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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Cold and Flu Caplets

Works by

Relieve cold and flu symptoms by reducing pain, congestion, and fatigue.

Active Ingredient

Paracetamol, Phenylephrine hydrochloride, Caffeine

Effective within

Typically 15-30 minutes



Side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Nervousness, Sleep disturbances

Medication details

Beechams Flu-Plus Caplets offer effective relief from major cold and flu symptoms, including headaches, shivers, aches and pains, blocked noses, painful sinuses, catarrh, sore throat, fatigue, and tiredness. Each caplet contains three active ingredients: Paracetamol (500 mg), Phenylephrine Hydrochloride (5 mg), and Caffeine (25 mg). Paracetamol is a pain reliever and fever reducer, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride acts as a decongestant, and Caffeine is a mild stimulant to combat fatigue and tiredness.

Follow these directions carefully for optimal benefits from Beechams Flu Plus Caplets:

For adults aged 16 years and over, as well as the elderly:
Take two caplets every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
Do not exceed 8 caplets (4 doses) within any 24-hour period.
Not suitable for children under 16 years of age.
Refrain from taking more frequently than every 4 hours.
Adhere to the recommended dose.
Always use the lowest effective dose to alleviate symptoms.
Consult your doctor before exceeding 7 days of use.
Limit consumption of caffeine from drinks like coffee and tea to avoid potential side effects such as difficulty sleeping, shaking, and chest discomfort.


Beechams Flu Plus Caplets contain the following active ingredients per tablet:

Paracetamol (500mg): An analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer)
Caffeine (25mg): A mild stimulant that helps combat tiredness and fatigue.
Phenylephrine hydrochloride (5mg): A decongestant that relieves nasal and sinus congestion.

Other ingredients:

Starch pregel, maize
starch, povidone, potassium sorbate (E
202), sodium laurilsulfate, sunset yellow
(E 110), stearic acid, talc, microcrystalline
cellulose, hypromellose, macrogol 400,
titanium dioxide (E 171) and quinoline
yellow lake (E 104).

Side Effects

Beechams Flu-Plus Caplets can cause side effects, although not everyone experiences them. If you experience any of the following, stop taking the medicine and contact your doctor or a healthcare professional immediately:

Severe allergic reactions, including skin rash, itching, swelling of the mouth or face, or shortness of breath. Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported.
Skin rash, peeling, or mouth ulcers.
Breathing problems, especially if you have encountered them before with other painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin.
Unexplained bruising or bleeding.
Reoccurring fevers or infections.
Nausea, sudden weight loss, loss of appetite, and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
Visual disturbances (rare, more likely in those with glaucoma).
Unusually fast pulse rate or a sensation of an unusually fast or irregular heartbeat.
Difficulty passing water, more likely to occur in men with an enlarged prostate gland.

These reactions are rare.


Before using Beechams Flu Plus Caplets, take note of the following warnings:

Inform your healthcare provider about any known allergies or hypersensitivities to the ingredients in Beechams Flu Plus Caplets.
Other Medications:
Consult with a healthcare professional before using this medication, especially if you are taking other medications. Avoid combining it with similar products containing paracetamol.
Medical Conditions:
Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as liver or kidney problems, should seek advice from a healthcare provider before using this medication.
Alcohol Consumption:
Limit alcohol consumption while taking Beechams Flu Plus Caplets, as excessive alcohol intake combined with paracetamol can lead to liver damage.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals should seek medical advice before using this medication.
Driving and Operating Machinery:
Be cautious when driving or operating machinery, as this medication may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some individuals.

Always consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or specific health conditions.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Jan 22, 2024, 4:17 pm

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Is it safe to use Beechams Flu Plus Caplets with other medications or supplements?

To ensure your safety, consult with a healthcare professional before taking Beechams Flu Plus Caplets with other medications or supplements. Certain medications or supplements may interact with the ingredients in Beechams Flu Plus Caplets, potentially affecting their effectiveness or causing unwanted side effects. Seeking professional advice will ensure a safe and suitable course of action based on individual health conditions and potential drug interactions.

Can I take Beechams Flu Plus Caplets if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should seek advice from a healthcare professional before using Beechams Flu Plus Caplets to ensure safety for both the mother and baby.

How soon can I expect relief after using Beechams Flu Plus Caplets?

Usually, you can expect relief within 15-30 minutes of taking Beechams Flu Plus Caplets. However, the time it takes to feel better may vary from person to person based on factors like metabolism and the intensity of symptoms.

What should I do if I accidentally miss a dose of Beechams Flu plus caplets?

If you accidentally miss a dose of Beechams Flu Plus Caplets, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not double up on doses to make up for the missed one. It's essential to follow the recommended dosage instructions and, if you have concerns or questions, consult with a healthcare professional for guidance.

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