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Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules
Poloxamer 188 and Dantron
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
· Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
· If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
· This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even
if their symptoms are the same as yours.
· If any of the side effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules are and what they are used
2. Before you take Co-danthramer capsules or Strong Co-danthramer capsules
3. How to take Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules
6. Further information
What Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules are and
what they are used for
These capsules have been prescribed for you to prevent or treat constipation.
Constipation may cause pain, tenderness, bloating (around the stomach), wind and vomiting.
Increasing the amount of fibre (fruit, vegetables, wholemeal bread, pasta, brown rice) and fluids you
eat and drink may help reduce the problem.
These capsules are only suitable for certain patients and should only be taken by the person for
whom they have been prescribed.
Co-danthramer and Strong Co-danthramer capsules contain the active ingredients poloxamer 188
and dantron. Poloxamer 188 belongs to a group of medicines called faecal softeners and dantron to
a group called laxatives. The other ingredients are listed in section 6 of this leaflet.
Before you take Co-danthramer capsules or Strong Co-danthramer capsules
Do not take Co-danthramer capsules or Strong Co-danthramer capsules if:
· you are allergic (hypersensitive) to poloxamer 188 or dantron;
· you are allergic to any of the other ingredients of the capsules (see section 6 ‘Further
· your constipation is caused by a blockage of the bowel (intestine).
Constipation may cause stomach ache, however if you have a severe pain in your stomach please
talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
Strong Co-danthramer capsules should not be given to children under 12 years of age.
Take special care with Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you suffer from loss of bladder or bowel control
Children who still wear nappies should not be given Co-danthramer capsules.
Taking other medicines
Your doctor may have prescribed your capsules at the same time as some other medicines. This
may be to prevent you from getting constipation.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Do not take these capsules if you are pregnant, likely to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
How to take Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules
Two different strengths of capsule are available. Your doctor will decide whether Co-danthramer
or Strong Co-danthramer capsules suit you best.
Always take these capsules exactly as your doctor has told you. The label on your medicine will
tell you how many capsules to take and how often. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Take your capsules just before you go to bed and always swallow them with a glass of water.
The usual dose is one or two Co-danthramer or Strong Co-danthramer capsules.
Children may take the Co-danthramer capsules only. The usual dose for children is one capsule.
Children under 12 years of age should not be given Strong Co-danthramer capsules.
If you take more capsules than you should
Drink plenty of water and call your doctor or hospital straight away. When seeking medical
attention make sure that you take this leaflet and any remaining capsules with you to show to the
If you forget to take your capsules
If you miss a dose you should take it as soon as you remember and then carry on as before. Do not
take a double dose to make up for a forgotten capsule.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Co-danthramer and Strong Co-danthramer capsules can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
All medicines can cause allergic reactions, although serious allergic reactions are rare. Tell your doctor
immediately if you get any sudden wheeziness, difficulties in breathing, swelling of the eyelids, face or lips,
rash or itching especially those covering your whole body.
You may find the skin around your bottom turns pink or red when you take these capsules. Your
urine may also turn pink or red. Don’t worry, this is quite normal and is harmless.
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 the Yellow Card Scheme at
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to store Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use any capsules after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. EXP 08 2010
means that you should not take the capsules after the last day of that month i.e. August 2010.
Do not store your capsules above 30oC.
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.
What Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules contain
The active ingredients are poloxamer 188 and dantron. Each Co-danthramer capsule contains 200
mg of poloxamer 188 and 25 mg of dantron. Each Strong Co-danthramer capsule contains 500 mg
of poloxamer 188 and 37.5 mg of dantron.
The other ingredients are:
· Butylhydroxytoluene (E321)
· Iron oxide (E172)
· Sodium laurilsulphate
· Indigo carmine (E132)
· Erythrosine (E127)
· Titanium dioxide (E171)
· Propylene Glycol (E1520)
What Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules look like and the contents
of the pack
Co-danthramer capsules are light brown and orange in colour and are marked CX and NAPP.
Strong Co-danthramer capsules are light brown and green in colour and are marked CXF and
In each box there are 10 or 60 capsules.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The capsules are made by Bard Pharmaceuticals Limited for the marketing authorisation holder Napp
Pharmaceuticals Limited, both at Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0GW, UK.
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You will need to give details of the product name and reference number.
These are as follows:
Product name: Co-danthramer capsules
Reference number: 16950/0017
This leaflet was last revised in May 2015
Co-danthramer capsules and Strong Co-danthramer capsules are protected by European Patent
(UK) No. 0642786.
® The NAPP device (logo) is a registered trade mark.
© 2010-2011 Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited
P0088-A R3V0 UK AW 05-07-2011
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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