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CARE DECONGESTANT ORAL LIQUID
Active substance(s): PSEUDOEPHEDRINE HYDROCHLORIDE
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Important information about Care Decongestant
• This medicine relieves congestion in the nose,
sinus and upper chest.
• It can be used by adults, the elderly and
children over 12 years.
Do not give….
• To children under 12 years.
• To anyone who is allergic to the ingredients
listed. See section 6.
• With other cough and cold medicines.
Now read the rest of the leaflet before you use
this medicine. It includes other information
which might be especially important for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
• Ask your pharmacist if you need any more
information or advice.
• 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.
1. What the medicine is for
Care Decongestant Oral Liquid is an oral
solution for the relief of nose, sinus and upper
chest congestion. It contains pseudoephedrine
hydrochloride, which works to restrict blood
vessels, reduces swelling and production of
mucous and so relieves congestion.
2. Before you use this
Do not use the medicine if you
• An allergy to any of the ingredients listed in
• Taken medicine for depression (monoamine
oxidase inhibitors/MAOIs) within the last two
• Severe kidney problems.
• Heart disease.
• High blood pressure.
• An overactive thyroid gland.
• Glaucoma (raised pressure inside the eyeball).
• Taken other cough and cold medicines
including oral decongestants or nasal sprays.
• Taken beta-blockers.
• Phaeochromocytoma (a rare tumour of the
• Or you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
• Do not give to children under 12 years.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking….
• Medicines to reduce your appetite.
• Medicines which stimulate the nervous
system, eg. amphetamines (used to treat
Narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
• Medicines which lower your blood pressure.
• Medicines for mental illness.
• Antidepressants including moclobemide.
• Beta-blockers for a heart condition.
• Cardiac glycosides (eg. digoxin, digitoxin).
• Rasagiline or Selegiline for Parkinson’s disease.
• Ergotamine or methysergide for migraine relief.
• Aproclonidine for glaucoma.
• Quinidine for irregular heartbeat.
• Kaolin and aluminium hydroxide (antacids).
• The antibiotic Furazolidone.
• If you go into hospital, tell the doctor you are
using Care Decongestant Oral Liquid as it may
affect some hospital medicines and anaesthetics.
Pregnant or breastfeeding….
Care Decongestant Oral Liquid should not be
used in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
Talk to your doctor if you have….
• Bladder problems.
• Prostate problems.
• Mild kidney problems.
• Severe liver disease.
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Important information about some
of the ingredients
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Care Decongestant Oral
• This medicine contains 1.9 vol% ethanol
Liquid can have side effects, although these
(alcohol), i.e up to 154mg per dose,
don’t affect everyone.
equivalent to 4ml beer or 2ml of wine per
Important side effects:
dose. Harmful for those suffering from
If you think you have any of the following side
alcoholism. To be taken into account in
effects or symptoms, stop using this medicine
pregnant or breastfeeding women, children
immediately and see a doctor as soon as possible.
and high-risk groups such as people with liver
• Allergic reactions which may cause difficulty
disease and epilepsy.
in breathing, fever, swelling of the mouth, lips
or skin, severe rashes, itching or stomach pain.
• It contains parahydroxybenzoates, sunset
possible side effects are:
yellow dye and amaranth dye which may
cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
• Unable to sleep or disturbed sleep.
3. How to use this medicine
• Feeling sick or being sick.
Take this medicine by mouth.
Use the spoon provided to measure 5ml.
• Skin rashes, lumps and red skin patches.
Adults, the elderly and children
• Feeling anxious, irritable or excited.
over 12 years
• Glaucoma (raised pressure in the eyeball).
• Difficulty passing urine.
Two 5ml spoonfuls three times a day.
• Abnormal or rapid heartbeat.
Children under 12 years
• High blood pressure.
Box under 12 years.
• Poor circulation e.g. cold feet or hands.
DO NOT EXCEED THE STATED DOSE.
Care Decongestant Oral Liquid
• Dry mouth.
If you take too much
If you accidentally take too much, see a doctor
side effect not
straight away. Take the pack with you to show
included above, stop use and tell your doctor or
pharmacist. They will tell you what to do.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
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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.
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5. Storing this medicine
• Keep it out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Protect from light.
• Do not use after the expiry date shown on the
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
• Medicine should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of any unused
medicine. These measures will help to protect
6. Further information
What is in this medicine
The active ingredient per 5ml is:
pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 30mg.
The other ingredients are: citric acid monohydrate,
sodium methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E219),
sodium ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E215), sodium
propyl parahydroxybenzoate, ethanol, amaranth
dye (E123), sunset yellow dye (E110), carmellose
sodium, saccharin sodium, menthol, condensed
milk flavour, orange flavour, glycerol (E422),
What the medicine looks like
Care Decongestant Oral Liquid is a thick deep
orange coloured liquid. It is supplied in 100ml
Marketing authorisation holder and
Thornton and Ross Ltd., Huddersfield,
HD7 5QH, UK.
This leaflet was revised in October 2013
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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