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HOLLAND & BARRETT ECHIFLU ECHINACEA CAPSULES

Active substance(s): PRESSED JUICE OF PURPLE CONEFLOWER / PRESSED JUICE OF PURPLE CONEFLOWER / PRESSED JUICE OF PURPLE CONEFLOWER

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101697 EchinaCold

5: How to store this product
Do not use your capsules after the expiry date.
Return any out-of-date capsules to your pharmacist who will dispose of them for you.
The expiry date is printed on the box and the blister pack.
Store the capsules in a cool dry place.
Do not store the capsules in a place where the temperature goes above 25oC.

Keep your capsules in the blister pack until it is time to take them.

Dried juice of Echinacea purpurea herb

Keep this leaflet with the capsules.
You may want to read it again or show it to your doctor, pharmacist or qualified
healthcare practitioner.

6: Further information
Each soft capsule contains 176 mg of dried pressed juice from fresh flowering
Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb (20-28:1)(equivalent to 3520-4928 mg of fresh
flowering Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb), which is the active ingredient.
This product also contains the following ingredients:
Herbal preparation: Maltodextrin, precipitated silicon dioxide, citric acid monohydrate.
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 E E131, purified water.
Each pack contains 30 soft capsules.

What is in this leaflet
1: What this product is and what it is used for..........................................page 1
2: Before you take this product ................................................................page 2
3: How to take this product ......................................................................page 2
4: Possible side-effects ............................................................................page 3
5: How to store this product ......................................................................page 4
6: Further information ..............................................................................page 4

Registration holder and manufacturer for this product
Swiss Caps GmbH, Grassingerstrasse 9, D-83043 Bad Aibling, Germany

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

Certification Mark. Traditional herbal registration number: THR 18397/0003

This product is a traditional herbal medicinal product containing Echinacea purpurea herb.
Each capsule of this product contains 176 mg of dried pressed juice from fresh flowering
Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb (20-28:1)(equivalent to 3520-4928 mg of fresh
flowering Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench herb), which is the active ingredient.

If you would like further information on this product, please contact:
Goldshield Limited (Reg No: 3561477)
No.1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 0XT
Telephone: 080 8168 0712. Email: info@goldshield.co.uk

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Echinacea Cold Relief ® soft capsules
Please read this leaflet carefully before you start taking these capsules.
It contains some important information about this product.

Keep the capsules out of the reach and sight of children.

This leaflet was prepared in March 2011

Patient Information Leaflet

101697

Goldshield Echinacea Cold Relief is a traditional herbal medicinal product used
to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections.
This usage is based on traditional use only.
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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 fructose-intolerant (react badly to some sugars)
● are pregnant or breastfeeding
● suffer from the infection tuberculosis
● suffer from connective tissue disease such as sarcoidosis
● suffer from autoimmune diseases such as inflammation of the
connective tissue (collagenoses) or multiple sclerosis
● suffer from conditions which reduce your immunity to infection such as HIV
● are on therapy which reduces your resistance to infection such as cancer
drug treatment or radiotherapy, history of organ or bone marrow transplant
● suffer from blood disorders involving the white blood cells count due
to bone marrow disorders (agranulocytosis) or leukaemia
● are taking immunosuppressant medicines such as ciclosporin or methotrexate


TAKE SPECIAL CARE with this product
● Do not exceed the stated dose
● If you are prone to allergies, there is a risk of developing serious allergic reactions to
Echinacea e.g. Anaphylactic reactions
● Taking Echinacea containing products may trigger autoimmune diseases

3: How to take this product
Adults, elderly and children over 12
Take 1-2 capsules daily. Swallow them whole with some water or other liquid.
Start taking at the first sign of a cold or flu. Do not take for longer than 10 days.
Do not give this product to children under 12 years old.
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.
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If you forget to take this product
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. It doesn’t matter if you miss a dose.
If you have any questions, or are unsure about anything, please ask your doctor,
pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner.

4: Possible side-effects
Like all medicines, this product can have side-effects, although not everyone gets them.
Stop taking this product and check with your doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare
practitioner if any of the following side-effects occur:
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 (Sjögren Syndrome)
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.
After taking this product
You must see your doctor or a qualified healthcare practitioner if your symptoms
worsen, if you experience a high fever or your symptoms persist after 10 days.
If any of these side-effects become troublesome, or if you notice side-effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner.
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).

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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