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ECHINABOOST FILM-COATED TABLETS

Active substance(s): ECHINACEA PURPUREA ROOT DRY EXTRACT / ECHINACEA PURPUREA ROOT DRY EXTRACT / ECHINACEA PURPUREA ROOT DRY EXTRACT

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5: How to store this product
Do not use your tablets after the expiry date.
Return any out-of-date tablets to your pharmacist who will dispose of them
for you. The expiry date is printed on the box and the blister pack.
Store the tablets in a cool dry place.
Do not store the tablets in a place where the temperature goes above 25oC.
Keep the tablets out of the sight and reach of children.
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.

Patient Information Leaflet

EchinaBoost ® tablets
Echinacea purpurea root extract 30 mg

Please read this leaflet carefully before you start taking these tablets.
It contains some important information about EchinaBoost tablets.
Keep this leaflet with the tablets.
You may want to read it again or show it to your doctor, pharmacist or
qualified healthcare practitioner.

6: Further information
Each film-coated tablet contains 30 mg of extract (as dry extract) equivalent to
243–279 mg Echinacea purpurea root (Echinacea purpurea L. Moench).
Extraction solvent: Ethanol 45% V/V.
This product also contains the following ingredients:
Extract excipients: lactose monohydrate, cellulose, colloidal anhydrous silica.
Tablet core: isomalt, liquorice dry extract, talc, glucose (in liquorice dry extract),
microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, colloidal anhydrous silica,
levomenthol, eucalyptus oil, anise oil, fennel oil, clove oil.
Tablet coating: hypromellose, macrogol.
Each pack contains 40, 60 or 80 film-coated tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Registration holder for this product
Pharbio Medical International AB,
Box 1336, 171 26 Solna, Sweden
Manufacturer for this product
Orkla Care A/S,
Vassingerødvej 3-7, DK-3540 Lynge, Denmark.
Traditional herbal registration number: THR 15525/0009
If you would like further information about this product,
please contact the UK distributor:
Schwabe Pharma (UK) Ltd
Alexander House, Mere Park, Dedmere Road, Marlow, Bucks SL7 1FX
Telephone: 01628 401980 Email: info@schwabepharma.co.uk
This leaflet was revised 05/2016
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What is in this leaflet
1: What this product is and what it is used for............................page 1
2: Before you take this product ..........................................pages 1-2
3: How to take this product ..................................................page 2
4: Possible side-effects ......................................................page 3
5: How to store this product ..................................................page 3
6: Further information ........................................................page 4

1: What this product is and what it is used for
This product is a traditional herbal medicinal product containing an extract of
Echinacea purpurea root. Each film-coated tablet contains 30 mg of extract
(as dry extract) equivalent to 243-279 mg Echinacea purpurea root
(Echinacea purpurea L. Moench). Extraction solvent: Ethanol 45% V/V.
EchinaBoost tablets is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve
the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections. This usage
is based on traditional use only.

2: Before you take this product
DO NOT TAKE this product if you:
Are allergic to any of the ingredients or to plants of the Asteraceae/
Compositae family such as daisies, marigolds or artichokes (see section 6)



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Have a tendency to allergies such as hives, allergic eczema or asthma
Are lactose intolerant (react badly to lactose or milk)
Are intolerant to some sugars – this product contains lactose monohydrate,
glucose and isomalt
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Suffer from the infection tuberculosis
Suffer from connective tissue disease such as sarcoidosis
Suffer from autoimmune diseases such as inflammation of the connective
tissue (collagenoses) or multiple sclerosis
Suffer from conditions which reduce your immunity to infection such as HIV
Are on therapy which reduces your resistance to infection in conditions
such as cancer or radiotherapy, history of organ or bone marrow transplant
Suffer from blood disorders involving the white blood cells count due to
bone marrow disorders (agranulocytosis) or leukaemia
Are taking immunosuppressant medicines such as ciclosporin or methotrexate

TAKE SPECIAL CARE with this product
Do not exceed the stated dose

If you are prone to allergies, there is a risk of developing serious allergic
reactions to Echinacea e.g. anaphylactic reactions

Taking Echinacea containing products may trigger autoimmune diseases


Echinaboost contains glucose, lactose monohydrate and isomalt
Echinaboost contains glucose, lactose monohydrate and isomalt. If you have been
told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, do not take this
medicinal product.

3: How to take this product
Adults, elderly and children over 12
Take 2 – 3 tablets 3 times daily. Chew the tablet or swallow it whole with water.
Start taking at the first sign of cold or flu. Do not take for longer than 10 days.
This product is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years.

If you take too much of this product (overdose)
If you take more than the recommended dose, speak to a doctor, pharmacist or
qualified healthcare practitioner and take this leaflet with you. Because of the
sugar content taking too much of this product may cause diarrhoea.
If you forget to take this product
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. It doesn’t matter
if you miss a dose.
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If you have any questions, or are unsure about anything, please ask your doctor,
pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner.

4: Possible side-effects
Like all medicines, EchinaBoost tablets can have side-effects, although not
everyone gets them. Stop taking EchinaBoost and check with your doctor,
pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner if any of the following
side-effects occur:
Allergic (hypersensitive) reactions such as:

Rash

Hives

Inflammatory disorder of the skin (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)


Swelling of the skin due to fluid



Swelling of the facial area (Quincke’s oedema)
Shrinking of the airways in the lungs with obstruction (bronchospasm)

Asthma and life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock).
Echinacea can trigger allergic reactions in patients who have a tendency
to develop allergic conditions
Association with autoimmune diseases has been reported such as:

Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord (disseminated encephalitis)

Painful lumps on the shins (erythema nodosum)

Low blood platelet count (immunothrombocytopenia)

Destruction of blood cells by antibodies (Evans Syndrome)

Dryness in the mouth and eyes with renal tubular dysfunction (Sjögren
Syndrome)
A decrease in the number of white blood cells (leucopenia) may occur in
long-term use (more than 8 weeks). The frequency is not known.
After taking this product


You must see your doctor or a qualified healthcare practitioner if your symptoms
worsen, if you experience a high fever or your symptoms persist after 10 days.

If any of these side-effects become troublesome, or if you notice
side-effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor, pharmacist
or qualified healthcare practitioner.
Reporting of side-effects
If you get any side-effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side-effects not mentioned 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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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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