What are Echinaforce tablets?
Echinaforce tablets are a herbal remedy for cold and flu symptoms, containing a traditionally used ingredient to support your immune system. If you’re looking for a natural remedy for cold and flu symptoms, Echinaforce could be the perfect herbal remedy for you.
How will the echinacea in Echinaforce tablets help to ease my cold & flu symptoms?
Echinaforce tablets contain a natural ingredient called echinacea, which is a plant from the daisy family. Echinacea is traditionally used as a herbal remedy for symptoms of cold and flu. It is believed to work by supporting your immune system as it fights off your cold and flu symptoms.
What symptoms will I experience if I have a cold or the flu?
A cold and the flu have very similar symptoms, which is why they’re so often confused. The flu is typically worse than a cold, but some of the most common you’ll experience with both illnesses include:
- A blocked or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Pressure in your ears and face
- A high temperature or fever
- Aching muscles
Can I take these echinacea tablets if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Echinaforce echinacea tablets are not suitable for use during pregnancy or when you’re breastfeeding. If you have a cold or the flu at this time, ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a more suitable treatment for you.
Can I take these tablets if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including herbal remedies or medicines obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Echinaforce tablets. Do not take these tablets if you are already taking:
- Immunosuppressant medications, e.g. ciclosporin, methotrexate
- Treatment to reduce the response of your immune system, e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy
How to take these tablets
Take 2 Echinaforce tablets 2 – 3 times a day. Swallow tablets whole with a sip of water. For best results, start taking at the first signs of a cold. Do not take for more than 10 days at a time.
When should this product not be used?
Echinaforce tablets are not suitable for use in children under the age of 12. Do not take these tablets if you are allergic to echinacea, other plants in the daisy family, or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not take this product if you have:
- An intolerance to lactose
- A tendency to allergies such as hives, eczema, or asthma
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- A connective tissue disease disorder called Sarcoidosis
- An autoimmune disease, e.g. collagenoses or multiple sclerosis
- HIV, AIDS, or any other condition which affects your immune system
- A disorder which affects your white blood cells, e.g. agranulocytosis, leukaemia
- Had an organ or bone marrow transplant
Do Echinaforce tablets have any side effects?
Like all medications, Echinaforce tablets can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects you may be experiencing a serious allergic reaction and should seek medical assistance immediately:
- Skin rash
- Red, itchy skin, or hives
- Swelling of the skin or face
- Blisters on the skin or mucous membranes, e.g. inside of nose and mouth
- Difficulty breathing
- Asthma or anaphylactic shock
Other side effects you may experience include:
- Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
- Painful lumps on the shins
- Low blood platelet count
- Evans syndrome, which causes the destruction of blood cells by antibodies
- Sjogren syndrome, causing dryness in the mouth and eyes with renal tubular disfunction
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
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1 tablet contains 380 mg of extract (as dry extract) from fresh Echinacea purpurea herb, 20 mg of extract (as dry extract) from fresh Echinacea purpurea root
Extraction solvent: ethanol 65% v/v.
The other ingredients used for the tablet are potato starch, magnesium stearate and lactose.
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