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LH3594 Echinacea leaflet AW_Layout 1 01/12/2011 11:50 Page 1

Lamberts Echinacea

Cold & Flu Relief Tablets
Echinacea purpurea Root Extract 105mg
Patient Information Leaflet
Please read this information carefully before
you start taking these tablets. It contains some
important information about this product. Keep
this leaflet with the tablets. You may want to read
it again or show it to your doctor, pharmacist or
qualified healthcare practitioner.

What is in this leaflet
1. What this product is and what it is used for
2. Before you take this product
3. How to take this product
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store this product
6. Further information

1. What this product is and what it is used for
This product is a traditional herbal medicinal product
containing Echinacea purpurea root extract.
Lamberts® Echinacea Cold and Flu Relief Tablets
is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to
relieve the symptoms of the common cold and
influenza type infections. This is based on
traditional use only.

2. Before you take this product
Do not take this product if you:
• Are pregnant or breastfeeding
• Are allergic to any of the ingredients (see
section 6) or to Echinacea or any other
members of the Asteraceae/Compositae
family such as daisies, marigolds or artichokes
• Are under the age of 12 years
• Suffer from allergic reactions such as hives,
eczema or asthma
• Suffer from the infection tuberculosis
• Suffer from connective tissue disease with
formation of clumps of cells (sarcoidosis),
mainly occurring in the lymph nodes, lungs
or liver
• Suffer from autoimmune diseases such as
inflammation of the connective tissue
(collagenoses), or multiple sclerosis
• Suffer from diseases which decrease your
resistance to infection (eg HIV or AIDS)

• Are undergoing therapy to decrease your
natural response to infection eg chemotherapy
or radiotherapy for cancer; history of organ or
bone marrow transplant
• Suffer from blood disorders involving the
white blood cell system such as low white
blood cell count due to bone marrow
disorders (agranulocytosis) or blood cell
cancers (leukaemia)
• Are taking any immunosuppressant medication
such as ciclosporin or methotrexate.
Take special care with this product:
• If there is a family history of allergic reactions
to Echinacea, as it may trigger an autoimmune
Taking other medicines:
• Tell your doctor, pharmacist or qualified
healthcare practitioner if you are taking any
other medicines, including any obtained
without a prescription.

3. How to take this product
For oral use only
Start at the first signs of a common cold.
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
Take 1 tablet twice a day.
Swallow the tablets whole with some water or other
liquid. Do not chew.
Do not take this product for more than 10 days. If
symptoms worsen or persist for more than ten days
or you get a high fever, consult your doctor or
qualified healthcare practitioner.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
If you take too much of this product (overdose)
If you take more than the recommended dose,
speak to a doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare
practitioner and take this leaflet with you.
If you forget to take this product
Continue to take your usual dose at the usual time,
it does not matter if you have missed a dose.

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4. Possible side effects

5. How to store this product

Like all medicines, this product can have side-effects.
The frequency of side-effects is not known. These are
listed below:
• Allergic skin reactions like hives, rashes or
• Swelling of the facial area (Quincke’s Oedema)
• Swelling of the skin due to fluid
• Shrinking of the airways in the lungs with
obstruction (bronchospasm)
• Asthma and life threatening allergic reactions
(anaphylactic shock)

Keep the tablets out of the sight and reach of children.

Echinacea can trigger allergic reactions in people
with a tendency to develop allergic conditions. Stop
taking this product immediately if you experience
any allergic reaction.
Association with autoimmune diseases has been
reported such as:
• Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
(disseminated encephalitis)
• Painful lumps on the shins (erythema nodosum)
• Low blood platelet count
• Destruction of blood cells by antibodies
(Evans syndrome)
• Dryness in the mouth and eyes with renal
tubular dysfunction (Sjorgen’s syndrome)
A decrease in the number of white blood cells
(leucopenia) may occur in long term use (greater
than 8 weeks).
If you are concerned about any side effect or if you
experience any side effect not listed above, consult
your doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare
You can help to make medicines safer by reporting
any side effects to the Yellow Card Scheme at Alternatively you can
get a paper Yellow Card form from your GP’s
surgery or pharmacy, or call free phone 0808 100
3352 (available 10am-2pm Monday- Friday).

Keep your tablet in the packaging until it is time to
take them.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use Lamberts® Echinacea Cold and Flu
Relief Tablets after the expiry date which is stated
on the box and blister pack. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month. Return any out of date
tablets to your pharmacist who will dispose of them
for you.

6. Further information
Active Ingredient
Each film-coated tablet contains 105mg of extract
(as dry extract) from Echinacea purpurea root
(equivalent to 630mg-840mg of Echinacea
purpurea (L.) Moench, root). Extraction Solvent
Ethanol 75% v/v
This product also contains the following ingredients:
Excipients in the Extract - Maltodextrin, Colloidal
Anhydrous Silica.
Tablet Core - Maltodextrin, Microcrystalline
Cellulose, Sodium Croscarmellose, Stearic Acid,
Magnesium Stearate, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica.
Tablet Coating - Hypromellose, Glycerol.
Each pack contains 30, 60 or 90 film coated tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Traditional herbal registration holder for this product:
Lamberts Healthcare Ltd, 1 Lamberts Road,
Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3EH.
Manufacturer of this product: Thompson & Capper
Ltd, Hardwick Road, Astmoor, Runcorn, Cheshire
WA7 1PH.
Traditional Herbal Registration Number:
THR 34425/0002
If you would like further information about this product
or would like a large print, Braille or audio version of
this leaflet please contact: Lamberts Healthcare Ltd.,
1 Lamberts Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3EH.
Tel: 01892 554312.
This leaflet was updated in November 2011.

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