GOLDSHIELD ECHINACEA COLD RELIEF SOFT CAPSULES
Active substance(s): PRESSED JUICE OF PURPLE CONEFLOWER
Healthspan EchinaceaCold & Flu Relief
6: Further information
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.
Dried Juice of Echinacea purpurea Herb 176mg
Each soft capsule of this product contains 176mg of dried pressed juice from
fresh flowering Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb (20-28:1) (equivalent to
3,520mg-4,925mg of fresh flowering Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb).
Reporting of side-effects
If you get any side-effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or qualified
healthcare practitioner. 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 or search for MHRA Yellow Card
in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side-effects you can
help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Please read this leaflet carefully before you start taking these capsules.
It contains some important information about Healthspan EchinaceaCold
& Flu Relief.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or qualified
healthcare practitioner. You must contact a qualified healthcare practitioner
if your symptoms worsen, if they do not improve after 10 days, if any of the
side-effects get serious, or if you notice any side-effects not listed in this leaflet.
Keep this leaflet with the capsules.
You may want to read it again or show it to your doctor, pharmacist or
qualified healthcare practitioner.
This product also contains the following ingredients:
Herbal preparation: Maltodextrin, precipitated silicon dioxide and citric
Soft capsule: Refined soya-bean oil, refined coconut oil, white beeswax,
rice starch, fractionated palm kernel oil, phospholipids from soya-beans,
succinylated gelatine, glycerol, non-crystallising sorbitol solution 70%,
titanium dioxide E171, ferric (II, III) oxide E172, quinoline yellow E104,
patent blue V E131 and purified water.
5: How to store this product
Do not use Healthspan Echinacea Cold & Flu Relief after the expiry date which
is stated on the blister. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
What Healthspan Echinacea Cold & Flu Relief looks like and contents
of the pack
There are no special storage requirements for this product.
Store in the original packaging.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Each pack contains 60 soft capsules.
What is in this leaflet
Registration holder and manufacturer of this product
Swiss Caps GmbH, Grassingerstraße 9 D-83043 Bad Aibling, Germany.
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.
Traditional herbal registration number: THR 18397/0003.
If you would like further information about
this product or if this leaflet is hard to see
or read, please contact: Healthspan Ltd,
PO Box 64, Guernsey, GY1 1BT.
Telephone: 0800 73 123 77.
1: What this product is and what it is used for
This leaflet was revised in March 2018.
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What this product is and what it is used for.............................................. page 1
Before you take this product...................................................................... page 2-3
How to take this product............................................................................. page 3-4
Possible side-effects...................................................................................... page 4-5
How to store this product............................................................................... page 5
Further information........................................................................................... page 6
This product is a traditional herbal medicinal product containing the juice of Echinacea
purpurea herb. Each soft capsule of this product contains 176mg of dried pressed juice
from fresh flowering Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb (20-28:1) (equivalent to
3,520mg-4,925mg of fresh flowering Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb).
This product is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the relief of
symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections, based on
traditional use only.
2: Before you take this product
Do not take this product if you:
• are allergic to any of the ingredients or to plants of the Asteraceae
(Compositae) family such as daisies, marigolds or artichokes (see section 6)
• have a tendency to allergies such as hives, allergic eczema or asthma
• are allergic to peanut or soya
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
• suffer from the infection tuberculosis
• suffer from connective tissue disease with formation of clumps of cells
(sarcoidosis), mainly occurring in the lymph nodes, lungs and liver
• suffer from autoimmune diseases such as inflammation of the
connective tissue (collagenoses) or multiple sclerosis
• suffer from conditions which decrease your resistance to infection
(e.g. HIV infection or AIDS) or
• are on therapy to reduce your natural response to infection
(immunosuppression e.g. chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer;
history of organ or bone marrow transplant)
• suffer from blood disorders involving the white blood cell system
such as low white blood cell count due to bone marrow disorders
(agranulocytosis) or blood cell cancer (leukemias)
• are under 12 years of age
• are taking immunosuppressant medicines such as ciclosporin
Take special care with Healthspan EchinaceaCold & Flu Relief.
Do not exceed the stated dose. You must contact your doctor or qualified
healthcare practitioner if:
• you have a high fever or your condition worsens
• symptoms persist for more than 10 days
• adverse effects not mentioned in the package leaflet occur
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Consult your doctor before taking this product
If you are prone to develop allergic reactions. Echinacea can trigger severe
and life threatening allergic reactions in patients who have a tendency to
If you take more Healthspan Echinacea Cold & Flu Relief than the
recommended dose and/or feel unwell, speak to a doctor, pharmacist or
qualified healthcare practitioner and take this leaflet with you.
If you forgot to take Healthspan Echinacea Cold & Flu Relief
Continue to take your usual dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose
to make up for forgotten doses.
This product contains sorbitol. If you have been told by your doctor that
you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking
If you have any questions, or are unsure about anything, please ask your
doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner.
Taking other medicines
Healthspan EchinaceaCold & Flu Relief must not be used together with
immunosuppressant medications such as ciclosporin and methotrexate.
Always remember to tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking
including those obtained without a prescription.
4: Possible side-effects
Healthspan Echinacea Cold & Flu Relief can cause side-effects, although not
everybody gets them. Stop taking Healthspan Echinacea Cold & Flu Relief and check
with your doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner immediately if any
of the following side-effects occur:
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
The safety of this product has not been sufficiently established in pregnant
and breastfeeding women. Do not take this product if you are pregnant
Driving and using machines
No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed.
3: How to take this product
You should speak to your doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner if
you are not sure if this product is suitable for you.
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years
Take one or two capsules daily.
This product is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Start taking at the first signs of common cold. Do not take Healthspan
EchinaceaCold & Flu Relief for more than 10 days.
If your symptoms worsen during the use of Healthspan Echinacea Cold &
Flu Relief or persist for more than 10 days, or if you experience a high fever,
you should speak to your doctor or a qualified healthcare practitioner.
Allergic (hypersensitive) reactions such as: rash, hives, inflammatory disorder
of the skin (Stevens-Johnson-Syndrome), swelling of the skin due to fluid,
swelling of the facial area (Quincke’s oedema), shrinking of the airways in the
lungs with obstruction (bronchospasm), asthma and life-threatening allergic
reactions (anaphylactic shock).
Echinacea can trigger allergic reactions in patients who have a tendency to
develop allergic conditions.
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
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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