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MAXIMUM FLU STRENGTH CAPLETS

Active substance(s): CAFFEINE / PARACETAMOL / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE / CAFFEINE / PARACETAMOL / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Package Leaflet: Information for the user
Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
Paracetamol, Caffeine and Phenylephrine hydrochloride
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to take Maximum Flu

Strength Caplets to get the best results from them.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist or nurse has told you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
- You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse after 3 days.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Maximum Flu Strength Caplets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
3. How to take Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Maximum Flu Strength Caplets are and what they are used for
The name of your medicine is Maximum Flu Strength Caplets. These caplets contain a combination of
Paracetamol (a painkiller), caffeine (a mild stimulant) and phenylephrine hydrochloride (a
decongestant).
Maximum Flu Strength Caplets are used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and flu;
including fever, aches and pains, headaches, tiredness and drowsiness, nasal congestion (blocked nose
and sinus) and reducing temperatures.
2. What you need to know before you take Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
Do not take Maximum Flu Strength Caplets if you:
• are allergic to paracetamol, caffeine, phenylephrine hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients of
this medicine (listed in section 6)
• are hypersusceptible to phenylephrine
• have had ulcers of the stomach or small intestine (peptic ulcer disease)
• have an overactive thyroid
• have swelling of blood vessels (aneurysms) or narrowing of blood vessels
• suffer from heart disease, including high blood pressure
• suffer from a tumour called a phaeochromocytoma
• suffer from an enlarged prostate
• suffer from diabetes
• suffer from an eye condition called closed angle glaucoma
• are taking sympathomimetic decongestants
• are taking beta blockers (used to treat high blood pressure)

• are taking tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. imipramine or amitriptyline) or if you are taking or have
taken within the last two weeks monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (e.g. moclobemide)
prescribed for depression.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Maximum Flu Strength Caplets if you:
• suffer from kidney disease or liver disease, particularly if caused by alcohol
• suffer from alcoholism
• suffer from asthma, particularly if your asthma is worsened by aspirin
• have a blood vessel disease such as Raynaud’s Phenomenon
• have heart or circulation disease
This medicine contains paracetamol; do not take with any other paracetamol-containing
products at the same time.
Other medicines and Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. The following medicines can affect
or be affected by Maximum Flu Strength Caplets:
• medicines used to treat bacterial infections (e.g. quinolone antibiotics such as isoniazid, enoxacin,
pipemidic acid and ciprofloxacin used to treat tuberculosis)
• medicines used to treat epilepsy (fits) (e.g. carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primodone and
lamotrigine)
• medicines used to treat depression (e.g. fluvoxamine, tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline
or imipramine, reversible inhibitors of monoamine oxidase (RIMAs ) such as moclobemide and
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or if you have taken MAOIs within the past 14 days)
• digoxin (used to treat heart disease) and cardiac glycosides (used to treat heart failure)
• metoclopramide and domperidone (used to treat sickness and nausea)
• oral contraceptives (“The Pill”, mini-pill), hormonal implants and HRT
• warfarin and other coumarin medicines (used to thin the blood)
• probenecid (used to treat gout)
• diflunisal (an anti-inflammatory painkiller)
• colestyramine (used to treat high cholesterol and in diseases of the intestine and liver)
• benzodiazepine medicines (sedatives e.g. diazepam)
• disulfiram (used to treat alcoholism)
• lithium (used to treat manic depression/bipolar disorder)
• mexiletine (used to treat abnormal heart rhythms)
• phenylpropanolamine (a decongestant)
• theophylline (used in the treatment of asthma)
• alpha-blockers (used in high blood pressure and problems associated with enlarged prostate)
• beta-blockers (used to treat high blood pressure)
• medicines used to decrease appetite
• amphetamine-like psychostimulants also known as ‘uppers’ or ‘speed’
• atropine (used in anaesthesia or to increase the heart rate)
• ergot alkaloids (used in the treatment of migraines e.g. ergotamine and methysergide)
• oxytocin (used to induce childbirth)
• sympathomimetics (used to maintain blood pressure in critically ill patients).
• intravenous busulfan (used in chemotherapy to treat cancer)
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines

It is possible that Maximum Flu Strength Caplets may cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate
machinery if affected.
Maximum Flu Strength Caplets with alcohol
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine
Important information about some of the ingredients in Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
This medicine contains ethylhydroxybenzoate, methylhydroxybenzoate and propylhydroxybenzoate
all of which may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
3. How to take Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist or nurse
has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure. Swallow tablets
whole with a glass of water. Do not chew.
Adults and children 16 years and over: 1 to 2 tablets every 4-6 hours. Do not take more than 8
tablets in 24 hours.
Children 12 – 15 years: One tablet every 4 – 6 hours when necessary to a maximum of 4 doses in 24
hours.
Children under 12 years of age: Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not take for more than 3 days without consulting a doctor.
If you take more Maximum Flu Strength Caplets than you should
If you (or anybody else, including a child) takes more Maximum Flu
Strength Caplets than you should, immediate medical advice should be sought even if you feel well,
because of the risk of delayed serious liver damage. You should contact your nearest hospital casualty
department or your doctor immediately. Always take the container and this leaflet with you.
If you forget to take Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
If you forget a dose, take another as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose,
then do not take the missed dose at all. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Maximum Flu Strength Caplets can cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.
As can happen with any medicine, a few people may develop side effects. If you experience any of
the following, stop taking Maximum Flu Strength Caplets:
• rash, itching and/or difficulty breathing
• rapid swelling of the skin tissue, skin disorder caused by a reaction to drugs
• liver failure
• nervousness, diarrhoea
• abnormally rapid heart rate
• sudden increase in pressure inside the eye, dilation of the pupil of the eye
Side effects that have been reported with Maximum Flu Strength Caplets are:
• worsening of asthma
• anxiety • sleep disturbance or insomnia • restlessness
• excitability • hallucinations • high blood pressure
• irritability • palpitations • nausea or vomiting

• headache • changes in blood cells
• dizziness • problems passing water (this is more likely to occur in men with an enlarged prostate
gland)
The use of this medicine over a long time can cause kidney problems.
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 Maximum Flu Strength Caplets
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
• Maximum Flu Strength Caplets should be stored in a dry place below 25°C
• Store in the original container to protect from light; do not transfer to another container
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Maximum Flu Strength Caplets contain
The active ingredients are: paracetamol 500mg, caffeine 25mg and phenylephrine hydrochloride 6mg.
The other ingredients are: povidone, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, steric acid, talc, colloidal
silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, nipasept (containing ethylhydroxybenzoate (E214),
methylhydroxybenzoate (E218), propylhydroxybenzoate (E216)).
What Maximum Flu Strength Caplets look like and the contents of the pack
Maximum Flu Strength Caplets are white, coated, capsule shaped tablets.
Maximum Flu Strength Caplets are available on general sale in blister packs and
polypropylene/polyethylene containers in pack sizes of 12 and 16 caplets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Wockhardt UK Limited, Ash Road North, Wrexham LL13 9UF,
UK.
Manufacturer: CP Pharmaceuticals Limited, Ash Road North, Wrexham LL13 9UF, UK.
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Product name
Maximum Flu Strength Caplets

Reference number
29831/0170

This is a service provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
This leaflet was last revised in 11/2016

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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