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ECHINAFORCE FORTE COLD & FLU TABLETS

Active substance(s): ECHINACEA PURPUREA HERBA TINCTURE 1:12 / ECHINACEA PURPUREA RADIX TINCTURE 1:11 / ECHINACEA PURPUREA HERBA TINCTURE 1:12 / ECHINACEA PURPUREA RADIX TINCTURE 1:11 / ECHINACEA PURPUREA HERBA TINCTURE 1:12 / ECHINACEA PURPUREA RADIX TINCTURE 1:11

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Important things you need
to know
This product is used to relieve
the symptoms of cold and flu.

Echinaforce¬ģForte
Cold & Flu tablets

Don't take this product if you
are allergic to peanut, soya,
lactose or any of the other
ingredients in this product.
Before you take this product:
read section 2.
Dosage instructions: see
section 3.
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
section 4.
Now read the rest of this leaflet
carefully. Keep this leaflet. You
may need to read it again.

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Do's & Don'ts

Information
1. What this product
is for

2. Before you take
this product

Echinaforce Forte is a traditional
herbal medicinal product used to
relieve the symptoms of:

Do not take this product

Cold
Flu
This is based on traditional use
only.

If you are under 12 years of age.
If you are allergic to
Echinacea or plants of
the daisy (Asteraceae/
Compositae) family.
Echinacea is a member of
the daisy family.
Peanut or soya. This
product contains soya
polysaccharide.
If you have been told by
your doctor that you have
an intolerance to products
containing lactose. This product
contains lactose.
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 suffer from
TB (the infection
tuberculosis)
Sarcoidosis (a connective
tissue disease disorder
which causes the
formation of clumps of
cells mainly in the lymph
nodes, lungs and liver)
An autoimmune disease
such as collagenoses
(inflammation of the
connective tissue) or
multiple sclerosis
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
cancer)
If you are having treatment
to reduce the response
of your immune system
(immunosuppression) e.g.
chemotherapy, radiotherapy.
If you are taking ciclosporin
or methotrexate, or any other
immunosuppressant medicine.

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If you have had an organ or bone
marrow transplant.

Using

3. How to take this
product
Adults, elderly and children
over 12 years: 1 tablet two to
three times daily.
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
product
Don't worry about the missed
dose. Take the next dose as
usual.

If you feel this product isn't
working
Stop taking this product and see
your doctor:
If you have a high temperature
(fever)
If your symptoms worsen or if
you don't feel an improvement
within 10 days
Adverse events not mentioned
in the patient information
leaflet occur

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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
encephalitis)

Side effects

Painful lumps on the shins
(erythema nodosum)

Allergic reactions
If you already suffer from allergies
you may be more likely to get
them. Allergic reactions which may
occur are:
Skin rash
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 membranes (StevensJohnson syndrome)

Low blood platelet count
(immunothrombocytopenia)

5. How to store this
product
Keep out of the reach and sight
of children.
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 3 months of opening.

Destruction of blood cells by
antibodies (Evans Syndrome)

This product does not require any
special storage conditions.

Dryness in the mouth and eyes
with renal tubular dysfunction
(Sjögren Syndrome)

Do not use this product if you
notice a change in appearance.
The tablets should be greenish in
colour.

A decrease in the number of white
blood cells (leucopenia) may occur
in long-term use (more than 8
weeks).

Difficulty in breathing
(bronchospasm with
obstruction)

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.

Asthma or anaphylactic shock
(a life-threatening allergic
reaction)

If you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.

Stop taking this product
immediately if any of these occur.
Seek medical advice and take this
leaflet with you.

What this product looks like
and the contents of the pack
The tablets are round and greenish
in colour. This product is available
in packs containing 30, 40 and 120
tablets. Not all pack sizes may be
marketed.

Traditional Herbal
Registration Holder and
Manufacturer
Traditional Registration Holder
and Batch Release:
Bioforce (UK) Ltd,
2 Brewster Place,
Irvine, Ayrshire, UK
KA11 5DD

6. Further Information

Manufacturer:
Bioforce AG, CH-9325, Roggwil
Switzerland

What this product contains

THR No. 13668/0013

1 tablet contains 1,140 mg of extract
(as dry extract) from fresh Echinacea
purpurea (L.) Moench herb (1:12)
and 60 mg of extract (as dry extract)
from fresh Echinacea purpurea
(L.) Moench root (1:11). Extraction
solvent: ethanol 65% v/v.

This leaflet was approved on 06/2009

The other ingredients used for the
tablet are lactose, pregelatinised
starch, magnesium stearate and
soya polysaccharide.

Certification Mark

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 Echinaforce Forte.

You should also know
Bioforce runs a helpline by phone
and email which can provide you
with further information.
Email: enquiries@avogel.co.uk
Phone: 0845 608 5858
You can help to make medicines
safer by reporting any side effects to
the Yellow Card Scheme at
www.yellowcard.gov.uk.
Alternatively you can get a paper
Yellow Card form from your doctor's
surgery or pharmacy, or call
freephone 0808 100 3352 (available
10am-2pm Monday-Friday).

You can get a larger
print or audio version
of this leaflet.
Call this number:
0845 608 5858.

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4. Possible side
effects

Information

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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