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BOOTS COLD & FLU RELIEF ALL IN ONE TABLETS
Active substance(s): GUAIFENESIN / PARACETAMOL / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Paracetamol, Guaifenesin, Phenylephrine
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
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
• 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
• are currently taking other decongestant drugs or stimulants (e.g. ephedrine,
amfetamines and xylometazoline).
Please see your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you:
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
• 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
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 colestyramine
• medicines to control feeling sick or being sick such as metoclopramide or
• 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, amitriptyline
• 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
• if you are going to have a general anaesthetic as this may cause changes in heart
Do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine.
Other important information:
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
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
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
Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported.
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: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this
5. How to store your medicine
Keep 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 Perrigo, Braunton, Devon,
EX33 2DL, UK.
Text revised: June 2015
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.