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  • ALVEGA-3 capsules

    R289,00 incl VAT
    FLORA FORCE® ALVEGA-3 capsules contain vegan friendly, non-GMO, high quality purified DHA Omega-3 oil, sourced straight from the origin - marine algae. Because it’s high in DHA, this vegan friendly soft gel capsule is essential to a healthy brain and nervous system. FLORA FORCE® Alvega-3 capsules are 100% free from:
    • Added sugar or lactose
    • Artificial colourants or flavourants
  • Anti-Flu™ drops

    R127,71 incl VAT
    Relieves symptoms of colds and flu, congestion, fever, inflammation, headaches and swollen glands. Supports the immune system, helping to overcome infections and inflammation. The action is anti-inflammatory, decongestive, analgesic and immune stimulatory. The anti-hyaluronidase action inhibits the virus’s ability to enter cells. The action on the circulation stimulates removal of toxins and reduces congestion. 50ml herbal tinctures. Ingredients: Each 3ml contains the equivalent of: 66mg Sambucus nigra, 6mg Zingiber officinalis, 96mg Eupatorium perfoliatum, 33mg Phytolacca decandra, 33mg Echinacea spp., 51mg Fillipendula ulmaria, 15mg Capsicum minimum.
  • Improves function of urinary system – kidneys and bladder. Acts as bladder anti-septic. Relieves irritation and inflammation of bladder. Can be used for BPH and auto-immune kidney disease. Aids diuresis in persons with kidney conditions accompanied by oedema. Action of constituents is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic; inhibits micro-organism growth in the urinary system and prevents urine retention. 50ml herbal tinctures. Ingredients: Each 3ml contains the equivalent of: 78mg Agathosma betulina, 34mg Arctostaphyllos uva-ursi, 27mg Achillea millefolium, 27mg Melissa officinalis, 27mg Avena sativa, 30mg Echinacea spp., 27mg Vaccinium myrtillus, 25mg Equisetum arvense, 25mg Plantago major.
  • Bronchi-Soothe™ drops

    R135,00 incl VAT

    DISCONTINUED

    Relieves symptoms of acute respiratory conditions. Reduces inflammation and pain of bronchi and lungs, relieves coughing spasms, congestion and loosens phlegm. 50ml herbal tinctures. Ingredients: Each 3ml contains the equivalent of: 51mg Foeniculum vulgare, 39mg Cetraria islandicus, 51mg Echinacea spp., 33mg Mentha piperita, 33mg Equisetum arvense, 39mg Plantago major, 30mg Urtica dioica, 12mg Thymus vulgaris, 12mg Glycorrhiza glabra.
  • Reduces inflammation, itching and swelling associated with thrush and symptoms associated with fungal infections. Lessens recurrence of fungal infections. 50ml herbal tinctures. Ingredients: Each 3ml contains the equivalent of: Hydrastis canadensis 60mg; Agathosma betulina 56mg; Hamamelis virginiana 21mg; Tabebuia impetiginosus 45mg; Commiphora mol-mol 21mg; Juniperus communis 10mg; Echinacea spp.; Baptisia tinctoria 21mg; Olea europea 21mg.
  • Anti-ageing properties prevent degenerative disease by reducing free radicals. The anti-oxidant properties of the catechins in green tea reduce free radicals and have a detoxifying action. The flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory and protective action against cardiovascular diseases and strengthen blood vessels. Used in weight management. 400mg, 90 capsules.
  • Chlorella is known to help… strengthen the immune system, flush toxins and remove heavy metals, enhance skin regeneration, lower cholesterol and blood sugar, mop up free radicals to prevent disease, cleanse the digestive tract, keep the brain sharp Chlorella is an excellent source of… protein, iron, vitamin B12, vitamin C, zinc See Nutrition Facts for more detail
  • Circulation Formula™

    R127,21 incl VAT

    Flora Force Circulation Formula Package Insert

    Scheduling status: C0 Proprietary name (and dosage form): Flora Force Circulation Formula. Composition: Each 3ml of Circulation contains 120mg Ginkgo biloba EQUIV, 30mg Achillea millefolium EQUIV, 24mg Melissa officinalis EQUIV, 24mg Mentha piperita EQUIV, Arnica montana 3cH, 12mg Viscum album EQUIV, 9mg Hypericum perforatum EQUIV, 12mg Ruscus aculeatus EQUIV, 15mg Capsicum minimum EQUIV, 15mg Astragalus membranaceus EQUIV, 15mg Vaccinium myrtillus EQUIV, Alc 60% v/v. Pharmacological classification: Category D Western Herbal Medicine Pharmacological action: 7.6 Vascular medicines, Others Indications: Herbal medicine for the support of the circulatory system. Contra-indications: Do not use during pregnancy. Circulation formula contains Melissa officinalis and should not be use by persons with low thyroid activity due to its anti-thyrotropic effect. Arnica montana homeopathic 3cH may have a possible blood thinning action; avoid Circulation formula for 3 days before surgery. Circulation formula is contraindicated for persons on SSRI drugs and anti-coagulant drugs. Warnings: Not to be used by persons on anti-coagulant medication. Not to be used during pregnancy. Do not use continuously without consulting a healthcare practitioner. Arnica monta: homeopathic 3cH may have a possible blood thinning action avoid Circulation formula for 3 days before surgery. Drug Interaction: The individual constituent interactions from literature are: Ginkgo: Anti-coagulant medication, warfarin, Ticlopidine and Aspirin. Mentha piperita:  interferes with action of propulsid and closure of oesophageal sphincter Hypericum perforatum: persons on SSRI drugs should not take Circulation formula. Capsicum minimum the active ingredient capsaicin is an ACE inhibitor: There is a theoretical concern because capsaicin depletes substance P. It is a very low risk level however the Patient should be monitored. Theophylline: Cayenne increase absorption and bio-availability as per clinical study.  Risk level is low patient should be monitored. Vaccinium myrtillus: Warfarin. Anti-platelet activity has been observed with high doses of herb. Pregnancy and Lactation: Not do be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Dosage and directions for use: Take 20 drops in 25ml water three times daily, or as prescribed. Side-effects and special precautions: Not to be used by persons on anti-coagulant medication. Hypersensitivity with known plant allergy. Known symptoms of over dosage and particulars of its treatment: None known. Consult a practitioner or nearest poison care centre. Identification: Pale to bright yellow liquid, sharp in smell and bitter, sharp in taste. Presentation: 50ml amber glass dropper bottle with white tamper evident screw cap within a product box. 500ml amber glass bottle with white tamper evident screw cap. Storage instructions: Store in a cool dark place below 25ºC. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Registration number: To be allocated. Applicant: Flora Force Health Products (Pty) Ltd., PO Box 426, Rondebosch, 7701, Cape Town Date of publication: 17/11/2014
  • DISCONTINUED Herbal anti-septic and anti-inflammatory. Relieves flatulence, wind, colic and nausea. Clove has a carminative action, improving digestion and relieving indigestion, inflammation and pain of peptic ulcers. Use together with Slippery elm in case of ulcers. Can be used together with Juglans nigra and Artemisia absinthinum to eliminate parasites in the egg stage. Used for treatment of malaria, TB and cholera in tropical areas. 500mg, 80 capsules.
  • Dandelion capsules

    R129,23 incl VAT
    FLORA FORCE® DANDELION capsules traditionally used to support the body’s elimination functions. Vege caps. Free from additives, sugar and lactose.

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  • DensiMAX™ tablets

    R211,99 incl VAT
    FLORA FORCE® DensiMAX® tablets is a multi-mineral supplement with calcium and Vitamin D; supports healthy bones and teeth and plays a role in maintaining good health. Calcium intake, when combined with sufficient Vitamin D, a healthy diet and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. Free from sugar and lactose. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking DensiMAX®tablets.

    PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

    Information for the Patient about DensiMAX® Tablets

    Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME, STRENGTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORM: DensiMAX® tablets.
    Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you. DensiMAX® tablets are available without a doctor’s prescription, for you to treat a mild illness. Nevertheless, you still need to use DensiMAX® tablets carefully to get the best results from it.
    • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
    • Do not share DensiMAX® with any other person.
    • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
    • You must see a registered healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
    WHAT DensiMAX® TABLETS CONTAIN: Each DensiMAX® tablet contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY DAILY DOSAGE RDA
    Calcium (from Aquamin™ *Lithothamnium calcareum) 450 mg 900 mg 90%
    Magnesium (from Aquamin™ *Lithothamnium calcareum) 31 mg 62 mg 19%
    Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 240 IU 480 IU 80%
    Trace minerals (from Aquamin™ *Lithothamnium calcareum) 72 Trace minerals including Boron, Chloride, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Zinc 444 mg 888 mg
    Inactive ingredients: gum acacia, sodium carboxy-methyl cellulose, and magnesium stearate. DensiMAX® tablets are free from sugar and lactose.
    WHAT DensiMAX® TABLETS ARE USED FOR: DensiMAX® tablets is a multi-mineral supplement that supports healthy bones and teeth and is a factor in the maintenance of good health. Calcium intake, when combined with sufficient Vitamin D, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. BEFORE YOU TAKE DensiMAX® TABLETS: Do NOT take DensiMAX® tablets:
    • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in DensiMAX® tablets
    • If you have abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood and/or excessive loss of calcium in the urine (see “Take special care with DensiMAX® tablets”).
    • If you high or low levels of phosphate in the blood (see “Take special care with DensiMAX® tablets”).
    • Surgery (see “Take special care with DensiMAX® tablets”).
    Take special care with DensiMAX® tablets: Please discuss the use of DensiMAX® tablets with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you:
    • Suffer from have abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood and/or excessive loss of calcium in the urine. Conditions that lead to abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood include para-thyroid gland disorders, sarcoidosis, poor kidney function and bone cancer. Conditions that lead to abnormally low levels of calcium in the blood are kidney stones and kidney failure (see “Do NOT take DensiMAX® tablets”).
    • Suffer from high or low levels of phosphate in the blood. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your phosphate levels when starting or stopping treatment with DensiMAX® tablets (see “Do NOT take DensiMAX® tablets”).
    • Suffer from low levels of stomach acid. People with low levels of gastric acid absorb less calcium if it is taken on an empty stomach. However, low acid levels in the stomach do not reduce calcium absorption if calcium is taken with food (see “Do NOT take DensiMAX® tablets”).
    • Are a smoker. Smokers absorb less calcium from the stomach. The dose of DensiMAX® tablets may need to be adjusted if you smoke.
    • Are undergoing surgery, discontinue use at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure (see “Do NOT take DensiMAX® tablets”).
    • Take warfarin or other blood thinning medicines. You may have to arrange increased monitoring or your INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels when starting or stopping treatment with DensiMAX® tablets (see “Taking other medicines with DensiMAX® tablets”).
    The use of DensiMAX® tablets in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “HOW TO TAKE DensiMAX® TABLETS”). Taking DensiMAX® tablets with food and drink: DensiMAX® tablets should be taken with meals with water. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Use DensiMAX® tablets under supervision of a pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner.
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking DensiMAX® tablets.
    Driving and using machinery: No studies on the effect on the ability to drive and use machinery have been performed. It is unlikely that DensiMAX® tablets will impair your ability to drive or use machines. However, please exercise care when driving or operating machinery until you know how DensiMAX® tablets affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of DensiMAX® tablets: DensiMAX® tablets are sugar and lactose free. Taking other medicines with DensiMAX® tablets:
    Always tell your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are taking any other medicine. (this includes complementary or traditional medicines).
    Please discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with DensiMAX® tablets with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner:
    • Calcipotriene, a medicine similar to vitamin D, for the treatment of psoriasis.
    • Diltiazem for the treatment of high blood pressure, angina and heart rhythm disorders.
    • Lithium for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
    • Potassium sparing diuretics for the treatment of hypertension and management of congestive heart failure.
    • Skeletal muscle relaxants used to alleviate muscle spasms, pain, and hyperreflexia.
    The dose of the above medications may need to be adjusted when taken with DensiMAX® tablets. Also, discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with DensiMAX® tablets with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner:
    • Raltegravir (an anti-retroviral medication). DensiMAX® tablets may decrease its levels.
    • Thiazide diuretics. DensiMAX® tablets could increase calcium levels in the blood. Monitor you calcium and parathyroid function regularly if you are using DensiMAX® tablets and thiazide diuretics in combination.
    • Antacids as DensiMAX® tablets may reduce the levels of magnesium.
    • Anti-diabetic medicines. DensiMAX® tablets may increase its effects. Monitor you blood sugar levels regularly if you are using DensiMAX® tablets and anti-diabetic medicines in combination.
    • Warfarin or other blood thinning medicines. DensiMAX® tablets may potentially increase the effect of blood thinning medicines (see “Take special care with DensiMAX® tablets”).
    • Biphosphonates as DensiMAX® tablets can influence the absorption and effectiveness of these medicines (see “HOW TO TAKE DensiMAX® TABLETS”).
    • Levothyroxine, taken for hypothyroidism, as DensiMAX® tablets may decrease its absorption (see “HOW TO TAKE DensiMAX® TABLETS”).
    • Integrase inhibitors, used to treat HIV, as DensiMAX® tablets may decrease the levels of this medication (see “HOW TO TAKE DensiMAX® TABLETS”).
    • Tetracylcine and quinolone antibiotics as DensiMAX® tablets decreases the levels of this medication (see “HOW TO TAKE DensiMAX® TABLETS”).
    • Sotalol as DensiMAX® tablets decreases the levels of this medication (see “HOW TO TAKE DensiMAX® TABLETS”).
    • Gabapectin as DensiMAX® tablets decreases levels of this medication (see “HOW TO TAKE DensiMAX® TABLETS”).
    HOW TO TAKE DensiMAX® TABLETS: Do not share medicines prescribed to you with any other person. Always take DensiMAX® tablets exactly as directed. You should check with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are unsure. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE. Adults (18 years and older): Take 1 tablet twice daily with meals or as directed by your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “Take special care with DensiMAX® tablets”). Bisphosphonates must be taken 30 min prior or at a different time of the day. Levothyroxin must be taken at least 4 hours apart from DensiMAX® tablets. Integrase inhibitors, tetracycline and quinoline antibiotics, sotalol and gabapectin must be taken at least 2 hours before, or 4-6 hours after DensiMAX® tablets (see “Taking other medicines with DensiMAX® tablets”). DensiMAX® tablets may be taken for a period of up to 12 weeks followed by an interval of 1 week after which the next 12-week cycle can commence. However, should you experience any adverse effects or any of the side effects indicated below please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. If you take more DensiMAX® tablets than you should: If you take more DensiMAX® tablets than you should, you may experience thirst, drowsiness, confusion, weakness, difficulty breathing, chest pain and unconsciousness. In the event of over dosage, consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. If neither is available, contact the nearest hospital or poison control centre. If you forget to take DensiMAX® tablets: Always take DensiMAX® tablets as directed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember the missed dose till the next dose is due, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule of one tablet twice daily. Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS: DensiMAX® tablets may have side-effects. Not all side-effects reported for DensiMAX® tablets. Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward effects while taking DensiMAX® tablets, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice. Serious side-effects that you (or a family member if you are unable to) should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner immediately include:
    • An allergic reaction which may present with shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, or itching, swelling of the face, tongue or whole body.
    • Chest pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain, increased thirst & urination, fatigue, muscle weakness & pain, confusion, disorientation, difficulty talking, headaches, depression and poor appetite.
    • Blood in urine, fever and chills, sever stomach or back pain.
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner as soon as possible:
    • Less or more urine than is normal for you.
    • Swollen face, feet and ankles.
    • Breath odour.
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if they continue or become bothersome include:
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as:
      • Stomach discomfort, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation, belching, acid reflux & heartburn, flatulence.
    If you notice any side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. STORING AND DISPOSING OF DensiMAX® tablets: Store at or below 25ºC in a dry place. Protect from light / moisture. Do not take the capsules after the expiry date stated on the packaging material. Return all unused capsules to your pharmacist. Do not dispose of unused capsules in drains or sewerage systems (e.g. toilets). STORE ALL MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. PRESENTATION OF DensiMAX® tablets: 60 Tablets packed in a 125ml amber glass bottle with a seal and mustard gold screw cap in a product box with a package insert. IDENTIFICATION OF DensiMAX® tablets: 23 mm oblong off-white tablet. REGISTRATION NUMBER/REFERENCE NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/11/2017 *Aquamin™ is a registered trade mark of Marigot Ltd. Ireland
    DensiMAX® Tablets Health Supplement This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME (AND DOSAGE FORM): DensiMAX® Tablets COMPOSITION: Each DensiMAX® tablet contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY DAILY DOSAGE RDA
    Calcium (from Aquamin™ *Lithothamnium calcareum) 450 mg 900 mg 90%
    Magnesium (from Aquamin™ *Lithothamnium calcareum) 31 mg 62 mg 19%
    Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 240 IU 480 IU 80%
    Trace minerals (from Aquamin™ *Lithothamnium calcareum) 72 Trace mineral including Boron, Chloride, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Zinc 444 mg 888 mg
    Inactive ingredients: gum acacia, sodium carboxy-methyl cellulose, magnesium stearate. DensiMAX® tablets are free from sugar and lactose. PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D 22.2 Vitamins - Other. PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Pharmacodynamic properties: Aquamin is a marine-sourced multi-mineral, which is derived from the cytoskeleton of the red algae Lithothamnion calcareum. Over the course of the aquatic plant's life, minerals are accumulated from the seawater, and stored as carbonate salts in the plant. Aquamin™ has the ability to improve osteoblast bone cell mineralisation and promote early bone mineral build-up. By re-mineralizing the cells, the number of osteoblasts are increased. Osteoblasts are responsible for new bone formation. Aquamins' osteogenic (bone tissue formation) response is improved by the addition of Vitamin D3. INDICATIONS: DensiMAX® is a multi-mineral supplement that supports healthy bones and teeth and is a factor in the maintenance of good health. Calcium intake, when combined with sufficient Vitamin D, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. CONTRA-INDICATIONS: DensiMAX® tablets are contra-indicated in patients with:
    • A hypersensitivity to calcium, vitamin D or to one of the other ingredients in DensiMAX® tablets including seafood, seaweeds and specific trace minerals.
    • Hyper-calcaemia and/or hyper-calciuria (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Hyper-phosphatemia and/or hypo-phosphataemia (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Achlorhydria (see “WARNING AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Smoking (see “WARNING AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Surgery (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECUATIONS”).
    WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: DensiMAX® tablets should be used with care in patients with hyper-calcaemia and/or hyper-calciuria (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”).  DensiMAX® tablets should be used with care in conditions that could lead to increased calcium absorption and hypercalcaemia such as, hyper-parathyroidism, renal insufficiency, sarcoidosis, bone tumour and myeloma (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). DensiMAX™ tablets should be used with care in conditions that could lead to decreased renal calcium reabsorption and hyper-calciuria such as kidney stones, nephron-calcinosis and kidney failure (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). DensiMAX® tablets should be used cautiously in patients with hyper-phosphatemia and/or hypo-phosphatemia.  These patients should have increased monitoring of their serum phosphate levels (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). DensiMAX® tablets should be used with care in patients with achlorhydria as these patients have lower calcium absorption in a fasting state compared to patients with normal gastric acid secretion. When calcium is taken with a meal, reduced gastric acidity does not significantly impair absorption.  Patients with achlorhydria should therefore take calcium with a meal (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). DensiMAX® tablets should be used with care in patients that smoke.  Cigarette smoking decreases intestinal calcium absorption (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). DensiMAX® tablets should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery.  Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). When starting, or stopping treatment with magnesium containing products, including DensiMAX® tablets, patients taking warfarin (or other coumarin anti-coagulants) should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “INTERACTIONS”). The use of DensiMAX® tablets in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”). Effects on the ability to drive or use machinery: No studies on the effect of DensiMAX® tablets on the ability to drive or operate machines have been performed.  It is unlikely that DensiMAX® tablets will affect the ability to drive or operate machines. INTERACTIONS: The herbs in DensiMAX® tablets may interact with the following medicines:
    • Calcipotriene (Vitamin D analogue): may cause increased calcium absorption.
    • Diltiazem: calcium can decrease effectiveness.
    • Lithium: long-term lithium use may cause hypercalcemia.
    • Potassium sparing diuretics: may increase levels of magnesium.
    • Skeletal muscle relaxants: magnesium may increase levels.
    There is some evidence that taking calcium and vitamin D with the anti-retroviral (ARV) drug, raltegravir, possibly reduces its levels.  Until more is known, use with caution when taking raltegravir along with repeated doses of calcium. The use of thiazide diuretics with calcium, as in DensiMAX® tablets could increase the risk of hypercalcemia, metabolic alkalosis and renal failure.  Patients taking thiazide diuretics should consult their healthcare practitioner about appropriate calcium doses and to have their serum calcium levels and/or parathyroid function monitored regularly.  These diuretics include chlorothiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, indapamide, metolazone and chlorthalidone. The use of antacids with magnesium, as in DensiMAX® tablets, may reduce the levels of magnesium.  Patients taking antacids should consult their healthcare practitioner and may need to adjust their dose of magnesium. Magnesium, as in DensiMAX® tablets, may enhance the blood glucose lowering effects of anti-diabetic medicines.  Patients on anti-diabetic medicines should monitor their glucose levels closely when taking DensiMAX® tablets. Magnesium, as in DensiMAX® tablets, may increase the effect of oral anti-coagulants and anti-platelet drugs (e.g. warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin) when taken concomitantly.  Patients taking anti-coagulants or anti-platelet medicines should have their INR levels monitored more frequently when taking DensiMAX® tablets (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). Calcium and magnesium, as in DensiMAX® tablets, may decrease absorption of bisphosphonates, taken to prevent loss of bone mass, when taken concomitantly.  Advise patients to take bisphosphonates 30 minutes before DensiMAX® tablets, but preferably at a different time of day.  Some of these medications include alendronate, etidronate, ibandronate, risedronate and tiludronate (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”). Calcium carbonate, as in DensiMAX® tablets, may reduce the effectiveness of levothyroxine in patients with hypothyroid.  Advise patients to take levothyroxine and calcium supplement at least 4 hours apart (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”). Advise patients to separate doses of the below medicines by at least 2 hours before, or 4-6 hours after DensiMAX® tablets (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”). There is evidence that taking calcium, as in DensiMAX® tablets, with integrase inhibitors, used to treat HIV, may reduce levels of the medication.  These medications include dolutegravir and elvitegravir. Calcium and magnesium, as in DensiMAX® tablets, may decrease the absorption of tetracycline and quinolone antibiotics.  Tetracyclines include demeclocycline, doxyclycline and minocycline.  Quinolones include, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, ofloxacin, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, Gemifloxacin and others. Calcium, as in DensiMAX® tablets, may decrease the absorption of sotalol. Magnesium, as in DensiMAX® tablets, may decrease levels of gabapentin. PREGNANCY AND LACTATION: Use DensiMAX® tablets under supervision of a healthcare practitioner. DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE: The recommended daily dose should not be exceeded. Adults (18 years and older): Take 1 tablet twice daily with meals or as prescribed. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). Bisphosphonates must be taken 30 min prior or at a different time of the day.  Levothyroxin must be taken at least 4 hours apart from DensiMAX® tablets.  Integrase inhibitors, tetracycline and quinoline antibiotics, sotalol and gabapectin must be taken at least 2 hours before, or 4-6 hours after DensiMAX® tablets (see “INTERACTIONS”). SIDE-EFFECS: The following side-effects may occur with the use of DensiMAX® tablets. Endocrine disorders: Frequency unknown:         Hypercalcemia, Milk-alkali syndrome, hyper-magnesemia. Vascular disorders: Frequency unknown:         Myocardial infarct, atherosclerosis. Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Frequency unknown: Respiratory depression Gastrointestinal disorders: Frequency unknown:         Gastro-intestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, belching, flatulence and acid reflux. Renal and urinary disorders: Frequency unknown:         Nephro-calcinosis and renal insufficiency. KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENTS: The following symptoms may be experienced in the event of an overdose: Thirst, hypotension, drowsiness, confusion, loss of tendon reflexes, muscle weakness, respiratory depression, cardiac arrhythmias, coma and cardiac arrest. Contact a poison control centre in area. IDENTIFICATION: 23 mm oblong off-white tablet. PRESENTATION: 60 Tablets packed in a 125ml amber glass bottle with a seal and mustard gold screw cap in a product box and package insert. STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Store at or below 25 ºC in a dry place. Protect from light. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. REGISTRATION NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town DATE OF PUBLICATION: To be allocated. *Aquamin™ is a registered trade mark of Marigot Ltd. Ireland

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  • Devils claw tablets

    R105,89 incl VAT
    Treats degenerative musculo-skeletal and joint conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, and gout. Anti-inflammatory, reducing pain and swelling associated with arthritis and rheumatism; improves joint mobility. 500mg, 60 tablets.
  • Green barley grass is harvested from young barley plants no taller than 25cm. By using these young plants, we ensure that optimal minerals and vitamins are retained in the plant’s leaves. Of particular note are the high levels of chlorophyll present in green barley (chlorophyll is the plant equivalent of haemoglobin in humans). There are some differences between barley kernels (as cooked in cereal or other dishes) and green barley grass, the most notable of which is the presence of chlorophyll in the latter.
  • Birch sugar, also known as xylitol, is a delicious sugar substitute. It is sourced from birch bark but it can also be extracted from other plants. It has a refreshing taste very similar to sucrose. The difference between this and sugar is that it has 40% fewer calories and glycaemic index of around 7, over 9 times lower than the 64 for sugar. In addition to its pleasant taste and low glycaemic index, it also helps maintain healthy teeth and contributes to their mineralisation.
  • Drasanvi’s Broccoli Powder is prepared from certified organic plants newly harvested. Stems and flower buds are washed, dried and pulverized, yielding a high quality fine powder. Drasanvi’s Broccoli Superfood is high in fiber (27,64g of fiber per 100g of product). It is a rich source of protein, specifically 43% of its energetic value, which makes Broccoli Superfood an excellent addition to any healthy protein shake. It contains Vitamin C, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system and to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
  • Although Chia seeds is one of the trendy superfoods, its use as staple food goes back to the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations. And with good reason, since Chia seeds are very rich in nutrients and are full of vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 fatty acids, 6 and 9. In addition, they have a high fiber content. Another advantage is that they are very easy to digest and mix with other foods. It is characterized by a pleasant taste, slightly soft and similar to the walnut. Chia seeds, when combined with liquid, absorb between 10 and 12 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel. In this way, it becomes a very versatile ingredient to enrich your recipes, and as a thickener for sauces or soups.
  • Organic Coconut sugar is obtained from the nectar of the flowers that grow on coconut trees. This substance has been commonly used in Asian countries since ancient times. In recent years the use of coconut sugar has become increasingly popular, due to its low glycaemic index and its delicious caramel-like flavour. Coconut sugar is an organic sugar: it is produced and processed from sustainable sources and is thought to be one of the world’s most environmentally friendly and sustainable sugars.
  • Organic hemp seeds have high levels of proteins, providing all the essential amino acids, and omega 3, 6 and 9. Drasanvi’s hemp seeds are selected by hand to ensure we pick only the top quality seeds. Once they have been selected, they are cleaned with water to remove the outer shells, which makes them easier to digest. This entire process follows the quality standards of organic farming.
  • Maca is a root that only grows in the Peruvian Andes, at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level. Being rich in carbohydrates and in vitamin B3 (Niacin), it helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. It was used by the Inca culture for centuries and the etymology of the word tells us a lot about the plant itself: “ma” means “sourced at high altitudes” and “ca” means “good food that strengthens the body”.
  • Pea originated in the East, where people have been cultivating and consuming it for more than 8,000 years. Drasanvi’s Pea Protein powder is a high quality, organic supplement. It is concentrated, has neutral flavor and provides an interesting option to add extra protein into a healthy diet. Pea protein is easy to digest and is rich in essential amino acids.
  • Reishi mushroom is difficult to find in nature. It is known for over three thousand years in Eastern culture and grown in trees such as oak, beech and maple in mild and tropical areas. The name "ganoderma" comes from the Greek words "ganos", meaning shine and "dermos", meaning skin, and the name of the species "Lucidum" comes from the Latin word "Lucidum", meaning shining. This mushroom is considered to be a Superfood because of its characteristic nutritional values.
  • The Shiitake mushroom is originally from East Asia. It has been cultivated for over 1,000 years, but there are earlier references to its consumption. In their place of origin these mushrooms grow on a tree called Shii. They are recognized by their brown hat with gray specks and aroma. Currently, the Shiitake is one of the main sources of protein in the diet of people in several Eastern countries, especially in Japan and China.
  • Spirulina powder is from a type of algae that is fast becoming one of the most fashionable food supplements, although it dates back to the Aztecs. It is rich in proteins (more than 50% of its composition), which provide eight essential amino acids of the type that the body cannot synthesise. Its unique composition has inspired the UN to declare Spirulina algae as “Basic food for cases of malnutrition”.
  • We obtain our organic wheatgrass powder from young shoots of wheat. It is harvested when the plant has the highest concentration of vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll. Wheatgrass has a high concentration of proteins and is rich in vitamins and minerals. The entire process of making this powder, from growing the plant, its extraction and up until its packaging, is carried out under environmentally friendly conditions.
  • Ear Candles

    R90,12 incl VAT
    FLORA FORCE® EAR CANDLES are used to relieve outer ear irritation and help ease the sensation of blocked ears. As the candle burns, the warmth, sound and aroma of the smoke are extremely relaxing, and the user may feel that the ear canal is less blocked. The candles contain tea tree and calming sage. 1 pair.
  • Echi-mune™ drops

    R127,21 incl VAT
    Total immune support with preventative action throughout the year. During cold and flu season it can be used together with other indicated remedies for a quicker recovery. Protects the heart during viral infections. Can be used in all conditions associated with lowered resistance and slow recovery from illness, particularly respiratory, urinary and fungal infections. Supports recovery from post-viral syndrome conditions. Echi-muneTM is immune strengthening; the anti-microbial action inhibits a wide spectrum of viral, fungal and bacterial infections. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, decongestive action. The formula contains olive leaf and propolis, providing enhanced preventative properties. 50 ml herbal tinctures Ingredients: Each 3ml contains the equivalent of: 90mg Echinacea spp., 30mg Agathosma betulina, 30mg Mentha piperita, 24mg Solidago virguaurea18mg Viscum album, 18mg Crataegus rhipidophylla, 18mg Schizandra chinensis, 24mg Astragalus membranaceus, 24mg Olea europaea, 24mg Propolis.
  • This product has been discontinued
  • Laxative action relieves inflammation and sluggish digestive conditions. 500mg, 60 capsules
  • FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules support vision and eye health, and help to relieve symptoms related to non-complicated venous insufficiency. Free from additives, sugar and lactose. The capsules are from additives, sugar and lactose. (Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare practitioners before taking bilberry.)

    PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

    Information for the Patient about FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY Capsules

    Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council.  This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME, STRENGTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORM: FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY Capsules
    Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.  FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules are available without a doctor’s prescription, for you to treat a mild illness.  Nevertheless, you still need to use FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules carefully to get the best results from it. 
    • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
    • Do not share FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules with any other person.
    • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
    • You must see a registered healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY CAPSULES CONTAIN: Each FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Vaccinium myrtillus berry powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules are free from sugar and lactose.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY CAPSULES ARE USED FOR: FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules supports vision and eye health, and helps to relieve symptoms related to non-complicated venous insufficiency. BEFORE YOU TAKE FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY CAPSULES: Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules:
    • If you have are allergic to any of the ingredients in FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY
    • If you have a bleeding disorder (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules”).
    • If you have diabetes (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules”).
    • Surgery (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRYcapsules”).
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see “Pregnancy and breastfeeding”).
    Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules: Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you:
    • Suffer from a bleeding disorder. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules”).
    • Suffer from diabetes. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood sugar levels (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules”).
    • Are undergoing surgery, discontinue use at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules”).
    • Take warfarin, other blood thinning or anti-platelet medicines. You may have to arrange increased monitoring or your INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules”).
    The use of FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY CAPSULES”). Taking FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules with food and drink: FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules should be taken after meals with water. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Safety of FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.  Avoid taking FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules.
    Driving and using machinery: No studies on the effect on the ability to drive and use machinery have been performed.  It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules will impair your ability to drive or use machines.  However, please exercise care when driving or operating machinery until you know how FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules: FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules are sugar free. Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules:
    Always tell your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are taking any other medicine (this includes complementary or traditional medicines).
    Discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner:
    • Warfarin, other blood thinning or anti-platelet medicines. FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules may potentially increase the effect of blood thinning medicines (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules”).
    • Anti-diabetic medicines as FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules may further lower blood sugar levels. Monitor you blood sugar levels regularly if you are using FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules and anti-diabetic medicines in combination.
    HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY CAPSULES: Do not share medicines prescribed to you with any other person. Always take FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules exactly as directed.  You should check with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are unsure. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE. Adults (18 years and older): Take 1-2 capsules twice daily with meals or as directed by your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules”). FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules may be taken for a period of up to 12 weeks followed by an interval of 1 week after which the next 12-week cycle can commence.  However, should you experience any adverse effects or any of the side effects indicated below please consult your healthcare practitioner. If you take more FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules than you should: In the event of over dosage, consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner.  If neither is available, contact the nearest hospital or poison control centre. If you forget to take FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules: Always take FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules as directed.  If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.  If you do not remember the missed dose till the next dose is due, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule of 1-2 capsules twice daily.  Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS: FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules can have side-effects. Not all side-effects reported for FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules are included in this leaflet.  Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward effects while taking FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice. Serious side-effects that you (or a family member if you are unable to) should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner immediately include:
    • An allergic reaction which may present with shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, or itching, swelling of the face, tongue or whole body.
    • Signs of decreased blood sugar or blood pressure such as light headedness, blurred vision and confusion.
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if they continue or become bothersome include:
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as:
      • Increased frequency of bowel movements, constipation, stomach discomfort, nausea and heartburn.
    If you notice any side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. STORING AND DISPOSING OF FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules: Store at or below 25ºC in a dry place. Protect from light / moisture. Do not take the capsules after the expiry date stated on the packaging material. Return all unused capsules to your pharmacist. Do not dispose of unused capsules in drains or sewerage systems (e.g. toilets). STORE ALL MEDICINE OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. PRESENTATION OF FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules: 90 Capsules packed into 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert, packed in box. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing a dark red-brown herbal powder. REGISTRATION NUMBER/REFERENCE NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/02/2018
    FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY Capsules Western herbal medicine FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME (AND DOSAGE FORM): FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY Capsules COMPOSITION: Each FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Vaccinium myrtillus berry powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules are free from sugar and lactose. PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D 40.1 Complementary medicine not otherwise specified - Discipline specific traditional claim PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Pharmacodynamic properties:

    Vaccinium myrtillus contains several compounds that have demonstrated biological activity.  The main chemicals have been shown to be anthocyans, anthocyanidins, anthocyanins and anthocyanosides; as well as flavonoids, tannins, quercetin, epicatechin, hydroquinone and many more.  Flavonoids possess a number of biological properties, including reduction of capillary permeability and fragility.  Anthocyanosides have been shown to exert a direct effect on the retina.  Vaccinium myrtillus improves microcirculation which may also play a role in improvement of visual function.

    INDICATIONS:

    FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules supports vision and eye health, and helps to relieve symptoms related to non-complicated chronic venous insufficiency.

    CONTRA-INDICATIONS:

    FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules are contra-indicated in patients with:

    • A hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients in FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY
    • Bleeding disorder (see “WARNING AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Diabetes (see “WARNING AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Surgery (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see “PREGNACY AND LACTATION”).
    WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS:

    When starting, or stopping treatment with Vaccinium myrtillus containing products, including FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules, patients with bleeding disorders should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”).

    FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery.  Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”).

    FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery.  Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”).

    The use of FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”).

    FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules should be used with care in patients taking sedative medications, including Midazolam, as it may increase its sedative effects (see "INTERACTIONS").

    Effects on the ability to drive or use machinery: No studies on the effect of FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules on the ability to drive or operate machines have been performed.  It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules will affect the ability to drive or operate machines.

    INTERACTIONS:

    Vaccinium myrtillus, as in FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules, may potentially increase the effect of oral anti-coagulants and anti-platelet drugs (e.g. warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, NSAIDs, ibuprofen, dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin) when taken concomitantly.  Patients taking anti-coagulants or anti-platelet medicines should have their INR levels monitored more frequently when taking FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”)

    Theoretically, Vaccinium myrtillus, as in FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules, may enhance the blood glucose lowering effects of anti-diabetic medicines.  Patients on anti-diabetic medicines should monitor their glucose levels closely when taking FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules.

      PREGNANCY AND LACTATION:

    The safety and efficacy of FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules during pregnancy and lactation have not been established.  Capsules should therefore not be taken during pregnancy and lactation (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).

    DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

    The recommended daily dose should not be exceeded.

    Do not tamper with capsule.

    Adults (18 years and older): Take 1-2 capsules twice daily with meals or as prescribed.

    Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).

    SIDE-EFFECS:

    The following side-effects may occur with the use of FLORA FORCE® BILBERRY capsules.

    Endocrine disorders: Frequency unknown: Hypoglycaemia

    Vascular disorders: Frequency unknown: Hypotension

    Gastrointestinal disorders: Frequency unknown: Increased frequency of bowel movements, constipation, gastro-intestinal discomfort, nausea and heartburn

    KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENTS:

    The following symptoms may be experienced in the event of an overdose: Hydroquinone poisoning, anti-coagulation or gastro-intestinal distress. Contact a poison control centre in area.

    IDENTIFICATION:

    Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing red-brown herbal powder.

    PRESENTATION:

    90 Capsules packed in a 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert.

    STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS:

    Store at or below 25 ºC in a dry place. Protect from light. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

    REGISTRATION NUMBER:

    To be allocated.

    NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION:

    Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park, Bell Crescent, Westlake, Cape Town

    DATE OF PUBLICATION:

    21/11/2016

     

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  • FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules help ease symptoms related to urinary tract infections. Vege caps. Free from additives, sugar and lactose.

    PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

    Information for the Patient about FLORA FORCE® BUCHU Capsules

    Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME, STRENGTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORM: FLORA FORCE® BUCHU Capsules
    Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you. FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules are available without a doctor’s prescription, for you to treat a mild illness. Nevertheless, you still need to use FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules carefully to get the best results from it.
    • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
    • Do not share FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules with any other person.
    • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
    • You must see a registered healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® BUCHU CAPSULES CONTAIN: Each FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Agathosma betulina leaf powder 370 mg
    Inactive ingredients are vegetable capsules. FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules are free from sugar and lactose.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® BUCHU CAPSULES ARE USED FOR: FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules are used traditionally to assist with symptoms related to urinary tract infections. BEFORE YOU TAKE FLORA FORCE® BUCHU CAPSULES: Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules:
    • If you have are allergic to any of the ingredients in FLORA FORCE® BUCHU
    • If you have a bleeding disorder (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules”).
    • If you have a kidney infection.
    • Surgery (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules”).
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see “Pregnancy and breastfeeding”).
    Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules: Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you:
    • Suffer from a bleeding disorder. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules”).
    • Are undergoing surgery, discontinue use at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules”).
    • Are pregnant. FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules might act as an abortifacient and are not recommended during pregnancy (see “Pregnancy and breastfeeding”).
    • Take warfarin, other blood thinning or anti-platelet medicines.  You may have to arrange increased monitoring or your INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules”).
    The use of FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules”). Taking FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules with food and drink: FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules should be taken after meals with water. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Safety of FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.  Avoid taking FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules.
    Driving and using machinery: No studies on the effect on the ability to drive and use machinery have been performed. It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules will impair your ability to drive or use machines. However, please exercise care when driving or operating machinery until you know how FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules: FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules are sugar free. Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules:
    Always tell your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are taking any other medicine (this includes complementary or traditional medicines).
    Discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner
    • Warfarin, other blood thinning or anti-platelet medicines. FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules may potentially increase the effect of blood thinning medicines (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules”).
    • Lithium, as FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules may increase lithium levels.
    HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® BUCHU CAPSULES: Do not share medicines prescribed to you with any other person. Always take FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules exactly as directed. You should check with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are unsure. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE. Adults (18 years and older): Take 1 - 2 capsules daily with meals or as directed by your pharmacist or registered healthcare professional. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules”). FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules may be taken for a period of up to 12 weeks followed by an interval of 1 week after which the next 12-week cycle can commence.  However, should you experience any adverse effects or any of the side effects indicated below please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. If you take more FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules than you should: In the event of over dosage, consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner.  If neither is available, contact the nearest hospital or poison control centre.  If you forget to take FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules: Always take FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules as directed.  If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.  If you do not remember the missed dose till the next dose is due, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule of 1-2 capsules twice daily.  Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS: FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules may have side-effects. Not all side-effects reported for FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules are included in this leaflet.  Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward effects while taking FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice. Serious side-effects that you (or a family member if you are unable to) should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner immediately include:
    • An allergic reaction which may present with shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, or itching, swelling of the face, tongue or whole body.
    • Flank pain and painful urination.
    • Stomach pain, nausea, unusual tiredness, dark coloured urine, light coloured stools, yellow skin and eyes, loss of appetite and fever.
    • Fainting, blackouts, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations or vomiting.
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner as soon as possible:
    • Muscle spasms or weakness.
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if they continue or become bothersome include:
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as:
      • Stomach discomfort and diarrhoea.
    • Increased menstrual bleeding.
    If you notice any side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. STORING AND DISPOSING OF FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules: Store at or below 25ºC in a dry place. Protect from light / moisture. Do not take the capsules after the expiry date stated on the packaging material. Return all unused capsules to your pharmacist. Do not dispose of unused capsules in drains or sewerage systems (e.g. toilets). STORE ALL MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. PRESENTATION OF FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules: 60 Capsules in 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert, packed into a box. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing green herbal powder. REGISTRATION NUMBER/REFERENCE NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/11/2017
    FLORA FORCE® BUCHU Capsules Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME (AND DOSAGE FORM): FLORA FORCE® BUCHU Capsules COMPOSITION: Each FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Agathosma betulina leaf powder 370 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules are free from sugar and lactose. PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D 18.5 Urinary tract antiseptics. PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Pharmacodynamic properties:

    Agathosma betulina contains diosmin and has known anti-inflammatory activity.  Anti-bacterial activity may be due to diosphenol, while flavonoids may contribute to the diuretic activity.

    INDICATIONS:

    FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules are used traditionally to assist with symptoms related to urinary tract infections.

    CONTRA-INDICATIONS:

    FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules are contra-indicated in patients with:

    • A hypersensitivity to tany of the ingredients in FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules.
    • Bleeding disorders (see "WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS")
    • Diabetes (see "WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS").
    • Kidney infection.
    • Surgery (see <"strong>WARNING AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS").
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see "PREGNANCY AND LACTATION").
    WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS:

    When starting, or stopping treatment with Agathosma betulina containing products, including FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules, patients with bleeding disorders should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”).

    FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery.  Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”).

    When starting, or stopping treatment with Agathosma betulina containing products, including FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules, patients taking warfarin (or other coumarin anti-coagulants) should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “INTERACTIONS”).

    The use of FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”).

    Agathosma betulina, as in FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules, might act as an abortifacient. FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules are not recommended during pregnancy (see“PREGNANCY AND LACTATION”).

    Effects on the ability to drive or use machinery: No studies on the effect of FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules on the ability to drive or operate machines have been performed.  It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules will affect the ability to drive or operate machines

    INTERACTIONS:

    Agathosma betulina, as in FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules, might reduce excretion of lithium and increase levels in the blood. The dose of lithium may need to be adjusted.

    Agathosma betulina, as in FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules, may potentially increase the effect of oral anti-coagulants and anti-platelet drugs (e.g. warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, NSAIDs, ibuprofen, dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin) when taken concomitantly.  Patients taking anti-coagulants or anti-platelet medicines should have their INR levels monitored more frequently when taking FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).

    PREGNANCY AND LACTATION:

    The safety and efficacy of FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules during pregnancy and lactation have not been established.  Agathosma betulina, as in FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules, might act as an abortifacient. Capsules should therefore not be taken during pregnancy and lactation (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).

    DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

    The recommended daily dose should not be exceeded. Do not tamper with capsule.

    Adults (18 years and older): Take 1-2 capsules twice daily with meals or as prescribed.

    Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).

    SIDE-EFFECS:

    The following side-effects may occur with the use of FLORA FORCE® BUCHU capsules.

    Vascular disorders: Frequency unknown: Cardiac arrest

    Gastrointestinal disorders: Frequency unknown: Gastro-intestinal irritation, diarrhoea.

    Hepatobiliary disorders: Frequency unknown: Hepatotoxicity

    Renal and urinary disorders: Frequency unknown: Kidney irritation

    Musculoskeletal, connective tissue and bone disorders: Frequency unknown: Smooth muscle spasms or relaxation

    Reproductive system and breast disorders: Frequency unknown: Increased menstrual flow.

    KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENTS:

    None known. Contact a poison control centre in area.

    IDENTIFICATION:

    Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing green herbal powder.

    PRESENTATION:

    60 Capsules packed into 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert, packed into a box.

    STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS:

    Store at or below 25 ºC in a dry place. Protect from light. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

    REGISTRATION NUMBER:

    To be allocated.

    NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION:

    Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park, Bell Crescent, Westlake, Cape Town

    DATE OF PUBLICATION:

    27/11/2017

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  • FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules contain Capsicum minimum fruit powder. Cayenne has been used in traditional Western herbal medicine to support the circulatory system. Vege caps. Free from sugar and lactose. No additives or extracts.

    PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

    Information for the Patient about FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE Capsules

    Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council.  This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME, STRENGTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORM: FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE Capsules
    Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.  FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules are available without a doctor’s prescription, for you to treat a mild illness.  Nevertheless, you still need to use FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules carefully to get the best results from it. 
    • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
    • Do not share FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules with any other person.
    • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
    • You must see a registered healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE CAPSULES CONTAIN: Each FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Capsicum minimum fruit powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients are vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules are free from sugar and lactose.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE CAPSULES ARE USED FOR: FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules capsules are indicated to support circulatory health.  Capsicum spp. has been used traditionally to improve peripheral circulation. BEFORE YOU TAKE FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE CAPSULES: Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules:
    • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE
    • If you have a bleeding disorder (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • If you have diabetes (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease.
    • If you have hypertension (“Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • Surgery (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see “Pregnancy and breastfeeding”).
    Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules: Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules with your your doctor if you:
    • Suffer from a bleeding disorder. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • Suffer from Diabetes. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood sugar levels (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • Suffer from Hypertension. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood pressure (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • If you are undergoing surgery discontinue use at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • Take iron, as it may decrease the bio-availability of iron. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your iron levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules” (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • Take warfarin or other blood thinning medicines.  You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules” (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    The use of FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”). Taking FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules with food and drink: FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules should be taken after meals with water. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Safety of FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.  Avoid taking FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules.
    Driving and using machinery: No studies on the effect on the ability to drive and use machinery have been performed.  It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules will impair your ability to drive or use machines.  However, please exercise care when driving or operating machinery until you know how FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules: FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules are sugar free. Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules:
    Always tell your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are taking any other medicine (this includes complementary or traditional medicines).
    Please discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules with your doctor or pharmacist.
    • Theophylline for the treatment of respiratory diseases such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and asthma.
    • Cefazolin for the treatment of bacterial infections.
    • Ciprofloxacin for the treatment of bacterial infections.
    The dose of the above medications may need to be adjusted when taken in conjunction with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules. Also, discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules with your doctor or pharmacist:
    • Warfarin or other blood thinning medicines. FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules may potentially increase the effect of blood thinning medicines (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    • Antidiabetic medicines as FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules may further lower blood sugar levels. Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly if you are using FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules and antidiabetic medicines in combination.
    • Cytochrome P450 substrates (CYP2C9, CYP2E1 and CYP3A4) which inhibit certain liver enzymes as these can increase capsaicinoid levels and increase the risk of adverse effects.
    • Iron as FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules may decrease the absorption of iron (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”).
    HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE CAPSULES: Do not share medicines prescribed to you with any other person. Always take FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules exactly as directed.  You should check with your pharmacist if you are unsure. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE. Adults (18 years and older): Take 2 capsules twice daily with meals or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules”). FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules may be taken for a period of up to 12 weeks followed by an interval of 1 week after which the next 12-week period can commence.  However, should you experience any adverse effects or any of the side effects indicated below please consult your healthcare practitioner. If you take more FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules than you should: If you take more FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules than you should, you may experience increased heart rate, high blood pressure and chest pain. In the event of over dosage, consult your doctor or pharmacist.  If neither is available, contact the nearest hospital or poison control centre. If you forget to take FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules: Always take FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules as directed.  If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.  If you do not remember the missed dose till the next dose is due, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule of two capsule twice daily.  Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS: FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules may have side-effects. Not all side-effects reported for FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules are included in this leaflet.  Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward effects while taking FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or other health care professional for advice. Serious side-effects that you (or a family member if you are unable to) should report to your doctor immediately include:
    • An allergic reaction which may present with shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, or itching, swelling of the face, tongue or whole body.
    • Increased bleeding, heart attack and increased heart rate.
    • Signs of decreased blood sugar such as light headedness, blurred vision and confusion.
    Side-effects that you should report to your doctor as soon as possible:
    • Less urine than is normal for you.
    • Swollen feet and ankles.
    Side-effects that you should report to your doctor or pharmacist if they continue or become bothersome include:
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as:
      • Stomach discomfort, stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhoea, bloated stomach, heartburn, flatulence, ulcer aggravation, nausea and vomiting.
    • An intense feeling of well-being.
    • Sensitivity to light and itching.
    • Dizziness, light-headedness or increased sensitivity to pain.
    • Increased menstrual bleeding.
    If you notice any side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist. STORING AND DISPOSING OF FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules: Store at or below 25ºC in a dry place. Protect from light / moisture. Do not take the capsules after the expiry date stated on the packaging material. Return all unused capsules to your pharmacist. Do not dispose of unused capsules in drains or sewerage systems (e.g. toilets). STORE ALL MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. PRESENTATION OF FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules: 90 Capsules in 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert, packed in a box. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing dark red herbal powder. REGISTRATION NUMBER/REFERENCE NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: To be allocated
    FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE Capsules Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME (AND DOSAGE FORM): FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE Capsules COMPOSITION: Each FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Capsicum minimum fruit powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules are free from sugar and lactose. PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D 40.1 Complementary medicine not otherwise specified – Discipline specific traditional claim PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Pharmacodynamic properties: The major active constituent in Capsicum minimum are capsaicinoids including capsaicin. In human, animal and in vitro studies, consumption of Capsicum minimum and capsaicin decreased the rate of oxidation, increased lag time to lipoprotein oxidation and enhanced blood flow. Capsaicin is also thought to reduce platelet aggregation and related to increased fibrinolytic activity. INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules are indicated to support circulatory health.  Capsicum minimum has been used traditionally to improve peripheral circulation. CONTRA-INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules are contra-indicated in patients with:
    • A hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients in FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules.
    • Bleeding disorders (see “WARNING AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”)
    • Diabetes (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”)
    • Hypertension (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”)
    • Surgery (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECUATIONS”)
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see “PREGNACY AND LACTATION”)
    WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: When starting, or stopping treatment with Capsicum spp., including FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules, patients with bleeding disorders should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules should be used with care in patients with diabetes as Capsicum spp. may decrease blood sugar levels.  Diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels when taking FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”).  FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules should be used with care in patients with hypertension.  Theoretically Capsicum spp. may increase blood pressure. FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery.  Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see “CONTRAINDICATIONS”). When starting, or stopping treatment with Capsicum spp. containing products, including FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE, patients taking warfarin (or other coumarin anticoagulants) should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “INTERACTIONS”). The use of FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”). Effects on the ability to drive or use machinery: No studies on the effect of FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules on the ability to drive or operate machines have been performed. It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules will affect the ability to drive or operate machines.
    Take care when handling capsules.  Exposure to the contents can cause unpleasant symptoms.  It can also cause an allergic reaction characterised by shortness of breath, rash, itching and swelling.
    INTERACTIONS: The herbs in FLORA FORCE CAYENNE® capsules may interact with the following medicines:
    • Theophylline: Capsicum spp. may enhance theophylline absorption.
    • Cefazolin: Theoretically capsaicin. may enhance absorption.
    • Ciprofloxacin: Theoretically capsaicin may increase bioavailability
    Advise patients to take any of the above-mentioned medicines at least 2 hours before or after FLORA FORCE CAYENNE® capsules Capsicum spp., as in FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules, may potentially increase the effect of oral anti-coagulants and anti-platelet drugs (e.g. warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin) when taken concomitantly.  Patients taking anti-coagulants or antiplatelet medicines should have their INR levels monitored more frequently when taking FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). Theoretically, Capsicum spp., as in FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules, may enhance the blood glucose lowering effects of antidiabetic medicines.  Patients on antidiabetic medicines should monitor their glucose levels closely when taking FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules. There is some evidence that capsaicinoids, which are components of Capsicum spp., are metabolised by CYP2C9 enzymes.  Theoretically CYP2C9 inhibitors might increase capsaicinoid levels and increase the risk of adverse effects. Patients taking these medicines should use FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules cautiously.  Some CYP2C9 inhibitors include Cordarone, fluconazole, lovastatin, Paxil, Accolate, and many others. There is some evidence that capsaicinoids, which are components of Capsicum spp., are metabolised by CYP2E1 enzymes.  Theoretically CYP2E1 inhibitors might increase capsaicinoid levels and increase the risk of adverse effects. Patients taking these medicines should use FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules cautiously.  Some of these drugs include diethyldithiocarbamate and disulfiram. There is some evidence that capsaicinoids, which are components of Capsicum spp., are metabolised by CYP3A4 enzymes.  Theoretically CYP3A4 inhibitors might increase capsaicinoid levels and increase the risk of adverse effects. Patients taking these medicines should use FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules cautiously.  Some of these drugs include amiodarone, clarithromycin, diltiazem, erythromycin, indinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, and many others. Theoretically, Capsicum spp may decrease the bioavailability of iron.  Patients taking iron should monitor their iron levels when taking FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules. PREGNANCY AND LACTATION: The safety and efficacy of FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules during pregnancy and lactation have not been established. Capsules should therefore not be taken during pregnancy and lactation. DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE: The recommended daily dose should not be exceeded. Do not tamper with capsule. Adults (18 years and older): Take 2 capsules daily with meals or as prescribed. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). SIDE-EFFECS: The following side-effects may occur with the use of FLORA FORCE® CAYENNE capsules. Endocrine disorders: Frequency unknown:         Reduced blood glucose, increase plasma insulin Psychiatric disorders: Frequency unknown:         Addiction Nervous system disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Dizziness, hyperalgesia, Vascular disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Increased bleeding, myocardial infarct, hypertension and tachycardia Gastrointestinal disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Gastro-intestinal irritation, mouth, throat and oesophageal irritation and pain, stomach discomfort and pain, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, heart burn, rectal hypersensitivity, abdominal distention, gastroesophageal reflux, nausea, flatulence, ulcer aggravation, vomiting and liver damage Skin and subcutaneous disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Photosensitivity, pruritus, oedema Renal and urinary disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Kidney damage  Reproductive system and breast disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Increased menstrual bleeding KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENTS: The following symptoms may be experienced in the event of an overdose: Tachycardia, hypertension, hypertensive crisis and myocardial infarct. Contact a poison control centre in area. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing dark red herbal powder. PRESENTATION: 90 Capsules packed into 125ml amber glass bottle with light gold/mustard screw cap and safety seal insert in a box. STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Store at or below 25 ºC in a dry place. Protect from light. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. REGISTRATION NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park, Bell Crescent, Westlake, Cape Town, South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: To be allocated.

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  • FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON Capsules contain cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) powder. Cinnamon has been used in traditional Western herbal medicine to support healthy metabolism and digestion. Vege caps. Free from sugar and lactose. No additives or extracts.

    PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

    Information for the Patient about FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON Capsules

    Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council.  This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME, STRENGTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORM: FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON Capsules
    Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.  FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules are available without a doctor’s prescription, for you to treat a mild illness.  Nevertheless, you still need to use FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules carefully to get the best results from it. 
    • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
    • Do not share FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules with any other person.
    • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
    • You must see a registered healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON CAPSULES CONTAIN: Each FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Cinnamomum verum bark powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules are free from sugar and lactose.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON CAPSULES ARE USED FOR: FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules contain Cinnamomum verum which has been used in traditional Western Herbal medicine for the maintenance of healthy metabolism and digestion. BEFORE YOU TAKE FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON CAPSULES: Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules:
    • If you are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients in FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules.
    • If you have diabetes (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules”).
    • If you are undergoing surgery (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules”).
    • If you are pregnant and lactating (see “Pregnancy and breastfeeding”).
    Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules: Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules with your registered healthcare practitioner if you:
    • Suffer from Diabetes. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood sugar levels (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules”).
    • If you are undergoing surgery discontinue use at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules”).
    The use of FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules”). Taking FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules with food and drink: FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules should be taken after meals with water. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Safety of FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.  Avoid taking FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules.
    Driving and using machinery: No studies on the effect on the ability to drive and use machinery have been performed.  It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules will impair your ability to drive or use machines.  However, please exercise care when driving or operating machinery until you know how FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules: FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules are sugar free. Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules:
    Always tell your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are taking any other medicine (this includes complementary or traditional medicines).
    Discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner:
    • Antidiabetic medicines as FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON may further lower blood sugar levels. Monitor you blood glucose / sugar levels regularly if you are using FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules and antidiabetic medicines in combination.
    The dose of the above medications may need to be adjusted when taken in conjunction with FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules. HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON CAPSULES: Do not share medicines prescribed to you with any other person. Always take FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules exactly as directed.  You should check with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are unsure. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE. Adults (18 years and older): Take 2 capsules daily with meals or as directed by your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules”). FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules may be taken for a period of up to 12 weeks followed by an interval of 1 week after which the next 12-week period can commence.  However, should you experience any adverse effects or any of the side effects indicated below please consult your healthcare practitioner. If you take more FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules than you should: In the event of over dosage, consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner.  If neither is available, contact the nearest hospital or poison control centre. If you forget to take FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules: Always take FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules as directed.  If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.  If you do not remember the missed dose till the next dose is due, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule of two capsule once daily.  Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS: FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules can have side-effects. Not all side-effects reported for FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules are included in this leaflet.  Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward effects while taking FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice. Serious side-effects that you (or a family member if you are unable to) should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner immediately include:
    • An allergic reaction which may present with shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, or itching, swelling of the face, tongue or whole body.
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if they continue or become bothersome include:
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as:
      • Stomach discomfort, stomach pain, indigestion and diarrhoea.
    • Sensitive or irritated skin.
    If you notice any side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. STORING AND DISPOSING OF FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules: Store at or below 25ºC in a dry place. Protect from light / moisture. Do not take the capsules after the expiry date stated on the packaging material. Return all unused capsules to your pharmacist. Do not dispose of unused capsules in drains or sewerage systems (e.g. toilets). STORE ALL MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. PRESENTATION OF FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules: 60 capsules packed into 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert in a box. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing yellow brown herbal powder. REGISTRATION NUMBER/REFERENCE NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2017
    FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON Capsules Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME (AND DOSAGE FORM): FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON Capsules COMPOSITION: Each FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Cinnamomum verum bark powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules are free from sugar and lactose. PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D 40.1 Complementary medicine not otherwise specified – Discipline specific traditional claim PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Pharmacodynamic properties: The volatile oils of cinnamon bark are thought to be the active constituents of cinnamon. Cinnamaldehyde makes up 60% to 80% of the volatile oil from the bark. There are approximately 6000 to 30,000 ppm of cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon bark. The oil has documented carminative and antispasmodic activity. The antispasmodic activity of cinnamon is due to the cinnamaldehyde. INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON is a traditional medicine indicated for the maintenance of healthy metabolism and digestion. CONTRA-INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules are contra-indicated in patients with:
    • A hypersensitivity to Cinnamomum verum.
    • Diabetes (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”)
    • Surgery (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”)
    WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules should be used with care in patients with diabetes as cinnamon may decrease blood sugar levels. Diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels when taking FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery. Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see “CONTRAINDICATIONS”) The use of FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”). Effects on the ability to drive or use machinery: No studies on the effect of FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules on the ability to drive or operate machines have been performed. It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules will affect the ability to drive or operate machines. INTERACTIONS: Theoretically, Cinnamomum verum, as in FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules, may enhance the blood glucose lowering effects of antidiabetic medicines. Patients on antidiabetic medicines should monitor their glucose levels closely when taking FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”) The dose of the antidiabetic medications may need to be adjusted when taken in conjunction with FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules. PREGNANCY AND LACTATION: The safety and efficacy of FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules during pregnancy and lactation have not been established. FLORA FORCE® CINNAMON capsules should therefore not be taken during pregnancy and lactation. DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE: The recommended daily dose should not be exceeded. Do not tamper with capsule. Adults (18 years and older): Take 2 capsules daily or as prescribed. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). SIDE-EFFECS: Orally, no adverse reactions tend to occur with the use of the cinnamon bark; however, cinnamon oil can irritate mucous membranes and is a skin irritant and sensitizer. KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENTS: None known. Contact a poison control centre in area. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing yellow brown herbal powder. PRESENTATION: 60 Capsules packed into 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert in a box. STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Store at or below 25 ºC in a dry place. Protect from light. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. REGISTRATION NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park, Bell Crescent, Westlake, Cape Town DATE OF PUBLICATION: To be allocated.

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  • FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules are traditionally used to relieve digestive disturbances and nausea. Vege caps. Free from additives, sugar and lactose.

    PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

    Information for the Patient about FLORA FORCE® FENNEL Capsules

    Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME, STRENGTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORM: FLORA FORCE® FENNEL Capsules
    Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you. FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules are available without a doctor’s prescription, for you to treat a mild illness. Nevertheless, you still need to use FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules carefully to get the best results from it.
    • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
    • Do not share FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules with any other person.
    • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
    • You must see a registered healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® FENNEL CAPSULES CONTAIN: Each FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Foeniculum vulgare fruit/seed powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients are vegetable capsules. FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules are free from sugar and lactose.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® FENNEL CAPSULES ARE USED FOR: FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules assists with the relief of digestive disturbances including bloating and flatulence. BEFORE YOU TAKE FLORA FORCE® FENNEL CAPSULES: Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules:
    • If you have a hypersensitivity to anethole or plants from the Apiaceae family (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    • If you have a bleeding disorder (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    • If you have hormone sensitive conditions or cancers (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    • Surgery (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    • Pregnancy (see “Pregnancy and breastfeeding”).
    Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules: Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you:
    • Have a hypersensitivity to anethole or plants from the Apiaceae family. Members of this family include carrots, parsley and celery (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    • Suffer from a bleeding disorder. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    • Suffer from a hormone-sensitive condition or cancer. These conditions include breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids.  Fennel might have oestrogenic effects. Until more is known, women with hormone-sensitive conditions and cancers should avoid use of FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    • If you are undergoing surgery discontinue use at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    • Take warfarin or other blood thinning medicines.  You may have to arrange increased monitoring or your INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    The use of FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”). Taking FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules with food and drink: FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules should be taken after meals with water. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Safety of FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established. Avoid taking FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules.
    Driving and using machinery: No studies on the effect on the ability to drive and use machinery have been performed. It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules will impair your ability to drive or use machines. However, please exercise care when driving or operating machinery until you know how FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules: FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules are sugar free. Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules:
    Always tell your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are taking any other medicine (this includes complementary or traditional medicines).
    Please discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner:
    • Ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic, for the treatment of bacterial infections.
    The dose of the above medications may need to be adjusted when taken in conjunction with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules.  Also, discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner:
    • Warfarin or other blood thinning medicines. FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules may potentially increase the effect of blood thinning medicines (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”).
    • Medicines which are changed and broken down by the liver (Cytochrome P450 substrates) as FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules can influence the absorption and effectiveness of these medicines.
    • Midazolam as FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules may increase its sedative effects.
    • Medicine with oestrogenic activity (such as contraceptive medications, hormone replacement therapy and tamoxifen) as FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules might interfere with their activity.
    HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® FENNEL CAPSULES: Do not share medicines prescribed to you with any other person. Always take FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules exactly as directed. You should check with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are unsure. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE. Adults (18 years and older): Take 1 - 2 capsules twice daily with meals or as directed by your pharmacist or registered healthcare professional. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules”). FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules may be taken for a period of up to 12 weeks followed by an interval of 1 week after which the next 12-week cycle can commence. However, should you experience any adverse effects or any of the side effects indicated below please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. If you take more FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules than you should: If you take more FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules than you should, you may experience a bluish discoloration of the skin, stomach irritation, fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness and convulsions (seizures). In the event of over dosage, consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. If neither is available, contact the nearest hospital or poison control centre. If you forget to take FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules: Always take FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules as directed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember the missed dose till the next dose is due, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule of 1-2 capsules twice daily. Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS: FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules may have side-effects. Not all side-effects reported for FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules are included in this leaflet. Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward effects while taking FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice. Serious side-effects that you (or a family member if you are unable to) should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner immediately include:
    • An allergic reaction which may present with shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, or itching, swelling of the face, tongue or whole body.
    • Slight discoloration (e.g. pale, grey, blue) of the skin, headache, difficulty breathing, light-headedness, weakness, confusion, palpitations and chest pain.
    • Facial weakness, facial paralysis, vomiting and nausea.
    • Difficulty shallowing, breathing and speaking.
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner as soon as possible:
    • Tearing, eye itching and redness, sneezing and congestion
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if they continue or become bothersome include:
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as:
      • Stomach discomfort and pain.
    • Sensitivity to light and itching.
    • Early breast development or increased menstrual bleeding.
    If you notice any side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. STORING AND DISPOSING OF FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules: Store at or below 25ºC in a dry place. Protect from light / moisture. Do not take the capsules after the expiry date stated on the packaging material. Return all unused capsules to your pharmacist. Do not dispose of unused capsules in drains or sewerage systems (e.g. toilets). STORE ALL MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. PRESENTATION OF FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules: 60 Capsules in 125ml amber glass bottle with dark green screw cap and safety seal insert, packed in a box. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing green herbal powder. REGISTRATION NUMBER/REFERENCE NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: 213/02/2018
    FLORA FORCE® FENNEL Capsules Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME (AND DOSAGE FORM): FLORA FORCE® FENNEL Capsules COMPOSITION: Each FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Foeniculum vulgare fruit/seed powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules are free from sugar and lactose. PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D 11.10, Gastro-intestinal tract, Others. PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Pharmacodynamic properties: Fennel and herbal teas containing fennel are traditionally used to improve a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. In an experimental study, enzymes like pancreatic trypsin, lipase, and amylase have been stimulated by fennel. Fennel seed increased gastrointestinal motility and acted as an antispasmodic at high doses. Fennel extracts produced a reduction in acetylcholine-induced contraction and decreased maximum possible contractility. INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules assists with the relief of digestive disturbances including bloating and flatulence. CONTRA-INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules are contra-indicated in patients with:
    • A hypersensitivity to anethole or plants from the Apiaceae family. These plants include carrots, parsley and celery (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Bleeding disorders (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Hormone sensitive conditions or cancers (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Surgery (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Pregnancy (see “PREGNANCY AND LACTATION”).
    WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: Foeniculum vulgare may cause an allergic reaction in individuals sensitive to anethole or plants from the Asteraceae family.  Members of this family include carrots, parsley and celery (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). When starting, or stopping treatment with Foeniculum vulgare containing products, including FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules, patients with bleeding disorders should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). Certain constituents in fennel may have estrogenic activity.  FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules should be avoided in patients with hormone sensitive conditions and cancers.  These conditions include breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery.  Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). When starting, or stopping treatment with fennel containing products, including FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules, patients taking warfarin (or other coumarin anti-coagulants) should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “INTERACTIONS”). FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules should be used with care in patients taking sedative medications, including midazolam, as it may increase its sedative effects (see “INTERACTIONS”). The use of FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”). Effects on the ability to drive or use machinery: No studies on the effect of FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules on the ability to drive or operate machines have been performed.  It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules will affect the ability to drive or operate machines. INTERACTIONS: The herbs in FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules may interact with the following medicines:
    • Ciprofloxacin: Foeniculum vulgare might reduce its effectiveness.
    Foeniculum vulgare, as in FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules, may potentially increase the effect of oral anti-coagulants and anti-platelet drugs (e.g. warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin) when taken concomitantly.  Patients taking anti-coagulants or anti-platelet medicines should have their INR levels monitored more frequently when taking FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). Foeniculum vulgare, as in FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules, may increase the sedative effects of midazolam.  Patients taking midazolam should use FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsule with caution (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). There is some evidence that Foeniculum vulgare may interact with CYP3A4 enzymes and increase bioavailability of medicines metabolised by cytochrome P450 isoenzymes CYP3A4.  Patients taking medicines metabolised by these enzymes should use FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules cautiously.  These medicines include calcium channel blockers, chemotherapeutic agents, anti-fungals, glucocorticoids, alfentanil, cisapride, fentanyl, lidocaine, losartan, fluoxetine, omeprazole, ondansetron and fexofenadine. Foeniculum vulgare, as in FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules, may have estrogenic activity.  Theoretically, concomitant use of large amounts of fennel may interfere with contraceptive medication, hormone replacement therapy and tamoxifen. PREGNANCY AND LACTATION: The safety and efficacy of FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules during pregnancy have not been established.  Capsules should therefore not be taken during pregnancy.  Consult with a pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you want to use FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules during breastfeeding. DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE: The recommended daily dose should not be exceeded. Do not tamper with capsule. Adults (18 years and older): Take 1-2 capsules twice daily with meals or as prescribed. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). SIDE-EFFECS: The following side-effects may occur with the use of FLORA FORCE® FENNEL capsules. Infections and Infestations: Frequency unknown:         Botulism. Blood and the lymphatic system disorders: Frequency unknown:         Iron deficiency, methemoglobinemia.  Eye disorders: Frequency unknown:         Rhino conjunctivitis.  Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Frequency unknown:         Cyanosis, bronchial asthma, hay fever, occupational asthma. Gastrointestinal disorders: Frequency unknown:         Gastro-intestinal complaints and irritation, iron deficiency. Skin and subcutaneous disorders: Frequency unknown:         Photosensitivity and atopic dermatitis.  Reproductive system and breast disorders: Frequency unknown:         Premature thelarche, increased menstrual flow. KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENTS: The following symptoms may be experienced in the event of an overdose: Cyanosis, gastro-intestinal irritation, fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness and seizures. Contact a poison control centre in area. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing green herbal powder. PRESENTATION: 60 Capsules packed into 125ml amber glass bottle with light dark screw cap and safety seal insert, in a box. STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Store at or below 25 ºC in a dry place. Protect from light. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. REGISTRATION NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/02/2018

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  • FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules are traditionally used to promote lactation and enhance milk secretion. Use fenugreek after birth, or when milk supply slows down - such as when you return to work. Free from sugar and lactose. Avoid taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules if you are pregnant.

    PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

    Information for the Patient about FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK Capsules

    Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME, STRENGTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORM: FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK Capsules
    Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you. FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules are available without a doctor’s prescription, for you to treat a mild illness. Nevertheless, you still need to use FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules carefully to get the best results from it.
    • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
    • Do not share FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules with any other person.
    • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
    • You must see a registered healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK CAPSULES CONTAIN: Each FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Trigonella foenum-graecum seed powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients are vegetable capsules. FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules are free from sugar and lactose.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK CAPSULES ARE USED FOR: FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules are traditionally used to promote lactation. BEFORE YOU TAKE FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK CAPSULES: Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules:
    • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules.
    • If you have a bleeding disorder (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    • If you have diabetes (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    • Surgery (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see “Pregnancy and breastfeeding”).
    Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules: Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules with your doctor if you:
    • Suffer from a bleeding disorder. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    • Suffer from Diabetes. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood sugar levels (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    • If you are undergoing surgery discontinue use at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    • Take iron, as it may decrease the bio-availability of iron. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your iron levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules” (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    • Take warfarin or other blood thinning medicines. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules” (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    • Take anti-diabetic medicines.  You may have to arrange increased monitoring or your blood glucose / sugar levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    The use of FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”). Taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules with food and drink: FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules should be taken after meals with water. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Safety of FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules during pregnancy has not been established. Avoid taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules if you are pregnant.
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules.
    Driving and using machinery: No studies on the effect on the ability to drive and use machinery have been performed. It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules will impair your ability to drive or use machines. However, please exercise care when driving or operating machinery until you know how FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules: FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules are sugar free. Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules:
    Always tell your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are taking any other medicine (this includes complementary or traditional medicines).
    Please discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules with your doctor or pharmacist.
    • Theophylline for the treatment of respiratory diseases such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and asthma.
    The dose of the above medications may need to be adjusted when taken in conjunction with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules. Taking the above-mentioned medicines at the same time as FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules can lower or increase their effectiveness.  These medicines must be taken at least 2 hours before or after FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules. Also, discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules with your doctor or pharmacist:
    • Warfarin or other blood thinning medicines. FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules may potentially increase the effect of blood thinning medicines. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your INR levels when taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).Antidiabetic medicines as FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK may further lower blood sugar levels.  Monitor you blood glucose / sugar levels regularly if you are using FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules and antidiabetic medicines in combination (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”).
    HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK CAPSULES: Do not share medicines prescribed to you with any other person. Always take FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules exactly as directed. You should check with your pharmacist if you are unsure. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE. Adults (18 years and older): Take 2 capsules twice daily with meals or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules”). FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules may be taken for a period of up to 12 weeks followed by an interval of 1 week after which the next 12-week period can commence. However, should you experience any adverse effects or any of the side effects indicated below please consult your healthcare practitioner. If you take more FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules than you should: If you take more FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules than you should, you may experience an increased heart rate, high blood pressure and chest pain. In the event of over dosage, consult your doctor or pharmacist. If neither is available, contact the nearest hospital or poison control centre. If you forget to take FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules: Always take FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules as directed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember the missed dose till the next dose is due, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule of two capsule twice daily. Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS: FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules may have side-effects. Not all side-effects reported for FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules are included in this leaflet. Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward effects while taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or other health care professional for advice. Serious side-effects that you (or a family member if you are unable to) should report to your doctor immediately include:
    • An allergic reaction which may present with nasal congestion, hoarseness, persistent coughing, wheezing, swelling of the face, tongue or whole body.
    • Signs of shock such as low blood pressure, rapid shallow breathing, cold and clammy skin, rapid weak pulse, dizziness, fainting or weakness.
    • Signs of decreased blood sugar such as light headedness, blurred vision and confusion.
    Side-effects that you should report to your doctor as soon as possible:
    • More urine than is normal for you.
    Side-effects that you should report to your doctor or pharmacist if they continue or become bothersome include:
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as:
      • Heartburn, stomach discomfort and pain, diarrhoea, bloated stomach, flatulence.
    • Sweet urine odour..
    If you notice any side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist. STORING AND DISPOSING OF FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules: Store at or below 25ºC in a dry place. Protect from light / moisture. Do not take the capsules after the expiry date stated on the packaging material. Return all unused capsules to your pharmacist. Do not dispose of unused capsules in drains or sewerage systems (e.g. toilets). STORE ALL MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. PRESENTATION OF FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules: 60 Capsules in 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert, in a box. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing green herbal powder. REGISTRATION NUMBER/REFERENCE NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: To be allocated
    FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK Capsules Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME (AND DOSAGE FORM): FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK Capsules COMPOSITION: Each FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Trigonella foenum-graecum seed powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules are free from sugar and lactose. PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D 40.1 Complementary medicine not otherwise specified - Discipline specific traditional claim PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Pharmacodynamic properties:

    Trigonella foenum-graecum seed is thought to act via stimulation of sweat production, thereby enhancing milk secretion (the breast is a modified sweat gland).

    INDICATIONS:

    FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules are traditionally used to promote lactation.

    CONTRA-INDICATIONS:

    FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules are contra-indicated in patients with:

    • A hypersensitivity to the Fabaceae family including soybeans, peanuts, chick peas and green peas. Theoretically, patients who are allergic to other Fabaceae plants, might also be allergic to fenugreek, as in, FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules.
    • Bleeding disorders (see "WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS")
    • Diabetes (see "WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS").
    • Surgery (see <"strong>WARNING AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS").
    • Pregnancy (see "PREGNANCY AND LACTATION")
    WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS:

    When starting, or stopping treatment with Trigonella foenum-graecum containing products, including FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules, patients with bleeding disorders should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see "CONTRA-INDICATIONS").

    FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules should be used with care in patients with diabetes as curcumin may decrease blood sugar levels. Diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels when taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules (see "CONTRA-INDICATIONS").

    FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules should be used with caution in patients with iron deficiency. Patient should monitor their iron levels (see "CONTRAINDICATIONS").

    FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery. Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see "CONTRAINDICATIONS")

    When starting, or stopping treatment with FENUGREEK containing products, including FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules, patients taking warfarin (or other coumarin anticoagulants) should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see "INTERACTIONS").

    FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules should be used with care in patients taking sedative medications, including Midazolam, as it may increase its sedative effects (see "INTERACTIONS").

    Vitamins and minerals obtained from other sources should be taken into consideration when taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules.

    Effects on the ability to drive or use machinery: No studies on the effect of FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules on the ability to drive or operate machines have been performed. It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules capsules will affect the ability to drive or operate machines.

    INTERACTIONS:

    FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules may interact with the following medicines:.

    • Beta blockers: curcumin may decrease the absorption of talinolol and may increase the absorption of celiprolol.
    • Sulfasalazine: Curcuma longa might increase absorption of sulfasalazine.
    • Oestrogen: Curcuma longa might decrease the effects of oestrogen
    • Norfloxacin: Curcuma longa might increase levels

    The dose of the above medications may need to be adjusted when taken in conjunction with FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules.

    Advise patients to take any of the above-mentioned medicines at least 2 hours before or after FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules.

    Curcuma longa, as in FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules, may potentially increase the effect of oral anti-coagulants and anti-platelet drugs (e.g. warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin, ticlopidine) when taken in conjunction. Patients taking anti-coagulants or antiplatelet medicines should have their INR levels monitored more frequently when taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules (see "WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS").

    Theoretically, Curcuma longa, as in FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules, may enhance the blood glucose lowering effects of antidiabetic medicines. Patients on antidiabetic medicines should monitor their glucose levels closely when taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules (see "WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS")

    `Theoretically, Curcuma longa, as in FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules, might increase levels of p-glycoprotein substrates. Some of these medicines include chemotherapeutic agents, antifungals, protease inhibitors, H2 agonists, calcium channel blockers, digoxin, corticosteroids, erythromycin, cisapride, fexofenadine, cyclosporine, loperamide and quinidine.

    Curcuma longa, as in FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules, may increase the sedative effects of Midazolam. Patients taking Midazolam should use FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules with caution (see "WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS").

    There is some evidence that Curcuma longa and/or curcumin may interact with CYP3A4 enzymes and increase bioavailability of medicines metabolised by cytochrome P450 isoenzymes CYP3A4. Patients taking medicines metabolised by these enzymes should use FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules cautiously. Some of these medicines include calcium channel blockers, chemotherapeutic agents, antifungals, glucocorticoids, alfentanil, cisapride, fentanyl, lidocaine, losartan, fluoxetine, omeprazole, ondansetron and fexofenadine.

    There is some evidence that Curcuma longa may interact with CYP1A2 enzymes and increase the bioavailability of medicines metabolised by cytochrome P450 1A2 isoenzymes CYP1A2. Patients taking medicines metabolised by these enzymes should use FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules cautiously. Some of these medicines include clozapine, fluvoxamine, haloperidol, imipramine, olanzapine, pentazocine, propranolol and zolmitriptan.

    There is some evidence that Curcuma longa as in FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules, may increase levels of certain antineoplastic agents. Some of these include docetaxel, paclitaxel, etoposide, vinblastine, vincristine and vindesine. Theoretically, Curcuma longa may decrease the absorption of iron. Patients taking iron should monitor their iron levels when taking FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules.

    PREGNANCY AND LACTATION:

    The safety and efficacy of FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules during pregnancy and lactation have not been established. FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEK capsules should therefore not be taken during pregnancy and lactation.

    DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

    The recommended daily dose should not be exceeded.

    Adults (18 years and older): Take 2 capsules twice daily with meals or as prescribed.

    Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).

    SIDE-EFFECS:

    The following side-effects may occur with the use of FLORA FORCE® FENUGREEKcapsules.

    Psychiatric disorders: Frequency unknown: Giddiness

    Nervous system disorders: Frequency unknown: Vertigo

    Gastrointestinal disorders: Frequency unknown: Constipation, flatulence and yellow, hard stools, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea or loose stool, dyspepsia, gastritis, distension and gastroesophageal reflux disease, abdominal fullness and pain, epigastric burning and tongue staining.

    Skin and subcutaneous disorders: Frequency unknown: Pruritus, pitting oedema, photosensitivity.

    Renal and urinary disorders: Frequency unknown: Diuresis

    Reproductive system and breast disorders: Frequency unknown: Increased menstrual bleeding

    KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENTS:

    None known. Contact a poison control centre in area.

    IDENTIFICATION:

    Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing dark yellow herbal powder.

    PRESENTATION:

    60 Capsules packed into 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert

    STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS:

    Store at or below 25 ºC in a dry place. Protect from light. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

    REGISTRATION NUMBER:

    To be allocated.

    NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION:

    Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park, Bell Crescent, Westlake, Cape Town

    DATE OF PUBLICATION:

    21/11/2016

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  • FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules are traditionally used to relieve digestive disturbances and nausea. Vege caps. Free from additives, sugar and lactose.

    PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

    Information for the Patient about FLORA FORCE® GINGER Capsules

    Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME, STRENGTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORM: FLORA FORCE® GINGER Capsules
    Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you. FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules are available without a doctor’s prescription, for you to treat a mild illness. Nevertheless, you still need to use FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules carefully to get the best results from it.
    • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
    • Do not share FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules with any other person.
    • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
    • You must see a registered healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® GINGER CAPSULES CONTAIN: Each FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Zingiber officinale rhizome powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients are vegetable capsules. FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules are free from sugar and lactose.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® GINGER CAPSULES ARE USED FOR: FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules are traditionally used to relieve digestive disturbances and nausea. BEFORE YOU TAKE FLORA FORCE® GINGER CAPSULES: Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules:
    • If you have a bleeding disorder (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”).
    • If you have diabetes (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”)
    • If you have a heart condition (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”).
    • Surgery (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”).
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see “Pregnancy and breastfeeding”)
    Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules: Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you:
    • Suffer from a bleeding disorder. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”).
    • Suffer from diabetes. You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your blood sugar levels (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”).
    • Suffer from a heart condition. (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”).
    • Are undergoing surgery, discontinue use at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”).
    • Take warfarin, other blood thinning or anti-platelet medicines.  You may have to arrange increased monitoring or your INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels when starting or stopping treatment with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”).
    The use of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”). Taking FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules with food and drink: FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules should be taken after meals with water. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Safety of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.  Avoid taking FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules.
    Driving and using machinery: No studies on the effect on the ability to drive and use machinery have been performed. It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules will impair your ability to drive or use machines. However, please exercise care when driving or operating machinery until you know how FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules: FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules are sugar free. Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules:
    Always tell your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are taking any other medicine (this includes complementary or traditional medicines).
    Please discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner.
    • Metronidazole for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
    The dose of the above medications may need to be adjusted when taken in conjunction with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules. Also, discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner:
    • Warfarin, other blood thinning or anti-platelet medicines. FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules may potentially increase the effect of blood thinning medicines.  You may have to arrange increased monitoring of your INR levels when taking FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”).
    • Anti-diabetic medicines as FLORA FORCE® GINGER may further lower blood sugar levels. Monitor your blood glucose / sugar levels regularly if you are using FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules and anti-diabetic medicines in combination.
    • Cyclosporine as FLORA FORCE® GINGER may decrease the absorption of these medicines. Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules in combination with any other medicines with your doctor or pharmacist.
    • Calcium channel blockers as FLORA FORCE® GINGER may have hypotensive and calcium channel-blocking effectsThis might cause an additive effect with calcium channel blockers.  Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules in combination with any other medicines with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner.
    HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® GINGER CAPSULES: Do not share medicines prescribed to you with any other person. Always take FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules exactly as directed. You should check with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are unsure. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE. Adults (18 years and older): Take 1 - 2 capsules daily with meals or as directed by your pharmacist or registered healthcare professional. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules”). FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules may be taken for a period of up to 12 weeks followed by an interval of 1 week after which the next 12-week cycle can commence.  However, should you experience any adverse effects or any of the side effects indicated below please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. If you take more FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules than you should: In the event of over dosage, consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner.  If neither is available, contact the nearest hospital or poison control centre.  If you forget to take FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules: Always take FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules as directed.  If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.  If you do not remember the missed dose till the next dose is due, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule of 2 capsules twice daily.  Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS: FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules may have side-effects. Not all side-effects reported for FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules are included in this leaflet.  Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward effects while taking FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice. Serious side-effects that you (or a family member if you are unable to) should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner immediately include:
    • Irregular heartbeat.
    • Increased urge to urinate.
    • State of sleep or calm, sleepy, lethargic and dizziness.
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner as soon as possible:
    • Skin rash, bruising and skin redness.
    • Increased menstrual bleeding.
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if they continue or become bothersome include:
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as:
      • Stomach discomfort, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting and heartburn.
      • Burning, irritation and numbness in mouth, tongue and throat.
    If you notice any side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. STORING AND DISPOSING OF FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules: Store at or below 25ºC in a dry place. Protect from light / moisture. Do not take the capsules after the expiry date stated on the packaging material. Return all unused capsules to your pharmacist. Do not dispose of unused capsules in drains or sewerage systems (e.g. toilets). STORE ALL MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. PRESENTATION OF FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules: 60 Capsules in 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing a cream coloured herbal powder. REGISTRATION NUMBER/REFERENCE NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/02/2018
    FLORA FORCE® GINGER Capsules Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME (AND DOSAGE FORM): FLORA FORCE® GINGER Capsules COMPOSITION: Each FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Zingiber officinale rhizome powder 500 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules are free from sugar and lactose. PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D 11.10, Gastro-intestinal tract, Other. PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Pharmacodynamic properties: Preliminary research suggests the gastro-intestinal effects of ginger might be due to increases in levels of protective prostaglandins in the gut wall. Gastro-intestinal motility is enhanced by 6-shoagaol. The anti-nausea activity of Zingiber officinale may be due to the active constituents such as gingerols, shogaols and galano-lactone.  These seem to act primarily on the 5-HT3 receptors of the ileum.  The predominant anti-emetic action of ginger is localized in the GI tract, but there is some evidence that ginger constituents may also have central nervous system (CNS)activity. INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules are traditionally used to relieve digestive disturbances and nausea. CONTRA-INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules are contra-indicated in patients with:
    • Bleeding disorders (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Diabetes (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Heart conditions (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Surgery (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see “PREGNANCY AND LACTATION”).
    WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: When starting, or stopping treatment with Zingiber officinale containing products, including FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules, patients with bleeding disorders should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules should be used with care in patients with diabetes.  Theoretically, Zingiber officinale may decrease blood sugar levels.  Diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels when taking FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules should be used with care in patients with heart conditions.  Theoretically, excessive doses of ginger might worsen some heart conditions (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery.  Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see “CONTRA-INDICATIONS”). When starting, or stopping treatment with Zingiber officinale containing products, including FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules, patients taking oral anti-coagulants or anti-platelet drugs) should have increased monitoring of their INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels (see “INTERACTIONS”). The use of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”). Effects on the ability to drive or use machinery: No studies on the effect of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules on the ability to drive or operate machines have been performed.  It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules will affect the ability to drive or operate machines. INTERACTIONS: The herbs in FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules may interact with the following medicines:
    • Metronidazole: Zingiber officinale may increase levels of metronidazole.
    The dose of the above medications may need to be adjusted when taken in conjunction with FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules. Zingiber officinale, as in FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules, may potentially increase the effect of oral anti-coagulants and anti-platelet drugs (e.g. warfarin, phenprocoumon, heparin, aspirin, clopidogrel, enoxaparin, dalteparin, ticlopidine, enoxaparin, heparin) when taken concomitantly.  Patients taking anti-coagulants or anti-platelet medicines should have their INR levels monitored more frequently when taking FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). Theoretically, Zingiber officinale as in FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules, may enhance the blood glucose lowering effects of anti-diabetic medicines.  Patients on anti-diabetic medicines should monitor their glucose levels closely when taking FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules. In an animal model, Zingiber officinale taken 2 hours prior to cyclosporine administration reduced the maximum concentration.  This effect was not observed when Zingiber officinale and cyclosporine were administered at the same time.  Patients taking cyclosporine should use FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules with care. Preliminary research suggests Zinger officinale might have hypotensive and calcium channel-blocking effects.  Theoretically Zingiber officinale might have an additive effect with calcium channel blockers.  These include nifedipine, verapamil, diltiazem, isradipine, felodipine and amlodipine.  Patients taking calcium channel-blockers should use FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules with care PREGNANCY AND LACTATION: The safety and efficacy of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules during pregnancy and lactation have not been established.  Capsules should therefore not be taken during pregnancy and lactation. DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE: The recommended daily dose should not be exceeded. Do not tamper with capsule. Adults (18 years and older): Take 2 capsules twice daily with meals or as prescribed. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). SIDE-EFFECS: The following side-effects may occur with the use of FLORA FORCE® GINGER capsules. Nervous system disorders: Frequency unknown:         Sedation, drowsiness and dizziness. Vascular disorders: Frequency unknown:         Mild arrhythmia. Gastrointestinal disorders: Frequency unknown:         Abdominal discomfort, heartburn, burning pepper-like irritation in mouth, nausea, belching, dry retching, vomiting, burning sensation in tongue and throat and oral numbness. Skin and subcutaneous disorders: Frequency unknown:         Hives, bruising and flushing. Renal and urinary disorders: Frequency unknown:         Urinary urgency. Reproductive system and breast disorders: Frequency unknown:         Increased menstrual bleeding. KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENTS: None known. Contact a poison control centre in area. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing cream coloured herbal powder. PRESENTATION: 60 Capsules packed into 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert. STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Store at or below 25 ºC in a dry place. Protect from light. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. REGISTRATION NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/02/2018

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  • FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules are used traditionally to support peripheral circulation. Vege caps. Free from additives, sugar and lactose.

    PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

    Information for the Patient about FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA Capsules

    Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME, STRENGTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL FORM: FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA Capsules
    Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you. FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules are available without a doctor’s prescription, for you to treat a mild illness. Nevertheless, you still need to use FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules carefully to get the best results from it.
    • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
    • Do not share FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules with any other person.
    • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
    • You must see a registered healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA CAPSULES CONTAIN: Each FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Centella asiatica seed powder 400 mg
    Inactive ingredients are vegetable capsules. FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules are free from sugar and lactose.
    WHAT FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA CAPSULES ARE USED FOR: FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules is a traditional herbal medicine indicated to support peripheral circulation. BEFORE YOU TAKE FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA CAPSULES: Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules:
    • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules.
    • If you have a liver disease (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules”).
    • If you are undergoing surgery (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules”).
    • If you are pregnant and breastfeeding (see “Pregnancy and breastfeeding”)
    Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules: Please discuss the use of FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you:
    • Suffer from liver disease. Gotu Kola, as in FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules, may worsen liver disease such as hepatitis or cholestasis. You should avoid taking FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules if you have liver disease (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules”).
    • Are undergoing surgery, discontinue use at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure (see “Do NOT take FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules”).
    • Take sedatives or other CNS depressant medicines as FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules may increase its effects.  You should avoid taking FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules in conjunction with CNS depressants (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules”).
    • Take hepatotoxic medication.  FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules may increase the risk of liver damage if taken with other potentially hepatotoxic medication (see “Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules”).
    The use of FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules”). Taking FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules with food and drink: FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules should be taken after meals with water. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Safety of FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established. Avoid taking FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice before taking FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules.
    Driving and using machinery: No studies on the effect on the ability to drive and use machinery have been performed. It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules will impair your ability to drive or use machines. However, please exercise care when driving or operating machinery until you know how FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules affects you. Important information about some of the ingredients of FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules: FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules are sugar free. Taking other medicines with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules:
    Always tell your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are taking any other medicine (this includes complementary or traditional medicines).
    Discuss the use of the following medicines in combination with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner:
    • CNS depressants as FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules may increase its effects and side effects (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules).
    • Hepatotoxic medication as FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules may increase their potential to cause liver damage (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules”).
    HOW TO TAKE FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA CAPSULES: Do not share medicines prescribed to you with any other person. Always take FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules exactly as directed. You should check with your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner if you are unsure. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSAGE. Adults (18 years and older): Take 1 - 2 capsules twice daily with meals or as directed by your pharmacist or registered healthcare professional. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “Take special care with FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules”). FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules may be taken for a period of up to 12 weeks followed by an interval of 1 week after which the next 12-week cycle can commence. However, should you experience any adverse effects or any of the side effects indicated below please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. If you take more FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules than you should: In the event of over dosage, consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. If neither is available, contact the nearest hospital or poison control centre. If you forget to take FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules: Always take FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules as directed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember the missed dose till the next dose is due, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule of 1-2 capsules twice daily. Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses. POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS: FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules may have side-effects. Not all side-effects reported for FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules are included in this leaflet. Should your general health worsen or if you experience any untoward effects while taking FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules, please consult your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner for advice. Serious side-effects that you (or a family member if you are unable to) should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner immediately include:
    • An allergic reaction which may present with shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, or itching, swelling of the face, tongue or whole body.
    • Stomach pain, stomach irritation and nausea.
    • Signs of decreased blood sugar such as light headedness, blurred vision and confusion.
    • Sedation
    Side-effects that you should report to your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner as soon as possible:
    • Increased light sensitivity.
    If you notice any side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your pharmacist or registered healthcare practitioner. STORING AND DISPOSING OF FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules: Store at or below 25ºC in a dry place. Protect from light / moisture. Do not take the capsules after the expiry date stated on the packaging material. Return all unused capsules to your pharmacist. Do not dispose of unused capsules in drains or sewerage systems (e.g. toilets). STORE ALL MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. PRESENTATION OF FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules: 60 Capsules packed into 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert, packed in a box. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing pale brown powder. REGISTRATION NUMBER/REFERENCE NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: To be allocated
    FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA Capsules Western herbal medicine This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. SCHEDULING STATUS: Not Scheduled PROPRIETARY NAME (AND DOSAGE FORM): FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA Capsules COMPOSITION: Each FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsule contains:
    ACTIVE INGREDIENT QUANTITY
    Centella asiatica herb powder 400 mg
    Inactive ingredients: vegetable capsules FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules are free from sugar and lactose. PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION: D 7.6 Vascular medicine – Other. PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION: Pharmacodynamic properties: The major principles in Centella asiatica are the triterpenes, asiatic acid and madecassic acid, and their derived triterpene ester glycosides, asiaticoside and madecassoside.  The total triterpenic fraction of Centella asiatica (TTFCA) has been noted to reduce ankle edema, foot swelling, and capillary filtration rate, as well as to improve micro-circulatory parameters in subjects with reported venous insufficiency of the lower extremities. INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE ® GOTU KOLA capsules is a traditional herbal medicine indicated to support peripheral circulation. CONTRA-INDICATIONS: FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules are contra-indicated in patients with:
    • A hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients in FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules.
    • Liver disease (see “WARNING AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Surgery (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”).
    • Pregnancy and lactation (see “PREGNANCY AND LACTATION”).
    WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS: FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules should be used with care in patients with liver disease.  Theoretically, Centella asiatica as in FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules, might exacerbate liver problems in patients with existing liver disease such as hepatitis and cholestasis.  Advise these patients to avoid taking FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules (see “CONTRAINDICATIONS”). FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules should be used with care in patients undergoing surgery.  Theoretically, Centella asiatica as in FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules, might cause additive CNS depression when combined with anaesthesia and other medications during and after surgical procedures.  Patients should discontinue use at least 2 weeks before elective surgical procedures (see “CONTRAINDICATIONS”). Centella asiatica, as in FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules, may increase the effect and side effects of CNS depressant and sedative medications when taken in simultaneously  Patients taking these medications should use FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules with caution and be monitored closely (see “INTERACTIONS”). The use of FLORA FORCE ® GOTU KOLA capsules in children and adolescents under 18 years of age is not recommended due to lack of adequate data (see “DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE”). Effects on the ability to drive or use machinery: No studies on the effect of FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules on the ability to drive or operate machines have been performed.  It is unlikely that FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules will affect the ability to drive or operate machines. INTERACTIONS: Theoretically, Centella asiatica, as in FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules, if taken with CNS depressants and sedative medication might cause additive effects and side effects Some of these medications include clonazepam, lorazepam, phenobarbital, zolpidem, and others (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). There is some concern that Centella asiatica, as in FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules, might cause hepatotoxicity in some patients.  Theoretically, concomitant use with other potentially hepatotoxic medications might increase the risk of liver damage.  Some of these medications acarbose, amiodarone, atorvastatin, azathioprine, carbamazepine, cerivastatin, diclofenac, felbamate, fenofibrate, fluvastatin, gemfibrozil, isoniazid, itraconazol, ketoconazole, leflunomide, lovastatin, methotrexate, nevirapine, niacin, nitrofurantoin, pioglitazone, pravastatin, pyrazinamide, rifampin, ritonavir, rosiglitazone, simvastatin, tacrine, tamoxifen, terbinafine, valproic acid, and zileuton (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). PREGNANCY AND LACTATION: The safety and efficacy of FLORA FORCE ® GOTU KOLA capsules during pregnancy and lactation have not been established.   Capsules should therefore not be taken during pregnancy and lactation. DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE: The recommended daily dose should not be exceeded. Do not tamper with capsule. Adults (18 years and older): Take 1-2 capsules twice daily with meals or as prescribed. Children (under 18 years of age): Not recommended for use (see “WARNINGS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS”). SIDE-EFFECS: The following side-effects may occur with the use of FLORA FORCE® GOTU KOLA capsules. Endocrine disorders: Frequency unknown:         Hyperglycemia. Nervous system disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Sedation. Vascular disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Cholesterol elevation. Gastrointestinal disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Gastro-intestinal irritation, nausea and reflux. Skin and subcutaneous disorders: Frequency unknown:                           Allergic contact dermatitis and photosensitisation. KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENTS: The following symptoms may be experienced in the event of an overdose: Headache, vertigo and drowsiness. Contact a poison control centre in area. IDENTIFICATION: Clear size 0 all vegetable capsule containing a brown herbal powder. PRESENTATION: 60 Capsules packed in a 125ml amber glass bottle with light green screw cap and safety seal insert, in a box. STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Store at or below 25 ºC in a dry place. Protect from light. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. REGISTRATION NUMBER: To be allocated. NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION: Flora Force Heath Products (Pty) Ltd. Unit 3 Regent Park Bell Crescent Westlake Cape Town South Africa DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/02/2018

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