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2. Check before you take Beechams Flu Plus

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 Lemon
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 colds and flu.

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
• 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 4 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


Do not take Beechams Flu Plus:
• 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.

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

3. How to take Beechams Flu Plus


Adults and children aged 12 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 12 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.
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.
These reactions are rare.
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.
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: By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of medicines.

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. Store
below 25ºC.

6. Further information

Active ingredients Each dose contains Paracetamol 1000 mg,
Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 10 mg and Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 40 mg.
Other ingredients Sucrose, sodium citrate, citric acid, maize starch,
sodium cyclamate, saccharin sodium, colloidal anhydrous silica, lemon
flavour, natural curcumin (E 100).
Packs of Beechams Flu Plus Hot Lemon contain 5 or 10 sachets of
The marketing authorisation holder is GlaxoSmithKline Consumer
Healthcare, 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 February 2014.
Beechams is a registered trade mark of the GSK group of companies.



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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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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