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COVONIA THROAT SPRAY.

Active substance(s): CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE SOLUTION / LIDOCAINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Covonia Throat Spray
(chlorhexidine gluconate, lidocaine
hydrochloride)
Important information about Covonia Throat
Spray
sååThis medicine relieves the symptoms of painful,
irritated sore throats in adults, the elderly and
children over 12 years.
sååIt is a sugar-free medicine which can be used by
diabetics.
Do not use….
sååOn children under 12 years.
Talk to your doctor….
sååIf your sore throat has lasted for more than
2 days.
sååIf you also have high temperature.
You may need another medicine in these cases.
Now read the rest of the leaflet before you
use this medicine. It includes other
information which might be especially
important for you.
sååKeep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
sååAsk your pharmacist if you need any more
information or advice.
sååIf 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
Covonia Throat Spray contains chlorhexidine,
an antiseptic and lidocaine which is a local pain
killer.
It relieves the symptoms of painful, irritated sore
throats.

2. Before you use this
medicine
Do not take/use Covonia Throat
Spray….
sååIf you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
chlorhexidine gluconate or any of the other
ingredients of Covonia Throat Spray (see section 6).
sååIf you have an allergy to any other local
anaesthetics.
såå)FåYOUåHAVEådifficulty in swallowing.
sååUnder 12 years old.

Special warnings and precautions
Covonia Throat Spray may in rare cases cause
severe allergic reactions, leading to a drop in
blood pressure and even to unconsciousness. Early
symptoms of a severe allergic reaction may be
skin rash or asthma. If you notice these symptoms,
stop using Covonia Throat Spray and contact your
doctor as soon as possible
(see under section 4: “possible side effects”).

Talk to your doctor if you have….
sååA history of allergies.
sååA severe sore throat.
sååA sore throat which has lasted for more than
2 days or is accompanied by high
temperature, headache, nausea or sickness.

Pregnant or breastfeeding….
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
using this medicine if you are pregnant, might
be pregnant or are breastfeeding. Covonia
Throat Spray should not be used in pregnancy
unless the doctor has told you to do so.
Lidocaine, one of the active ingredients, can be
absorbed through the skin and pass into breast
milk in small amounts.
Important information about the ingredients:
This medicinal product contains 42.5 vol%
ethanol (alcohol), i.e. up to 168mg per application
(5 sprays), equivalent to 0.85ml beer, 0.35ml
wine per dose. Harmful to those suffering from
alcoholism. To be taken into account in pregnant
or breastfeeding women, children and high risk
groups such as patients with liver disease or
epilepsy.

3. How to use this medicine
såAvoid contact with the eyes.
såTurn the tube as shown in diagram 1.
sååPoint the spray nozzle towards the back of
your throat and press the spray button. See
diagram 2.
sååAfter each use turn the tube back down to
close the spray.

sååIf after a number of applications the spray
nozzle gets blocked the pump will
malfunction. To correct this problem, remove
the spray tube from the pump and clean it in a
cup of hot water for a few minutes. Allow it to
dry before fixing the tube back onto the
pump.

Dosage
Adults, the elderly and children
over 12 years
såSpray 3 to 5 times for one application.
såApply 6 to 10 times a day.

Children under 12 years
Do not give to children under 12 unless your
doctor tells you to.

If you take too much
If you accidentally swallow some liquid straight
from the bottle, see a doctor straight away. Take
the pack with you to show which medicine you
have swallowed.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking…..
sååBeta blockers or other medicines for heart
problems (e.g. propranolol, mexiletine).
sååMedicine for a stomach ulcer (e.g. cimetidine).
sååDiuretics, which help remove fluids from the body.
sååMedicine for epilepsy (e.g. phenytoin or other
barbiturates).

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4. Possible side effects

6. Further information

Like all medicines, Covonia Throat Spray can
have side effects, although these don’t affect
everyone.

What is in this medicine

If you experience any of the following reactions
stop using Covonia Throat Spray and get
immediate medical help: swelling of the face, lips,
tongue or throat; a red itchy skin rash; wheezing
or difficulty breathing; feeling faint and dizzy;
a strange metallic taste in the mouth; collapse.
You may be having an allergic reaction.
Other side effects:
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såå4EMPORARYåDISCOLOURATIONåOFåTHEåTEETHåANDå
tongue.
såå"URNINGåSENSATIONåONåTHEåTONGUE
såå4ASTEåDISTURBANCES
såå3WELLINGåOFåSALIVARYåGLANDS
If you notice these or any other side effect not
included above, stop use and tell your doctor or
pharmacist. They will tell you what to do.

The active ingredients are: chlorhexidine
gluconate 0.2% w/v, lidocaine hydrochloride
0.05% w/v.
The other ingredients are: citric acid (E330),
glycerol (E422), saccharin sodium (E954),
menthol, eucalyptol, ethanol and purified water.

What the medicine looks like
Covonia Throat Spray is a colourless liquid
which smells of menthol and alcohol.
It is supplied in 30ml bottles.

Marketing authorisation holder
Thornton and Ross Ltd., Huddersfield,
HD7 5QH, UK.

Manufacturer
Laboratoria Qualiphar N.V./S.A., Rijksweg 9,
B 2880 Bornem, Belgium.
This leaflet was revised in July 2014
Covonia is a trade mark of Thornton & Ross Ltd.

5. Storing this medicine
såKeep it out of the reach and sight of children.
såDo not store above 25°C.
sååDo not use after the expiry date shown on the
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
såMedicine 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
the environment.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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