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Active substance(s): ECHINACEA PURPUREA RADIX DRY EXTRACT

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ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea Tablets
Echinacea purpurea root extract 56mg

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

What is in this leaflet?
1. What ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea is and what it is used for
2. Before you take ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea
3. How to take ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea
6. Further information

1. What ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea is and what it is used for
What ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea is
This product is a traditional herbal medicinal product containing Echinacea purpurea root extract. Each film coated tablet contains
56mg of extract (as dry extract) from Echinacea purpurea root (equivalent to 338mg- 450mg of Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench,
root). Extraction Solvent: Ethanol 75% v/v.
What ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea is used for
ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and
influenza (flu) type infections based on traditional use only.
2. Before you take ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea
Do not take this product if you:
• Are pregnant or breastfeeding
• Are allergic to Echinacea or products from the same plant family: (Asteraceae/Compositae) such as daisies, marigolds
or artichokes or any of the other ingredients of this product (see section 6 further information).
• Are under the age of 12 years
• Suffer from frequent allergic reactions such as hives (urticaria) eczema, asthma
• Suffer from the infection tuberculosis
• Suffer from connective tissue disease with formation of clumps of cells (sarcoidosis), mainly occurring in the lymph nodes,
lungs or liver
• Suffer from autoimmune conditions such as inflammation of the connective tissue (collagenoses), or multiple sclerosis
• Suffer from conditions which decrease your resistance to infection (eg HIV or AIDS)
• Are undergoing therapy to decrease your natural response to infection eg chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer; history
of organ or bone marrow transplant
• Suffer from blood disorders involving the white blood count system such as low white blood cell count due to bone marrow
disorders (agranulocytosis) or blood cell cancers (leukaemia)
Take special care with this product:
• If there is a family history of allergic reactions, as it may trigger an autoimmune response.
Taking other medicines:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking any other medicines, including those obtained without a prescription or you
have any autoimmune conditions.
• Do not use this product if you are taking any immunosuppressant medication such as ciclosporin or methotrexate.
3. How to take ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea
Adults (over the age of 12 years) and the elderly:
Take 1-2 tablets twice a day. Start at the first signs of a common cold.
Swallow the tablet whole with some water or other liquid. Do not chew.
Do not take this medicine for more than 10 days. If your symptoms worsen, if high fever develops or if symptoms persist for more than
10 days, consult your doctor or qualified healthcare practitioner.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
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.
If you forget to take this product
Continue to take your usual dose at the usual time, it does not matter if you have missed a dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for
it.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this product can have side-effects. These are listed below:
• Allergic skin reactions like swelling, hives or rashes
• Swelling of the facial area (Quincke’s Oedema)
• Swelling of the skin due to fluid
• Shrinking of the airways in the lungs with obstruction (bronchospasm)
• Asthma and life threatening allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock)
Echinacea can trigger allergic reactions in people with a tendency to develop allergic conditions.
Stop taking this product immediately if you experience any allergic reaction.
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 (Sjorgen’s syndrome)
A decrease in the number of white blood cells (leucopenia) may occur in long term use (greater than 8 weeks).
If you experience any side effect not mentioned above, or any side effect mentioned above becomes serious, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.
5. How to store ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea
Do not use your tablets after the expiry date.
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. The expiry date is printed on the box and the blister.
Keep the tablets out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original packaging.
Keep your tablets in the packaging until it is time to take them.
6. Further information
Active ingredient: Each film coated tablet contains 56mg of extract (as dry extract) from Echinacea purpurea root (equivalent to
338mg-450mg of Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench, root). Extraction Solvent: Ethanol 75% v/v.
This product also contains the following ingredients:
Herbal extract: Maltodextrin, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica.
Tablet core: Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Croscarmellose Sodium, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica, Magnesium
Stearate, Stearic Acid.
Tablet coating: Hypromellose, Iron Oxide Red (172), Iron Oxide Black (E172), Titanium Dioxide (E171), Purified Talc.
What these tablets look like
ASDA Cold & Flu Echinacea tablets are pale pink circular biconvex film coated tablets. This product is blister packed and available in
30, 60, 90 pack sizes. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Registration holder for this product:
The Herbal Research Company Limited, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3XX
Traditional Herbal Registration Number: THR 02231/0001
Manufacturer of this product:
Honeywood Ltd., Edmonds Close, Denington Industrial Estate, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 2QY.
If you would like further information about this product please contact: Asda Stores Limited, Leeds, LS11 5AD
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 GP’s surgery or pharmacy, or call freephone 0808 100 3352 (available 10am-2pm
Monday-Friday).
For large print, Braille or audio version of this leaflet call 01932 854825.
This leaflet was last revised in December 2012.
Certification Mark

PHCA-PC154

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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