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BEECHAMS COLD RELIEF EFFERVESCENT TABLETS
Active substance(s): CAFFEINE / PARACETAMOL
Please read right through this leaflet before you start using this medicine. This medicine is
available without prescription, but you still need to use it carefully to get the best results.
Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again.
If you have any questions, or if there is anything you do not understand, ask your
In this leaflet:
What this medicine does
Check before you take this medicine
How to take this medicine
Possible side effects
How to store this medicine
1. What Beechams Cold Relief does
This product provides effective relief from the common symptoms of cold and flu. These symptoms
include sore throat, fever, headache and muscular aches and pains.
The tablets contain two active ingredients. Paracetamol is a painkiller and also reduces your
temperature when you have a fever. Caffeine acts to help the effectiveness of paracetamol.
2. Check before you take Beechams Cold Relief
[ X symbol] Do not take Beechams Cold Relief:
if you have ever had an allergic reaction to paracetamol, caffeine or to any of the other
ingredients (listed in Section 6).
Do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine.
[! symbol] Ask your doctor before you take this medicine:
if you have liver or kidney disease, including alcoholic liver disease
if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars. This
product contains sorbitol (E 420).
This product contains aspartame (E 951), a source of phenylalanine. May be harmful to
those with phenylketonurea.
if you are on a controlled sodium diet. Each 2 tablet dose contains 854 mg of sodium.
[! symbol] If you are taking other medicines
Do not use this medicine with any other paracetamol products. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before taking these tablets if you are taking any prescribed medicines; particularly metoclopramide
or domperidone (for nausea [feeling sick] or vomiting [being sick]) or colestyramine (to lower blood
cholesterol). If you take blood thinning drugs (anticoagulants e.g. warfarin) and you need to take a
pain reliever on a daily basis, talk to your doctor because of the risk of bleeding. But you can still
take occasional doses of this medicine at the same time as anticoagulants.
[! symbol] Pregnancy and breast feeding
Due to the caffeine content of this product it should not be used if you are pregnant or breast
3. How to take Beechams Cold Relief
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Adults and children aged 16 years and over:
Take 2 tablets dissolved in a tumbler of water up to 4 times daily when required. Do not take
more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.
Children aged 12-15 years:
Take 1 tablet dissolved in a tumbler of water up to 4 times daily when required. Do not take more
than 4 tablets in 24 hours.
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• Do not take more frequently than every 4 hours.
• Do not take more than the recommended dose.
• Do not give to children under 12 years.
• Avoid too much caffeine in drinks like coffee and tea. High caffeine intake can cause
difficulty sleeping, shaking and an uncomfortable feeling in the chest.
If you take too many tablets
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 damage.
If your symptoms continue or your headache becomes persistent, see your doctor.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Beechams Cold Relief Effervescent Tablets can have side effects but not
everybody gets them. A small number of people have had side effects.
Stop taking the medicine and tell your doctor immediately if you experience:
Allergic reactions which may be severe such as skin rash and itching sometimes with
swelling of the mouth or face or shortness of breath
Skin rash or peeling, or mouth ulcers
Breathing problems. These are more likely if you have experience them before when taking
other painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin
Unexplained bruising or bleeding
Reoccurring fevers or infections
Nervousness or dizziness
Nausea, sudden weight loss, loss of appetite and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
If you do get any side effects, even those not mentioned in this leaflet, tell your doctor or
5. How to store Beechams Cold Relief
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Do not use this medicine after the ‘EXP’ date shown on the base of the pack. Once opened, use
within 6 months. These tablets are sensitive to moisture. Store the tablets in the tube and keep the
tube tightly closed. Store below 30oC.
6. Further information
Active ingredients: Each tablet contains Paracetamol 500 mg and Caffeine 65 mg. Other
ingredients: Sodium hydrogen carbonate, sorbitiol (E 420), sodium laurilsulfate, citric acid, sodium
carbonate, povidone, dimeticone, ascorbic acid, acesulfame potassium (E 950), aspartame (E 951),
orange flavour, carmine (E 120) and riboflavin sodium phosphate (E 101a).
Each tablet contains 125 mg Vitamin C.
Packs of Beechams Cold Relief Effervescent Tablets contain 16 orange flavoured soluble tablets.
The marketing authorisation holder is GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (UK) Trading Limited,
Brentford, TW8 9GS, U.K. and all enquiries should be sent to this address.
The manufacturer is Hermes Arzneimittel GmbH, Hans-Urmiller-Ring 52, 82515 Wolfratshausen,
The leaflet was last revised in September 2016.
Beechams is a registered trade mark owned by or licensed to the GSK group of companies.