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Summary of Product Characteristics last updated on medicines.ie: 29/11/2016
Lemsip Cold & Flu Hot Lemon 500mg Powder for Oral Solution
Lemsip Cold & Flu Hot Lemon 500mg Powder for Oral Solution.
Excipients: also includes sucrose 3.04g, aspartame (E951) 22.5mg , sodium 94.1mg, and lactose.
For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
Powder for oral solution.
Pale cream coloured homogeneous powder with an odour and taste of lemon.
4.1 Therapeutic indications
For the relief of the symptoms associated with the common cold or influenza.
4.2 Posology and method of administration
Duration of treatment is dependent on indications. A healthcare professional should be consulted for indications where treatment duration exceeds short term use.
Adults and children over the age of 12 years: The usual dose is the contents of one sachet. The dose may be repeated in 4 hours with a maximum of six doses in a 24 hour period.
Not to be given to children under 12 years of age except on medical advice.
Elderly: The normal adult dosage can be used.
Method of administration
For oral administration after dissolution in water. For instructions on reconstitution of the medicinal product before administration, see section 6.6.
Hepatic Impairment: Patients with hepatic impairment should seek the advice of a doctor before taking this product (see section 4.4).
Renal Impairment: Patients with renal impairment should seek the advice of a doctor before taking this product (see section 4.4).
Hypersensitivity to paracetamol or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use
Serious skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis, have been reported very rarely in association with Paracetamol. These severe hypersensitivity reactions are potentially life threatening. The product should be discontinued at the first appearance of skin rash, mucosal lesions, or any other sign of hypersensitivity.
Patients with hepatitis, non-cirrhotic alcoholic liver disease, hepatic insufficiency or renal insufficiency are at an increased risk of adverse reactions associated with Paracetamol use. These patients should seek the advice of a doctor before taking this product or other drugs that affect the liver.
Do not take with any other paracetamol containing product. Take only when necessary. Prolonged use except under medical supervision can be harmful. Do not exceed the stated dose. Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well (see section 4.9).
If symptoms persist for more than seven days, please consult a healthcare professional.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency should not take this medicine.
This medicine contains 94.1mg of sodium per dose. To be taken into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet.
Contains a source of phenylalanine. May be harmful to people with phenylketonuria.
Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.
4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
The speed of absorption of paracetamol may be increased by metoclopramide or domperidone and absorption reduced by cholestyramine.
The anticoagulant effect of warfarin and other coumarins may be enhanced by prolonged regular use of paracetamol with increased risk of bleeding; occasional doses have no significant effect.
4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation
A large amount of data on pregnant women indicate neither malformative, nor feto/neonatal toxicity. Paracetamol can be used during pregnancy if clinically needed however it should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible frequency.
Paracetamol is excreted in breast milk, but not in a clinically significant amount. Product use is compatible with breast-feeding.
No known effects.
4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines
4.8 Undesirable effects
Adverse effects of paracetamol are rare, but hypersensitivity including skin rash may occur. There have been reports of blood dyscrasias but these were not necessarily causally related to paracetamol.
Adverse events which have been associated with paracetamol are given below, tabulated by system organ class and frequency. Frequencies are defined as: Very common (≥1/10); Common (≥1/100 and <1/10); Uncommon (≥1/1000 and <1/100); Rare (≥1/10,000 and <1/1000); Very rare (< 1/10,000); Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data). Within each frequency grouping, adverse events are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.
System Organ Class
Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders
Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis1
Description of Selected Adverse Reactions
1 Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported (see section 4.4).
Reporting of Suspected Adverse Reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2; Tel: +353 1 6764971; Fax: +353 1 6762517. Website: www.hpra.ie; E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a risk of poisoning, particularly in elderly subjects, in young children, in patients with liver disease, in cases of chronic alcoholism, in patients with chronic malnutrition. Overdosing may be fatal in these cases.
Symptoms generally appear within the first 24 hours and comprise: nausea, vomiting, anorexia, pallor, and abdominal pain.
Overdose of paracetamol in a single administration in adults or in children causes liver cell necrosis likely to induce complete and irreversible necrosis, resulting in hepatocellular insufficiency, metabolic acidosis and encephalopathy which may lead to coma and death. Simultaneously, increased levels of hepatic transaminases (AST, ALT), lactate dehydrogenase and bilirubin are observed together with increased prothrombin levels that may appear 12 to 48 hours after administration.
Liver damage is likely in adults who have taken more than the recommended amounts of paracetamol. It is considered that excess quantities of toxic metabolite (usually adequately detoxified by glutathione when normal doses of paracetamol are ingested), become irreversibly bound to liver tissue.
Some patients may be at increased risk of liver damage from paracetamol toxicity.
Risk Factors include:
If the patient;
a. Is on long-term treatment with carbamazepine, phenobarbitone, phenytoin, primidone, rifampicin, St John's Wort or other drugs that induce liver enzymes.
b. Regularly consumes ethanol in excess of recommended amounts
c. Is likely to be glutathione depleted e.g. eating disorders, cystic fibrosis, HIV infection, starvation, cachexia
Immediate transfer to hospital
Blood sampling to determine initial paracetamol plasma concentration
IV (or oral if possible) administration of the antidote N-acetylcysteine as soon as possible and before the 10th hour of the overdose in accordance with National guidelines.
Symptomatic treatment should be implemented.”
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties
ATC Code: N02BE01, other analgesics and antipyretics
Paracetamol has both analgesic and antipyretic activity which is believed to be mediated principally through its inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis within the central nervous system.
5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties
Paracetamol is absorbed rapidly and completely mainly from the small intestine producing peak plasma levels after 15-20 minutes following oral dosing. The systemic availability is subject to first-pass metabolism and varies with dose between 70% and 90%. The drug is rapidly and widely distributed throughout the body, and is eliminated from plasma with a T½ of approximately 2 hours. The major metabolites are glucuronide and sulphate conjugates (>80%) which are excreted in urine.
5.3 Preclinical safety data
No preclinical findings of relevance have been reported.
6.1 List of excipients
lemon flavour no. 1
6.3 Shelf life
6.4 Special precautions for storage
Store below 25°C.
6.5 Nature and contents of container
A heat-sealed sachet of paper/polyethylene/aluminium foil/Surlyn laminate in an outer cardboard carton. Each carton contains 5 or 10 sachets.
6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling
The contents of each sachet are to be dissolved in hot water before administration.
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Date of first authorisation: 1st April, 1978
Date of last renewal: 1st April, 2008.