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Anadin Extra tablets

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Information specific to: Anadin Extra tablets.

About Anadin Extra tablets and how it works

This medicine helps relieve mild to moderate pain and aches such as headache, migraine, toothache, sore throat, or nerve pain; pain and inflammation caused by rheumatism; and aches, pain and fever associated with colds and flu.

This medicine contains three main ingredients: caffeine, aspirin and paracetamol. Caffeine is a stimulant and helps increase the pain relieving actions of aspirin and paracetamol. Aspirin and paracetamol work by blocking the production of some chemicals in the body. Aspirin helps relieve inflammation, pain and fever while paracetamol helps relieve pain and fever.

This medicine is available in the form of tablets that are taken by mouth.

Do not take more than eight tablets in 24 hours.

Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Anadin Extra tablets

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never take it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before taking it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before taking this medicine if:

  • you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • this medicine is for a child under 16 years of age
  • you have or have had a stomach ulcer
  • you suffer from haemophilia
  • you have asthma or allergic disease
  • you have liver problems
  • you have kidney problems
  • you are dehydrated
  • you are taking other medicines that contain paracetamol

Medicines interactions

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. Before taking this medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including vitamins, supplements and herbal or complementary preparations.

The following medicines may interact with this medicine:

  • anticoagulants such as warfarin or other coumarins
  • uricosurics
  • domperidone
  • metoclopramide
  • cholestyramine
  • chloramphenicol
  • other Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
  • corticosteroids
  • diuretics (water tablets)
  • metoclopramide
  • phenytoin
  • valproate
  • methotrexate

Possible side effects of Anadin Extra tablets

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone having the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people taking this medicine:

  • Reye's Syndrome - this may happen if this medicine is given to children under 16 years of age and it may be fatal
  • bronchospasm, asthma attacks or other sensitivity reactions in people who are prone to these problems
  • hypersensitivity reactions such as skin rashes, angioedema or facial oedema
  • tremors and palpitations - these usually occur when high doses of caffeine are taken
  • blood problems
  • stomach irritation
  • increased bleeding time
  • precipitation of gout in people prone to gout
  • gastro-intestinal irritation or bleeding

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are trying to become pregnant or are pregnant, or are breast-feeding, you should seek medical advice before taking this medicine.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should take and if there is anything that you need to do if you take more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Seek immediate medical advice if you accidentally take an extra dose of this medicine even if you feel well.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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