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1. Name of the medicinal product
Lemsip Max All in One LemonLemsip Cough Max for Mucus Cough & Cold 1000mg/200mg/12.2mg Powder for Oral Solution
2. Qualitative and quantitative composition
3. Pharmaceutical form
Powder for oral solution. Pale yellow powder.
4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications
For the relief of symptoms of colds and influenza, including the relief of aches and pains, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion, lowering of temperature and chesty coughs.
4.2 Posology and method of administration
Oral administration after dissolution in water. Adults and adolescents 12 years and over: One sachet dissolved by stirring in hot water and sweetened to taste. Dose may be repeated in 4-6 hours. No more than four doses should be taken in 24 hours. Not to be given to children under 12 without medical advice.
Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients. Severe coronary heart disease. Hypertension.
4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use
Use with caution in patients with Raynaud's phenomenon or diabetes mellitus. This product also contains 1973.3mg sucrose per sachet dose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency should not take this medicine. Care is advised in the administration of paracetamol to patients with severe renal or severe hepatic impairment. The hazard of overdose is greater in those with non-cirrhotic alcoholic liver disease. Contains a source of phenylalanine. May be harmful for people with phenylketonuria. Phenylephrine should be used with care in patients with hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, closed angle glaucoma, prostatic enlargement and hypertension. Leaflet: Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well, because of the risk of delayed, serious liver damage. Do not exceed the stated dose. Patients should be advised not to take other paracetamol containing products or other cold and decongestant medicines concurrently. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor. Keep out of the reach and sight of children. If you are pregnant or are being prescribed medicine by your doctor, seek his advice before taking this product. Contains paracetamol (panel). Total sugars 2g. Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well.
4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
The speed of absorption of paracetamol may be increased by metoclopramide or domperidone and absorption reduced by cholestyramine. The anticoagulant effect of warfarin and other coumarins may be enhanced by prolonged regular use of paracetamol with increased risk of bleeding; occasional doses have no significant effect. Phenylephrine may adversely interact with other sympathomimetics, vasodilators and beta-blockers. Drugs, which induce hepatic microsomal enzymes, such as alcohol, barbiturates, monoamine oxidase inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants, may increase the hepatotoxicity of paracetamol, particularly after overdosage. Not recommended for patients currently receiving or within two weeks of stopping therapy with monoamine oxidase inhibitors.Guaifenesin may increase the rate of absorption of paracetamol. Guaifenesin may interfere with diagnostic measurements of urinary 5-hydroxyindoleactic acid or vanillylmandelic acid.
4.6 Pregnancy and lactation
Epidemiological studies in human pregnancy have shown no ill effects due to paracetamol used in the recommended dosage, but patients should follow the advice of their doctor regarding its use. Paracetamol is excreted in breast milk, but not in a clinically significant amount. Available published data do not contraindicate breast-feeding. Phenylephrine hydrochloride: Due to the vasoconstrictive properties of phenylephrine, the product should be used with caution in patients with a history of pre-eclampsia. Phenylephrine may reduce placental perfusion and the product should be used in pregnancy only if the benefits outweigh this risk. There is no information on use in lactation. Guaifenesin: Has been linked with an increased risk of neural tube defects in a small number of women with febrile illness in the first trimester of pregnancy. The product should be used in pregnancy only if the benefits outweigh this risk. There is no information on use in lactation.
4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines
4.8 Undesirable effects
Adverse effects of paracetamol are rare, but hypersensitivity including skin rash may occur. There have been reports of blood dyscrasias including thrombocytopenia and agranulocytosis, but these were not necessarily causally related to paracetamol. Phenylephrine hydrochloride: High blood pressure with headache, vomiting and rarely, palpitations. Also, rare reports of allergic reactions. Guaifenesin has occasionally been reported to cause gastro-intestinal discomfort, nausea and vomiting, particularly in very high doses.
Paracetamol: Liver damage is possible in adults who have taken 10 g or more of paracetamol. Ingestion of five or more of paracetamol may lead to liver damage if the patient has risk factors (see below).Risk Factors If the patient: (a) Is on long-term treatment with carbamazepine, phenobarbitone, phenytoin, primidone, rifampicin, St John's Wort or other drugs that induce liver enzymes, or (b) Regularly consumes ethanol in excess of recommended amounts, or (c) Is likely to be glutathione deplete, e.g. eating disorders, cystic fibrosis, HIV infection, starvation, cachexia. Symptoms: Symptoms of paracetamol overdosage in the first 24 hours are pallor, nausea, vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain. Liver damage may become apparent 12 to 48 hours after ingestion. Abnormalities of glucose metabolism and metabolic acidosis may occur. In severe poisoning, hepatic failure may progress to encephalopathy, haemorrhage, hypoglycaemia, cerebral oedema, and death. Acute renal failure with acute tubular necrosis, strongly suggested by loin pain, haematuria and proteinuria, may develop even in the absence of severe liver damage. Cardiac arrhythmias and pancreatitis have been reported. Management: Immediate treatment is essential in the management of paracetamol overdose. Despite a lack of significant early symptoms, patients should be referred to hospital urgently for immediate medical attention. Symptoms may be limited to nausea or vomiting and may not reflect the severity of overdose or the risk of organ damage. Management should be in accordance with established treatment guidelines, see BNF overdose section. Treatment with activated charcoal should be considered if the overdose has been taken within 1 hour. Plasma paracetamol concentration should be measured at 4 hours or later after ingestion (earlier concentrations are unreliable). Treatment with N-acetylcysteine may be used up to 24 hours after ingestion of paracetamol, however, the maximum protective effect is obtained up to 8 hours post-ingestion. The effectiveness of the antidote declines sharply after this time. If required the patient should be given intravenous N-acetylcysteine, in line with the established dosage schedule. If vomiting is not a problem, oral methionine may be a suitable alternative for remote areas, outside hospital. Management of patients who present with serious hepatic dysfunction beyond 24 hours from ingestion should be discussed with the NPIS or a liver unit.Phenylephrine hydrochloride: Features of severe overdosage of phenylephrine include haemodynamic changes and cardiovascular collapse with respiratory depression. Treatment includes early gastric lavage and symptomatic and supportive measures. Hypertensive effects may be treated with an i.v. alpha-receptor-blocking agent. Guaifenesin: Very large doses may cause nausea and vomiting. The drug is, however, rapidly metabolised and excreted in the urine. Patients should be kept under observation and treated symptomatically.
5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties
ATC Code: N02B E51.Paracetamol: Paracetamol has both analgesic and antipyretic activity, which is believed to be mediated principally through its inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis within the central nervous system.Phenylephrine hydrochloride: Phenylephrine is a post-synaptic alpha-receptor agonist with low cardioselective beta-receptor affinity and minimal central stimulant activity. It is a recognised decongestant and acts by vasoconstriction to reduce oedema and nasal swelling.Guaifenesin: Guaifenesin is an expectorant which reduces the viscosity of tenacious sputum.
5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties
Paracetamol: Paracetamol is absorbed rapidly and completely from the small intestine, producing peak plasma levels after 15-20 minutes following oral dosing. The systemic availability is subject to first-pass metabolism and varies with dose between 70% and 90%. The drug is rapidly and widely distributed throughout the body and is eliminated from plasma with a T½ of approximately 2 hours. The major metabolites are glucuronide and sulphate conjugates (>80%) which are excreted in urine.Phenylephrine hydrochloride: Phenylephrine is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, but has reduced bioavailability by the oral route due to first-pass metabolism. It retains activity as a nasal decongestant when given orally, the drug distributing through the systemic circulation to the vascular bed of the nasal mucosa. When taken by mouth as a nasal decongestant phenylephrine is usually given at intervals of 4-6 hours.Guaifenesin: Guaifenesin is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. It is rapidly metabolised by oxidation to ί-(2 methoxy-phenoxy) lactic acid; which is excreted in the urine.
5.3 Preclinical safety data
None available specific to the product.
6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients
Ascorbic acid Sucrose Citric acid Sodium citrate Lemon flavour no. 1 Aspartame (E951) Saccharin sodium Curcumin WD
6.3 Shelf life
6.4 Special precautions for storage
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
6.5 Nature and contents of container
Heat-sealed sachet of paper/polyethylene/aluminium foil/ polyethylene laminate in an outer cardboard carton. Packs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 sachets.
6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling
7. Marketing authorisation holder
Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Limited, Dansom Lane, Hull, HU8 7DS, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
8. Marketing authorisation number(s)
9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation
10. Date of revision of the text