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Boots Cold & Flu Relief Echinacea Capsules

Information for the user

Boots Pharmaceuticals Cold & Flu Relief Echinacea Capsules 176 mg dried juice of Echinacea purpurea herb

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.

This medicine is a traditional herbal medicinal product available without prescription to treat minor conditions. However, you still need to take it carefully to get the best results from it.

  • Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice
  • You must contact a pharmacist or doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 10 days

What this medicine is for

This traditional herbal medicinal product contains the dried juice of Echinacea purpurea herb which has traditionally been used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections. Based on traditional use only.

Before you take this medicine

This medicine can be taken by adults and children of 12 years and over. However, some people should not take this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.

Do not take:

  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients (see “What is in this medicine”) or to plants from the Asteraceae family e.g. artichokes, daisies, marigolds
  • If you are allergic to peanut, soya, or their oils. This product contains soya oil,
  • If you have tuberculosis
  • If you have sarcoidosis (a connective tissue disease)
  • If you have an autoimmune disease (e.g. multiple sclerosis or collagenoses)
  • If you are having treatment which reduces your natural response to infection (immunosuppression)
  • If you have a condition which reduces your natural response to infection (e.g. HIV infection or AIDS)
  • If you have problems with your white blood cells (you may have been told you have leukaemia or agranulocytosis)
  • If you have had an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • If you are having any treatment for cancer
  • If you are taking immunosuppressant medicines such as ciclosporin or methotrexate (for psoriasis, rheumatism or following transplant surgery)
  • If you are prone to allergies (you have eczema, asthma or allergic skin reactions)
  • You have an intolerance to some sugars, unless your doctor tells you to (this medicine contains sorbitol)
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Other important information

Information about some of the ingredients in this medicine. This medicine contains soya oil. If you are allergic to peanut or soya oil, do not take this medicine.

This product contains sorbitol. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this product.

Consult your doctor before taking this product

If you are prone to develop allergic reactions. Echinacea can trigger severe life threatening allergic reaction in patients who have a tendency to allergic reactions.

If symptoms worsen, or if you experience high fever, or if symptoms persist more than 10 days, a doctor or qualified healthcare practitioner should be consulted.

If you take other medicines

You should not take this medicine if you are taking certain medicines (see “Do not take”).

If you are not sure that your medicine is on this list, or you are unsure about interactions with any other medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for yourself.

How to take this medicine

Check the foil is not broken before use.

If it is, do no not take that capsule.

Start taking the capsules as soon as you get cold symptoms.

Adults and children of 12 years and over – take one or two capsules once per day

Swallow the capsule whole with water. Do not chew.

This product is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years.

Do not take more capsules than the leaflet tells you to.

Do not take this medicine for more than 10 days.

If your symptoms do not improve after 10 days talk to a pharmacist or doctor.

If you take more than the recommended dose, speak to a doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner and take this leaflet with you.

Possible side effects

Most people will not have problems, but some may get some.

This medicine may trigger allergic reactions in people who are prone to them.

If you get any of these side effects, stop taking the tablets:

  • Allergic reactions such as skin rash (which can sometimes be severe and include peeling and blistering of the skin), swelling of the skin due to fluid, swelling of the facial area, neck, tongue or throat, shrinking of the airways of the lungs with obstruction (bronchospasm), asthma and life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock) - seek medical help if severe
  • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord which may show as drowsiness, confusion, stiff neck, speech problems along with flu-like symptoms, general deterioration
  • Painful lumps on the shins
  • Low blood platelet count and destruction of blood cells sometimes caused by antibodies (you may notice this if you have a blood test)
  • Dry eyes and mouth caused by the immune system reducing glands in the eye and mouth
  • Kidney problems

If you take this medicine for a long time (more than 8 weeks) you may get:

  • Low white blood cell count which may cause unusual bruising and an increase in the number of infections that you get (e.g. sore throats, mouth ulcers, flu-like symptoms)

If any side effect becomes severe, or you notice any side effect not listed here, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner. This includes possible side-effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side-effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or Apple App Store. By reporting side-effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

How to store this medicine

Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard. There are no special storage requirements for this product.

Use by the date on the base of the carton. After this date return any unused product to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal.

What is in this medicine

Each soft capsule contains 176 mg of dried pressed juice from fresh flowering Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb (20-28:1). This is equivalent to 3.5 g – 4.9 g of fresh flowering Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb.

As well as the active ingredient, the herbal preparation also contains maltodextrin, precipitated silicon dioxide, citric acid monohydrate.

The soft capsule contains refined soya bean oil, refined coconut oil, white beeswax, rice starch, fractionated palm kernel oil, phospholipids from soya beans, succinylated gelatine, glycerol, non-crystallising sorbitol solution 70%, titanium dioxide (E171), ferric (II, III) oxide (E172), quinoline yellow (E104), patent blue V (E131), purified water.

The pack contains 30 oval, green soft gelatine capsules.

Who makes this medicine

Manufactured for

The Boots Company PLC

by the Traditional Herbal Registration holder

Swiss Caps GmbH
Grassingerstrasse 9
Bad Aibling

Leaflet prepared January 2019

If you would like any further information about this medicine, please contact

The Boots Company PLC

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Product name: Boots Cold and Flu Relief Echinacea Capsules.

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