MULTI-ACTION ACTIFED CHESTY COUGHS
Active substance(s): GUAIFENESIN / PSEUDOEPHEDRINE HYDROCHLORIDE / TRIPROLIDINE HYDROCHLORIDE
guaifenesin, pseudoephedrine, triprolidine
2 Before taking this
This medicine is suitable for most adults and children
aged 12 years and over but a few people should not use it.
If you are in any doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use this medicine…
This medicine is used to relieve the symptoms of colds
and flu including runny nose, watery eyes, nasal
congestion, blocked sinuses and a chesty cough.
■ This medicine is for use by adults and children aged
12 years and over.
■ Do not use this medicine:
■ There are some people who should not use this
medicine. To find out if you are one of them See
Section 2 c
■ If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of the
ingredients. For the list of ingredients See Section 6 c
■ Speak to your doctor:
■ If you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned in
Section 2. See Section 2 c
■ If you are taking any other medicines. See Section 2 c
■ Follow the dosage instructions carefully.
These are shown in the table. See Section 3 c
Now read this whole leaflet carefully before
you use this medicine. Keep the leaflet: you might
need it again.
1 What the medicine is for
Multi-Action Actifed Chesty Coughs is a medicine which
is used to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu including
runny nose, watery eyes, nasal congestion, blocked
sinuses and a chesty cough. The liquid contains
pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, which is a decongestant
that relieves nasal and sinus congestion, triprolidine
hydrochloride which is an antihistamine that helps stop
sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes and guaifenesin,
which is an expectorant that helps to loosen the mucus
in your throat and chest.
This medicine is for use in adults and children aged
12 years and over.
If you have very high blood pressure or
severe heart disease.
■ If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of the
ingredients or acrivastine (used to treat allergies and
■ If you are taking, or have taken in the last two
weeks, drugs for depression known as
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs).
■ If you are taking any other cough and cold
■ For children under 12 years old.
If any of these apply to you, get advice from
a doctor or pharmacist without taking
Multi-Action Actifed Chesty Coughs.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist…
If you have liver or kidney problems.
■ If you have high blood pressure or heart
■ If you have diabetes or have been diagnosed
with an intolerance to some sugars.
■ If you have had a cough for a few weeks, or a
cough which brings up any blood or a lot of
mucus that may be caused by asthma or other
serious breathing difficulties.
■ If you are taking alcohol.
■ If you have an overactive thyroid gland.
■ If you have glaucoma (increased pressure in
■ If you have prostate problems (difficulty with
passing water or needing to pass water often).
■ If you are taking any other medicines, including:
■ Sedatives (drugs used to treat anxiety and
■ Antihypertensives (drugs used to treat high
blood pressure such as guanethidine,
methyldopa, alpha and beta blockers,
debrisoquine, bretylium and betanidine).
Sympathomimetic drugs (stimulants or appetite
suppressants and drugs used to treat
congestion and asthma).
■ Tricyclic antidepressants (used to treat
If you are not sure about any of the medicines
you are taking, show the bottle or pack to
If any of these bullet points apply to you now or
in the past, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking this medicine if you are pregnant
Special warnings about this
This medicine may cause drowsiness. If
affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Avoid alcoholic drink.
Some of the ingredients can cause
Each 5 ml of this medicine contains 2.5 g
of sucrose. This should be taken into account
in patients with diabetes mellitus. If you have
been told by your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking this medicine.
■ This medicine contains 7% v/v ethanol
(alcohol), which is up to 270 mg per 5 ml,
equal to 7 ml beer or 3 ml wine per 5 ml.
This can be harmful for those suffering from
alcoholism. The ethanol content should be
taken into account in pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and high-risk groups
such as patients with liver disease and epilepsy.
■ Methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218) may cause
allergic reactions such as skin rash; this may
happen after a few days.
■ The colouring in this medicine may cause
turn over c
3 How to take this
Check the table below to see how
much medicine to take.
For oral use only.
Always shake the bottle thoroughly before use.
■ Do not use more than the stated dose shown in
■ Do not overfill the spoon.
There is a double-ended
spoon in the pack.
Children under 12 years old
Do not give this medicine to children under 12
Adults and children aged 12 years
children aged 12
years and over
Two large 5 ml spoonfuls
every 4 - 6 hours, up to
4 times a day
Leave at least 4 hours between doses.
Do not give more than 4 doses in 24 hours.
■ If symptoms persist talk to your doctor.
If anyone has too much
If anyone has too much contact a doctor or your
nearest Accident and Emergency Department
(Casualty) taking this leaflet and pack with you.
If you forget to take the medicine
If you forget to take a dose, take the next dose
when needed provided that the last dose was
taken at least 4 hours ago. Do not take a double
4 Possible side-effects
6 Further information
Multi-Action Actifed Chesty Coughs can have sideeffects, like all medicines, although these don't affect
everyone and are usually mild.
What’s in this medicine?
If you experience any of the following,
stop taking this medicine and talk to
A few people have had hallucinations, but this is rare.
Occasionally people get skin rashes that are
■ A few people may find their heartbeat increased.
■ A few men, especially those with prostate problems,
may have trouble passing water.
Other effects which may occur include:
Restlessness, having trouble getting to sleep or bad
■ Dry mouth, nose or throat.
If you experience any side-effects not included in this
leaflet or are not sure about anything, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.
5 Storing this medicine
The active ingredients in Multi-Action Actifed
Chesty Coughs are: Guaifenesin 100 mg,
pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 30 mg and
triprolidine hydrochloride 1.25 mg in each 5 ml
Other ingredients are:
Sorbitol solution, sucrose, sodium benzoate (E211),
methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218), sunset yellow (E110),
alcohol, flavouring FC 900853, menthol and purified
What the medicine looks like
Multi-Action Actifed Chesty Coughs is a clear
orange liquid available in 100 ml bottles.
Product Licence holder: McNeil Products Ltd,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3UG, UK.
Manufacturer: Famar Orléans,
5 avenue de Concyr, 45071 Orléans, Cedex 2,
This leaflet was revised January 2010.
Actifed is a registered trade mark.
Store below 25°C.
Do not keep in the fridge.
Keep the product out of the reach and sight of children.
Keep the container in the outer carton and protect
Do not use after the end of the month shown as an
expiry date on the packaging.
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.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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