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Laura Henderson - Medical Content Writer
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Medical Content Writer
James O'Loan - CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist
James O'Loan
CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist

What is Lemsip Max Cold and Flu?

Lemsip Max Cold and Flu is a delicious way to ease your cold and flu symptoms while enjoying a comforting hot drink. It helps to relieve symptoms such as headaches and a blocked nose, ideal for those who have picked up a cold or flu and want to get back on their feet. Lemsip Max sachets are now available in tasty Honey and Ginger and Apple and Cinnamon flavours, perfect for those moments when you want to relax and ease that pesky cold.


Which cold and flu symptoms can this product help with?

Lemsip Max can ease many symptoms of cold and flu, and is ideal for those looking for a simple, easy to take remedy that will help them to feel more like themselves. Some of the symptoms Lemsip Max can help with include:

  • Aches and pains
  • Headache, including pressure headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Blocked nose
  • Fever


How will Lemsip Max Cold and Flu help to ease my symptoms?

Lemsip Max contains two active ingredients which work together to ease cold and flu symptoms. The first is paracetamol, a popular painkiller which people use every day to ease aches and pains, such as headaches and sore throats caused by a cold or the flu. Paracetamol can also help to reduce a high temperature or fever. The second ingredient is phenylephrine, which is a nasal decongestant. Phenylephrine helps to reduce the swelling in your nasal passages, easing congestion in your blocked nose and giving you room to breathe, while reducing the pressure that can cause headaches.


Can I take this product if I’m pregnant?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Lemsip Max. If you have a history of pre-eclampsia, you should not take this product, and should ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a more suitable remedy for you.


Can I drink this product if I’m taking other medications?

You should not take Lemsip Max if you are taking any other medications which contain paracetamol, or any other decongestants. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you are taking any other medications, especially:

  • Beta-blockers, which are used for high blood pressure, or vasodilators, which are used for high blood pressure, leg pain caused by vascular problems, and Raynauds syndrome
  • Tricyclic anti-depressants
  • Other decongestants
  • Barbiturates, which are used to treat sleep problems or epilepsy
  • Any medications which are used to treat blood cholesterol, nausea, and vomiting
  • Any blood thinning drugs, e.g. warfarin
  • Any medications which may affect how phenylephrine works, e.g. digoxin, cardiac glycoside


How to take Lemsip Max Cold and Flu

Mix the contents of one sachet of Lemsip Max Cold and Flu into a mug of hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until all of the powder has dissolved, and drink when the solution has cooled enough. If you like, you can use honey, sugar, or your usual sweetener to sweeten this drink. Take one sachet every 4 – 6 hours. Do not take more than 4 sachets in any 24-hour period.


When should this product not be used?

Lemsip Max Cold and Flu is not suitable for use in children under the age of 16. Do not use this product if you are allergic to paracetamol, phenylephrine hydrochloride, or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not take this product if you:

  • Have a serious heart condition
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have an overactive thyroid
  • Are taking a type of depression medication called a MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor), or have taking one within the past 14 days
  • Are taking other decongestants
  • Have an enlarged prostate

You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication if you:

  • Have Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Have diabetes mellitus
  • Have a problem with your liver or kidneys
  • Have a liver disease which is not associated with changes in the structure of the liver
  • Have closed angle glaucoma
  • Have phenylketonuria
  • Have been told you have an intolerance to some sugars, as this product contains sucrose
  • Are on a low sodium (salt) diet


Does this product have any side effects?

Like all medications, Lemsip Max can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:

  • Serious skin reactions, although these are very rare
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blood disorders, e.g. thrombocytopenia (a reduction in blood platelets which may mean that you bleed or bruise more easily), pancytopenia (a reduction in red and white blood cells), agranulocytosis, leukopenia, neutropenia (a reduction in white blood cells which makes infections more likely)
  • Stomach problems, e.g. being sick, feeling sick, abdominal discomfort
  • Difficulty passing urine, especially in males

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 medications, 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. Store in original packaging, and do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.


Important Information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4U 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

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.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.


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