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VITABIOTICS ECHINACEA TABLETS

Active substance(s): ECHINACEA PURPUREA QUANTIFIED DRY EXTRACT

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Patient Information Leaflet
Echinacea purpurea root extract 200mg

WHAT IS IN THIS 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 refer to a qualified
healthcare practitioner.

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

Taking other medicines:

This is a traditional herbal medicinal product used
to relieve symptoms of common cold and influenza
type infections. This is based on traditional use only.

• Tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking this
medicine if you are taking other medicines.

2. Before you take this product

Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:

Do not take this product if you:

Take 1 to 2 tablets per day. Swallow the tablets whole
with some water or other liquid. Do not chew. Start at
the first signs of a common cold.

• Are pregnant or breast-feeding
• 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

3. How to take this product

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 a qualified
healthcare practitioner.

• Have a tendency to hives, allergic eczema or asthma

Do not exceed the stated dose.

• Suffer from the infection tuberculosis

If you take too much of this product (overdose)

• Suffer from connective tissue disease with formation
of clumps of cells (sarcoidosis), mainly occurring in the
lymph nodes, lungs or liver

If you take more than the recommended dose, speak to
a doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner
and take this leaflet with you.

• Suffer from autoimmune diseases such as
inflammation of the connective tissue (collagenosis),
or multiple sclerosis

If you forget to take this product

• Suffer from conditions which decrease your resistance
to infection (e.g. HIV or AIDS)
• Are undergoing therapy to decrease your natural
response to infection e.g. chemotherapy or radiotherapy
for cancer; history of organ or bone marrow transplant
• Suffer from blood disorders involving the white blood
count system such as low white blood cell count due
to bone marrow disorders (agranulocytosis) or blood
cell cancers (leukaemia)
• Do not use this product if you 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,
as it may trigger an autoimmune response.

Continue to take your usual dose at the usual time,
it does not matter if you have missed a dose.
4. POSSIBLE Side Effects
Like all medicines, this product can have
possible side effects. These are listed below:
• Allergic skin reactions like swelling, hives or rashes
• 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)
• Echinacea can trigger allergic reactions in people
with a tendency to develop allergic
conditions. Stop taking the
product if you experience
any allergic reaction.

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There have been reports suggesting an association
with Echinacea and autoimmune diseases such as:

If you would like further information about this product
or for large print, Braille or audio version please contact:

• Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
(disseminated encephalitis)

Traditional Herbal Registration Holder:
Vitabiotics Ltd, 1 Apsley Way, London NW2 7HF
Telephone: 020 8955 2662

• Painful lumps on the shins (erythema nodosum)
• Low blood platelet count (immunothrombocytopenia)
• 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
(longer than 8 weeks).
If any of the effects become troublesome or if you
experience any other unexpected effects not listed in this
leaflet, consult your doctor or a pharmacist.
You must speak to a qualfied healthcare practitioner if
your symptoms worsen, if they do not improve after ten
days, if you develop a high fever, or if any of the side
effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects
not mentioned in the leaflet.

Manufacturer:
Thompson & Capper Ltd, Hardwick Road,
Astmoor, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1PH.
Traditional Herbal Registration Number: THR 00387/0058
You can help make medicines safer by reporting
any side effects to the Yellow Card Scheme at
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Alternatively, you can
get a paper Yellow Card form from your GP’s surgery or
pharmacy, or call free phone 0800 100 3352
(available 10am - 2pm Monday - Friday).
This leaflet was revised in March 2012.

5. HOW TO STORE this product
Do not use your tablets after the expiry date. Return any
out of date tablets to your pharmacist who will dispose of
them. The expiry date is printed on the box and the blister
pack. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original packaging.
Keep the tablets out of sight and reach of children.
Keep your tablets in the packaging until it is time
to take them.
Medicines should not be disposed of via waste water or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose
of medicines no longer required. These measures will
help protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
Each film coated tablet contains 200mg of extract (as
dry extract) from Echinacea purpurea root. (Equivalent
to 1200mg – 1600mg of Echinacea purpurea (L.)
Moench, root). Extraction Solvent: Ethanol 75% v/v
This product also contains the following ingredients:
Tablet core
Maltodextrin, Microcrystalline cellulose, Sodium
croscarmellose, Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate,
Colloidal Anhydrous Silica.
Tablet coating
Hypromellose, Glycerol, Titanium Dioxide (E171),
Copper chlorophyllin.
Each pack contains green film
coated oval biconvex tablets.

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This product is available in 30, 60 and 90 film coated
tablets. Not all pack sizes are marketed.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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