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1. Name of the medicinal product
Boots Anaesthetic & Antibiotic Throat Lozenges
2. Qualitative and quantitative composition
3. Pharmaceutical form
4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications
For the relief of sore throats.For oral administration.
4.2 Posology and method of administration
Adults and children over 12 years: one lozenge to be sucked slowly as required. Not more than eight lozenges to be taken in any one day.Children under 12 years: not suitable for children under 12 years.Elderly: The normal adult dose is still appropriate in the elderly.
Hypersensitivity to ester type local anaesthetics or the antibiotic tyrothricin, or any of the other ingredients.Hereditary methaemoglobinaemia.
4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use
This product should be used with caution in patients with myasthenia gravis, patients with low plasma cholinesterase concentrations or in those receiving anticholinesterases.If symptoms persist consult your doctor.Warning: do no exceed the stated dose.Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
These lozenges may interfere with the action of sulphonamides.
4.6 Pregnancy and lactation
The safety of this product during pregnancy and lactation has not been established. As local anaesthetics can cross the placenta, it is recommended that this product is not taken during pregnancy.No information on the use of this product in lactation is available and it is recommended that this product is not taken whilst breast feeding.
4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines
No adverse effects known.
4.8 Undesirable effects
Occasional hypersensitivity reaction and soreness of the tongue. Methaemoglobinaemia can very rarely occur.Reporting of suspected adverse reactionsReporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
Overdosage with this product will produce excessive anaesthesia in the upper alimentary tract. Treatment should be symptomatic and supportive. Gastric lavage and emesis may be required.In severe overdosage, methaemoglobinaemia may occur. Risk is related to dose and is increased in patients with hereditary methaemoglobinaemia and when used with other oxidising agents. Methaemoglobinaemia may be treated by intravenous administration of 1% solution of methylene blue in a dose of 1-4 mg per kg of bodyweight.
5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties
Tyrothricin is an antibiotic. It is a mixture consisting of gramicidin and tyrocidine, both components being mixtures of polypeptides. It is active against many gram positive bacteria.Benzocaine is a local anaesthetic of the ester type, used exclusively for surface anaesthesia.
5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties
5.3 Preclinical safety data
6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients
Sodium Chloride Icing sugar Ethanol 96% Acacia powder Purified water Clove leaf oil Star anise Oil Isopropyl alcohol Magnesium stearate Carmine extract OF63
6.3 Shelf life
6.4 Special precautions for storage
Do not store above 25°C.
6.5 Nature and contents of container
A push-through blister pack consisting of a clear PVC blister heat sealed to aluminium foil, each carton contains 24 lozenges contained in a cardboard carton.
6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling
7. Marketing authorisation holder
The Boots Company PLC1 Thane Road WestNottingham NG2 3AA
8. Marketing authorisation number(s)
9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation
Date of last renewal: 19 November 1990
10. Date of revision of the text
19 July 2016