BOOTS PHARMACY COLD & FLU DAY CAPSULES
Boots Pharmacy Cold & Flu Day Capsules
(Paracetamol, Pholcodine, Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride)
Please read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for
This medicine is available without prescription to treat minor conditions. However, you still
need to take it 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
What this medicine is for
This medicine contains Paracetamol, an analgesic, which relieves pain and reduces fever, a
decongestant to relieve a blocked nose and a cough suppressant to relieve coughing.
It can be used to relieve the major symptoms of colds and flu including aches and pains,
fever, blocked nose and dry, tickly coughs. Dry coughs do not produce phlegm or mucus on
Before you take this medicine
This medicine can be taken by adults and children of 12 years and over. However, some
people should not take this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor
X Do not take:
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this medicine (see “What is in this medicine”)
If you are allergic to other decongestants
If you have severe kidney problems or liver failure
If you have heart or blood vessel disease, including poor circulation in your hands and
If you have high blood pressure (including that due to a tumour near your kidneys)
If you have difficulty breathing
If you have long-term lung problems or an infection which produces lots of phlegm on
If you have diabetes
If you have an overactive thyroid
If you have raised pressure in the eye (glaucoma)
If you are hyperactive
If you are taking any of these medicines:
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or moclobemide (for depression) or have taken them in
the last 14 days
- Medicines called beta-blockers (normally for heart problems)
- Other decongestants
- Other cough and cold medicines
If you are a man with prostate problems
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Talk to your doctor:
If you have a long-term cough or asthma (do not take this medicine if you are wheezing or if
you are having an asthma attack)
If you have a cough which produces lots of phlegm
! Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:
If you have other kidney or liver problems (including liver problems caused by drinking
Other important information
If you are going into hospital for an operation, tell the doctor that you are taking this
Driving and using machines: This medicine can affect your ability to drive or use
machines as it may make you feel sleepy or dizzy.
Do not drive or use machines while taking this medicine until you are sure you are
It is an offence to drive if this medicine affects your ability to drive
However, you would not be committing an offence if:
- The medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical or dental problem and
- You have taken it according to the instructions given by the prescriber or in the
information provided with the medicine and
- It was not affecting your ability to drive safely
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to drive while
taking this medicine.
Do not drink alcohol (wine, beer, spirits) whilst taking this medicine. Alcohol increases the
risk of side effects occurring.
Information about some of the ingredients in this medicine: The colour allura red (E129)
may cause allergic reactions.
If you take other medicines
This medicine contains paracetamol. Do not take anything else containing paracetamol
while taking this medicine
Before you take these capsules, make sure that you tell your pharmacist about ANY other
medicines you might be using at the same time, particularly the following:
Water tablets (diuretics) and medicines to treat high blood pressure
Medicines for heart problems (e.g. digoxin)
Medicines that may make you feel sleepy or drowsy such as strong painkillers, medicines for
epilepsy or medicines for mental health conditions
Medicines which may cause a dry mouth (e.g. tricyclic antidepressants), medicines to reduce
your appetite or stimulant medicines
Ergot alkaloids (for migraine)
Oxytocin (to induce labour, and stop excessive bleeding after the birth)
Domperidone or metoclopramide (for feeling sick or being sick)
Colestyramine (for lowering blood fat levels)
Warfarin or other coumarins (for thinning the blood) – if you take warfarin you can take
occasional amounts of this medicine, but talk to your doctor first before you take it on a
If you are unsure about interactions with any other medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This
includes medicines prescribed by your doctor or medicine you have bought for yourself
including herbal and homeopathic remedies.
How to take this medicine
Check that the foil is not broken before use. If it is, do not take that capsule.
How many to take How often to take them
Adults and children
of 12 years and
Every 4 hours, if you need to.
Don’t take more than 8 capsules in
any 24 hours.
If you intend to take a night time cold
product at bedtime don’t take more
than 6 of these capsules in any 24
Swallow each capsule whole with water.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not take more than the amount recommended above.
Do not take this medicine for more than 7 days, unless your doctor tells you to.
If symptoms do not go away 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.
Possible side effects
Most people will not have problems, but some may get some.
If you get any of these serious side effects, stop taking the capsules. See a doctor at
Difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat (severe allergic reactions)
Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported. This may include peeling,
blistering and lesions of the skin.
If you get any of these side effects, stop taking the capsules:
If you get any of the following side effects, see your pharmacist or doctor:
Other allergic reactions such as skin rash
Feeling sick, being sick, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach upset, stomach pain
Headache, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, loss of appetite
Anxiety, feelings of paranoia, irritability, feeling excited or confused, difficulty sleeping,
nightmares, hallucinations, fatigue/exhaustion
Tremors, sweating, occasional dizziness
Fast, slow or irregular heart beat, palpitations, dry mouth
High blood pressure
Difficulty in passing urine
Phlegm on the chest
Unusual bruising, or infections such as sore throats – this may be a sign of very rare
changes in the blood
If any side effect becomes severe, or if you notice any side effect not listed here,
please tell your pharmacist or doctor.
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 medicine..
How to store this medicine
Do not store above 25ºC.
Store it in the original package.
Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a
Use by date on the end flap of the carton or on the foil edge. After this date return any
unused product to your nearest pharmacy for safe disposal.
What is in this medicine
Each capsule contains Paracetamol 500 mg, Pholcodine 5 mg, Pseudoephedrine
Hydrochloride 30 mg, which are the active ingredients.
As well as the active ingredients, the capsules also contain sodium laurilsulfate, sodium
starch glycolate, magnesium stearate. The capsule shell contains gelatin and colours, which
are quinoline yellow (E104), allura red (E129), titanium dioxide (E171), and printing ink
containing propylene glycol, shellac, black iron oxide (E172).
This pack contains 24 orange and yellow capsules with 0580 and BOOTS printed in black.
Who makes this medicine
Manufactured for the Marketing Authorisation holder Boots Pharmacy Nottingham NG2 3AA
by Famar SA Anthoussa Attiki 15344 Greece
Leaflet prepared February 2015
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Company PLC Nottingham NG2 3AA
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