisone and liquid preparations are available eg Prelone and Preflam.The usual dose of Celestamine is 5ml twice daily for 5 days.

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Posted by: JP | 2010-06-01

I sued Celestimine and I was told to stop it by a Paed because my son was so hyper active.Since then my son is calm.Be careful with medication especially on the little ones

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