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Patient Information Leaflet

Asda Herbal Cold & Flu Sachets
Echinacea purpurea root extract, Vitamin C, Zinc
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
take this product because it contains
important information you need to know.
This product is available without prescription,
however, you still need to use this product carefully
to get the best results from it. Keep this leaflet as
you may need to read it again. Ask your pharmacist
if you need more information or advice.

1. What is this product and what is
it used for?
This product contains Echinacea purpurea
root extract as the active ingredient. It also
contains vitamin C and zinc.
This product is a traditional herbal medicine used
to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and
flu type infections based on traditional use only.
The sachets are sugar free.

2. Before you take this product
This product is not suitable for children
under 12 years of age.
Do not take this product if you are allergic to:
• Echinacea or products from the same family:
(Asteraceae / Compositae) such as daisies,
marigolds or artichokes.
• any of the other ingredients of this product.
(See section 6 further information).
Or if you suffer from:
• frequent allergic reactions such as hives
(urticaria), eczema, asthma.
• the infection: tuberculosis.
• connective tissue disease with formation of
clumps of cells (sarcoidosis) mainly occurring in
the lymph nodes, lungs and liver.

• auto-immune diseases such as inflammation of
the connective tissue (collagenosis) or multiple
• conditions which decrease your natural response
to infection (eg HIV infection or AIDS).
• are on therapy to reduce your natural response
to infection (immunosuppression eg:
chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer;
history of organ or bone marrow transplant).
• blood disorders involving the white blood cell
system such as low white cell count due to
bone marrow disorders (agranulocytosis) or
blood cell cancer (leukemias).
or if you are already taking immunosuppressant
medication such as ciclosporin or methotrexate.
Take special care with this product:
If there is a family history of allergic reactions.
Because Echinacea can trigger auto-immune
Please see your doctor or pharmacist before
taking this product if you:
• suffer with phenylketonuria, a rare, inherited
metabolic disorder
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Do not take this product if you are pregnant or
breast feeding, because there is no evidence it is
safe to do so.
Information about some of the ingredients in
this product:
Contains aspartame (E951), a source of
phenylalanine equivalent to 45 mg per sachet.
May be harmful for people with phenylketonuria.
Contains 104 mg sodium per sachet. To be
taken into consideration by patients on a
controlled sodium diet.
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3. How to take this product
Pour the contents of one sachet into a mug. Fill it
with hot, not boiling, water and stir until dissolved
and drink.
At the first sign of a cold or flu:
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
Take 1 sachet 3 times a day as required.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
If your symptoms persist for more than 10 days,
or worsen, stop taking this medicine and see a
doctor or pharmacist.
If you take too many sachets by mistake, contact
your doctor or pharmacist straight away.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this product can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them. The
frequency of the side effects is not known.
The possible side effects include:
• allergic reactions such as swelling, hives,
or rashes.
• swelling of this skin due to fluid.
• swelling of the facial area (Quincke edema)
• shrinking of the airways of the lungs with
obstruction (bronchospasm).
• asthma and life threatening reactions
(anaphylactic shock).
Echinacea can trigger allergic reactions in patients
who have a tendency to allergic reactions.
Association with auto-immune 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
• destruction of blood cells by antibodies (Evans
• dryness in the mouth and eye with kidney
tubular dysfunction (Sjögren syndrome).

A decrease in the number of white blood cells
(leucopenia) may occur in long term use (more
than 8 weeks).
Stop taking this product immediately if you
experience any allergic reaction.
If you are concerned about any side effect, if a
side effect becomes serious, or you notice a side
effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor, or healthcare practitioner.
You can help to make medicines safer by reporting
any side-effects to the Yellow Card Scheme at Alternatively you can get
a paper Yellow Card form from your GP's surgery
or pharmacy, or call freephone 0808 100 3352
(available 10am-2pm Monday – Friday).

5. How to store this product
Keep all medicines out of the reach and
sight of children.
Do not use these sachets after the expiry date
printed on the pack. This product does not
require any special storage conditions.

6. What is in this medicine?
Each 4 g sachet of off-white powder for oral
solution contains the active ingredients: 71.5 mg
of extract (dry extract) from Echinacea purpurea
root (6-7:1) (equivalent to 429 - 500 mg
Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench, root), ascorbic
acid (Vitamin C) 60 mg and zinc 5 mg.
Also contains: silica, maltodextrin, sodium citrate,
citric acid, acesulfame K, aspartame (E951),
quinoline yellow (E104), lemon flavour.
This product is available in a pack size of 5 or 10

7. Who makes this medicine?
The Traditional Registration Holder
and manufacturer is Perrigo,
Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, U.K.
Text revised: February 2010.
THR 12063/0010


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