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Logo LEWENSESSENS (Essence of Life)

SCHEDULING STATUS:
Unscheduled

PROPRIETARY NAME
(and dosage form):

LEWENSESSENS (Essence of Life)

COMPOSITION:
Each 5 mL contains:
  Cape Aloes 216,667 mg
plus the alcoholic extractives of
  African Ginger 14,167 mg
  Rhubarb 30,000 mg
  Gentian 30,000 mg
  Myrrh 20,000 mg
  Galangal 10,000 mg
  Turmeric 15,000 mg
  Ethanol (100% ) 45,00% v/v
PHARMACOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION:
A 11.5 Laxatives.

PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION:
The aloes and rhubarb have a laxative action, and the volatile oils, oleo resins, aloins, and other bitter extractives are carminative and also have the effect of stimulating alimentary canal movement.

INDICATIONS:
Adults:
Constipation, stomach disorders resulting from incorrect diet or excessive eating or drinking, and bad breath resulting from an inactive stomach.
For children:
Distended stomach, constipation, stomach cramps.

CONTRA-INDICATIONS:
This product should not be taken by persons with symptoms of appendicitis or severe abdominal pains, nausea and vomiting, and during pregnancy.

DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Adults:
One medicine measure (5 mL) taken night and morning after meals. Lewensessens (Essence of Life) is bitter and strong, and therefore some people will find it necessary to take it with cold water or beef tea.
Children:
Half to one medicine measure (2,5 - 5 mL).

SIDE-EFFECTS AND SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS:
This product when taken as recommended does not present any side-effects but as in the case of most laxatives excessive or prolonged use may be injurious to heath.

KNOWN SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSAGE AND PARTICULARS OF ITS TREATMENT:
Excessive dosage will bring about diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, which can be treated by discontinuing use of Lewensessens (Essence of Life). Irritation of the urinary tract may occur, and aggravation of pre-existing inflammatory conditions. The central nervous system may be depressed leading to stupor and respiratory failure, or stimulated, leading to excitement and convulsions.
In acute poisoning, the stomach should be emptied by aspiration and lavage. A saline purgative, such as sodium sulphate (30 g in 250 mL water) should be given unless catharsis is already present. Demulcent drinks may be given. Large volumes of fluid should be given provided renal function is adequate.
As in all cases of overdoses, a doctor should be called immediately.

IDENTIFICATION:
Lewensessens (Essence of Life) is a dark brown free-flowing liquid with a bitter yet acceptable taste and a characteristic unique aroma.

PRESENTATION:
50 mL and 100 mL bottles.

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS:
Store below 25°C.
Keep container tightly closed.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

APPLICATION NUMBER:
E1574 (Act 101/1965).

NAME AND BUSINESS ADDRESS OF APPLICANT:
Lennon Limited
7 Fairclough Road
PORT ELIZABETH 6001

DATE OF PUBLICATION OT THIS PACKAGE INSERT:
8/78 P727

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