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Panadol Cold and Flu 500mg / 30mg Film Coated Tablets

Each tablet contains paracetamol 500 mg and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 30 mg.
For the full list of excipients see section 6.1


Form: Film coated tablet.
A bilayer (white/blue) film coated capsule shaped tablet. The tablet is debossed with
the number 2 in a circle on one face.



Therapeutic indications
Panadol Cold and Flu is indicated in adults and adolescents aged 12 to 18 years.
Symptomatic relief of nasal congestion when combined with fever and/or pain such
as, sore throat, sinus pain or headache in the common cold or influenza.
Posology and method of administration
Adults, including the elderly
Two tablets up to three times daily as required for relief of symptoms.
The dose should not be repeated more frequently than every four hours nor should
more than three doses be given in any 24 hour period.
Paediatric Population
Adolescents aged 12 to 18 years old
One to two tablets up to three times daily as required for relief of symptoms. The dose
should not be repeated more frequently than every four hours nor should more than
three doses be given in any 24 hour period. Panadol Cold and Flu is contraindicated in
children aged under 12 years (see section 4.3).
Patients with renal impairment
Pseudoephedrine is primarily excreted renally. Pseudoephedrine should not be used
by those with severe renal impairment (see Contraindications) and should be used
with caution in those with moderate renal impairment (see section 4.4 Special
warnings and precautions for use and section 5.2 Pharmacokinetics).
Method of administration
For oral use.

Patients should be advised not to use this product for more than 5 days and to seek
medical advice if symptoms persist.
Do not exceed the stated dose.


The tablets should be taken with water.
Hypersensitivity to paracetamol, pseudoephedrine, sympathomimetics or to any of the
excipients listed in section 6.1.
Not to be used by patients taking moclobemide or monoamine oxidase inhibitors
(MAOIs) or for two weeks after stopping the MAOI drug.
The antibiotics furazolidone and linezolid should not be taken with Panadol Cold &
Flu (see section 4.5).
Not to be used by patients with the following conditions:

Cardiovascular disease
Prostatic hypertrophy
Severe renal impairment

Not to be used by patients currently receiving other sympathomimetics (such as
decongestants, appetite suppressants and amphetamine-like psychostimulants).
Not to be used by patients taking beta-blockers (see section 4.5).


Not to be used in children under 12 years of age.
Special warnings and precautions for use
Use with caution in patients with hepatic impairment or mild to moderate
renal impairment, diabetes mellitus, arrhythmias or phaeochromocytoma.
Use with caution in patients taking antihypertensives (see section 4.5).
The hazard of overdose is greater in those with non-cirrhotic alcoholic liver disease.

Patients should be advised not to take other paracetamol-containing products
This product may give rise to insomnia and nervousness.
There have been reports of ischaemic colitis with pseudoephedrine.
Pseudoephedrine should be discontinued immediately and medical advice sought if
sudden abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or other symptoms of ischaemic colitis

There have been rare cases of posterior reversible encephalopathy (PRES) /reversible
cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) reported with sympathomimetic drugs,
including pseudoephedrine. Symptoms reported included sudden onset of severe
headache, nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances. Most cases improved or resolved
within a few days following appropriate treatment. Pseudoephedrine should be
discontinued immediately and medical advice sought if signs/ symptoms of
PRES/RCVS develop.
Care is advised in the administration of Panadol Cold and Flu to patients who will be
undergoing general anaesthesia within a few days. If you are taking medication, or are
under medical care consult your doctor or pharmacist.


Keep all medicines safely out of the sight and reach of children.
Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
The co-administration of Panadol Cold and Flu with tricyclic antidepressants, the
antidepressant moclobemide or with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (or
within two weeks of stopping MAOIs) which interfere with the catabolism of
sympathomimetic agents, may occasionally cause a rise in blood pressure and may
lead to hypertensive crisis in the case of moclobemide or MAOIs.
The antibiotic furazolidone is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor and the antibiotic
linezolid is a reversible non-selective MAOI with weak MAO-inhibitory properties.
Therefore neither should be taken with Panadol Cold and Flu.
Pseudoephedrine may antagonize the effect of certain classes of antihypertensives
(e.g., beta-blockers, methyl-dopa, reserpine, debrisoquine, guanethidine) (see section
4.3 Contraindications and section 4.4).
The rate of paracetamol absorption may be reduced by colestyramine. The interaction
can be avoided by delaying administration of colestyramine by one hour, in order to
maintain maximal analgesic effects.
The anticoagulant effect of warfarin and other coumarins may be enhanced by
prolonged regular daily use of Panadol Cold and Flu with increased risk of bleeding;
occasional doses have no significant effect.
Sodium bicarbonate alkalinizes the urine and may reduce the renal elimination of
pseudoephedrine, a reduction in dose may be necessary.


The speed of absorption of paracetamol may be increased by metoclopramide or
Fertility, pregnancy and lactation
There are no or limited amount of data from the use of the combination paracetamol
and pseudoephedrine in pregnant women. Animal studies are insufficient with respect
to reproductive toxicity (see section 5.3). Panadol Cold and Flu is not recommended
during pregnancy and in women of childbearing potential not using contraception.

Pseudoephedrine is excreted in human milk to such an extent that effects on the
breastfed newborns//infants are likely. Panadol Cold and Flu should not be used
during breast-feeding.
There are no relevant data available. See section 5.3.
Effects on ability to drive and use machines
Dizziness is one of the most frequent adverse effects. Thus, Panadol Cold and Flu
could have a major influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
Undesirable effects
Adverse reactions are listed below by system organ class and frequency. Frequencies
are defined as: very common (≥1/10), common (≥1/100 and <1/10), uncommon
(≥1/1000 and <1/100), rare (≥1/10,000 and <1/1000) and very rare (<1/10,000) and
not known (cannot be estimated from the available date).
System Organ Class

Adverse Reaction


Blood and lymphatic
system disorders

Blood dyscrasia, including
thrombocytopenia and agranulocytosis

Very rare

Immune system
Psychiatric disorders



Nervousness, insomnia
Agitation, restlessness


Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting


Rash, allergic dermatitis*


Urinary retention**


Minor tachycardia
Cardiac arrhythmias
Hepatic dysfunction

Very rare

Nervous system
Skin and
Renal and urinary
Cardiac disorders


Respiratory, thoracic
Very rare
Bronchospasm is more likely in
and mediastinal
patients sensitive to aspirin or NSAIDs
*A variety of allergic skin reactions, with or without systemic features such as
bronchospasm, angioedema have been reported following use of pseudoephedrine.

Hypersensitivity reactions, including skin rashes, serious skin reactions, angioedema and
anaphylaxis have been reported very rarely with paracetamol.

**Urinary retention is most likely to occur in those with bladder outlet obstruction
such as prostatic hypertrophy.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting 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:


Liver damage is possible in adults who have taken 10g or more of paracetamol.
Ingestion of 5g 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.
b.Regularly consumes ethanol in excess of recommended amounts.
c. Is likely to be glutathione deplete e.g. eating disorders, cystic fibrosis, HIV
infection, starvation, cachexia.
Symptoms of paracetamol overdose usually occur within the first 24 hours and are pallor,
nausea, vomiting, anorexia and abdominal pain.
Simultaneously, increased levels of hepatic transaminases (AST, ALT), lactate
dehydrogenase and bilirubin are observed together with increased prothrombin time
that may appear 12 to 48 hours after administration. Abnormalities of glucose
metabolism and metabolic acidosis may occur. Clinical symptoms of liver damage are
usually evident initially after 2 days, and reach a maximum after 4 to 6 days.
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.
Other non-hepatic symptoms that have been reported following paracetamol overdosage
include myocardial abnormalities and pancreatitis.
In severe poisoning, hepatic failure may progress to encephalopathy, haemorrhage,
hypoglycaemia, cerebral oedema, and death.

Immediate treatment is essential in the management of paracetamol overdose. Despite
a lack of 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.
Paracetamol concentrations in blood should be measured not less than 4 hours after
overdose in order to be able to assess the risk of developing liver damage (using the
paracetamol overdose nomogram). However, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) treatment
should be started immediately when massive overdose is suspected.
The administration of activated charcoal may be beneficial when performed within
one hour of the overdose but can be considered for up to four hours after the overdose.
Intravenous (IV) infusion (or oral administration if IV infusion is not possible) of the
antidote N-acetylcysteine should be started if possible before the 8th hour. The
effectiveness of the antidote declines sharply after this time. N-acetylcysteine can,
however, give some degree of protection even after 8 hours, and up to 24 hours, but in
these cases prolonged treatment is given. If vomiting is not a problem, oral
methionine may be a suitable alternative for remote areas, outside hospital.
Symptomatic treatment should be implemented.
As with other sympathomimetics pseudoephedrine overdose will result in symptoms
due to central nervous system and cardiovascular stimulation e.g. excitement,
irritability, restlessness, tremor, hallucinations, hypertension, palpitations, arrhythmias
and difficulty with micturition. In severe cases, psychosis, convulsions, coma and
hypertensive crisis may occur. Serum potassium levels may be low due to
extracellular to intracellular shifts in potassium.
Treatment should consist of standard supportive measures. Beta-blockers should reverse
the cardiovascular complications and the hypokalaemia.

Pharmacodynamic properties
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Paracetamol, combinations excl. psycholeptic.
ATC code N02B E51
Panadol Cold and Flu is a mild to moderate analgesic, antipyretic and decongestant.
Mechanism of action

The analgesic and antipyretic actions of paracetamol are believed to be due, at least in
part, to inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis in the central nervous system.
Pseudoephedrine acts on the alpha adrenergic receptors in the mucosa of the
respiratory tract producing vasoconstriction which results is shrinkage of swollen
nasal mucous membranes, reduction of nasal congestion and increase in nasal airway
Pharmacodynamic effects
Paracetamol is an analgesic and antipyretic.
Pseudoephedrine is a nasal decongestant.
Clinical efficacy and safety
Paracetamol 1 g has been shown to be an effective analgesic and antipyretic.
Pseudoephedrine 60 mg has been shown to be an effective nasal decongestant, as
measured by nasal airflow, in patients with the common cold and rhinitis.
At therapeutic doses, pseudoephedrine has no clinically significant effect on blood
pressure in normotensive patients. Studies in patients with controlled hypertension
have demonstrated that pseudoephedrine 60 mg has no, or minimal, effect on blood
pressure and does not have sedative effects.


GlaxoSmithKline has conducted a clinical study in patients with symptoms of cold
and flu to assess relief of pain and nasal congestion. The study compared Panadol
Cold and Flu (taken three times daily as required for three days) with paracetamol
alone, pseudoephedrine alone and placebo. Results demonstrated that Panadol Cold
and Flu gives significantly (p<0.05) greater pain relief than either placebo or
pseudoephedrine and that Panadol Cold and Flu has a significantly (p<0.05) greater
decongestant effect than either placebo or paracetamol. Panadol Cold and Flu
demonstrated an additive effect for relief of pain and nasal congestion compared to
paracetamol or pseudoephedrine. For a single dose of Panadol Cold and Flu there was
significantly greater (p<0.05) relief of pain and nasal congestion (nasal airflow)
compared to placebo at one hour post dose.
Pharmacokinetic Properties
Absorption: The absorption of paracetamol by the oral route is rapid and complete.
Maximum plasma concentrations are reached 30 to 60 minutes following ingestion.
Distribution: Paracetamol is distributed rapidly throughout all tissues. Concentrations
are comparable in blood saliva and plasma. Protein binding is low.
Biotransformation: Paracetamol is metabolised mainly in the liver, following two
major metabolic pathways: Glucuronic acid and sulfuric acid conjugates. The latter
route is rapidly saturated at doses higher than the therapeutic dosages. A minor route,
catalyzed by the Cytocrome P 450 (mostly CYP2E1), results in the formation of an
intermediate reagent (N acetyl-pbenzoquinoneimine) which under normal conditions

of use, is rapidly detoxified by glutathione and eliminated in the urine, after
conjugation with cysteine and mercapturic acid.
Conversely, when massive intoxication occurs, the quantity of this toxic metabolite is
Elimination: Elimination is essentially through the urine. 90% of the ingested dose is
eliminated via the kidneys within 24 hours, principally as glucuronide (60-80%) and
sulphate conjugates (20-30%). Less than 5% is eliminated in unchanged form.
Elimination half life is about 2 hours.
Physiopathological variations
Renal Insufficiency: In cases of severe renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance lower
than 10ml/min) the elimination of paracetamol and its metabolites is delayed.
Elderly subjects: Conjugation capacity is not modified.
Absorption: Pseudoephedrine is rapidly and completely absorbed from the
gastrointestinal tract after oral administration with no presystemic metabolism. Peak
plasma levels are achieved after 1-2 hours.
Distribution: Pseudoephedrine is rapidly distributed throughout the body. No protein
binding data are available. The volume of distribution ranges from 2.64 to 3.51 l/kg in
both single and multiple dose studies.
Biotransformation: There is little metabolism of pseudoephedrine in man with
approximately 90% being excreted in the urine unchanged. Approximately 1% is
eliminated by hepatic metabolism, by N-demethylation to norpseudoephedrine.
Elimination: The plasma half-life varies from 4.3-7.0 hours in adults. As a weak base
the extent of renal excretion is dependent on urinary pH. At low pH tubular resorption
is minimal and urine flow rate will not influence clearance of the drug. At high pH
(>7.0) pseudoephedrine is extensively reabsorbed in the renal tubule and renal
clearance will depend on urine flow rate.
Physiopathological variations
Renal Insufficiency: Renal impairment will result in increased plasma levels.
Elderly subjects: Elimination capacity is not modified.
A steady state pharmacokinetic interaction study in healthy volunteers has
demonstrated that the rate (Cmax, tmax) and extent (AUC0-6 hours) of absorption from
Panadol Cold and Flu tablet is equivalent to those of paracetamol alone and of
pseudoephedrine alone.
In the same study the median tmax values for the paracetamol and pseudoephedrine
components of Panadol Cold and Flu were 0.7 hours and 1.2 hours, respectively

Preclinical safety data
There are no preclinical data considered relevant to clinical safety beyond data
included in other sections of the SPC.


List of excipients
Cellulose microcrystalline E 460
Silica, Colloidal anhydrous E 551
Stearic acid E 570
Magnesium stearate E 572
Starch pregelatinised
Croscarmellose sodium E 468
Hypromellose E 464
Carnauba wax E 903
Indigo carmine E132
Not applicable

Shelf life

3 years
Special precautions for storage
Do not store above 25°C
Nature and contents of container
Opaque blister strips of PVC (250 microns)/ PE (25 or 30 microns)/ PVdC 90g/m2)
backed with aluminium foil. Blisters are packed into cartons and each carton contains
2, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 30 or 32 tablets (not all pack sizes may be marketed).
Special precautions for disposal
No special requirements


Beecham Group plc,
980 Great West Road
Trading as

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare,


PL 00079/0383

Date of first authorisation - 03 December 2002
Date of last renewal – 06 November 2012



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