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Beechams All-In-One

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Information specific to: Beechams All-In-One.

About Beechams All-In-One and how it works

This medicine helps relieve symptoms associated with the common cold and flu such as chesty cough, aches and pains, headache, fever, sore throat and blocked nose. It contains three main ingredients: phenylephrine, guaifenesin and paracetamol. Phenylephrine is a decongestant and relieves nasal congestion which helps make breathing easier. Guaifenesin is an expectorant and helps clear the chest by thinning secretions so that they can easily be coughed up. Paracetamol helps relieve pain and fever.

This medicine is available in two different forms that are both taken by mouth: tablets and liquid.

Do not take more than four doses in 24 hours.

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

Before using Beechams All-In-One

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 12 years of age
  • you have heart and circulation problems
  • you have high blood pressure
  • you have kidney problems
  • you have Raynaud’s disease
  • you have diabetes
  • you have closed angle glaucoma
  • you have an overactive thyroid gland
  • you have phaeochromocytoma
  • you have been coughing for a long period of time or you have asthma
  • your cough has lasted for more than five days or has come back and is accompanied by a rash, fever or a persistent headache
  • you have fructose intolerance (applies only to the liquid form of this medicine)
  • you have galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption (applies only to the tablet form of this medicine)
  • you have an enlarged prostate gland
  • you are taking other medicines that contain paracetamol or sympathomimetic decongestants

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:

  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors including moclobemide - do not take this medicine if you are currently taking these medicines or have taken them within the last 14 days
  • other cold and flu medicines or cough suppressants
  • anticoagulants such as warfarin
  • domperidone
  • metoclopramide
  • cholestyramine
  • other sympathomimetics such as decongestants, appetite suppressants and amphetamine-like psychostimulants
  • vasodilators
  • beta-blockers
  • medicines that induce liver enzymes such as barbiturates
  • tricylic anti-depressants such as amitriptyline
  • ergot alkaloids such as ergotamine and methylsergide
  • cardiac glycosides such as digoxin
  • guanethidine
  • debrisoquine
  • reserpine
  • methyldopa
  • medicines that lower blood pressure

Possible side effects of Beechams All-In-One

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:

  • hypersensitivity reactions such as skin rashes, angioedema, toxic epidermal necrolysis or Stevens Johnson Syndrome
  • allergic reactions such as urticaria or dermatitis
  • bronchospasm in people sensitive to aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
  • breathing difficulties
  • urinary retention or urinary difficulties - these are most likely to happen in people with a bladder obstruction or if the prostate gland is enlarged
  • pupil dilatation or acute angle closure glaucoma - these are most likely to happen in people with closed angle glaucoma
  • anaphylaxis
  • blood problems
  • palpitations
  • high blood pressure
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • stomach upset
  • liver problems
  • acute pancreatitis
  • faster heart rate
  • gastrointestinal discomfort
  • difficulty sleeping
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • restlessness
  • irritability
  • excitability
  • feeling nervous
  • may affect the results of some tests

If you experience other side effects or have any other worrying symptoms while you are taking this medicine, seek medical advice.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are trying to become pregnant, 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.

This medicine may interact with alcohol. The liquid preparations of this medicine may also contain alcohol and may not be suitable if you suffer from alcoholism, have epilepsy or liver problems.

This medicine may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.

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

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