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BEECHAMS FLU-PLUS HOT BERRY FRUITS

Active substance(s): ASCORBIC ACID / PARACETAMOL / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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2. Check before you take Beechams Flu Plus
Do not take Beechams Flu Plus:

FLU PLUS
HOT BERRY FRUITS

Paracetamol, Phenylephrine, Vitamin C
Please read right through this leaflet before you start using this medicine.
This medicine is available without prescription, but you still need to use
Beechams Flu Plus Hot Berry Fruits carefully to get the best results from it.
• 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 pharmacist.

In this leaflet:

1. What Beechams Flu Plus does
2. Check before you take Beechams Flu Plus
3. How to take Beechams Flu Plus
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Beechams Flu Plus
6. Further information

1. What Beechams Flu Plus does

Beechams Flu Plus is used for the short term relief of the symptoms of flu,
colds and chills. These symptoms include headache, shivers, aches and pains,
blocked nose and painful sinuses, catarrh and sore throat.
This medicine contains three active ingredients. Paracetamol is a painkiller
and reduces your temperature when you have a fever. Phenylephrine
hydrochloride is a decongestant which unblocks your nose and sinuses
helping you breathe more easily. Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is a common
ingredient of cold and flu products. It is included to help replace vitamin C
which may be lost in the initial stages of cold and flu.

• if you have ever had an allergic reaction to paracetamol, phenylephrine
hydrochloride, ascorbic acid or any of the other ingredients (listed in Section 6)
• if
 you have kidney or liver problems, overactive thyroid, diabetes, high blood
pressure or heart disease
• if you have phaeochromocytoma or glaucoma
• if you are taking tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. imipramine or amitriptyline)
or if you are taking or have taken within the last two weeks monoamine
oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (e.g. moclobemide) prescribed for depression
• if you are taking beta blockers.
Do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine.
Do not take with any other flu, cold or decongestant product.

Take special care with Beechams Flu Plus
• This product may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or operate machinery.

Ask your doctor before you take
this medicine:
• if you have a blood vessel disease such as Raynaud’s Phenomenon
• if you have an enlarged prostate
• if you have heart or circulation disease
• if you have diabetes mellitus. Each dose contains 5 g of sucrose.
•  if you are on a controlled-sodium diet. Each dose contains 0.12 g of sodium.

If you are taking other medicines
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Beechams Flu Plus if you are
taking any prescribed medicines; particularly metoclopramide or domperidone
(for nausea [feeling sick] or vomiting [being sick]) or ergotamine or
methylsergide (for migraine) or colestyramine (to lower blood cholesterol) or
drugs to lower blood pressure; appetite supressants or stimulants; drugs to treat
depression such as tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline) or heart disease
(e.g. digoxin) or if you take blood thinning drugs (anticoagulants e.g. warfarin).

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Pregnancy and breast feeding
 o not take Beechams Flu Plus if you are pregnant or breast feeding unless
D
advised by a doctor.

3. How to take Beechams Flu Plus
Adults and children aged 16 years and over:
Empty the contents of one sachet into a mug.
Half fill with very hot water. Stir well.
Add cold water as necessary and sugar if desired.
Take one sachet every 4-6 hours as needed.
• Do not take more frequently than every 4 hours.
• Do not take more than 4 sachets in 24 hours.
• Do not take more than the recommended dose.
• Do not take for more than 7 days without asking your doctor.
• Do not give to children under 16 years.

If you take too many sachets
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 symptoms persist, see your doctor.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Beechams Flu Plus can have side effects, but not everybody
gets them. A small number of people have had side effects.
Stop taking this 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 experienced them
before when taking other painkillers such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
• Unexplained bruising or bleeding.
• Nausea, sudden weight loss, loss of appetite and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
• Visual disturbances. This is rare but is more likely in those with glaucoma.
• Unusually fast pulse rate or a sensation of an unusually fast or irregular heartbeat.
• Reoccuring fevers or infections.

• Difficulty passing water. This is more likely to occur in men with an enlarged
prostate gland.
The following side effects may occur. Tell your doctor if you get them.
• Raised blood pressure, headache, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, nervousness,
anxiety, diarrhoea or sickness.

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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 medicine.

5. How to store Beechams Flu Plus
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the ‘EXP’ date shown on the pack. Do not store
above 25ºC.

6. Further information
Active ingredients Each dose contains Paracetamol 1000 mg, Phenylephrine
Hydrochloride 10 mg and Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 60 mg.
Other ingredients Tartaric acid, sodium citrate, aspartame (E 951), Euroblend
blackcurrant, berry fruit flavourburst, sucrose and colours carmoisine (E 122) and
sunset yellow (E 110), green S (E 142) with sodium chloride and sodium sulphate.
Aspartame (E 951) contains a source of phenylalanine which may be harmful
for people with phenylketonuria.
Colour sunset yellow (E 110) and carmoisine (E 122) may cause allergic reactions.
Packs of Beechams Flu Plus Hot Berry Fruits contain 5 or 10 sachets of powder.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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 SmithKline Beecham SA, Ctra de Ajalvir, Km 2500, 28806
Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain.
This leaflet was last revised in December 2016.
Beechams is a registered trademark of the GSK group of companies.

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