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PINEWOOD MAX STRENGTH HEARTBURN RELIEF ORAL SUSPENSION SACHETS

Active substance(s): CALCIUM CARBONATE / SODIUM ALGINATE / SODIUM BICARBONATE

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Max Strength Heartburn Relief

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Pinewood Max Strength Heartburn Relief Oral Suspension
Pinewood Max Strength Heartburn Relief Oral Suspension Sachets
sodium alginate 1000 mg/10 ml, sodium bicarbonate 200 mg/10 ml, calcium carbonate 200 mg/10 ml

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to use the product
carefully to get the best results from it. You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen
or do not improve after seven days.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1.
What this medicine is and what it is used for
2.
Before you take this medicine
3.
How to take this medicine
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store this medicine
6.
Further information
1.
WHAT THIS MEDICINE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Max Strength Heartburn Relief belongs to a group of medicines called “reflux suppressants”.
Reflux is when the acid stomach contents flow back up the gullet (oesophagus) and this can
cause pain and discomfort known as heartburn or acid indigestion. This medicine contains the
active ingredients sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate which together
form a protective layer at the top of your stomach to stop reflux from happening. It can
therefore be taken to prevent and relieve the symptoms of acid reflux, including during
pregnancy.
2.
BEFORE YOU TAKE THIS MEDICINE
Do not take Max Strength Heartburn Relief if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients in this medicine, including the
esters of hydroxybenzoates (parabens) (see Section 6 and end of Section 2)
Take special care with Max Strength Heartburn Relief
You must tell your doctor or pharmacist and take special care if you are:
• on a sodium restricted diet or suffer from too much calcium in the blood (see end of
section 2)
• Treatment of children younger than 12 years of age is not generally recommended,
except on medical advice
Max Strength Heartburn Relief should not be taken within 1 to 2 hours of taking other
medicines by mouth, or for more than 7 days if symptoms persist.

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Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken, any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription and especially if you are
taking any of the following, as interactions can occur:











ACE inhibitors
Analgesics
Antibacterials
Antiepileptics
Antifungals
Antimalarials
Antipsychotics

Bisphosphonates
Lithium
Penicillamine

Taking this medicine with food and drink
This medicine should be taken after meals and at bedtime.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
This medicine can be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding, however it is recommended
to limit the treatment duration as much as possible.
Driving and using machines
There are no known effects of this medicine on ability to drive or operate machinery.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Max Strength Heartburn Relief
This medicine also contains:
• Parahydroxybenzoates: may cause allergic reactions, possibly delayed
• Sodium: Each 10 ml dose of this medicine contains about 7.5 mmol of sodium and
therefore care should be exercised in patients on a sodium restricted diet.
3.
HOW TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE
To be taken by mouth, after meals and at bedtime. Shake bottle well before use. Leave 1-2
hours between taking this medicine and other medicines. If you are unsure how to use this
medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
5 – 10 ml

Adults and children over 12 years and the Elderly:
Children under 12 years:

only under medical supervision

WARNING: DO NOT EXCEED THE STATED DOSE
If you take more of this medicine than you should
Overdose is very unlikely but if it occurs it may cause bloating.

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If you forget to take Max Strength Heartburn Relief
If you forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you remember, Do not take a double
dose to make up for the forgotten dose.
4.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this product can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very rarely:


Patients who are sensitive to the ingredients can develop allergic reactions such as
difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of the face. If this occurs you should stop
taking the medicine and seek immediate medical attention.

Occasional:
• Constipation
• Flatulence
• Stomach cramp
• Belching
If any of these side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5.

HOW TO STORE THIS MEDICINE

Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not store above 25oC. Do not refrigerate or
freeze.
Do not use this product after the expiry date which is stated on the pack. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
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.
6.

FURTHER INFORMATION

What Max Strength Heartburn Relief contains:
- The active ingredients are: Sodium alginate 1000 mg/10 ml, Sodium bicarbonate 200
mg/10 ml and Calcium carbonate 200 mg/10 ml
-

The other ingredients are: Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Saccharin Sodium, Ethyl
Parahydroxybenzoate (E214), Propyl Parahydroxybenzoate (E216), Butyl Parahydroxybenzoate,
Isopropyl Alcohol, Aniseed Oil and Purified Water (see end of Section 2 for further
information)

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The other ingredients are: Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Saccharin Sodium, Ethyl
Parahydroxybenzoate (E214), Propyl Parahydroxybenzoate (E216), Butyl Parahydroxybenzoate,

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Isopropyl Alcohol, Peppermint Oil and Purified Water (see end of Section 2 for further

information)
What Max Strength Heartburn Relief looks like and contents of the pack
This medicine is an aniseed flavoured white or cream coloured suspension.
This medicine is a peppermint flavoured white or cream coloured suspension.
It comes in sachets consisting of paper, polyethylene, aluminium and partial zinc salt, as well
as in amber glass bottles of 150 ml, 200 ml, 250 ml, 300 ml and 500 ml with white
polypropylene caps.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Manufacturer / Marketing Authorisation Holder
Pinewood Laboratories Limited,
Ballymacarbry,
Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
PL Number: 04917/0086
PL Number: 04917/0089
PL Number: 04917/0098
PL Number: 04917/0103
This leaflet was last updated in 01/2011

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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