What are Beechams powders and what are they used for?
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 caffeine in the product is a stimulant, and helps increase the effects of aspirin.
How should this treatment be taken?
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.
Important information about Beechams powders
This medicine is not suitable for some people, so it is important that you 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:
- If you are taking any other medicines, steroid hormones or supplements
- If you have high blood pressure
- If you have asthma or any breathing difficulties