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SAINSBURYS HEALTHCARE FLU-MAX ALL-IN-ONE CHESTY COUGH & COLD TABLETS
Active substance(s): GUAIFENESIN / PARACETAMOL / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Chesty Cough & Cold Tablets
• phenothiazines used as sedatives (e.g.
chlorpromazine, pericyazine and fluphenazine)
• if you are going to have blood or urine tests
as taking this medicine may affect the results
• if you are going to have a general anaesthetic
as this may cause changes in heart rhythm.
Paracetamol, Guaifenesin, Phenylephrine
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
take this medicine because it contains
important information you need to know.
This medicine is available without prescription,
however, you still need to use this product
carefully to get the best results from it. Keep this
leaflet as you may need to read it again. Ask
your pharmacist if you need more information
1. What is this medicine and
what is it used for?
This medicine contains:
• paracetamol which is a pain reliever
(analgesic) and helps reduce your
temperature when you have a fever
• guaifenesin which is an expectorant to
help loosen phlegm
• phenylephrine which is a decongestant to
reduce swelling in the passages of the nose
to help you breathe more easily.
These tablets are used for the relief of
symptoms of colds and flu, including aches
and pains, headache, blocked nose, sore
throat, chills and chesty coughs.
2. Is this medicine suitable
Do not take this medicine if you:
• are allergic to paracetamol, guaifenesin,
phenylephrine or any of the other ingredients
(listed in section 6)
• have a serious heart condition
• have high blood pressure (hypertension)
• have diabetes
• have an overactive thyroid
• have glaucoma, including closed angle
• have difficulty passing urine
• are taking antidepressant drugs called
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s), or
have taken them within the last 14 days these are medicines such as phenelzine
• are taking beta-blocking drugs
• are currently taking other decongestant
drugs or stimulants (e.g. ephedrine,
amfetamines and xylometazoline)
• are taking a cough medicine called a
Please see your doctor or pharmacist
before taking this medicine if you:
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
• suffer from kidney or liver problems,
including alcoholic liver disease
• have diabetes
• have phaeochromocytoma
• have a very bad cough or asthma. See your
doctor if your cough lasts for more than 5
days or comes back, or if you have a fever,
rash or a headache which won’t go away
• have circulatory disorders such as a
condition called Raynaud’s Phenomenon,
which results from poor circulation in the
fingers and toes
• have angina
• have an enlarged prostate gland, as this
may cause more difficulty in passing urine
• have severe stomach or intestinal problems
• suffer with phenylketonuria, a rare, inherited
If you are taking any of the following
medicines please see your doctor:
• medicines to treat high cholesterol levels
which reduce the amount of fat in the
blood such as colestyramine
• medicines to control feeling sick or being sick
such as metoclopramide or domperidone
• medicines called anti-coagulants, which are
used to thin the blood such as warfarin or
other coumarins - you may take occasional
doses of paracetamol but should consult
your doctor if you need to take it on a
• barbiturates (for epilepsy or to help you
sleep), such as phenobarbitones
• tricyclic antidepressants such as
• medicines to treat heart or circulatory
problems, or to lower blood pressure, (e.g.
digoxin, guanethidine, reserpine, methyldopa)
• aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal
• medicines to treat migraine (e.g.
ergotamine and methylsergide)
• zidovudine as this might cause blood
problems (low white blood cell count)
• beta blockers (e.g. atenolol) or vasodilators
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Do not take anything else containing
paracetamol while taking this medicine.
Other important information:
• Do not drink alcohol (beer, wine, spirits
etc) while taking this product
• If you are taking medication, or are
under medical care, consult your doctor
before using this medicine
• Long term use of this product is not
• Do not use for longer than 5 days, except
on medical advice
• This medicine should only be used if you
have all of the following symptoms - pain
and/or fever, a blocked nose and a chesty
• Use medicines which will only treat the
symptoms you have
• Do not take with other flu, cold or
• This product could cause dizziness. If
affected do not drive or operate machinery.
3. How to take this medicine
Swallow the tablets whole with water.
Do not chew.
Rare side effects are:
• allergic reactions which may be severe
such as skin rash, peeling of the skin, itching,
swollen red areas of the skin, sometimes
with shortness of breath or swelling of the
mouth, lips, tongue, throat or face
• stomach upsets
• tingling or coolness of the skin
• a faster or slower heart beat
• difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
• nervousness, tremors or convulsions
• a rise in body temperature
• a rise in blood pressure with headache,
vomiting (being sick) and irregular
More rarely, the following side effects
• you may become more prone to bleeding,
bruising, fever and infections such as sore
throat and ulcers, due to changes in your
Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have
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 your medicine
Adults, the elderly and children 12 years
and over: 2 tablets every 4 hours, as required.
Do not take more than 8 tablets (4 doses) in
any 24 hour period.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
which is stated on the carton and blister foil.
The expiry date refers to the last day of the
month. Do not store above 25ºC.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
6. What is in this medicine?
Do not take more medicine than the label tells
you to. If you do not get better, talk to your
Talk to a doctor at once if you take too
much of this medicine even if you feel well.
This is because too much paracetamol can
cause delayed, serious liver damage. Go to
your nearest hospital casualty department.
Take your medicine and this leaflet with you.
Each white, capsule-shaped tablet contains
the active ingredients: paracetamol 250 mg,
guaifenesin 100 mg and phenylephrine
hydrochloride 5 mg.
The other ingredients are: microcrystalline
cellulose, stearic acid, povidone,
hypromellose and polyethylene glycol.
This product is available in a pack size of
4. Possible side effects
7. Who makes this medicine?
Most people do not have any side effects
while taking this medicine. However, if you
experience any of the following side effects,
or anything else unusual happens, stop
taking the medicine immediately, and see
your doctor or pharmacist.
The Marketing Authorisation holder and
manufacturer is Wrafton Laboratories Limited,
Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, UK.
Text revised: January 2016.