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TESCO MAX STRENGTH ALL-IN-ONE COLD & FLU RELIEF CAPSULES HARD
Active substance(s): GUAIFENESIN / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE
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 or advice.
or stimulants (e.g. ephedrine, amfetamines and
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
1) What is this medicine and what is have circulatory disorders such as a condition
called Raynaud s Phenomenon, which results
it used for?
from poor circulation in the fingers and toes
This medicine contains:
paracetamol which is a pain reliever
have an enlarged prostate gland, as this may
(analgesic) and helps reduce your temperature
cause more difficulty in passing urine.
when you have a fever
If you are taking any of the following
guaifenesin which is an expectorant to help
medicines please see your doctor:
phenylephrine which is a decongestant to
medicines to treat high cholesterol levels which
reduce swelling in the passages of the nose to
reduce the amount of fat in the blood such as
help you breathe more easily.
These capsules are used for the relief of the symptoms medicines to control feeling sick or being sick
such as metoclopramide or domperidone
of colds and flu and the pain and congestion of
sinusitis, including aches and pains, headache,
medicines called anti-coagulants, which are
blocked nose and sore throat, chills and feverishness
used to thin the blood such as warfarin or other
(high temperature). They can also loosen stubborn
coumarins you may take occasional doses of
mucus (phlegm) and provide relief from chesty coughs.
paracetamol but should consult your doctor if
you need to take it on a regular basis
2) Is this medicine suitable for you?
barbiturates (for epilepsy or to help you sleep),
Do not take this medicine if you:
such as phenobarbitones
are allergic to paracetamol, guaifenesin,
tricyclic antidepressants such as imipramine,
phenylephrine or any of the other ingredients
have a serious heart condition or cardiovascular
medicines to treat heart or circulatory problems,
or to lower blood pressure, (e.g. digoxin,
have high blood pressure (hypertension)
guanethidine, reserpine, methyldopa)
have an overactive thyroid
beta blockers (e.g. atenolol) or vasodilators (e.g.
have difficulty passing urine
phenothiazines used as sedatives (e.g.
are taking antidepressant drugs called
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI s), or have
chlorpromazine, pericyazine and fluphenazine)
taken them within the last 14 days - these are
if you are going to have a general anaesthetic,
medicines such as phenelzine and isocarboxazid
as this may cause changes in heart rhythm.
Please turn over
are currently taking other decongestant drugs
2) Is this medicine suitable for you?
Do not take with any other paracetamolcontaining products.
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
Long term use of this product is not
3) How to take this medicine
Swallow the capsules whole with water. Do not
Adults, the elderly and children 12 years and
over: 2 capsules every 4 hours as required. Do not
take more than 8 capsules in any 24 hour period.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
If your symptoms persist or worsen, you must see
a doctor or pharmacist.
Immediate medical advice should be sought
in the event of an overdose, even if you feel
well, because of the risk of delayed, serious
Go to your nearest hospital casualty department.
Take your medicine and this leaflet with you.
4) Possible side effects
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.
Rare side effects are:
allergic reactions such as skin rash
tingling and 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 heart beat
More rarely, the following side effects can
you may become more prone to bleeding,
bruising, fever and infections such as sore
throat and ulcers, due to changes in your blood.
5) How to store your medicine
Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight
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 that month.
Do not store above 25 C.
6) What is in this medicine?
Each blue / green hard capsule contains the active
ingredients: paracetamol 500 mg, guaifenesin
100 mg and phenylephrine hydrochloride 6.1 mg.
The other ingredients are: maize starch,
croscarmellose sodium, sodium laurilsulfate,
magnesium stearate and talc. The capsule shell is
made of gelatin and contains the colours quinoline
yellow (E104), indigo carmine (E132), erythrosine
(E127) and titanium dioxide (E171).
This product is available in pack sizes of 8 or 16
capsules, although not all pack sizes may be
7) Who makes this medicine?
The product is distributed by: Forest Laboratories
UK Ltd., Dartford, Kent DA2 6SL, UK.
The Marketing Authorisation holder and
manufacturer is Perrigo, Braunton, Devon,
EX33 2DL, UK.
Text revised: March 2012
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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