UCERAX 10 MG/5 ML SYRUP

Active substance: HYDROXYZINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Patient Information Leaflet

Ucerax

®

Syrup 10  mg/5  ml
Hydroxyzine hydrochloride

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist. This medicine has been prescribed for
you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• In this leaflet Ucerax Syrup 10 mg/5 ml is called
Ucerax Syrup.
In this leaflet:
1. What Ucerax Syrup is for
2. Before you take Ucerax Syrup
3. How to take Ucerax Syrup
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Ucerax Syrup
6. Further information.

1. What Ucerax Syrup is for
Ucerax Syrup belongs to a group of medicines called
sedating antihistamines. It is thought to work by
inhibiting some activity in the brain.
Ucerax Syrup is used to treat:
• Anxiety in adults
• Itching (pruritus) caused by allergic reactions in
adults and children.

2. Before you take Ucerax Syrup

Do not take Ucerax Syrup if:
• You are allergic to hydroxyzine hydrochloride or any
of the other ingredients of Ucerax Syrup
(listed in Section 6)
• You are allergic to cetirizine, other piperazine
derivatives, aminophylline or ethylenediamine
• You are pregnant or breastfeeding
• You have a condition called porphyria.
(A blood disease that can cause stomach pain,
vomiting and mental disturbances such as depression.)
If any of the above applies to you talk to your doctor or
pharmacist.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before
taking Ucerax Syrup if:
• You suffer from fits (convulsions)















You have an eye disease called glaucoma
You have problems urinating
You have kidney disease
You have stomach problems
You have dementia (a loss of mental abilities such as
remembering)
You have a condition called myasthenia gravis which
weakens the muscles
You have heart problems
You have problems with your liver
You have constipation
You have a condition which means you have to be
careful having sugar (such as diabetes or problems
with your body digesting or absorbing sugar). This
medicine contains 9.4 grams of sugar (sucrose) in
every 12.5 ml dose. It may also be harmful to the
teeth.
This medicine contains small amounts of ethanol
(alcohol) less than 100 mg per 25 ml dose.
You are having allergy testing or a chest medical
examination (asthma) in the next 5 days. Ucerax
Syrup can affect the test results.

Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following
medicines:
• Betahistine used to treat Meniere’s disease
(problems with balance and hearing)
• Phenytoin used for the treatment of fits
(convulsions)
• Adrenaline used to treat severe allergic reactions.
Ucerax Syrup may reduce the effect of these
medicines.
Also tell your doctor if you are taking:
• Medicines used to treat anxiety or help you sleep
• Anticholinergic medicines for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.
Ucerax Syrup may increase the effect of these
medicines.
Tell your doctor if you are taking:
• Cimetidine used for the treatment of stomach
problems. This may increase the level of Ucerax
Syrup in your blood
• Monoamine oxidase inhibitors used for the treatment
of depression
• Any other medicines including medicines obtained
without a prescription.

Taking Ucerax Syrup with food and drink
Do not drink alcohol whilst you are taking Ucerax
Syrup
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Do not take Ucerax Syrup if you are pregnant, trying to
become pregnant or breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or operate machines if you take Ucerax
Syrup. Ucerax Syrup may affect your ability to react and
concentrate.

3. How to take Ucerax Syrup
Always take Ucerax Syrup exactly as your doctor has
told you.
Important: Your doctor will choose the dose that is
right for you. Your dose and when to take it will be
shown clearly on the label that your pharmacist
puts on your medicine. If it does not, or you are
not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Adults
For anxiety:
• The usual dose is 6.25 ml at breakfast, 6.25 ml at
lunch and 12.5 ml in the evening
• Your doctor may increase this to a maximum of
150 ml a day taken in divided doses (for example,
50 ml three times a day).
For pruritus (itchiness of the skin):
• The usual dose is 12.5 ml before going to bed
• Your doctor may increase this to 12.5 ml three or four
times a day
• Do not take more than 100 ml of syrup at any one
time.
• Do not take more than 150 ml of syrup in one day.
Children
For pruritus in children aged 6 years and over:
• The usual dose is 0.5 ml per kg of body weight a day,
in divided doses.
• Your doctor may increase this to a maximum of 1 ml per
kg of body weight a day, in divided doses.
For pruritus in children from 1 year to 6 years:
• The usual dose is 0.5 ml per kg of body weight a day,
in divided doses.
• Your doctor may increase this to a maximum of
1.25 ml per kg of body weight a day
The elderly
• The usual starting dose is 6.25 ml before going to bed.
• Your doctor will tell you how much and when to take
your syrup.

                 

People with liver and kidney problems
• Your doctor may choose a lower daily dose for you
• Your doctor will tell you how much syrup to take and
when to take them.
If you take more Ucerax Syrup than you should
If you accidentally take too much, immediately go to the
nearest hospital casualty department or your doctor.
If you take more Ucerax Syrup than you should you may
feel sick or be sick, feel sleepy, confused, or have heart
palpitations, fever, unreactive pupils, the shakes,
hallucinations, breathing problems, fits or low blood
pressure. An overdose can lead to a coma and be fatal.
If you forget to take Ucerax Syrup
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed
dose.
Simply take your next dose as planned.
If you have any further questions about the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines Ucerax Syrup can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Ucerax Syrup and seek immediate
medical help if you have any of the following
symptoms:
• An allergic reaction with difficulty in breathing,
swelling or fever.
• A severe allergic reaction (also known as StevensJohnson syndrome) causing a fever, inflammation,
blistering and ulceration of the skin which can result
in the surface layer of the skin peeling away.
• Fits (convulsions).
• Your heart beat faster
• Your chest tightening and experience difficulty
breathing.
• Your vision becomes blurred and you have
difficulty focussing.
• An inability to pass water.
Other side effects
Very common side effects (affects more than 1 in
10 people):
• feeling sleepy
Common side effects (affects less than 1 in
10 people)
• dry mouth, feeling tired, headache

Uncommon side effects (affects less than 1 in
100 people)
• dizziness, difficulty sleeping, unable to concentrate,
weakness
• feeling sick, constipation
Other side effects include:
• being sick, malaise (a feeling of discomfort or feeling
unwell)
• involuntary limb movements, tremor
• disorientation, hallucination, confusion
• skin rashes (eruption of the skin), itching, hives,
rash with blisters containing pus, pink/red blotchy
rash which may form a ring, swelling of the skin
particularly around the face
• abnormal liver function which may cause discomfort
and tenderness in the upper abdomen, yellowing of
the skin and whites of the eyes.
• low blood pressure
• increased sweating, fever
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor or pharmacist.

5. How to store Ucerax Syrup
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Keep the bottle in the outer carton.
Do not use Ucerax Syrup after the expiry date on the
bottle and carton. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Return any medicine you no longer
need to your pharmacist.

In Ireland:
UCB Pharma (Ireland) Limited, United Drug House,
Magna Drive, Magna Business Park, City West Road,
Dublin 24, Ireland
Manufacturer:
NextPharma SAS,
17 route de Meulan,
F-78520 Limay,
France.
This leaflet was last updated in November 2010

If this leaflet is difficult to
see or read or you would
like it in a different format,
please contact:
UCB Pharma Limited,
208 Bath Road, Slough,
Berkshire, SL1 3WE, UK

6. Further information

What Ucerax Syrup contains
The active substance in Ucerax Syrup is hydroxyzine
hydrochloride. The syrup contains 10  mg of hydroxyzine hydrochloride in each 5 ml.
The other ingredients are sucrose, ethanol (alcohol),
sodium benzoate (E211), menthol, imitation hazelnut
flavour and purified water.
What Ucerax Syrup looks like
Each bottle contains 200 ml of hazelnut flavoured
syrup.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
In the UK:
UCB Pharma Limited, 208 Bath Road, Slough,
Berkshire, SL1 3WE, UK

© UCB (2010)

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