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DOANS CAPSULES 500MG

Active substance(s): PARACETAMOL

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

PARACETAMOL 500mg CAPSULES
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to take Paracetamol 500mg capsules carefully to get the best results from them.
● 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.
● If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

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WHAT PARACETAMOL 500mg CAPSULES ARE AND WHAT THEY
ARE USED FOR

Paracetamol 500mg capsules contain the active ingredient paracetamol and
are used for the relief of mild to moderate pain, including:
● rheumatic and muscular pain
● backache, toothache
● neuralgia (severe nerve pain), period pain
● migraine, headache
● fevers, colds and flu.
2.

BEFORE YOU TAKE PARACETAMOL 500mg CAPSULES

DO NOT take paracetamol 500mg Capsules if you are:
● allergic (hypersensitive) to paracetamol. other pain relievers or any of the
other ingredients in the product (see Section 6 on ‘What Paracetamol
500mg Capsules contain’)


taking any other paracetamol-containing medicines, i.e. over-the-counter
cold remedies.

This medicine is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age.
Take special care with Paracetamol 500mg Capsules
Consult your doctor before taking these capsules if you:
● have kidney or liver problems.
● are an alcoholic

WARNING: DO NOT EXCEED THE STATED DOSE
Contains paracetamol. Do not take with other paracetamol containing
products.
If symptoms persist consult your doctor. Do not use for more than 3 days
without consulting your doctor.
If you take more Paracetamol 500mg Capsules than you should
It is extremely important to follow the dosage instructions that have been given
to you. DO not change your dose without discussing it with your doctor first.
Symptoms of overdose include pallor (Paleness of skin), nausea, vomiting,
anorexia and stomach pain. If you accidentally take more than recommended
dose, or know someone who has, contact your doctor or nearest hospital
casualty immediately. Take any remaining medicine and this leaflet with you if
possible.

In this leaflet:
1. What Paracetamol 500mg Capsules are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Paracetamol 500mg capsules
3. How to take Paracetamol 500mg capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Paracetamol 500mg capsules
6. Further information
1.

Adults:
Take one or two capsules every 4 to 6 hours, up to a maximum of 8 capsules in
any 24 hour period. You should not take Paracetamol 500mg Capsules for
longer than 3 days.
This medicine is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

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.

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including those obtained without a prescription, particularly:





other products containing paracetamol (see ‘DO NOT take Paracetamol
500mg Capsules’)
warfarin and other drug which thin the blood
cholestyramine (reduces blood cholesterol levels)
metoclopramide and domperidone (used to treat nausea, vomiting or
other stomach problems).

Taking Paracetamol 500mg Capsules with food and drink
Avoid alcoholic drinks whilst taking these capsules.
Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine if you are
pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Paracetamol 500mg capsules are not expected to affect your ability to drive or
operate machinery
3.

HOW TO TAKE PARACETAMOL 500mg CAPSULES

Always take Paracetamol 500mg Capsules exactly as your doctor has told
you. Swallow each capsule with a drink of water.

If you forget to take Paracetamol 500mg capsules
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
NEVER take a double dose to make up for the dose you have forgotten.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
4.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Paracetamol 500mg Capsules can cause side effects,
although not everbody gets them.
Like all medicines, Paracetamol 500mg Capsules can cause side effects,
although not everbody gets them. You may suffer an allergic reaction,
symptoms of which include skin rashes and itching. If this happens to
you, stop taking the capsules immediately and seek urgent medical help.
The following have also been reported.
● hives
● blood abnormalities, but these were not necessarily due to paracetamol
treatment.
● drowsiness and impaired mental function severe liver poisoning in
alcoholics.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor.

Some people may have side-effects when taking this medicine. If you have any
unwanted side-effects you should seek advice from your doctor, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. Also you can help to make sure that medicines
remain as safe as possible by reporting any unwanted side-effects via the
internet at www. mhra. gov.uk/yellowcard alternatively you can call Freephone
0808 100 3352 (available between 10 am - 2 pm Monday - Friday) or fill in a
paper form available from your local pharmacy.
5.

HOW TO STORE PARACETAMOL 500mg CAPSULES

Keep out of reach and sight of children
Do not store above 25°C, Store in the original package.
Do not use Paracetamol 500mg Capsules after the expiry date shown on the
package.
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 500mg Capsule contain
The active substance is paracetamol 500mg.
The other ingredients are starch 1500, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl
sulphate. The capsule shell is opaque red/white gelatin 100mg, containing as
colours erythrosine (E127), patent blue V (E131), titanium dioxide (E171) and
quinoline yellow (E104).
What Paracetamol 500mg Capsules look like and contents of the pack
Paracetamol 500mg Capsules are clean, oblong shaped red and white
capsules.
They are supplied in:
cartons containing blister strips of 8,12,16,24,32,50,60,84,96 and 100 capsules
bottles of 16, 25, 50, 60 and 100 capsules tamper-evident plastic tubs of 250,
500 and 1000 capsules.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Fourrts (UK) Pharmacare Ltd, First floor, 2 Victoria Road,
Harpenden, Hertfordshire, A15 4EA, UK.
Manufacturer: Strandhaven Ltd t/a
Somex Pharma, Seven Kings,
IIford, Essex IG3 8RA, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in 08/2013

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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