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BOOTS PARACETAMOL 500MG EFFERVESCENT TABLETS

Active substance(s): PARACETAMOL

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
PARACETAMOL EFFERVESCENT 500mg TABLETS

Take special care with Paracetamol Effervescent if:
• you have kidney or liver problems, including alcoholic liver disease

The name of this medicine is Paracetamol Effervescent 500mg Tablets, which will be
referred to as Paracetamol Effervescent throughout this leaflet.

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for
you.
• This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to use
Paracetamol Effervescent carefully to get the best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after
three days.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Taking other medicines
Do not take these tablets if you are already taking other medicines containing
paracetamol.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Certain medicines can interfere with the effectiveness of each other. It is particularly
important to tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you are also on:
• metoclopramide or domperidone (often taken for sickness or stomach problems)
• colestyramine (used to treat high cholesterol)
• blood thinning medicines (anticoagulants) such as warfarin
• chloramphenicol an antibiotic used to treat eye infections
It may still be all right for you to take Paracetamol Effervescent and your doctor will be able
to decide what is suitable for you.

In this leaflet:
1. What Paracetamol Effervescent is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Paracetamol Effervescent
3. How to take Paracetamol Effervescent
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Paracetamol Effervescent
6. Further information

Customer: Fannin PL 20417/0066
Change: Batch Release Site & Name Change
Colour: Pantone Black C
Size: 297 x 210mm Proof: 4
Date: 17 Feb 15

Taking a painkiller for headaches too often or for too long can make them worse.

Taking your medicine with food and drink
Paracetamol should be dissolved in at least half a glass of water and can be taken with
or without a meal.

1. WHAT PARACETAMOL EFFERVESCENT IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The active ingredient in Paracetamol Effervescent is paracetamol.
Paracetamol Effervescent is used to relieve pain, including muscular and rheumatic
pains, headache, migraine, neuralgia (severe burning or stabbing pain following the
line of a nerve), toothache, sore throat, period pains, aches and pains, discomfort
associated with influenza (flu), feverishness and feverish colds.

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE PARACETAMOL EFFERVESCENT
Do not take Paracetamol Effervescent if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to paracetamol or any of the other ingredients in
the tablets (these are listed in Section 6, Further Information)
• are already taking other medicines containing paracetamol
• are on a low sodium diet
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Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Although there is no evidence that these tablets cause any ill effects, your doctor
should advise you about taking them if you are pregnant, likely to become pregnant or
are breast-feeding. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any
medicines.
Driving and using machinery
The effect of paracetamol on the ability to drive and operate machinery is not
known. If you feel dizzy or drowsy do not drive or operate machinery.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Paracetamol Effervescent
Each of these tablets contains about 438 mg of sodium and may interfere if you are
on a low sodium diet.

This product also contains aspartame (a source of phenylalanine), which should not
be given to anyone with phenylketonuria.

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3. HOW TO TAKE PARACETAMOL EFFERVESCENT
Do not exceed the recommended doses. If painful symptoms are not relieved in a
few days, consult your doctor.
Dosage
The usual doses for Paracetamol Effervescent are as follows:
Adults and children over 12 years:
Take 1 or 2 tablets up to 4 times a day.
The dose should not be repeated more frequently than every 4 hours, and not more
than 4 doses should be taken in any 24-hour period. Do not continue to take these
tablets for more than 3 days unless instructed by your doctor.
Not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
Method of Administration
For oral administration only. These tablets should be dissolved in at least half a
glass of water before taking them. These tablets are meant to be dissolved first so
don’t try to swallow them whole. Stir before use.
If you take more Paracetamol Effervescent than you should:
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.
Remember to take the pack and any remaining tablets with you.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly
via United Kingdom Yellow Card Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

5. HOW TO STORE PARACETAMOL EFFERVESCENT
Do not store your tablets above 25°C. Store in the original package and protect
from moisture.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date stated on the carton. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will
help to protect the environment.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Paracetamol Effervescent 500mg Tablets contain:
The active ingredient is paracetamol. Each tablet contains 500mg paracetamol.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

The other ingredients are anhydrous citric acid (E330), povidone, sodium hydrogen
carbonate (E500), saccharin sodium, anhydrous sodium carbonate, simeticone (E900),
polysorbate 80 (E433), aspartame (E951) (a source of phenylalanine).
Each tablet contains 438 mg of sodium.

Like all medicines, Paracetamol Effervescent can cause side effects although not
everybody gets them. If you get any of the following symptoms after taking
these tablets, you should contact your doctor immediately:

What Paracetamol Effervescent 500mg Tablets look like and the contents of the
pack:
Paracetamol Effervescent 500mg Tablets are white, circular effervescent tablets.

If you have any further questions about this product ask your doctor or pharmacist.




any sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing or dizziness, swelling of
the eyelids, face, lips or throat.
an acute allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or swelling of the skin

The following side effects have also been reported:
• Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported.
• Very rare reports of blood problems, so if you notice unusual bleeding, you
bruise more easily than normal, or you seem to be more susceptible to
infections than usual, tell your doctor as soon as possible.
• Yellowing of the skin or eyes, pale stools or upper abdominal pain (these may
be signs of liver problems so tell your doctor if this happens to you) blood tests
may show abnormal liver function.

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Your medicine is available in blister packs of 12, 16, 24, 28 and 30 tablets (not all
pack sizes may be marketed).
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Fannin (UK) Limited, 42-46 Booth Drive, Park Farm South, Wellingborough,
Northamptonshire, NN8 6GT, UK.
Manufacturer responsible for batch release:
Kent Pharmaceuticals Limited, Crowbridge Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0GR, U.K.
Kent Pharmaceuticals Limited, Repton Road, Measham, DE12 7DT, U.K.
This leaflet was last approved in February 2015.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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