HEALTH ESSENTIALS MAX STRENGTH COLD & FLU RELIEF BLACKCURRANT FLAVOUR POWDER FOR ORAL SOLUTION
Active substance(s): PARACETAMOL / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE / PARACETAMOL / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE / PARACETAMOL / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Blackcurrant Flavour Powder For Oral Solution
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
take this medicine because it contains
important information you need to know.
This medicine is available without prescription,
however, you still need to use this product
carefully to get the best results from it. Keep this
leaflet as you may need to read it again. Ask your
pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
1. What is this medicine and what is
it used for?
This medicine contains:
• paracetamol which is a pain reliever (analgesic)
and helps reduce your temperature when you
have a fever
• phenylephrine which is a decongestant to
reduce swelling in the passages of the nose to
help you breathe more easily.
These sachets are used for the relief of the
symptoms of colds and flu, including headache,
aches and pains, sore throat, nasal congestion
(blocked nose) and feverishness (high temperature).
2. Is this medicine suitable for you?
Do not take this medicine if you:
• are allergic to paracetamol, phenylephrine or
any of the other ingredients
• have a serious heart condition
• have glaucoma
• have an over active thyroid gland
• have an enlarged prostate
• have diabetes
• have phaeochromocytoma
• have high blood pressure (hypertension)
Please see your doctor or pharmacist before
taking this medicine if you:
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
• suffer from kidney or liver problems, including
alcoholic liver disease
• have circulatory disorders such as a condition
called Raynaud’s Phenomenon, which results
from poor circulation in the fingers and toes
• have an intolerance to some sugars
• suffer with phenylketonuria, a rare, inherited
If you are taking any of the following
medicines please see your doctor:
• medicines to treat high cholesterol levels which
reduce the amount of fat in the blood such as
• medicines to control feeling sick or being sick
such as metoclopramide or domperidone
• medicines called anti-coagulants, which are
used to thin the blood such as warfarin or
other coumarins – you may take occasional
doses of paracetamol but should consult your
doctor if you need to take it on a regular basis
• barbiturates (for epilepsy or to help you sleep),
such as phenobarbitones
• tricyclic antidepressants such as imipramine,
• antidepressant drugs called monoamine
oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s) or have taken them
within the last 14 days – these are medicines
such as phenelzine and isocarboxacid
• medicines to lower blood pressure, treat heart
or circulatory problems such as beta blockers
(for example atenolol), vasodilators (for
example hydralazine) or cardiac glycosides (for
• other decongestant drugs such as ephedrine
Do not take anything else containing
paracetamol while taking this medicine.
Other important information:
Do not drink alcohol (beer, wine, spirits etc)
while taking this product.
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Information about some of the ingredients in
Contains 2.4 g of sucrose (sugar) per sachet.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicinal product. This should
be taken into account in patients with diabetes.
Contains aspartame (E951), a source of
phenylalanine equivalent to 30 mg per sachet.
May be harmful for people with phenylketonuria.
Each sachet contains 118 mg sodium.
To be taken into consideration by patients on a
controlled sodium diet.
3. How to take this medicine
Pour the contents of 1 sachet into a standard mug.
Fill the mug to below the brim with approximately
250 ml (8 fluid oz) of hot, but not boiling, water.
Stir until dissolved, and allow to cool to a
Adults, the elderly and children 12 years and
over: 1 sachet every 4 hours as required. Do not
take more than 4 sachets (4 doses) in any 24 hour
period. Leave at least 4 to 6 hours between doses.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not take more medicine than the label tells
you to. If you do not get better, talk to your doctor
Do not take for longer than 7 days, unless
your doctor agrees.
Talk to a doctor at once if you take too much
of this medicine even if you feel well. This is
because too much paracetamol can cause
delayed, serious liver damage. Go to your
nearest hospital casualty department. Take your
medicine and this leaflet with you.
4. Possible side effects
Most people do not have any side effects while
taking this medicine. However, if you experience
any of the following side effects, or anything else
unusual happens, stop taking the medicine
immediately, and see your doctor or pharmacist.
Rare side effects are:
• allergic reactions such as skin rash
• raised blood pressure
• changes in heart rate
• difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
• problems passing water
More rarely, the following side effects can
• you may become more prone to bleeding,
bruising, fever and infections, such as sore throat
and ulcers, due to changes in your blood.
Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have
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 your medicine
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
printed on the pack. Do not store above 25°C.
6. What is in this medicine?
Each 5 g sachet of purple powder, taken as a hot
blackcurrant drink, contains the active ingredients
paracetamol 1000 mg and phenylephrine
hydrochloride 12.2 mg.
The other ingredients are: sucrose, sodium citrate,
citric acid, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), acesulfame
potassium (E950), aspartame (E951), blackcurrant
flavour, carmoisine (E122) and brilliant blue (E133).
This product is available in pack sizes of 5 or 10
sachets, although not all may be marketed.
7. Who makes this medicine?
The Marketing Authorisation holder and
manufacturer is Wrafton Laboratories Limited,
Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, UK.
Text revised: March 2016.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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