Beechams powders are used to relieve symptoms associated with cold and flu, including headache, fever, sore throat and aches.
This medicine contains two active ingredients: aspirin and caffeine. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory painkiller, and may also be used to relieve mild to moderate pains and aches, such as toothache and period pain.
The addition of caffeine, which is a stimulant, helps to increase the effects of aspirin.
This medicine should only be taken by adults and children over the age of 16. The recommended dose is one sachet of powder every 3 to 4 hours.
The maximum dose is 6 sachets in any 24 hour period. If this treatment is used to relieve fever, do not use for more than 3 days without consulting your doctor. If it is taken to relieve pain, it may be used for up to 10 days.
To prepare this medicine, mix the contents of one sachet in a small glass or cup of water. Stir well before drinking.
As this medicine contains caffeine you are advised to avoid other drinks containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea.
This medicine is not suitable for some people, so it is important that your read this information, along with the patient information leaflet before use.
Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to aspirin (or other salicylates), caffeine, ibuprofen, peanuts or soya.
Do not take Beechams powders if you have ever had a stomach ulcer, bleeding of the stomach, a blood clotting disorder, gout or any liver or kidney disease.
If you are unsure of whether this medicine is suitable for you, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
This treatment is not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for advice on alternative medicines.
You should discuss this medicine with your doctor or pharmacist before use if any of the below applies to you:
Contact your doctor straight away if you notice notice any signs of side effects, including stomach irritation, allergic reactions, unusual bleeding or yellowing of the skin and/or eyes.
Store this medicine in room temperature, out of the sight and reach of children.
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