THE CO-OPERATIVE MAX STRENGTH COLD & FLU RELIEF POWDER FOR ORAL SUSPENSION
Active substance(s): PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Information about some of the ingredients in
Contains 1.9 g sucrose (sugar) per sachet.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicinal product. This should
be taken into account in patients with diabetes.
Contains aspartame (E951), a source of
phenylalanine equivalent to 14 mg per sachet.
May be harmful for people with phenylketonuria.
Each sachet contains 118 mg sodium.
To be taken into consideration by patients on a
controlled sodium diet.
Rare side effects are:
• allergic reactions such as skin rash
• raised blood pressure • changes in heart rate
• difficulty sleeping (insomnia) • restlessness
• tremor, anxiety, hallucinations
• problems passing water.
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.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
3. How to take this medicine
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
Pour the contents of 1 sachet into a standard mug. report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
Fill the mug to below the brim with approximately
By reporting side effects you can help provide
250ml (8 fluid oz) of hot, but not boiling, water.
more information on the safety of this medicine.
Stir until dissolved, and allow to cool to a
5. How to store your medicine
Adults, the elderly and children 12 years and
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
over: 1 sachet every 4 hours as required. Do not
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
take more than 4 sachets (4 doses) in any 24 hour printed on the pack. Do not store above 25°C.
period. Leave at least 4 to 6 hours between doses.
6. What is in this medicine?
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Each 5 g sachet of yellow powder, taken as a hot
Do not take more medicine than the label tells you lemon drink, contains the active ingredients:
to. If you do not get better, talk to your doctor.
paracetamol 1000 mg and phenylephrine
Do not take for longer than 7 days, unless
hydrochloride 12.2 mg.
your doctor agrees.
The other ingredients are: sucrose, citric acid,
Talk to a doctor at once if you take too much natural lemon flavours, sodium citrate, ascorbic
of this medicine even if you feel well. This is
acid (Vitamin C), acesulfame potassium (E950),
because too much paracetamol can cause
aspartame (E951) and quinoline yellow (E104).
delayed, serious liver damage. Go to your
This product is available in pack sizes of 5, 8 or
nearest hospital casualty department. Take your
10 sachets, although not all may be marketed.
medicine and this leaflet with you.
Lemon Flavour Powder for Oral Suspension
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.
• have circulatory disorders such as a condition
called Raynaud’s Phenomenon, which results
from poor circulation in the fingers and toes
• have an intolerance to some sugars
• suffer with phenylketonuria, a rare, inherited
If you are taking any of the following
medicines please see your doctor:
drugs called monoamine oxidase
1. What is this medicine and what is • antidepressant
inhibitors (MAOI’s) or have taken them within
it used for?
the last 14 days – these are medicines such as
This medicine contains:
phenelzine and isocarboxacid and should not
• paracetamol which is a pain reliever (analgesic)
be taken at the same time as these sachets
and helps reduce your temperature when you
• medicines to treat high cholesterol levels which
have a fever
reduce the amount of fat in the blood such as
• phenylephrine which is a decongestant to
reduce swelling in the passages of the nose to
• medicines to control feeling sick or being sick
help you breathe more easily.
such as metoclopramide or domperidone
These sachets are used for the relief of the
• medicines called anti-coagulants, which are
symptoms of colds and flu, including headache,
used to thin the blood such as warfarin or other
aches and pains, sore throat, nasal congestion
coumarins - you may take occasional doses of
(blocked nose) and feverishness (high temperature).
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, phenylephrine or
• tricyclic antidepressants such as imipramine,
any of the other ingredients
• have a serious heart condition
• medicines to lower blood pressure, treat heart
• have high blood pressure (hypertension)
or circulatory problems such as beta blockers
• have diabetes
(e.g. atenolol), vasodilators (e.g. hydralazine) or
• have glaucoma
cardiac glycosides (e.g. digoxin)
• have an overactive thyroid gland
• other decongestant drugs such as ephedrine or
• have an enlarged prostate
• have phaeochromocytoma
paracetamol. Do not take anything else
Please see your doctor or pharmacist before
containing paracetamol while taking this medicine.
taking this medicine if you:
Other important information:
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
Do not drink alcohol (beer, wine, spirits etc)
• suffer from kidney or liver problems, including
while taking this product.
alcoholic liver disease
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7. Who makes this medicine?
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.
Health Essentials Max Strength Cold and Flu Relief Lemon
Flavour Powder for Oral Suspension - Winter 14
The Marketing Authorisation holder and
manufacturer is Wrafton Laboratories Limited,
Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, UK.
Text revised: January 2015.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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