- echinacea purpurea
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Boots Cold & Flu Relief Echinacea Effervescent Tablets
Information for the user
Boots Cold and Flu Relief Echinacea Effervescent Tablets
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.
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. This medicine is recommended for these conditions 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:
Other important information
Warning: This medicine contains 392 mg of sodium per tablet. May be harmful if you are on a controlled sodium (salt) diet.
Echinacea may trigger auto-immune diseases and allergic reactions in people who are prone to them. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if there is a family history of allergic reactions.
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 seal is not broken before first use.
If it is, do no not take the tablets.
Start taking the tablets as soon as you get cold symptoms.
Dissolve the tablet in a glass of water (200 ml) and then drink immediately.
Adults and children of 12 years and over: Take one or two once daily.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not take more than the amount recommended.
Do not take this medicine for more than 10 days.
If symptoms worsen, or are accompanied by a high temperature, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If your symptoms do not improve after 10 days talk to a pharmacist or doctor.
If you take too many tablets: Talk to a doctor.
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:
If you take this medicine for a long time (more than 8 weeks) you may get:
If any side effect becomes severe, or you notice any side effect not listed here, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.
You can also help to make medicines safer by reporting any side effects to the Yellow Card Scheme at www.yellowcard.gov.uk. Alternately you can get a paper Yellow Card form from your GP’s surgery or pharmacy, or call Freephone 0808 100 3352 (available 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday).
How to store this medicine
Store in the original packaging.
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 base of the carton, or 7 months after first opening. After this date return any unused product to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal.
What is in this medicine
Each effervescent tablet 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 mealtodextrin, precipitated silicon dioxide, citric acid monohydrate.
The tablets contain maltodextrin, ascorbic acid, sodium hydrogen carbonate, saccharin sodium, sodium cyclamate, anhydrous citric acid, citric flavour.
The tube contains 20 round, flat, ivory coloured effervescent tablets.
Who makes this medicine
by the Traditional Herbal Registration holder
Leaflet prepared January 2011
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Product name: Boots Cold and Flu Relief Echinacea Effervescent Tablets
Reference number: THR 18397/0004
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