ASDA COLD & FLU ECHINACEA TABLETS
Active substance(s): ECHINACEA PURPUREA RADIX DRY EXTRACT
Asda (logo) Cold & Flu Echinacea Tablets
Echinacea purpurea root extract 56mg
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it
contains important information for you.
• Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet, or as your doctor,
or pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner has told you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor or qualified healthcare practitioner if your symptoms
worsen or do not improve after one week.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare
practitioner. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet?
1. What Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea
3. How to take Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea
6. Further information
What Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea is and what it is used for
What Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea is
This product is a traditional herbal medicinal product containing Echinacea purpurea
root extract. Each film coated tablet contains 56mg of extract (as dry extract) from
Echinacea purpurea root (equivalent to 338mg-450mg of Echinacea purpurea (L).
Moench, root). Extraction Solvent: Ethanol 75% v/v.
What Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea is used for
Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to
relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza (flu) type infections
based on traditional use only.
Before you take Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea
Do not take this product if you:
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Are allergic to Echinacea or products of the same plant family:
(Asteraceae /Compositae) such as daisies, marigolds or artichokes or any of
the other ingredients of this product (see section 6 further information)
Are under the age of 12 years
Suffer from frequent allergic reactions such as hives (urticaria), eczema or
Suffer from infection tuberculosis
Suffer from connective tissue disease with formation of clumps of cells
(sarcoidosis), mainly occurring in the lymph nodes, lungs or liver
Suffer from autoimmune conditions such as inflammation of the connective
tissue (collagenoses), or multiple sclerosis
Suffer from conditions which decrease your resistance to infection (eg HIV or
Are undergoing therapy to decrease your natural response to infection eg
chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer; history of organ or bone marrow
Suffer from blood disorders involving the white blood count system such as
low white blood cell count due to bone marrow disorders (agranulocytosis) or
blood cell cancers (leukaemia)
Consult your doctor before taking this product
- If you are prone to develop allergic reactions. Echinacea can trigger
severe and life threatening allergic reactions in patients who have a
tendency to allergic reactions.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking any other medicines,
including those obtained without a prescription or you have any autoimmune
Do not use this product if you are taking any immunosuppressant
medication such as ciclosporin or methrotrexate
How to take Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea
Adults (over the age of 12 years) and the elderly:
Take 1- 2 tablets twice a day. Start at the first signs of a common cold.
Swallow the tablet whole with some water or other liquid. Do not chew.
Do not take this medicine for more than 10 days. If your symptoms worsen, if high
fever develops or if symptoms persist for more than 10 days, consult your doctor or
qualified healthcare practitioner.
Do not take more than the leaflet tells you to.
If you take too much of this product (overdose)
If you take more than the recommended dose, speak to a doctor, pharmacist or
qualified healthcare practitioner and take this leaflet with you.
If you forget to take this product
Continue to take your usual dose at the usual time, it does not matter if you have
missed a dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for it.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this product can have side-effects. These are listed below:
Allergic skin reactions like swelling, hives or rashes
Swelling of the facial area (Quincke’s Oedema)
Swelling of the skin due to fluid
Shrinking of the airways in the lungs with obstruction (bronchospasm)
Asthma and life threatening allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock)
Echinacea can trigger allergic reactions in people with a tendency to develop
Stop taking this product immediately if you experience any allergic reaction.
Association with autoimmune diseases has been reported such as:
Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord (disseminated encephalitis)
Painful lumps on the shins (erythema nodosum)
Low blood platelet count (immunothrombocytopenia)
Destruction of blood cells by antibodies (Evans syndrome)
Dryness in the mouth and eyes with renal tubular dysfunction (Sjorgen’s
A decrease in the number of white blood cells (leucopenia) may occur in long
term use (greater than 8 weeks).
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. 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
How to store Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea
Do not use your tablets after the expiry date.
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 protect the environment. The expiry date is printed on the box and the blister.
Keep the tablets out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original packaging.
Keep your tablets in the packaging until it is time to take them.
Active ingredient: Each film coated tablet contains 56mg of extract (as dry extract)
from Echinacea purpurea root (equivalent to 338mg-450mg of Echinacea purpurea
(L).Moench, root). Extraction Solvent: Ethanol 75% v/v.
This product also contains the following ingredients:
Herbal extract: Maltodextrin, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica.
Tablet core: Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Croscarmellose
Sodium, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid.
Tablet coating: Hypromellose, Iron Oxide Red (E172), Iron Oxide Black (E172),
Titanium Dioxide (E171),Purified Talc.
What these tablets look like
Asda Cold & Flu Echinacea tablets are pale pink circular biconvex film coated
tablets. This product is blister packed and available in 30, 60, 90 pack sizes. Not all
pack sizes may be marketed.
Registration holder for this product:
The Herbal Research Company Ltd, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N
Traditional Herbal Registration Number: THR 02231/0001
Surepharm Services Ltd, Burton on Trent, DE15 0YZ, UK.
Honeywood Ltd, Wellingborough, NN8 2QY, UK.
If you would like further information about this product please contact:
Asda Stores Limited, Leeds, LS11 5AD.
For large print, Braille or audio version of this leaflet call 01932 854825.
This leaflet was last revised in June 2017.
THR Certification Mark
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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