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PARACETAMOL / CAFFEINE 500MG/65MG TABLETS

Active substance(s): CAFFEINE ANHYDROUS / PARACETAMOL DC 96%

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because
it contains important information for you. Always take this medicine exactly as
described in this leaflet as your pharmacist 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. This includes all the
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
• You must talk to a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve within 3 days
for fever and 5 days for pain.
What is in this leaflet
1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
2. What do you need to know before you take this medicine
3. How to take this medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store this medicine
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
The name of your medicine is Paracetamol / Caffeine 500 mg/65 mg Tablets. It is a
combination of two medicines called caffeine and paracetamol. The tablets contain two
active ingredients. Paracetamol is a pain reliever (analgesic) and helps to reduce your
temperature when you have a fever. Caffeine helps to increase the pain relief from
paracetamol and makes you more alert.
This medicine is for symptomatic treatment of mild to moderate pain and fever in
conditions such as headache, toothache and period pains.

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Important things you should know about this medicine
• Do not take this medicine with other paracetamol containing medicines.
• Excessive intake of caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea and some canned drinks) should be
avoided while taking this product.
• Consult your doctor if your headaches or other symptoms persist.
Do not take this medicine:
• if you are under 16 years of age.
• if you are allergic to paracetamol, caffeine or any of the other ingredients in your
medicine (listed in Section 6). Signs of an allergic reaction include a rash and
breathing problems. There can also be swelling of the legs, arms, face, throat or
tongue.
• if you are taking other paracetamol containing medicine.
Warnings and Precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine:
• If you suffer from kidney or liver problems (including Gilbert’s syndrome) as the dose
you need to take may need to be reduced
• If you have hepatitis
• If you suffer from Glucose-6-phosphate hydrogenase enzyme deficiency,
• If you suffer from haemolytic anaemia (a form of anaemia caused by a breakdown of
red blood cells)
• If you are an alcoholic or are recovering from alcoholism
• If you suffer from asthma and are sensitive to aspirin
• If you are dehydrated or suffer from chronic malnutrition
• If you have gout
• If you suffer from hyperthyroidism
• If you have arrhythmia.

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Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s prescription if you have alcohol problems or
a liver damage and do not use alcohol concomitantly while taking this medicine. The
effect of alcohol is not enhanced by the addition of this medicine.
Use in children
Do not give this medicine to children under 16 years of age.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken or might take any
other medicines.
While taking this medicine you should not take any other medicines which
contain paracetamol.
This includes some painkillers, cough and cold remedies. It also includes a wide range
of other medicines available from your doctor and more widely in shops.
Do not take this medicine, and tell your doctor, if you are taking
• Clozapine (used to treat e.g. schizophrenia)
• Beta-blockers such as atenolol, metoprolol, oxeprenolol or propranolol (used to treat
high blood pressure and heart conditions)
• Disulfiram (used in the treatment of alcoholism)
• Fluvoxamine, monoamine oxidase inhibitors and lithium (used to treat anxiety,
depression and other psychological conditions)
• Diazepam (used to treat anxiety or as a sedative)
• St John’s wort (used to treat mild forms of depression)
• Phenylpropanolamine and ephedrine (decongestants) or theophylline (for asthma)
• Other medicines containing paracetamol
• Colestyramine (used to treat high cholesterol levels and reduce the amount of fat in
the blood)
• Metoclopramide and domperidone (used to control feeling sick or being sick).
• Anticoagulants taken by mouth (used to prevent the blood from clotting)

• Dipyridamole (often used during hospital tests for heart conditions)
• Methoxsalen (used to treat the skin condition psoriasis)
• Carbamazapine, phenobarbitol, phenytoin, stiripentol and lamotrigine (used to treat
epilepsy)
• Levothyroxine (used to treat thyroid conditions)
• Pipermidic acid (used to treat infections)
• Probenecid (used to treat gout)
• Salicylamide (used to treat fever or mild pain)
• Isoniazid (used to treat tuberculosis)
• Zidovudine (used to treat HIV).
• Mexiletine (used to treat heart arrhythmias)
• Chloramphenicol, ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, enoxacin, rifampicin (antibiotics)
The results of tests on uric acid and blood sugar may be affected by paracetamol.
Taking with food, drinks and alcohol
This medicine contains caffeine, which is also found in tea, coffee, chocolate and some
fizzy drink such as cola. Taking too much caffeine can cause difficulty sleeping,
shaking or a thumping sensation in the chest (palpitations).
You should limit drinking tea, coffee, chocolate or fizzy drinks containing caffeine if
are taking this medicine. Do not drink alcohol whist taking this medication.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding.
The caffeine in this medicine may affect your child.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or operate machinery if you feel dizzy or drowsy after taking this medicine.

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Paracetamol / Caffeine 500 mg/65 mg Tablets

2. What you need to know before you take this medicine

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• Do not take with other paracetamol containing medicines.
• Avoid too much caffeine in drinks like coffee and tea. High caffeine intake
can cause difficulty in sleeping, shaking and an uncomfortable feeling in
the chest.
The recommended dose is:

If you forget to take this medicine
If you forget to take a dose at the right time, take it as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose
to make up for the forgotten dose. Remember to leave at least 4 hours between doses.

Dose and how often to take

Adults (16 years and over)

Two tablets up to four time daily. The dose should
not be repeated more frequently than every 4 hours.
Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.

Do not give this medicine to children under 16 years.
Do not take more medicine than the label tells you to. If you do not get better, talk
to your doctor. If fever persists for more than 3 days or pain for more than 5 days
or gets worse or other symptoms appear, stop taking this medicine and consult
a doctor.
Use in children
• Do not give to children under 16 years. of age.
If you take more of this medicine than you should
Talk to a doctor at once if you take too much of this medicine even if you feel well. This

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Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• Nervousness, dizziness

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them.
Taking a painkiller for headaches too often or for too long can make them worse.

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• Yellowing of skin or eyes, pale stools or upper abdominal pain (these may be signs
of liver problems)
• Unusual bruising, or infections such as sore throats – this may be a sign of very rare
changes in blood.

Stop taking this medicine and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if
you experience:
• Allergic reactions which may be severe such as skin rash and itching sometimes
with swelling of the mouth or face or shortness of breath.
• Allergic skin reactions (which can sometimes be severe and include peeling, blistering
and lesions of skin). Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported.
• Breathing problems: These are more likely if you have asthma or have experienced
them before when taking other painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
• Unexplained bruising and bleeding
• Nausea, sudden weight loss, loss of appetite and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
• Tremor, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, anxiety
• Headache, Fast or irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing
• Stomach upset.
Other side effects:
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• Other allergic reactions (e.g. skin rash)

If you have taken this medicine for a long time, you may get a headache, feel tired, or
feel sleepy for upto a week after you stop taking the tablets.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in the leaflet. You can also report side effects directly as below
In UK: via the Yellow Card Scheme website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
In Ireland: via the HPRA website: www.hpra.ie or email to:medsafety@hpra.ie. By
reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this
medicine.

5. How to store this medicine
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the packs. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
• Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask the
pharmacist how to throw away any medicines you no longer use. These measures
will help to protect the environment.

What this medicine contains
• Each tablet contains 500 mg Paracetamol and 65 mg of Caffeine.
• The other ingredients are Povidone K30, Povidone K90, Potato starch, Pregelatinised
maize starch, Purified Talc, Croscarmellose sodium, Stearic acid and Magnesium
stearate.
What these tablets look like and contents of the pack
• These tablets are white to off-white, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablets plain on both
sides.
• These tablets are packaged in blister packs comprising of white opaque PVC/PVdC
(20 micron/40gsm) and with backing of foil, which are placed in an outer carton along
with leaflet. These are available in the pack sizes of 4, 6, 12 and 16 tablets. Not all
pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Bristol Laboratories Ltd,
Unit 3, Canalside, Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted,
Herts HP4 1EG, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0044(0)1442200922
Fax:
0044(0)1442873717
Email:
info@bristol-labs.co.uk
This leaflet was last revised in July 2016
Paracetamol / Caffeine 500 mg/65 mg Tablets; PL 17907/0305
Paracetamol / Caffeine 500 mg/65 mg Tablets; PA 12407/009/001
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the licence holder at the address (or telephone, fax, email) above.

6. Contents of the pack and other information
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Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet as your doctor or
pharmacist have told you to. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

is because too much paracetamol can cause delayed, serious liver damage

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3. How to take this medicine

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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