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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you take this
medicine because it contains important information
you need to know. This medicine 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 medicine and what is
it used for?

This medicine contains:
■ paracetamol which is a pain reliever (analgesic) and
helps reduce your temperature when you have a fever
■ guaifenesin which is an expectorant to help
loosen phlegm
■ phenylephrine which is a decongestant to
reduce swelling in the passages of the nose to
help you breathe more easily.
These tablets are used for the relief of symptoms
of colds and flu, including aches and pains, headache,
blocked nose, sore throat, chills and chesty coughs.

2. Is this medicine suitable for you?

Do not take this medicine if you:
■ are allergic to paracetamol, guaifenesin,
phenylephrine or any of the other ingredients
■ have a serious heart condition
■ have high blood pressure (hypertension)
■ have diabetes
■ have an overactive thyroid
■ have glaucoma
■ have difficulty passing urine
■ are taking antidepressant drugs called
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s), or have
taken them within the last 14 days - these are
medicines such as phenelzine and isocarboxazid
■ are currently taking other decongestant drugs or
stimulants (e.g. ephedrine, amfetamines and

ACTION Cold & Flu Tablets

Paracetamol, Guaifenesin & Phenylephrine

Please see your doctor or pharmacist before
taking this medicine if you:
■ are pregnant or breast-feeding
■ suffer from kidney or liver problems, including
alcoholic liver disease
■ have circulatory disorders such as a condition
called Raynaud’s Phenomenon, which results
from poor circulation in the fingers and toes
■ have angina
■ have an enlarged prostate gland, as this may
cause more difficulty in passing urine.
If you are taking any of the following
medicines please see your doctor:
■ medicines to treat high cholesterol levels which
reduce the amount of fat in the blood such as
■ medicines to control feeling sick or being sick
such as metoclopramide or domperidone
■ medicines called anti-coagulants, which are
used to thin the blood such as warfarin or other
coumarins - you may take occasional doses of
paracetamol but should consult your doctor if
you need to take it on a regular basis
■ barbiturates (for epilepsy or to help you sleep),
such as phenobarbitones
■ tricyclic antidepressants such as imipramine,
■ medicines to treat heart or circulatory problems,
or to lower blood pressure, (e.g. digoxin,
guanethidine, reserpine, methyldopa)
■ beta blockers (e.g. atenolol) or vasodilators
(e.g. hydralazine)
■ phenothiazines used as sedatives (e.g.
chlorpromazine, pericyazine and fluphenazine)
■ if you are going to have a general anaesthetic as
this may cause changes in heart rhythm.
Contains paracetamol.
Do not take anything else containing paracetamol
while taking this medicine.
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2. Is this medicine suitable for you?
Other important information:
Do not drink alcohol (beer, wine, spirits etc) while
taking this product.
If you are taking medication, or are under
medical care, consult your doctor before using
this medicine.
Long term use of this product is not recommended.

3. How to take this medicine
Swallow the tablets whole with water. Do not chew.
Adults, the elderly and children 12 years and over:
2 tablets every 4 hours, as required. Do not take
more than 8 tablets (4 doses) in any 24 hour period.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not take more medicine than the label tells
you to. If you do not get better, talk to your doctor.
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.
Go to your nearest hospital casualty department.
Take your medicine and this leaflet with you.

4. Possible side-effects


Most people do not have any side-effects while
taking this medicine. However, if you experience
any of the following side-effects, or anything else
unusual happens, stop taking the medicine
immediately, and see your doctor or pharmacist.
Rare side-effects are:
■ allergic reactions such as skin rash
■ stomach upsets
■ tingling or coolness of the skin
■ a faster or slower heart beat
■ difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
■ nervousness, tremors or convulsions
■ a rise in body temperature

■ a rise in blood pressure with headache, vomiting

(being sick) and irregular heartbeat (palpitations).
More rarely, the following side effects can happen:
■ you may become more prone to bleeding,
bruising, fever and infections such as sore
throat and ulcers, due to changes in your blood.
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
By reporting side-effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store your medicine
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach
of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
which is stated on the carton and blister foil.
The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
Do not store above 25ºC.

6. What is in this medicine?
Each white, capsule-shaped tablet contains the
active ingredients: paracetamol 250 mg,
guaifenesin 100 mg and phenylephrine
hydrochloride 5 mg.
The other ingredients are: microcrystalline
cellulose, stearic acid, povidone, hypromellose
and polyethylene glycol.
This product is available in a pack size of 16 tablets.

7. Who makes this medicine?

The Marketing Authorisation holder and
manufacturer is Wrafton Laboratories Limited,
Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, UK.
The distributor is McNeil Products Ltd,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3UG, UK.
Text revised: September 2013.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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