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ACTAVIS PARACETAMOL 500MG CAPLETS
Active substance(s): PARACETAMOL / PARACETAMOL / PARACETAMOL
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3. HOW TO TAKE PARACETAMOL CAPLETS
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Always take Paracetamol Caplets exactly as your doctor has told
you. Swallow each caplet with a drink of water.
PARACETAMOL 500mg CAPLETS
Adults, the elderly and children over 16 years:
Take one or two caplets every 4 to 6 hours, up to a maximum of 8
caplets in any 24 hour period.
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
• 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.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
1. WHAT PARACETAMOL CAPLETS ARE AND
WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Paracetamol Caplets contain the active ingredient paracetamol and
are used for the relief of mild to moderate pain including:
• rheumatic aches and pains
• neuralgia (severe nerve pain), period pain
• migraine, headache
• sore throat, toothache
• fevers, colds, flu and influenza.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU
TAKE PARACETAMOL CAPLETS
DO NOT take Paracetamol Caplets if you are:
• allergic (hypersensitive) to Paracetamol, other pain relievers or any
of the other ingredients in the product (see Section 6 and end of
• taking any other Paracetamol-containing medicines, i.e.
over-the-counter cold remedies.
This medicine is NOT recommended for children under 6 years of age.
Warnings and precautions
Consult your doctor before taking these caplets if you:
• have kidney or liver problems
• are an alcoholic.
Other medicines and Paracetamol Caplets
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any
other medicines, including those obtained without a prescription,
• other products containing paracetamol (see ‘DO NOT take
• warfarin and other drugs which thin the blood
• cholestyramine (reduces blood cholesterol levels)
• metoclopramide and domperidone (used to treat nausea, vomiting
or other stomach problems).
Taking Paracetamol Caplets with food and drink
Avoid alcoholic drinks whilst taking these caplets.
Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Paracetamol Caplets are not expected to affect your ability to drive or
Important information about some of the ingredients of
Lactose – if you know you have an intolerance to some sugars,
inform your doctor before use.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Paracetamol Caplets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Paracetamol Caplets
3. How to take Paracetamol Caplets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Paracetamol Caplets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Children 12-15 years of age:
Take one to one & half caplet every 4-6 hours when necessary to a
maximum of 4 doses in 24 hours.
Children 10-12 years of age:
Take one caplet every 4-6 hours when necessary to a maximum of
4 doses in 24 hours.
Children 6-10 years of age:
Take half caplets every 4-6 hours when necessary to a maximum of
4 doses in 24 hours.
Do not give this medicine to children under 6 years of age,
except on medical advice.
The dose should not be repeated more frequently than 4 hourly
intervals. You should not take Paracetamol Caplets for longer than 3
WARNING: DO NOT EXCEED THE STATED DOSE
Contains paracetamol. Do not take with other
paracetamol containing products.
Do not exceed the treatment for more than 3 days and if
symptoms persist seek medical advice before continuing
If symptoms persist for more than 3 days, speak to your doctor.
If you take more Paracetamol Caplets than you should
It is extremely important to follow the dosage instructions that have
been given to you. Do not change your dose without discussing it
with your doctor first. Symptoms of overdose include pallor (paleness
of skin), nausea, vomiting, anorexia and stomach pain. If you
accidentally take more than the recommended dose, or know
someone who has, contact your doctor or nearest hospital casualty
immediately. Take any remaining medicine and this leaflet with you if
Talk to a doctor at once if you take too much of this
medicine even if you feel well. This is because too
much paracetamol can cause delayed, serious liver
If you forget to take Paracetamol Caplets
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. NEVER take a
double dose to make up for the dose you have forgotten.
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4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Paracetamol Caplets can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
You may suffer an allergic reaction, symptoms of which include
skin rashes, hives. If this happens to you, stop taking the caplets
immediately and seek urgent medical help.
There have been few reports of blood abnormalities in patients taking
Paracetamol, but these were not necessarily due to the Paracetamol
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can
help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE PARACETAMOL CAPLETS
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Do not use Paracetamol Caplets after the expiry date shown on the pack.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER
What Paracetamol Caplets contain
The active substance is paracetamol 500mg.
The other ingredients are povidone, lactose, starch (maize), magnesium stearate, sodium starch glycollate, colloidal anhydrous silica
(see also end of Section 2 on ‘Important information about some of
the ingredients of Paracetamol Caplets’).
What Paracetamol Caplets look like and contents of the pack
Paracetamol Caplets are white capsule shaped caplets with
break-line. They are supplied in child-resistant blister packs of 16s,
24s, 32s, 48s, 96s and 100s (not all pack sizes may be marketed).
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Fourrts (UK) Pharmacare Ltd.,
First Floor, No. 2, Victoria Road,Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4EA
Rx Farma Limited, Unit 3 colonial Way, Watford, Hertfordshire,
WD24 4YR, UK.
Marketing Authorisation Number: PL 39484/0038
This leaflet was last revised in October 2016.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
Name of the artwork
Printed leaflet 200 x 180mm Paracetamol 500mg caplets
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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