ECHINAFORCE CHEWABLE COLD & FLU TABLETS
Active substance(s): ECHINACEA PURPUREA HERBA TINCTURE 1:12 / ECHINACEA PURPUREA RADIX TINCTURE 1:11
Important things you need
This product is used to relieve
the symptoms of cold and flu.
Cold & Flu tablets
Don't take this product if
you are allergic to any of the
ingredients: see section 6.
Before you take this product:
read section 2.
Dosage instructions: see
Talk to your doctor if your
symptoms worsen or do not
improve within 10 days.
Side effects can rarely occur
when using this product: see
Now read the rest of this leaflet
carefully. Keep this leaflet. You may
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1. What this product
2. Before you take
Echinaforce Chewable is a
traditional herbal medicinal
product used to relieve the
Do not take this product
This is based on traditional use only.
If you are allergic to
Echinacea or plants of
the daisy (Asteraceae/
Echinacea is a member of
the daisy family.
If you have a tendency to allergies
such as hives, allergic eczema or
asthma consult your doctor before
use. This product may not be
suitable for you.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are having treatment
to reduce the response
of your immune system
If you are taking ciclosporin
or methotrexate, or any other
If you have had an organ or bone
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Do's & Don'ts
If you suffer from
TB (the infection
Sarcoidosis (a connective
tissue disease which
causes the formation of
clumps of cells mainly in
the lymph nodes, lungs
An autoimmune disease
such as collagenoses
(inflammation of the
connective tissue) or
HIV, AIDS or any other
condition which decreases
your resistance to infection
A disorder which affects
your white blood cells such
as agranulocytosis (low
white blood cell count due
to bone marrow disorders)
or leukemia (blood cell
3. How to take this
Adults, the elderly and children
over 12 years: Chew 2 tablets two
to three times daily.
Not for use in children under 12.
Start taking this product at the first
signs of a cold.
For oral use only. Do not take more
than the recommended dose.
Do not take this product for a cold or
flu for more than 10 days.
If you take too much
If you take too much and feel
ill, talk to your doctor. Taking too
much is unlikely to be harmful.
If you forget to take this
Don't worry about the missed dose.
Take the next dose as usual.
See your doctor first
If you have been told you have
an intolerance to some sugars.
This product contains sorbitol and
sucrose and may not be suitable for
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If you feel this product isn't
Stop taking this product and see your
If you have a high temperature
If your symptoms worsen or if you
don't feel an improvement within
Adverse events not mentioned
in the patient information leaflet
4. Possible side
There have been isolated reports
suggesting an association between
Echinacea products and autoimmune
diseases such as:
Like all medicines, this product can
cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Inflammation of the brain
and spinal cord (disseminated
Painful lumps on the shins
If you already suffer from allergies
you may be more likely to get them.
Allergic reactions which may occur
Red, itchy skin (hives)
Swelling of the skin due to fluid
(angioedema) or swelling of the
face (Quincke's oedema)
Blistering of the skin and mucous
Difficulty in breathing
(bronchospasm with obstruction)
Asthma or anaphylactic shock (a
life-threatening allergic reaction)
Stop taking this product immediately
if any of these occur. Seek medical
advice and take this leaflet with you.
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Low blood platelet count
Destruction of blood cells by
antibodies (Evans Syndrome)
Dryness in the mouth and eyes
with renal tubular dysfunction
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. This
means it is not known how often
these reactions occur as there has not
been enough reports to allow this
information to be calculated.
If you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
5. How to store this
Keep out of the reach and sight of
Do not use this product after the
expiry date which is stated on the
packaging. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
Use within 2 months of opening.
Store in the original container to
protect from moisture.
Do not use this product if you
notice a change in appearance.
The tablets should be speckled
and green in colour.
6. Further Information
What this product contains
1 tablet contains 380 mg of extract
(as dry extract) from fresh Echinacea
purpurea (L.) Moench herb (1:12) and
20 mg of extract (as dry extract) from
fresh Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench
root (1:11). Extraction solvent:
ethanol 65% v/v.
The other ingredients used for
the tablet are sorbitol, betadex,
anhydrous colloidal silica, magnesium
stearate and orange flavouring
What this product looks like
and the contents of the pack
The tablets are round, speckled
and green in colour. This product is
available in packs containing 40, 80
and 120 tablets. Not all pack sizes
may be marketed.
Registration Holder and
Traditional Registration Holder and
Bioforce (UK) Ltd,
2 Brewster Place,
Irvine, Ayrshire, UK
Bioforce AG, CH-9325, Roggwil
THR No. 13668/0015
What is Echinacea?
Echinacea is a plant which is native to
America. The herb and root extracts
of the Echinacea species, Echinacea
purpurea, are combined to make
You should also know
Bioforce runs a helpline by phone
and email which can provide you
with further information.
Phone: 0845 608 5858
You can help to make medicines
safer by reporting any side effects
to the Yellow Card Scheme at
Alternatively you can get a paper
Yellow Card form from your doctor's
surgery or pharmacy, or call
freephone 0808 100 3352 (available
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Call this number:
0845 608 5858.
This leaflet was revised on 08/2012