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Active substance(s): ECHINACEA PURPUREA QUANTIFIED DRY EXTRACT / ECHINACEA PURPUREA QUANTIFIED DRY EXTRACT

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Patient Information Leaflet
Echinacea purpurea root extract 200mg

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 is a traditional herbal medicinal product
used to relieve symptoms of 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 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
• Have a tendency to hives, allergic 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
(collagenosis), or multiple sclerosis
• 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)

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.
• D
 o not use this product if you are taking any
immunosuppressant medication such as
ciclosporin or methotrexate.
Consult your doctor before taking this product:
• If you are prone to develop allergic reactions.
Echinacea can trigger severe and life threatening
allergic reactions in patients who have a
tendency to allergic reaction.
Taking other medicines:
• Tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking this
medicine if you are taking other medicines.
3. HOW TO TAKE THIS PRODUCT
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
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.
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.
Do not take more than the directions tell
you to (1 to 2 tablets per day).
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.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the
missed dose.

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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.
There have been reports suggesting
an association with Echinacea and
autoimmune diseases such as:
• Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
(disseminated encephalitis)
• 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 (Sjögren’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 doctor or qualified
healthcare practitioner if you develop a high
fever, or if your symptoms worsen, or if they
do not improve after ten days, or if any of the
side effects become serious, or if you notice
any side effects not mentioned in the leaflet.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
anypossible side effects not listed in the
package 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.

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
ingredients:

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the

following

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, Titanium Dioxide (E171),
Copper chlorophyllin.
Each pack contains green film coated oval
biconvex tablets.
This product is available in 30, 60 and 90 film
coated tablets. Not all pack sizes are marketed.
If you would like further information about this
product or for large print, Braille or audio version
please contact:
Traditional Herbal Registration Holder:
Vitabiotics Ltd, 1 Apsley Way, London
NW2 7HF Telephone: 020 8955 2662
Manufacturer:
Thompson & Capper Ltd, Hardwick Road,
Astmoor, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1PH.
Traditional Herbal Registration Number: THR
00387/0058
This leaflet was revised in April 2017.

5. HOW TO STORE THIS PRODUCT
Do not use your tablets after the expiry date.
The expiry date is printed on the box and the

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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