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BOOTS PHARMACY TENSION HEADACHE TABLETS

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Information for the user
Boots Pharmacy Tension Headache Tablets

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.
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This medicine can only be use for the short term treatment of acute
moderate pain such as headache including those involving tense
muscles or tension headache, migraine, rheumatic and muscular aches
and pains, period pain, neuralgia, toothache and pain relief after dental
or surgical operations that is not relieved by aspirin, ibuprofen or
paracetamol alone
You should only take this product for a maximum of 3 days at a
time. If you need to take it for longer than 3 days you should see your
doctor or pharmacist for advice.
This medicine contains codeine which can cause addition if you
take it continuously for more than 3 days. This can give you withdrawl
symptoms from the medicine when you stop taking it
If you take this medicine for headaches for more than 3 days it can
make them worse
Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again
Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice

What this medicine is for
This medicine contains Codeine and Paracetamol which belong to a group of
medicines called analgesics which act to relieve pain. It also contains
Doxylamine Succinate which acts to relax muscles and Caffeine which helps
to increase the pain relief.
It can be used for the short term treatment of acute moderate pain such as
headache including those involving tense muscles or tension headache,
migraine, rheumatic and muscular aches and pains, period pain, neuralgia,
toothache and pain relief after dental or surgical operation that is not relieved
by aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol alone.
Before you take this medicine
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This medicine contains codeine which can cause addiction if you
take it continuously for more than 3 days. This can give you withdrawal
symptoms from the medicine when you stop taking it.
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If you take a painkiller for headaches for more than 3 days it can
make them worse
This medicine can be taken by adults and children aged 12 years and over.
However, some people should not take this medicine or seek the advice of
their pharmacist or doctor first.

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Do not take:
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If you are allergic to any of the ingredients
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If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless your doctor tells you to
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:
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If you have severe kidney problems
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If you have severe liver problems (including a disease caused by
drinking alcohol)
Other important information
Driving and using machines:
This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness. You should not drive or
use machines until you are sure you are not affected.
Do not drink alcohol (wine, beer, spirits) whilst taking this medicine. Alcohol
increases the risk of side effects occurring and may make you feel more
drowsy.
If you take other medicines
This medicine contains paracetamol.
Do not take with any other paracetamol-containing products. Before you take
these tablets, make sure that you tell your pharmacist about ANY other
medicines you might be using at the same time, particularly the following:
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Domperidone or metoclopramide for feeling sick or being sick (may
increase the pain relief effect of paracetamol)
Colestyramine for reducing blood fat levels (may reduce the pain relief
effect for paracetamol)
Warfarin or other blood thinners – if you take warfarin you can take
occasional amounts of this medicine, but talk to your doctor first before
you take it on a regular basis
If 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, including herbal and
homeopathic remedies.

How to take
Check the foil is not broken before use. If it is, do not take that tablet.

Age

How many

How often

Adults and
children of 12
years and
over

One of two

Every 4 to 6 hours, if
you need to. Don’t
take more than 8
tablets in 24 hours.

Swallow each tablet with water.
Do not take for more than 3 days. If you need to use this medicine for more
than 3 days you must speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

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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 tablets:
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. Go to
your nearest hospital casualty department. Take your medicine and this leaflet
with you.
Possible withdrawal effects when stopping treatment
This medicine contains codeine and can cause addiction if you take it
continuously for more than 3 days. When you stop taking you may get
withdrawal symptoms.
You should talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you think you are suffering
withdrawal symptoms.

Possible side effects
Most people will not have problems, but some people may have side effects when
taking this medicine. If you have any unwanted side effects you should seek advice
from your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.

Also you can help to make sure that medicines remain as safe as possible by
reporting any unwanted side effects via the internet at
www.yellowcard.gov.uk; alternatively you can call Freephone 0808 100 3352
(available between 10am-2pm Monday-Friday) or fill in a paper form available
from your local pharmacy.
If you get any of these serious side effects, stop taking the tablets. See a
doctor at once:

Difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat (severe
allergic reactions
These other effects are less serious. If they bother you talk to a
pharmacist:
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Constipation
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Drowsiness, dizziness – do not drive or use machines if you feel drowsy
or dizzy
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Other allergic reactions (e.g. skin rash)
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Unusual bruising, or infections such as sore throats – this may be a sign
of very rare changes in the blood
If any side effect becomes severe, or you notice any side effect not
listed here, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.

How do I know if I am addicted?
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If you take the medicine according to the instructions on the pack it is unlikely that
you will become addicted to the medicine.
However, if the following apply to you it is important that you talk to your doctor:
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You need to take the medicine for longer periods of time
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You need to take more than the recommended amount
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When you stop taking the medicine you feel very unwell but you feel better if
you start taking the medicine again

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.
Use by the date on the end flap of the carton

What is in this medicine
Each tablet contains Caffeine 30 mg,
Codeine Phosphate 10mg,
Doxylamine Succinate 5mg,
Paracetamol 450 mg which are the active ingredients.
As well as the active ingredients, the tablets also contain maize starch, povidone,
croscarmellose sodium, talc, magnesium stearate, purified water
This pack contains 24 tablets

Who makes this medicine
Manufactured for Boots Pharmacy Nottingham NG2 3AA by SSL International PLC
Whitehouse Industrial Park Traynor Way Peterlee Co Durham SR8 2RU. Marketing
Authorisation held by SSL International PLC, 103-105 Batch Road Slough SL1 3UH
Leaflet prepared January 2013
If you would like any further information about this medicine, please contract The
Boots Company PLC Nottingham NG2 3AA

Other formats
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 Pharmacy Tension Headache Tablets
Reference Number: 17905/0065
This is a service provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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