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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Echinacea Cold and Flu Capsules
Echinacea purpurea Root Extract I40mg
♦ Please read this leaflet carefully before you use this product as it contains important information
♦ Keep this leaflet; you may need to read it again
♦ Seek professional advice if you need more information
♦ Please tell a Doctor or a qualified Healthcare Practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 10 days of taking this product
♦ Please tell a Doctor or a qualified Healthcare Practitioner if you suffer from side effects not listed in this leaflet or if any of the side effects become serious
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
GNC Live Well Echinacea capsules are a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections. This is based on traditional use only.
This product is not suitable if you are under 12
years of age.
Do not take this product if you are allergic to:
♦ Echinacea or products from the same plant family: (Asteraceae/Compositae) such as daisies, marigolds or artichokes
♦ Any of the ingredients of this product (see section 6 of this leaflet for further information)
Or if you suffer from:
♦ Frequent allergic reactions such as hives (urticaria), eczema, asthma
♦ The infection: tuberculosis
♦ Connective tissue disease with formation of clumps of cells (sarcoidosis) mainly occurring in the lymph nodes, lungs and liver
♦ Auto-immune diseases such as inflammation of the connective tissue (collagenosis) or multiple sclerosis
♦ Conditions which decrease your natural response to infection (e.g. HIV infection or AIDS)
♦ Blood disorders involving the white blood cell system such as low white cell count due to bone marrow disorders (agranulocytosis) or blood cell cancer (leukemias)
Or if you are:
♦ Already taking immunosuppressant medication such as ciclosporin or methotrexate
♦ On therapy to reduce your natural response to infection (immunosuppression e.g. chemotheraphy or radiotherapy for cancer; history of organ or bone marrow transplant)
Take special care with this product:
♦ If there is a family history of allergic reactions because Echinacea can trigger auto-immune diseases
Taking other medicines:
♦ Please tell your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are taking medicines obtained without a prescription
Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
Do not take this product if you are pregnant or
breastfeeding, because there is no evidence that it is
safe to do so.
For oral use only.
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years:
Take 1 capsule twice daily. Swallow the whole capsule with water. Start at the first sign of common cold.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
If you take too much of the product (overdose):
speak to a Doctor or a qualified Healthcare Practitioner as soon as possible and take this leaflet and bottle with you.
If you forget to take this product: Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose(s). Continue to take your usual dose at the usual time.
It does not matter if you have missed a dose.
Duration of use: Do not use this product for more than 10 days. If symptoms worsen or if high fever occurs whilst taking the product or if symptoms persist for more than 10 days, a Doctor or a qualified Healthcare Practitioner should be consulted.
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Like all medicines, this product can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The frequency of the side effects is not known. The possible side effects include:-
♦ Allergic reactions such as swelling, hives or rashes
♦ Swelling of the skin due to fluid
♦ Swelling of the facial area (Quinke's oedema)
♦ Shrinking of the airways of the lungs with obstruction (bronchospasm)
♦ Asthma and life threatening reactions (anaphylactic shock)
Echinacea can trigger allergic reactions in patients who have a tendency to allergic reactions. Stop taking the product immediately if you experience any allergic reaction.
Association with auto-immune diseases has been reported 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 eye with kidney tubular dysfunction (Sjogren Syndrome)
A decrease in the number of white blood cells (leucopenia) may occur in long term use (more than 8 weeks).
If you are concerned about any side effect becoming serious, or if you notice a side effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your Doctor or a qualified Healthcare Practitioner.
Traditional Herbal Registration Holder
NBTY Europe Limited Samuel Ryder House Barling Way Nuneaton
Warwickshire, CVI0 7RH United Kingdom
NBTY Europe Limited Vitality House Sixth Avenue Centrum I00 Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire, DEI4 2WP United Kingdom
If you would like further information about this product, please contact:
NBTY Europe Limited
Regulatory Services Department Samuel Ryder House Barling Way Nuneaton
Warwickshire, CVI0 7RH United Kingdom
Is this leaflet hard to see or read? Contact us on: Telephone: +44 (0) 2476 215 400 Fax: +44 (0) 2476 215 452 Email: customerservices@NBTYeurope.com
You can help to 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 surges or pharmacy, or call freephone 0808 100 3352
This leaflet was prepared on: 26/08/2011
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