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GNC LIVE WELL ECHINACEA COLD AND FLU CAPSULES

Active substance(s): ECHINACEA PURPUREA RADIX DRY EXTRACT

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Echinacea Cold and Flu Capsules
Echinacea purpurea Root Extract 140mg
Important notes
u Please read this leaflet carefully before you use
this product as it contains important information
u Keep this leaflet; you may need to read it again
u Seek professional advice if you need more
information
u Please tell a Doctor or a qualified Healthcare
Practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not
improve after 10 days of taking this product
u Please tell a Doctor or a qualified Healthcare
Practitioner if you suffer from side effects not
listed in this leaflet or if any of the side effects
become serious
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What this product is and what it is used for
Before you take this product
How to take this product
Possible side effects
How to store this product
Further information

1 - What this product is and what
it is used for

u Connective tissue disease with formation of
clumps of cells (sarcoidosis) mainly occurring in
the lymph nodes, lungs and liver
u Auto-immune diseases such as inflammation of
the connective tissue (collagenosis) or multiple
sclerosis
u Conditions which decrease your natural response
to infection (e.g. HIV infection or AIDS)
u Blood disorders involving the white blood cell
system such as low white cell count due to bone
marrow disorders (agranulocytosis) or blood cell
cancer (leukemias)
Or if you are:
u Already taking immunosuppressant medication
such as ciclosporin or methotrexate
u On therapy to reduce your natural response to
infection (immunosuppression e.g.
chemotheraphy or radiotherapy for cancer;
history of organ or bone marrow transplant)
Take special care with this product:
u If there is a family history of allergic reactions
because Echinacea can trigger auto-immune diseases
Taking other medicines:
u Please tell your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are
taking medicines obtained without a prescription
Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
Do not take this product if you are pregnant or
breastfeeding, because there is no evidence that it is
safe to do so.
3 - How to take this product

GNC Live Well Echinacea capsules are a traditional
herbal medicinal product used to relieve the
symptoms of the common cold and influenza type
infections. This is based on traditional use only.

For oral use only.
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years:
Take 1 capsule twice daily. Swallow the whole capsule
with water. Start at the first sign of common cold.
Do not exceed the stated dose.

2 - Before you take this product

If you take too much of the product (overdose):
speak to a Doctor or a qualified Healthcare
Practitioner as soon as possible and take this leaflet
and bottle with you.

This product is not suitable if you are under 12
years of age.
Do not take this product if you are allergic to:
u Echinacea or products from the same plant
family: (Asteraceae/Compositae) such as daisies,
marigolds or artichokes
u Any of the ingredients of this product (see
section 6 of this leaflet for further information)
Or if you suffer from:
u Frequent allergic reactions such as hives
(urticaria), eczema, asthma
u The infection: tuberculosis

If you forget to take this product: Do not take a
double dose to make up for the missed dose(s).
Continue to take your usual dose at the usual time.
It does not matter if you have missed a dose.
Duration of use: Do not use this product for more
than 10 days. If symptoms worsen or if high fever
occurs whilst taking the product or if symptoms
persist for more than 10 days, a Doctor or a qualified
Healthcare Practitioner should be consulted.

More information on back panel

4 - Possible side effects

6 - Further information

Like all medicines, this product can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them. The
frequency of the side effects is not known. The
possible side effects include:·
u Allergic reactions such as swelling, hives or
rashes
u Swelling of the skin due to fluid
u Swelling of the facial area (Quinke’s oedema)
u Shrinking of the airways of the lungs with
obstruction (bronchospasm)
u Asthma and life threatening reactions
(anaphylactic shock)

Each hard capsule contains 140mg of extract (as
dry extract) from Echinacea purpurea root
(equivalent to 838mg-1117mg of Echinacea
purpurea (L.) Moench, root).
Extraction solvent: Ethanol 75% v/v.
This product also contains the following inactive
(excipient) ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose,
Magnesium stearate, Silica colloidal hydrated.
Excipients in the extract: Maltodextrin, Silica
colloidal anhydrous.
Capsule shell: Hypromellose.
Each bottle contains 30, 60 or 100 clear two piece
capsules with grey/brown powder.

Echinacea can trigger allergic reactions in
patients who have a tendency to allergic
reactions. Stop taking the product immediately if
you experience any allergic reaction.
Association with auto-immune diseases has been
reported such as:
u Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
(disseminated encephalitis)
u Painful lumps on the shins (erythema
nodosum)
u Low blood platelet count
(immunothrombocytopenia)
u Destruction of blood cells by antibodies
(Evans Syndrome)
u Dryness in the mouth and eye with kidney
tubular dysfunction (Sjogren Syndrome)
A decrease in the number of white blood cells
(leucopenia) may occur in long term use (more
than 8 weeks).
If you are concerned about any side effect
becoming serious, or if you notice a side effect not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your Doctor or a
qualified Healthcare Practitioner.
5 - How to store this product
u Keep the capsules in the bottle until it is
time to take them
u Do not take the capsules after the expiry
date (see outer label)
u Do not store above 25ºC
u Store in the original packaging
u Keep the bottle tightly closed
u Keep the capsules out of sight and reach of
children

THR 21710/0006
Traditional Herbal Registration Holder
NBTY Europe Limited
Samuel Ryder House
Barling Way
Nuneaton
Warwickshire, CV10 7RH
United Kingdom
Manufacturer
NBTY Europe Limited
Vitality House
Sixth Avenue
Centrum 100
Burton-on-Trent
Staffordshire, DE14 2WP
United Kingdom
If you would like further information about
this product, please contact:
NBTY Europe Limited
Regulatory Services Department
Samuel Ryder House
Barling Way
Nuneaton
Warwickshire, CV10 7RH
United Kingdom
Is this leaflet hard to see or read? Contact us on:
Telephone: +44 (0) 2476 215 400
Fax: +44 (0) 2476 215 452
Email: customerservices@NBTYeurope.com
You can help to make medicines safer by reporting any
side effects to the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
Alternatively you can get a paper Yellow Card form
from your GP’s surgery or pharmacy,
or call freephone 0808 100 3352
This leaflet was prepared on: 26/08/2011
BM511-000 00A I38093-000

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