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ECHINAFORCE HOT DRINK COLD & FLU ECHINACEA CONCENTRATE FOR ORAL SOLUTION

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

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Echinaforce
Hot Drink
Cold & Flu

Echinacea concentrate
for oral solution

Information
Important things you need
to know
This product is used to relieve
the symptoms of cold and flu.
Don't take this product if you
are allergic to Echinacea or
any of the other ingredients of
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.

1. What Echinaforce Hot
Drink Concentrate is
and what it is used for
Echinaforce Hot Drink Concentrate
is a traditional herbal medicinal
product used to relieve the
symptoms of cold and flu. This is
based on traditional use only.
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Do's and Don'ts
2. What you need to
know before you take
Echinaforce Hot Drink
Concentrate
Do not take Echinaforce
Hot Drink Concentrate
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.
Any of the other ingredients
of this product (listed in
section 6).
If you have a tendency to
allergies such as hives, allergic
eczema or asthma see your
doctor before taking this
product. It may not be suitable
for you.

Using

If you have had an organ or
bone marrow transplant.
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)

3. How to take
Echinaforce Hot Drink
Concentrate
To be made into a hot drink by
diluting in hot water before use.

An autoimmune disease
such as collagenoses
(inflammation of the
connective tissue) or multiple
sclerosis

1. Fill the 5 ml measuring spoon
provided with the product.

HIV, AIDS or any other
condition which decreases
your resistance to infection

3. Add hot water and stir.

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 pregnant or breastfeeding.

Echinaforce Hot Drink
Concentrate contains sucrose
and ethanol

If you are having treatment
to reduce the response
of your immune system
(immunosuppression) e.g.
chemotherapy, radiotherapy.

If you have been told by
your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars, talk
to your doctor before taking this
product.

If you are taking ciclosporin
or methotrexate, or any other
immunosuppressant medicine.

This product contains small
amounts of ethanol (alcohol),
less than 100 mg per dose.

1.

2.

3.

2. Pour the contents of the spoon
into a cup.

Recommended dose
Adults and children over 12 years:
Days 1 to 3: Take 5 ml diluted in
hot water five times daily.
Days 4 to 10: Take 5 ml diluted in
hot water three times daily.

If you take more Echinaforce
Hot Drink Concentrate than
you should
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
Echinaforce Hot Drink
Concentrate
Do not worry about a missed
dose. Take the next dose as
usual.

If you feel Echinaforce Hot
Drink Concentrate is not
working
Stop taking this product and see
your doctor:
If you have a high temperature
(fever).

Start taking this product at the first
signs of a cold.

If your symptoms worsen or if
you do not feel an improvement
within 10 days.

For oral use only. Do not take more
than the recommended dose.

Side effects not mentioned in
this leaflet occur.

Do not take this product for a cold
or flu for more than 10 days.

If you have any further questions
on the use of this product ask your
doctor or pharmacist.

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Side effects
Like all medicines, this product can
cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.

Side effects
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 spots (hives)
These are often short-lived and
should go away by themselves.
However if they are troubling
you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist.
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)
Difficulty in breathing
(bronchospasm with obstruction)
Asthma or anaphylactic shock (a
life-threatening allergic reaction)

There have been isolated reports
suggesting an association
between Echinacea products and
autoimmune diseases 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).

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk
to your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed 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.

5. How to store
Echinaforce Hot Drink
Concentrate
Keep this product out of the
sight and reach of children.
Do not use this product after the
expiry date which is stated on
the label and carton. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that
month.
Store below 25˚C.
Use within 1 month of opening.
After opening, store in the
refrigerator (below 8˚C).
Do not use this product if you
notice a change in appearance.
The oral solution should be dark
red to dark violet in colour.

The other ingredients used
are sucrose, purified water,
concentrated elderberry juice,
citric acid monohydrate, modified
starch, medium-chain triglycerides,
potassium sorbate and ethanol.

What Echinaforce Hot Drink
Concentrate looks like and
contents of the pack
Echinaforce Hot Drink Concentrate
is a dark red to dark violet viscous
liquid. It is available in 100 ml
bottles.

Traditional Herbal
Registration Holder and
Manufacturer

The frequency of the above side
effects is not known. This means
it is not known how often these
reactions occur as there have not
been enough reports to allow this
information to be calculated.

6. Contents of the pack
and other information

Traditional Registration Holder
and Batch Release:
Bioforce (UK) Ltd,
2 Brewster Place,
Irvine, Ayrshire, KA11 5DD - UK
Tel: 01294 277344
enquiries@avogel.co.uk

What Echinaforce Hot Drink
Concentrate contains

Manufacturer:
Bioforce AG, CH-9325, Roggwil
Switzerland

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

5 ml of concentrate contains
1,140 mg of extract (as tincture)
of fresh Echinacea purpurea (L.)
Moench herb (1:12-13) and 60 mg
of extract (as tincture) of fresh
Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench
root (1:11-12). Extraction solvent:
Ethanol 65% V/V.

THR 13668/0031

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

Certification Mark
This leaflet was revised on 04/2016.

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 Hot Drink
Concentrate.

You should also know
Bioforce runs a helpline by phone
and email which can provide you
with further information.
E-mail: enquiries@avogel.co.uk
Phone: 0845 608 5858

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

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