VEGANIN

Active substance: PARACETAMOL

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Veganin Tablets
Paracetamol 500 mg; Caffeine 30 mg; Codeine Phosphate 8 mg
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains
important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription.
However, you still need to use Veganin carefully to
get the best results from it.
This medicine can only be used for the short term
treatment of acute moderate pain which is not
relieved by paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone.
You should only take this product for a maximum
of three days at a time. If you need to take it for
longer than three days you should see your doctor
or pharmacist for advice.
This medicine contains codeine which can cause
addiction if you take it continuously for more than
three days. This can give you withdrawal symptoms
from the medicine when you stop taking it.
If you take this medicine for headaches for more
than three 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.
• 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 straightaway.
In this leaflet:
1. What Veganin is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Veganin
3. How to take Veganin
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing Veganin
6. Further information
1. What Veganin is and what it is used for
Veganin is for the short term treatment of acute
moderate pain which is not relieved by paracetamol,
ibuprofen or aspirin alone. It is suitable for the
treatment of migraine, headache, rheumatic pain,
period pain, toothache and neuralgia.
Veganin is a tablet containing paracetamol, caffeine
and codeine phosphate. Paracetamol and Codeine
are painkillers. Paracetamol also helps lower a high
temperature and acts as a mild anti-inflammatory, to
reduce swelling. Caffeine is a mild stimulant that
causes wakefulness and increased mental activity. It
can also help the effectiveness of paracetamol.
2. Before you take Veganin
This medicine contains codeine which can cause
addiction if you take it continuously for more than
three days. This can give you withdrawal symptoms
from the medicine when you stop taking it.
If you take a pain killer for headaches for more
than three days it can make them worse.
Do not use this medicine:
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the
ingredients of Veganin (see section 6)
• if you have asthma or very shallow breathing
• if you suffer from alcoholism
• if you have a head injury or increased pressure in
your skull
• if you have had surgery on your bile duct

• if you are already taking a medicine containing
paracetamol
• for a child younger than 12 years old.
Take special care with Veganin
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• you have severe liver or kidney problems. The risk
of overdose is higher if you have alcoholic liver
disease
• you are elderly because you may be more likely to
get some side effects (see section 4)
• you have prostate problems
• you have bowel problems, particularly those
causing inflammation or blockage, or you have
had recent bowel surgery.
If you have any of these conditions, your doctor or
pharmacist will advise you about how best to use
Veganin.
Taking other medicines
Before using Veganin, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are taking any of the following:
• metoclopramide or domperidone - used to treat
nausea and vomiting
• colestyramine - used to treat high cholesterol
• anti-coagulants (such as warfarin) - used to thin
the blood. It is alright to take occasional doses of
Veganin, but not if Veganin is required daily over
a long period
• sedatives (also known as sleeping tablets)
containing barbiturates
• certain medicines prescribed for depression (called
MAOIs) or have been taking them in the last 2 weeks
• medicines for diarrhoea and tummy cramps as
taking these at the same time as Veganin may
make you constipated
• medicines such as atropine, procyclidene or
hyoscine which are used to treat problems with
gut movements. Taking these at the same time as
Veganin may make you severely constipated and
may make it difficult for you to pass urine
• some antihistamines which may be used in
cough/cold remedies and anti-allergy products.
Taking these at the same time as Veganin may
make you severely constipated and may make it
difficult for you to pass urine
• quinidine or mexiletine - used to regulate heart
rhythm
• cimetidine - used to treat stomach ulcers
• naltrexone - used in the treatment of drug
dependence.
If you are taking any of the following medicines, you
may find the effectiveness of Veganin is reduced:
• oral contraceptives ('the pill')
• medicines used to treat epilepsy (anticonvulsants).
If you are unsure if any medicine you are taking is one
of those mentioned above, check with your pharmacist.
Alcohol
Do not drink alcohol while taking Veganin as it can
make liver damage and breathing difficulties more
likely and more serious.

Pregnancy and breast feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking Veganin if you are pregnant.
Usually it is safe to take Veganin while breast
feeding as the levels of the active ingredients of this
medicine in breast milk are too low to cause your
baby any problems. However, some women who are
at increased risk of developing side effects at any
dose may have higher levels in their breast milk. If
any of the following side effects develop in you or
your baby stop taking this medicine and seek
immediate medical advice: feeling sick, vomiting,
constipation, decreased or lack of appetite, feeling
tired or sleeping for longer than normal, and shallow
or slow breathing.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or operate machines if you feel drowsy
or dizzy.
3. How to take Veganin
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years: Swallow
two tablets with water every 4-6 hours.
Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours. If you
have already taken another painkiller wait at least
four hours before taking Veganin.
Do not take for more than 3 days. If you need to
use this medicine for more than three days you
must speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
If you use too much: 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. Your skin may feel cold and
clammy and you may feel confused, dizzy, drowsy,
nervous, restless, weak or light-headed, feel sick or
be sick. You may notice visual disturbances, changes
in your heart rate or breathing difficulties. You may
even have a fit or become unconscious.
Special warnings about addiction: This medicine
contains codeine and can cause addiction if you
take it continuously for more than three days.
When you stop taking it you may get withdrawal
symptoms. You should talk to your doctor or
pharmacist if you think you are suffering from
withdrawal symptoms.
4. Possible side effects
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 the following side-effects, you
must stop taking Veganin and get medical help
straight away:
• sweating, red face, allergic reactions such as a
skin rash, itchy skin or swelling of the face. These
may be the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.
These side-effects are less serious. If they bother
you talk to a pharmacist or your doctor:
• drowsiness, dizziness, headache, vertigo (a sense
of spinning either of yourself or your surroundings),

nervousness, irritability, blurred or double vision
• stomach cramps, constipation, feeling sick
(nausea), being sick (vomiting), dry mouth
• difficulty or pain in urinating, needing to pass
urine more often, or passing less urine than usual
• palpitations (awareness of your heart beat)
• low blood pressure (often feeling faint or dizzy
upon standing up). Rare: reports of blood disorders
including low platelet count (making you slow to
heal and bruise easily) and low white blood cell
count (making you more likely to get infections)
• becoming used to the effects of Veganin (the
same dose does not seem to work so well) and
becoming dependent or addicted, especially with
prolonged use
• seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not real
(hallucinations), nightmares and restlessness.
These are rare.
How do I know if I am addicted?
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:
• you need to take the medicine for longer periods
of time
• you need to take more than the recommended dose
• when you stop taking the medicine you feel very
unwell but you feel better if you start taking the
medicine again.
5. Storing Veganin
Do not store above 25°C. Keep the tablets in the
original packaging. Keep out the reach and sight of
children. Do not use Veganin after the date (month
and year) printed after "EXP" on the box and blister
strip. If the expiry date has passed, take the product
back to your pharmacist for safe disposal.
6. Further information
What Veganin contains
The active substances are:
Paracetamol 500 mg, Codeine phosphate 8 mg and
Caffeine 30 mg in each tablet.
The other ingredients:
Maize starch, methylcellulose, povidone, talc,
calcium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol
and water.
What Veganin looks like and contents of pack
Veganin are white capsule shaped film-coated
tablets supplied in a blister strip in a carton.
There are 10 or 30 tablets in a pack.
Marketing Authorisation holder
Omega Pharma Ltd., 1st Floor, 32 Vauxhall Bridge
Road, London, SW1V 2SA, United Kingdom.
Send all enquiries to this address.
Manufacturer
Wrafton Laboratories Ltd, Wrafton, Braunton, North
Devon, EX33 2DL.
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member
States of the EEA under the following names:
United Kingdom: Veganin Tablets
Republic of Ireland: Veganin Plus Tablets
Veganin is a Trade mark.
Date of leaflet approval: November 2012
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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