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WILKO MAX STRENGTH COLD & FLU CAPSULES HARD

Active substance(s): CAFFEINE / PHENYLEPHRINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Health Essentials Max Strength
Cold & Flu Capsules

Health Essentials Max Strength Cold &
Flu Capsules contains paracetamol.
Do not take anything else containing
paracetamol while taking this medicine.

Paracetamol, Phenylephrine, Caffeine
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
2. What you need to know before
take this medicine because it contains
you take Health Essentials Max
important information you need to know.
Strength Cold & Flu Capsules
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.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
• You must talk to your doctor if you do not
feel better or if you feel worse after 7 days.
What is in this leaflet?
1. What is Health Essentials Max
Strength Cold & Flu Capsules and
what is it used for
2. What you need to know before you
take Health Essentials Max Strength
Cold & Flu Capsules
3. How to take Health Essentials Max
Strength Cold & Flu Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Health Essentials Max
Strength Cold & Flu Capsules
6. Contents of the pack and other
information

1. What is Health Essentials Max
Strength Cold & Flu Capsules
and what is it used for?
This medicine contains:
• paracetamol which is a pain reliever
(analgesic) and helps reduce your
temperature when you have a fever
• phenylephrine which is a decongestant
to reduce swelling in the passages of the
nose to help you breathe more easily
• caffeine which helps to increase the
pain relief from paracetamol and makes
you more alert.
These capsules are used for the relief of the
symptoms of colds and flu, including aches
and pains, sore throat, headache, fatigue
(tiredness) and drowsiness, nasal congestion
(blocked nose) and feverishness (high
temperature).

Other important information:
Health Essentials Max Strength Cold &
Flu Capsules with food, drink and alcohol
Do not drink alcohol (beer, wine, spirits etc)
while taking this product.

Do not take this medicine if you:
• are allergic to paracetamol, caffeine,
phenylephrine or any of the other
ingredients listed in section 6
• are under 12 years of age
• have a serious heart condition or
cardiovascular disorder(s)
• have high blood pressure (hypertension)
• have a history of stomach ulcers
• have an overactive thyroid
• are taking antidepressant drugs called
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s), or
have taken them within the last 14 days –
these are medicines such as phenelzine and
isocarboxazid.
• are taking tricyclic antidepressants, such
as imipramine, amitriptyline.

3. How to take Health
Essentials Max Strength
Cold & Flu Capsules
Swallow the capsules whole with water. Do not
chew.

Very rare cases of serious skin reactions
have been reported.

Adults, the elderly and children aged 12
years and over:
2 capsules every 4 hours, as required. Do
not take more than 8 capsules in any 24
hour period.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this
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.

Do not take more medicine than the label
tells you to. If you do not get better, talk to
your doctor.
Talk to a doctor at once if you take too
much of this medicine even if you feel
well. This is because too much
paracetamol can cause delayed, serious
liver damage. Go to your nearest hospital
casualty department. Take your medicine
and this leaflet with you.
Taking this medicine with food and drink:
You should avoid too much caffeine in drinks
like coffee and tea. If you are also consuming
other medicines or food that contains
caffeine (coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate)
you may have a high caffeine intake and might
have difficulty sleeping, start shaking and/or
have an uncomfortable feeling in the chest.

Other medicines and Health Essentials
Max Strength Cold & Flu Capsules
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking, have recently taken or might take any
other medicines
• medicines to treat high cholesterol levels
which reduce the amount of fat in the
blood such as colestyramine
• medicines to control feeling sick or being
sick such as metoclopramide or
domperidone
• medicines called anti-coagulants, which
are used to thin the blood such as
warfarin or other coumarins - you may
take occasional doses of paracetamol but
should consult your doctor if you need to
take it on a regular basis
• barbiturates (for epilepsy or to help you
sleep), such as phenobarbitones
• medicines to lower blood pressure, treat
heart or circulatory problems such as beta
blockers (for example atenolol) or
vasodilators (for example hydralazine)
• other decongestant drugs such as
ephedrine or xylometazoline.

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.
Unknown side effects are:
• bronchospasm
• restlessness, anxiety, nervousness,
irritability, agitation
Rare side effects are:
• allergic reactions such as skin rash
• nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting (being
sick) or diarrhoea

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Health Essentials Max Strength Cold & Flu Capsules

BLACK

MAGENTA

YELLOW

NPD

3

9199

L111

12/04/16

2749235

139.7x209.55mm

DH

1564

Wrafton

BLACK

PANTONE

PANTONE

877

485

headache, tremor, dizziness
difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
fast, slow or irregular heart beat (palpitations)
high blood pressure
glaucoma
problems or pain passing urine
sudden weight loss, loss of appetite and
yellowing of the eyes and skin

More rarely, the following side effects
can happen:
• you may become more prone to bleeding,
bruising, fever and infections, such as sore
throat and ulcers, due to changes in your
blood.

Children and adolescents
Do not give to children under 12 years.

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
• have diabetes
• have circulatory disorders such as a
condition called Raynaud’s Phenomenon,
which results from poor circulation in the
fingers and toes.









CUTTER

VARNISH

BRAILLE

5. How to store Health
Essentials Max Strength
Cold & Flu Capsules
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry
date printed on the pack.
Do not store above 25°C.

6. Contents of the pack and
other information
Each red / yellow capsule contains the active
ingredients: paracetamol 500 mg, caffeine
25 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), titanium
dioxide (E171), patent blue V (E131) and
erythrosine (E127).
This product is available in a pack size of 16
capsules.
The Marketing Authorisation holder and
manufacturer is Wrafton Laboratories
Limited, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, UK.
Text revised: April 2016.

PL 12063/0066

2749235

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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