What are Echinaforce drops?
Echinaforce drops are a herbal remedy for symptoms of cold and flu. These drops contain a traditionally used ingredient called echinacea to help you fight off that pesky illness, ideal for those who prefer herbal remedies to medications.
How will the echinacea in Echinaforce drops help to ease my cold & flu symptoms?
Echinaforce drops contain a herbal ingredient called echinacea, which is traditionally used to ease symptoms of cold, flu, and upper respiratory tract infections. It is thought to work by supporting your body’s immune system, which may help your body fight off infections and cold and flu viruses.
Do I have a cold or the flu?
Colds and flu have very similar symptoms, so it can be easy to mix them up. However, the easiest way to tell whether you have a cold or the flu is to note how fatigued you are. If you’re completely exhausted and can’t go about your regular activities then you probably have the flu, if you can still carry on as normal, then you’re more likely to have a cold. You may also notice that the flu affects more than just your nose and throat, making you feel achy and tired, while a cold will mostly consist of nose and throat symptoms like coughs, sneezes, and congestion.
Can I take these drops if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Echinaforce drops are not suitable for use during pregnancy or when you’re breastfeeding. If you’re suffering from a cold or the flu at this time you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice and treatment recommendations.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including herbal remedies or medicines obtained without a prescription, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Echinaforce drops. Do not take this product if you are already taking:
- Any medicine which is affected by alcohol
- Treatment to reduce the response of your immune system, e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy
- Ciclosporin, methotrexate, or any other immunosuppressant medication
How to take these echinacea drops
Take 15 Echinaforce drops with a small amount of water two or three times a day. For best results, start taking these drops 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 drops are not suitable for use in children under the age of 12. Do not use this product 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:
- A tendency to experience allergies such as hives, eczema, or asthma
- Had an organ or bone marrow transplant
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Sarcoidosis, which is a connective tissue disease disorder
- Autoimmune disease, e.g. multiple sclerosis, collagenoses
- HIV, AIDS, or any other condition which may affect your immune system
- A disorder which affects your white blood cells, e.g. leukaemia, agranulocytosis
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you:
- Have alcoholism, as this product has an alcohol content of 65% vol ethanol, with each 15-drop dose supplying the equivalent of 7.8ml of beer or 3.25ml of wine
- Are in a high-risk group of patients, e.g. those with liver disease or epilepsy
Do Echinaforce drops have any side effects?
Like all medications, Echinaforce drops can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects you may be having an allergic reaction and should stop use and seek immediate medical assistance:
- Skin rash
- Red, itchy skin, hives
- Swelling of the skin or face
- Blistering of the skin and mucous membranes
- 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
- Destruction of blood cells by antibodies
- Dryness of the mouth and eyes with renal tubular dysfunction (Sjogren syndrome)
- A decrease in the number of white blood cells during long-term use
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
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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1 ml of oral liquid contains the tinctures of: Fresh Echinacea herb 860 mg, Fresh Echinacea root 45 mg
1 ml of Echinaforce is equivalent to 25 oral drops.
The other ingredients used for the liquid are ethanol.
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