What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.
Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original leaflet can be viewed using the link above.
The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 00094/0009.
Boots Catarrh Pastilles (blister pack)
Information for the user
Boots Catarrh Pastilles
(Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol, Pumilio Pine Oil)
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is 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 doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve
What this medicine is for
This medicine contains Eucalyptus, Menthol and Pumilio oils, which relieve chesty coughs and have antiseptic properties. It can be used to relieve the symptoms of congestion caused by catarrh, coughs and colds.
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 in this medicine (see “What is in this medicine”)
If you are under 12 years of age
If you have an intolerance to some sugars, unless your doctor tells you to (this medicine contains glucose and sucrose)
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Other important information
Information about some of the ingredients in this medicine: Each pastille contains a total of 0.5 g of glucose and sucrose. This should be taken into account by people with diabetes.
The colour E122 in this medicine may cause allergic reactions.
If you take other medicines
This medicine is not expected to affect any other medicines that you might be taking or using at the same time.
If you are unsure about interactions with any medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for yourself, including herbal and homeopathic remedies.
How to take this medicine
Check the foil is not broken before first use. If it is, do not take that pastille.
Adults and children of 12 years and over: One pastille when you need to. Don’t take more than 20 pastilles in 24 hours.
Suck each pastille slowly until it dissolves.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not take more than the amount recommended in the table.
If symptoms do not go away, talk to your doctor.
If you take too many pastilles: Talk to a pharmacist or doctor straight away.
Possible side effects
Most people will not have problems, but some may get some. If you have any unwanted side effects you should seek advice from your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
If you get any of these serious side effects, stop taking the pastilles. See a doctor at once:
Difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat (severe allergic reactions)
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, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to store this medicine
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.
Use by the date on the end flap of the carton. After this date return any unused product to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal.
What is in this medicine
Each pastille contains Eucalyptus Oil 0.022% v/w, Menthol 0.813% w/w, Pumilio Pine Oil 0.604% v/w, which are the active ingredients.
As well as the active ingredients, the pastille also contains sucrose, liquid glucose, modified starch (maize, tapioca), thymol, marshmallow liquid extract, carmoisine (E122), vegetable oil, carnauba wax, water.
The pack contains 20 red, round pastilles.
Who makes this medicine
by the Marketing Authorisation holder
Leaflet prepared July 2014
If you would like any further information about this medicine, please contact
To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio please call, free of charge:
0800 198 5000 (UK only)
Please be ready to give the following information:
Product name: Boots Catarrh Pastilles
Reference number: 00094/0009
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