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      07.10.2013 17:35
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      Helps me carry on with my busy days

      Continuing my theme of feeling sorry for myself with a bad cold, today I will review Beechams All in One medicine, in the liquid form. It is also available in tablet and capsule form but I always opt for the liquid version as feeling it trickle down my throat makes me think that it's starting it's fight straight away by relieving that area! I don't really know how I ended up using this as my cold remedy, but the price may have contributed to my decision as it's usually under £4 from Tesco and other pharmacy style places such as Boots and Superdrug. The bottle contains a total of 160ml of liquid which I find reasonable in comparison to other liquid medicines that are available. This is a medicine that both me and my husband have used for quite a few years now.

      I've been suffering from a dreadful sore throat over the last week that has now progressed into a cold. I know that with viruses there is no way of speeding up the process of the body fighting them away and I am the sort of person that hates taking things unless necessary, but when I have a bad head cold, I feel that sometimes I've no choice but to take something to help me get through a busy day without too much trouble. This All in One is fantastic for allowing me to do that. The liquid comes in a bottle with a protective cap that needs to be pushed down and turned in order to open, as with most other similar medicines. There is a handy small plastic cup supplied where the liquid is poured, up to the measuring line of 20ml for an adult (meaning there are 8 doses included in the one bottle). It is not for use for children under 12 years of age and only four doses should be taken within a 24 hour period.

      The measure is then taken via the mouth in one go (I always ensure mine is taken when I've just eaten something and never on an empty stomach). I will warn you that it doesn't have a great taste, in fact I find it quite unbearable and I always have to have water on hand to take a sip of afterwards - although the taste is terrible, I find that the relief it gives far outweighs the taste and I can put up with it for a couple of seconds.

      I find it starts to work almost as soon as I've taken the dosage outlined. It relieves my tickly, dry throat very well. It also relieves the headaches and blocked noses that I always tend to get, making it easier to breath properly and makes it more bearable for me to continue on with my day. The medicine contains Paracetamol that helps to reduce any fever and also contains Phenylephrine and Guaifenesin. My throat calms and the cough that I tend to end up with calms too to the point where I am not coughing half as much as I was. I also find that it makes me feel much better until the next dose is due four hours later and sometimes I even don't feel that I need to take that next dose.

      Although it doesn't speed up the time I have a cold, it certainly makes it much more bearable than it is by not taking any sort of medicine to relieve the symptoms. Last week before my sore throat set in, I had terrible chills were I was freezing one minute and then roasting hot literally seconds later. One dose of this in the morning and I felt so much better only around 10 minutes later!

      There are a long list of precautions with this medicine that should be read before use. It should never be taken if you consume alcohol for example and it also shouldn't be taken for any longer than over five days. As it contains paracetamol, it shouldn't ever be combined with any other paracetamol products, or with any other flu, cold or decongestant products, or with cough suppressants either. With it being a medicine, it should always be kept well out of reach of children.

      I would recommend Beechams All in One medicine, so long as the precautions and ingredients mean that it's ok for your use. I find that it really is the first thing I reach for with a head cold as it usually ensures that my days aren't as interrupted as they would be without taking anything and it really does help me to feel better - quickly too. Although the taste is awful, it's definitely something I don't mind putting up with in order for the relief it gives. I've rated it four stars overall - one coming off for the bad taste (surely it can't be that difficult to give it a nice strawberry flavour can it?) but perhaps that is a little mean given the super power I've seen.

      Thanks for reading :o)

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      31.03.2013 18:04
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      Get it down you fast and you'll feel a bit better

      ** The Product **

      Beechams All In One is a medicine used when suffering from a cough or cold. It is also available in tablet form but I prefer to take the medicine, despite its disgusting taste. A 160ml bottle, which is 8 doses will cost £4.83 in Boots.

      The bottle comes in a blue and orange box with information about the product, active ingredients and dosage information.

      The active ingredients are paracetamol, guaifenesin and phenylephrine hydrochloride. Paracetamol is for pain relief, guaifenesin is used to treat a chesty or productive cough and phenylephrine is a decongestant.

      For adults and children over 12 years old, the dosage is 20ml every four hours. There is a little plastic cup that comes with the medicine with measurements on the side so it's very easy to measure out the correct amount. I advise washing this out thoroughly after every use or it does get very sticky.

      It states not to use this product for more than five days in a row and not to exceed the daily dosage amount.

      ** What I think **

      I have been taken Beechams All In One for years now but lately it seems to upset my stomach so I only take it if I'm feeling really bad and can't sleep. The liquid is an orangey colour and it tastes absolutely vile, I advise drinking it all in one go to get it over with, as sipping it will just prolong the torture. It makes my stomach feel very warm which is quite a nice feeling but sometimes it makes me feel very nauseous, that may be down to me as opposed to the product though as my tummy is a bit awkward these days. The box says "non-drowsy" but this always makes me very sleepy, the tablets, which I assume is the exact same product, don't make me drowsy though. So perhaps I'm just a bit odd. The sleepiness is one of the reasons I take it though, I really struggle getting to sleep when I've got a cold and this does help a lot.

      At nearly £5 a bottle for only 8 doses, it isn't cheap but I only take it at bedtime when my cold is at it's worst so I do find one bottle will usually last me at least two colds.

      The effects never last long enough for me, you can only take it every four hours but you don't get four hours relief however this is typical of most medications, in my experience.

      I would definitely recommend this is you're suffering from a cold; it will relieve some of the symptoms for you and hopefully make you feel a bit better.

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      17.11.2012 17:19
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      A help towards feeling better from Beechams

      This year really has been the worsted for me getting ill, so yes another cold! I eat reasonably healthy, take vitamins and still I've gotten ill. So I have tried many over the counter products so far this year.

      Beechams - All in One:

      'Beechams All-In-One is a product for the short term relief of the symptoms of colds, chills and influenza. These symptoms include headache, shivers, aches and pains, blocked nose and sinuses, also chesty coughs'

      - www.beechams.co.uk

      My Findings:

      This is an all in one medicine claims to help with -

      Chesty cough
      Sore throat
      Blocked nose
      Aches and pains
      Headaches
      Fever

      As my throat was rather sore I couldn't really swallow tablets so my partner went out to get me something in liquid form, so it would be easier for me to take. This medicine works from three main ingredients. Please note this product is not suitable for persons 12 years and under.

      Paracetamol, expectorant and decongestant, the paracetamol is there to help with the aches and pains. Expectorant to help relieve chesty coughs and then the decongestant to help with the blocked nose, so all the things I wanted help with.

      My first day using this product I couldn't taste anything due to my cold, it states to take 20ml every four hours but no more than four doses per day. It is a thick orangey liquid, which I could feel coat my throat and warm my chest slightly.

      After taking this I could feel my cough ease and my headache certainly improved. It was more on my second day I noticed more of a difference, my nose started running and the backs of my eyes didn't feel so heavy. Luckily my partner purchased two bottles and I took this medicine for three days using up my four doses per day.

      On the third day I was feeling much better than I was and could taste the medicine! It isn't the most horrid tasting medicine I have ever tried but it certainly isn't the nicest. It was a sickly, sweet and slight menthol taste to it, but if it makes me feel better I would put up with the taste!

      Price and Availability:

      This product costs around the £4.50 mark, as it did help me I would certainly say it was worth its money. You only have two days worth so two bottles maybe needed. I was told you shouldn't take cold/flu medicine for any longer than five days.

      Overall:

      On the hold this is a good cough and cold product it did what it claimed and in a few days I was feeling more myself. It is a little pricey but I will pay pretty much anything as along as it works, for me there is nothing worse than a head cold! I didn't suffer any side effects from this product even though I am asthmatic.

      Five out of five stars from me.

      Thank you for reading.



      Additional Information:

      Ingredients -
      Each 20ml dose contains: Paracetamol 500mg, Guaifenesin 200mg, and Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 10mg as the active ingredients.


      Liquid also contains: Sorbitol, Glycerol, Ethyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Cyclamate, Acessulfame K, Sodium Citrate, Xantham Gum, Citric Acid Monohydrate, Coughsweet Flavour, Colours (Sunset Yellow E110) Patent Blue V (E131) and Water.

      Possible Side Effect -
      Skin rashes and other allergic effects can occur with paracetamol. Guaifenesin may cause an upset stomach. There have been a few reports of raised blood pressure, headache, dizziness, upset stomach, difficulty in sleeping and palpitations occurring with phenylephrine. These effects should go away if you stop taking the medicine. However do seek advice.

      Warnings -
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      Do not take this medicine if:

      You are allergic to paracetamol, guaifenesin, phenylephrine hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients that are listed in this product. Colour E 110 can cause allergic type reactions including asthma. Allergy is more common in those allergic to asprin.

      You have kidney or liver problems, overactive thyroid, diabetes, or are under the care of your doctor for high blood pressure or heart disease.
      You are taking drugs prescribed by your doctor or hospital for depression (including monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOIs), or for heart problems (including beta blockers and anticoagulants eg: warafin).

      You are pregnant, suffer from liver disease, epilepsy, alcoholism, brain injury or disease. The product may increase or decrease the effects of other medicines you are taking.

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        21.07.2012 21:03
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        brill beechams for colds and flu

        I like to think I am quite a healthy person and don't get really ill all that often, but when I do get ill, I am out for the count. Last month I was particularly under the weather and bless my boyfriend's cotton socks he came to my work place and presented me with a box of Beechams!

        The medicine is produced to relieve the symptoms with cold and flu such as runny nose, headaches, chesty coughs etc basically all the symptoms I had! The three main ingredients (let's see if I can type this correctly!) are : Phenylephrine, Guaifenesin and Paracetemol. The Paracetemol helps relieve pain and fever, whilst Phenylephrine is for nasal congestion and to allow clear airways for better breathing and Guaifenesin helps clear the chest so secretions can be coughed up (bleurgh!)

        I never like the taste of medicines to be frank so was slightly disappointed in the type he brought, but nevertheless feeling rough as ever I downed it anyway. It is orange in colour and and is quite thick and warm in terms of consistency and taste. It does seem to help my coughing, blistering throat as I swallowed it, so on this merit it is a good medication for me!

        It is recommended to take 20ml every four hours or as necessary. As I am not a big believer of these medicine types I only took one dose a day for about 3 days but this was enough to perk me up a bit! I know full well that none of these medicines are actually going to cure me, but help me to feel a bit more lively and less drowsy and tired and I find I feel less sweaty and just feverish in general after having some beechams. In addition, the beechams within 15 minutes of swallowing I definitely felt my headache fade away which is amazing, and so the Paracetemol in this product is fast acting and provides quick relief However, I know the only thing that is going to help me get better is some good old bedrest!

        I would definitely recommend a box of beechams if anyone is feeling under the weather as it does help the recovery process. At around £5 in boots its not half bad and will help you fight those cold and flu symptoms!

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        14.03.2012 13:16
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        Brill!

        For ages now I have suffered hayfever so when I had the onset of a cold I really wasn't prepared for it arriving! However I have once again been hit by a cold, usual for me so I'vebeen in bed sweating, coughing, sneezing and with a big red nose like Rudolph and generally feeling absoloutely awful.

        Being so ill I couldn't get out of my flat to get anything to help me so I already had in paracetamol, I kept warm and was happy to be left with my dvds to suffer!

        So my mate deciding enough was enough and brought me this the other day from Asda costing about £4.00. Being called an all in one she hoped this would help with all my symptoms and shut me up from my whinging!

        The Packaging:

        Well the medicine comes in a dark blue and orange box and to one side of that we are told that it is Beechams All in One 'Paracetamol, phenylephrine, guaifenesin' and that its for chesty coughs, sore throats, blocked noses, aches and pains, headaches and fevers and that it is non-drowsy and has 8 doses within the bottle. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about what the medicine is for, the ingredients are given, dosage advice is given as are some warnings, the size is stated (which in this case is 160ml) and contact details for Glaxosmithkline (the manufacturer of the product) are listed. The bottle within the box is dark brown glass and has a dark blue label around it and basically that contains all the same information that is on the outer box then inside there is yet more infornation listed on a leaftlet and there is a see-through plastic cap with measurements on that for easy dosage.

        The Medicine:

        Well the medicine is a light golden colour and is minty is fragrance. Taste wise well it is a minty and really sweet and I have to admit to not liking the overly menthol, artificially sweet flavour this has to it at all. It is warming though and soothing to the throat though like I say I am not keen on the flavour as it lingers way after consuming it.

        The dosage advice is to take 20ml (measuring cap) and to take it every 4 hours as necessary with no more doses that 4 in 24 hours and to not give it to children under 12 years of age.

        The biggest question is, is this effective and surprisingly to me yes it is actually and I really don't take medicine such as this for a cold usually and stick with paracetamol as I mentioned earlier as I have never really found anything to work for me before.

        I found this to regulate my temperature which led to me stop sweating, it helped to unblock my nose, sooth my throat and keep the headache I had been suffering with, at bay. Soon after taking each dose my sneezing ceased up rather alot though not completely and all round I felt better for taking it and really did notice a huge difference. It is a non drowsy formula though it helped me relax rather alot and all in all like I said earlier I am surprised this is as good as it is but it is just a shame about the nasty, yukky flavour of it in my opinion!

        A very good, high quality product that really is worth the money it costs when your suffering, so thank you to my best friend Liz once again who came to my rescue lol.

        Available in all good chemists and supermarkets etc.

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          08.03.2011 14:11
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          4.5 stars for effectivess, brought down to 3 for price and taste

          Yet another product I bought in my quest to kill my mild flu and sore throat was this Beechams All in One cough medicine. My boyfriend picked it out in Sainsbury's, and it cost around £4.50. At first I thought this was quite reasonable, but the cardboard box makes it look bigger than it is and you actually don't get many doses out of the bottle. For that reason, I would recommend buying two (!) bottles per person, which could work out very expensive if everyone in your family is ill. I was only taking it for about three to four days before it ran out, and I didn't even take all the suggested doses.

          The bottle comes with a little plastic measuring cap, and as per the instruction leaflet, you're meant to fill it almost to the top for one dose. This is actually quite a lot to swallow all at once - I'd estimate it to be about 4 teaspoons. The best way to take it is to down it in one, because it tastes so sickeningly vile that you want to run away screaming rather than take another sip.

          Cough medicine as a rule is pretty disgusting (I'm still wondering why they don't do an adult version of Calpol, they'd be billionaires), but Beechams All in One is the worst thing I've ever tasted. The closest thing I can liken it to is if you mixed together melted Vaseline and tea tree oil then added a dash of tar. Blergh. I would almost rather be ill.

          In terms of effectiveness, I would say it does the job. It doesn't have an immediate 'ahhhh' soothing effect, but after a couple of doses I was feeling a bit better. Also, the fact that it tastes so terrible means that you focus on that rather than your illness. After a few days, I was feeling a lot better and was looking for any reason to stop taking it. In fact, after the first time I refused to take it on my own and my boyfriend had to force feed it to me every time.

          I had a sore throat, bit of a blocked nose, and a cough. Apparently Beechams is also good for nasal congestion, fever, headache and aches and pains. The active ingredients are paracetamol, guaifenesin and phenylephrine hydrochloride, so you shouldn't take this with any other paracetamol or paracetamol containing products.

          A quick question to the Sainsbury's pharmacy revealed that it's fine to take these with Strepsils. You can buy Beechams in supermarkets or chemists, but if you're unsure due to a particular medical condition then ask first. Also, I'd recommend reading the instructions and information fully and carefully before use.

          Overall, for effectiveness I'd give this cough medicine 4.5 out of 5, but because of the taste and the cost I'm reducing my overall rating to 3 stars.

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            08.11.2010 10:40
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            A great liquid medicine to conquer your cold

            *Introduction*

            I like everyone else hates it when you get a cold. And it usually tends to be when you have a holiday, party or some other special occasion coming up. So when I was feeling like death warmed up, sitting in bed sulking, I called my mum and asked her to buy me some medicine in Tesco or her way home from work. What did she buy me? Beechams All In One Liquid...

            *What Are They?*

            Beechams All In One Liquid is a menthol flavoured syrup in a non-drowsy formula to help you get on with your day. It is manufactured and packed by GlaxoSmithKline.

            *What Are They For?*

            Beechams All-In-One is a product for the short term relief of the symptoms of colds, chills and influenza. These symptoms include headache, shivers, aches and pains, blocked nose and sinuses and also and sometimes most importantly, chesty coughs.

            *How Do They Work?*

            Beechams All In One Liquid contains three active ingredients. Paracetamol relieves your headache, shivers, aches and pains. A decongestant to relieve your catarrh and help clear your blocked nose and sinuses. And an expectorant to relieve chesty coughs. In all honestly it could have anything in it, so long as it made me feel better. Although it is a shame it doesn't have an ingredient to make it taste better.

            *Directions*

            Adults and children 12 years and over: Fill measure cup to 20ml mark and take one dose (four 5ml spoonfuls).

            Undo the bottle and fill the supplied measure cup to the 20ml mark. This is the one dose that you are advised to take. Alternatively you can take four 5ml spoonfuls. After swallowing, pull the 'yuck, that tastes disgusting face' and go and wash up your little cup.

            Do not exceed the stated dose which means that you are not to take more than 4 doses in 24 hours.

            *Frequency of Use*

            Beechams All In One Liquid is to be taken every four hours as necessary. Unlike with the tablets or hot drinks, I find that this liquid medicine works for the full four hours and I can sometimes go about 5 hours without needing my next dose.

            *Who Can't Use the Tablets?*

            There are various people that Beechams All In One Liquid is not to be taken by. These are:
            - Children under the age of 12 (unless advised by your doctor)
            -If you are allergic to any of the ingredients
            - Sufferers of liver or kidney problems
            - Anybody who suffers from heart disease
            - Anybody who suffers from an high blood pressure
            -Anybody who suffers from an overactive thyroid gland
            -Sufferers of diabetes
            - If you are pregnant, suffer from epilepsy, alcoholism, brain injury or disease.
            - People who have taken a monoamine-oxidase inhibitor antidepressant in the last 14 days.

            Ensure that you do not take with any other cold or decongestant products or with alcohol. If you overdose, immediate medical advice should be sought after.


            *Side Effects*

            Skin rashes and other allergic effects can occur with paracetamol. With Guaifenesin, you may find you have an upset stomach. There have also been a few reports of raised blood pressure, headache, dizziness, upset stomach, trouble with sleeping and palpitations occurring.

            If you get any of these side effects, stop taking the product and the side effects should go away.

            *The Packaging*

            The packaging of Beechams All In One is a dark and light blue cardboard box with a picture of a measuring cup filled with the golden syrup. Inside the cardboard box you will find a leaflet which contains all of the details that you need to know about the product.

            Inside this cardboard box is a short, fat brown glass bottle which is the container of what I believe is the magic medicine. The bottle is quite heavy, especially when full. The bottle is not the easiest to open due to it child protective lock lid. This drives me nuts because clearly it is a child and Lauren protective lid because it always takes me about 5 minutes to get it undone. Sitting on top of the bottle is a small plastic measuring cup which you use to take the medicine. I always tend to wash this up after use and put it straight back on top of the bottle because it is so small that otherwise, especially in my house, it is likely to be thrown in the bin.

            This is definitely just a product that will sit in your medicine cupboard so don't expect it to be perfect for travel like the tablet alternatives are.

            *The Contents*

            So, what is the contents of this brown glass bottle like? Well, the colour of the syrup is a golden yellow/orange so it looks pretty harmless, almost nice in fact. It is also more translucent than the pure colour and you can see little air bubbles in it. The texture of this is fairly thick, gloopy although it is also smooth to swallow.

            Now for the not so positive part of the product... the smell and taste. Vile, repulsive, disgusting, revolting, horrible. Need I go on or do you get the picture? The smell and taste is the same... menthol. But it is not just menthol, but the strongest menthol you have or will ever taste in your life. I try to swallow it down as quickly as I can but it never seem to work out that way, instead it is in my mouth for longer than I would like. And the taste lingers for almost half an hour which is the worst part.

            *How Much Is It? And Where Can You Buy It From?*

            Beechams All In One is available to buy in 2 different sizes: 160ml and 240ml. The 160ml bottle retails at £4.49 and the 240ml bottle costs £5.18. These are both quite high prices but I would definitely opt for the 240ml bottle as it is obviously much better value for money. Is it too expensive? I wou;dn't say so because it worked so effectively for me.

            This medicine is widely available to buy as Beechams is a popular medicinal brand. You will find this bottle on the shelves of most large supermarkets like Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury. Alternatively you can buy them from stores like Boots, Superdrug and your local chemist will also stock it. And if you aren't able to get out to buy them, you can visit www.boots.com and have them delivered directly to your door as it is not a prescription medicine.

            *Do They Work and Would I Recommend Them?*

            Ok, so what you really want to find out is whether Beechams All In One is effective or not. Well I can tell you that it most definitely is. For me the worst part of having a cold is the blocked nose and sinuses and chesty cough and this product helps to get rid of these symptoms and quickly. Almost as soon as you have taken this medicine you begin to feel better and as 20-30 go on, you start to feel quite normal for a while. And what I find is really great about Beechams All In One is that it actually lasts longer than the 4 hours that is recommended between each dose. I found that after I had been taking this for 4 times a day for 3-4 days, my symptoms were almost gone and I was feeling much better in myself. Time to face the world again and stop moping about in my bed.

            There is absolutely no question in my mind that I would recommend Beechams All In One especially for those of you that don't like to take tablets. If you can ignore the awful taste and the high price tag, then this is the perfect product.

            *Overall*

            I absolutely detest the taste of Beechams All In One Liquid but I must admit that it is easily one of the best products that I have used for curing my cold symptoms. I probably wouldn't have selected this product myself as I have used it numerous times before and I hate the taste but parents usually do know best and my mum chose a great product to get rid of my cold.

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              Good at relieving symptoms but have to be taken regularly

              Beechams All in one

              I got a cold recently and there were three things I used to try and get better as quickly as I could. The first was Sudafed, the second paracetomol and lastly beechams. I had not heard of beechams until my aunt told me to take some. It comes in a bottle as well as tablet forms. The one at my aunts house was the liquid formulation.


              Beechams is an over the counter medicine that can be bought from the larger supermarkets and chemists. They retail at about £4.50-£5 and contain 8 doses (80ml and each dose is 10ml). One dose can be taken every 4 hours. It is suitable only for children over 12 and adults.


              Beechams is a cold medicine that contains paracetomol to relieve headaches and the congestive pressure feeling. There is also phenylephrine hydrochloride which helps with the congestion of the sinuses in a cold. This is the same ingredient that is in Sudafed. When I asked the pharamacist which is better, Sudafed or beechams she said Sudafed is better for colds. Why? That I do not know. Headache, sore throat, fever, blocked nose and a chesty cough are all symptoms that indicate the use of this medicine. I had all these symptoms. It is also a non-drowsy formula so good for those who need to drive and those who work.


              When I took my first dose of 10ml I could taste the paracetomol and the sugar that was trying to mask the bitter taste. The feeling of the liquid down my throat was really warming and it seemed to really heat up by throat all the way to my lungs/heart. I was told not to drink any fluids for at least 1 hour after taking it. I cloud feel the paracetomol working and my temperature went down as did my headache.


              This did relieve my symptoms but if discontinued use for a day then my symptoms would return be just as bad as before. They will relieve the symptoms but I don't think they really helped to speed up my recovery. I went back to using Sudafed after as it was not really improving my recovery but my symptoms where suppressed for 3-4 hours.

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                30.10.2010 11:40
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                My favourite cold remedy

                I have a list of many products that I use to comfort and soothe me when I am feeling run down with a cold but there is only one product that I rely on when my cold has reached the point of full blown man flu.
                When it has reached this stage and I need something that is going to actually help speed up my recovery and improve my symptoms enough to be able to start functioning properly I buy myself some Beechams all-in-one.

                Bechams all-in-one is a liquid cold and flu remedy that comes in a 240ml bottle. Prices really do vary on where you buy it but my local chemist stocks it for £3.99 which is more than a pound cheaper than boots do.
                The liquid is amber in colour and is like a thick syrup in consistency.

                The ingredients of the all-in-one are: Paracetamol Ph Eur 500.0 mg, Guaifenesin Ph Eur 200.0 mg, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Ph Eur 10.0 mg. It promises to help relieve the syptoms of cold and flu such as headaches, blocked nose, sore throat and chesty cough.
                In my experience it is the only remedy that I have tried that equally helps with all the symptoms and doesn't just focus on one or the other.

                The taste is just what I expect from my medicine as it is pretty disgusting but I always have that childhood memory of my mother telling me if it tastes bad it must be helping. It is very sweet but there is a definite bitter aftertaste from the paracetamol.
                The dose is 20ml which is enough to give me the shivers but once its down my throat I soon forget about it.

                For me it really does help with everything and within a few minutes of taking It my chest always feels much better and my nose although not clear does feel less stuffy and the pressure pain in my sinuses is always greatly improved.
                The relief only last a couple of hours but this is usually enough time to allow me to do what needs doing or to be able to fall asleep.
                Because of the paracetamol you need to space out the doses to every four hours and not exceed 4 within a 24 hour period. I always try to make sure that I have timed my doses so that my final one is just before bed as I find that without taking this I cannot actually fall asleep.

                It is only suitable for people over the age of 12 and there are some contradictions so make sure to read the enclosed leaflet.
                Everyone has their favourite products that they use for colds and I have tried most of them but I always return to this as nothing else I have tried so far can compete with its all-in-one treatment.

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                  17.09.2010 14:11
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                  We try to always have a bottle of this in our fridge, but unfortunately it can be out often, and there is nothing worse than feeling the tickle of a Cold coming on and nothing in the house to give a head start to the problem.

                  This can vary quite a lot in price. I think the right price of this is around £4.50 in Asda, which although is probably quite a normal price, when you are used to this being on a Rollback offer of around £3 or even that bit lower, then you sort of grudge the higher price. That's why the wife ends up buying a few of these bottles when on offer.

                  The box is like the Dooyoo picture. It looks ok and it tells you on the front the symptoms that this helps with. It is just anything that would go with the Cold and Flu such as Fever and High temperature, Sore throat, Cough, Sore head and Nose problems. We find this quite an effective Bottle probably because it covers the symptoms that come along. This contains Paracetomol so shouldn't be taken with other product with the same ingredients in it.

                  You just measure out a capful of this. This is 20ml and the liquid is thick and sticky. It doesn't smell or taste nice but what Medicine does. It isn't the worst that i've had anyway. You can take this ever 4 hours up to a maximum of 4 doses a day.

                  I've never measured how long this lasts, and it doesn't seem to last that long as me and the wife often have the cold at the same time, but I would say it lasts about 10 goes, which should be enough to help a Cold along, but sometimes not!

                  A great all in 1 product that should ward the nasties away.

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                  good but helpful for coughs for long term

                  With Autumn and Winter well on their way, it is that time when everyone starts to think of the colds and flu that may well attack a fair few of us soon.

                  There are many products available these days to help you recover from colds and flu, and one of those such products is Beechams All In One Liquid. This product is to help you get rid of symptoms such as chesty coughs, sore throats, blocked nose and headache. This product contains paracetamol.

                  All In One is a honey coloured liquid, which is quite thick and has a sweet yet medicated taste to it. The liquid slides down the throat quite easily, luckily the taste is nice enough to bear, unlike some cold and flu liquids I have tried in the past. The bottle comes with a clear dosage pot, which I found was brilliant for correct dosage without the need for a spoon.

                  I instantly felt the relief in my throat after taking a dose of this, and shortly afterwards my nose was not so blocked. It took about 20 minutes before my headache and body aches started to subside, but they did improve 20 - 30 minutes after taking a dose. In regards to helping a chesty cough, I found that the All In One did relieve it somewhat, but not greatly and I prefer to use Covonia for coughs ( see previous review!)

                  Personally I feel that All In One from Beechams does work mostly on what it says it will, but it does not really do much for a cough. There is 8 doses in a bottle of All In One, and you are allowed to take one dose every 4 hours, if needed, because of the paracetamol it contains. I found that I took the full bottle over a 2 - 3 day period of flu and it did help me to feel better in general, but as I said before it really was not of much help with the cough.

                  You can buy Beechams All In One in Boots, Superdrug, Pharmacies and in some major supermarkets. You do not need a prescription for All In One, and it will usually cost you around £5 a bottle, but this could be more depending on where you buy it. I do recommend this product, but I do also recommend that you get an extra cough mixture, as this one will not do the full job it says it will.

                  I am giving this product 4 stars out of 5, as it does help you to feel better and combat cold and flu, but it does not help much with a cough.

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                    Unfortunately for me, my latest bout of flu left me extremely weak, feverish and with a very sore throat. After looking to get plain old paracetamol from my local supermarket I was to find that they were all sold out. This left me with the dilemma of continue feeling sorry for myself and fight the illness on my own or try something new, the latter option was the only real choice so I went for the very appealing "Beechams - All in one" which claimed to, by the look of the box, cure almost anything that stood in its way. At the very least the box stated that it contained Paracetamol so I thought that it would at least have the same effect of taking Paracetamol but hopefully a bit more. It seems I was wrong...


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                    The product can be bought from most supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda as well as pharmacies and chemists and will set you back anywhere around £4 to £5. It comes in a standard dark brown glass medicine bottle of capacity 160ml which is 8 adult doses of 20ml each with a child safety cap, the box also includes a measuring cup for working out correct dosages for different age groups. There is a cardboard outer box covering which states all its claims, that it can help cure a range of ails including Headache, Sore throat, Fever, Blocked nose and Chesty cough.


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                    Where it comes to the effectiveness of the product I have to admit it is not the best, in fact it is one of the worst medicines that I have used in a long time. The product just had pretty much no effect on me, the sore throat remained as painful as ever and the fever remained, I saw no evidence of the claims that it makes. In fact, when I finally got hold of some paracetamol it had a much greater effect than this product had.


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                    Overall, I really wouldn't bother to buy this product, it is something that I thought was worth a try in desperation to cure my illness, but it is not something that I will bother with again.

                    The price is by no means cheap and effectiveness poor, therefore I would not recommend it to anyone looking for a quick fix from illness. It gets a very poor 2 stars from me.


                    Thanks for reading.

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                      3 in 1 to relieve pain, unblock and get rid of chesty coughs

                      Beechams All In One

                      Working in a school means I am more likely to come into contact with colds/flu/bugs you name it! We have sanitizers like in Hospitals now and I always carry a hand gel around with me. But that doesn't seem to stop me catching flu/colds so far as I have had my fair share. I have had the plain cold, sinusitis, flu and a dose of swine flu this term alone. Hopefully the Christmas holidays will run with no illness!

                      I have never liked taking tablets since I was a child and always feel like being sick at the thought of swallowing them. So I have always used dissolvable ones or crunched them up in a hot drink! But alas flu liquid remedies exist to solve my problem! I have tried a few brands of liquid congestants and settled on the non drowsy ones for when I just have a slight cold so that I can carry on my normal activities.


                      **Beechams**

                      This is advertised as an all in one to help headaches, blocked nose, sore throat and chesty coughs. There are 8 doses inside and a reminder that it contains paracetamol. You may think that pushing £5 is expensive for paracetamol is expensive but I would disagree as there is something about this stuff that seems to make it work quite quickly to help mend your aches and pains.


                      **The packaging**

                      It comes in a blue box with Beechams all in one written in orange. On the box it tells you what it is for and the ingredients as well as how to take the medicine. Inside you get a leaflet too. You get a brown bottle with the blue labelling again and a child proof screw lid and plastic measuring cap. The bottle also has ingredients and how to take it too.


                      **What is it for?**

                      It is syrup like mixture and contains paracetamol and is a decongestant and expectorant. That means that the paracetamol relieves the pain, the decongestant gets rid of the catarrh and helps unblock the sinuses and the expectorant relieves the chesty coughs.

                      The flavouring is menthol and I notice when I take this there is a kick to it when taking the dose. An adult or over 12 takes a 20ml dose and can repeat every four hours (not taking more than 4 doses in 24 hours). You are not allowed to give to children under 12 unless medically told to. There is a big warning about not exceeding dose with it containing paracetamol and obviously not taking it with other paracetamol products. It is made by gsk - GlaxoSmithKline group.


                      **Using it**

                      Like I said I have used this when I have had sinusitis, colds, swine flu and flu because the Dr always tells me to take paracetamol no matter what I seem to have! So whether I have been knocked off my feet or just a whiff of a cold I use paracetamol.

                      The dose of 20 ml is easy to measure out in the plastic cup. When taken it does have a kick to it and a strong menthol smell. You can feel it tingle going down the throat and pipe a little too! The cup needs washing out to rinse of the thick orange liquid.

                      I found with this it certainly helped ease my aches and pains and the heaviest headaches which a standard paracetamol would do. However it was also good at making my nose unblocked and stuffy though I do feel the decongestant part of it is a little too powerful and produces the catarrh! I mean you may not have really had it but after this you do!

                      It doesn't make me feel drowsy at all and when I have had a cold where I still go to work etc I find this does give me the energy needed to get through the day. Although it does wear off after a few hours needing a re-dose.


                      **Recommend/Price**

                      I would recommend this to those who like me cant or dislike taking tablets. It is an all in one and saves messing about with tablets, cough syrups and decongestants. It is non drowsy too so means you can carry on with your daily activities. It works well in helping speed up recovery and I found the taste of it not off putting too.

                      Like I said earlier it is about £5 for a bottle of 8 doses and that may seem expensive compared to a pack of 24 paracetamol but this is a decongestant and expectorant too so saves the hassle of getting the other two parts of the package. It is useful to me due to finding it difficult to swallowing tablets and the liquid form makes it go down easy. I have found the bottle lasts me through the 'illness' bout and helps me get over it sooner. But that is just my humble opinion but hopefully some use to you!

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                        Ask your pharmacist for advice

                        It's cold and flu season again and like half the population I have got the sniffles, a sore throat, blocked sinuses and pounding headache. My daughter came to me on Sunday night complaining of having a sore throat and when I told her to take paracetomol she said she could not swallow. I headed to the co-op to see what was on offer and ended up coming home with Beechams all in one liquid which cost £4.50 for an 160ml bottle.

                        It looks like you are getting a big bottle of medicine but as each adult dose is 20ml of medicine then there is only 8 doses in a bottle, enough to last only two days if you take the maximum recommended dose. It contains paracetomol to ease aches and pains, guafensein to relieve chesty coughs and phenylephrine hydrochloride to ease congestion so claims to be the only medicine you will need to ease cold and flu symptoms.

                        The medicine is suitable for kids over 12 and adults, there are a few groups who should not take the medicine but you should read the label for yourself to see if it is suitable for you. There is some confusing labelling, on the outer box it says people taking MAOI antidepressants should not take the medicine but on the leaflet inside the box (which I never read until after I had taken the medicine) said that people taking any antidepressant should avoid Beechams all in one which was worrying for me as I take a different antidepressant medicine.

                        The yellow liquid looks and tastes foul, a mixture of menthol with a sour and bitter afterkick from the paracetomol. It's not something you would take for taste alone, I managed to throw it down my throat without any problems but my daughter whined and moaned about the taste testing my patience to the max, just as well I didn't go into nursing!

                        The main test of the medicine is how effective I found it. I did find that it helped me feel less feverish but my throat was still sore after taking it, looking on the box you can see it only has 500mg of paracetomol instead of the standard dose of 1000mg which you would get from two standard tablets so it is no wonder it wasn't great for the pain. It was good for relieving my sinus pain and it did help my cough which was really mild anyway.

                        One of the side effects listed is palpitations which the leaflet says only happens occasionally, well I was one of those lucky rare people it happened to. I also found that it made me drowsy despite the bottle saying it is a non drowsy formula but I always find any kind of decongestant makes me drowsy anyway.

                        Overall I would not recommend this product. If you need the active ingredients individually it is probably cheaper to buy 8 doses of each ingredient at the chemist. I though the medicine was overpriced, had confusing information and wasn't very effective anyway! As always do not take the advice of some random stranger online on what medicine to take, my experiences may vary from yours and you are better asking a pharmacist for advice than listening to me!

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                          19.10.2009 14:26
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                          A Great All Round Solution And Remedy To Flu

                          Whenever I have a cough or a cold, which usually comes along in one form or another about three times a year with me, this is usually one of the main products that I reach for. It costs about £3-£4 a bottle depending on which supermarket you shop at and assists in combating all of the main symptoms that come with feeling run down such as a cough, headache, sore throat etc.

                          You administer this by pouring the liquid from the bottle into the measuring cap provided with the bottle. The instructions detail how much should be administered, depending on the age and how seriously run down you are.

                          This is a wonderful product for a number of reasons. The main and obvious one is that is does what it's required to which us alleiviate rhe symptoms. I've tried quite a few in my time searching for the most effective remedy and this one certainly does this even if it does take a day or so for the medicine to fully take effect.

                          The instructions are very clear and detailed and show how it should be administered along with what to do if anything goes wrong and who/when you should avoid using it.

                          Although as effective as it is there are a number of downsides.

                          Firstly, as good as it is the value for money isn't the best. Given the cost you don't get a great deal in terms of value. With the average bottle holding around 200ml and the average dosage being about 25ml, you only get about 8 doses before you need to buy another bottle. My advice is that if you're going to be bed stricken then get at least two bottles because seeing that the average bout of flu lasts around seven days from illness conception to recovery, two days worth of medicine isn't a great deal of use and, given the cost it's not grea value for money.

                          You need a very particular pallate to enjoy what you're drinking as in my opinion is tastes terrible. That said it works well so it's worth putting up with it. Some kind of flavour wouldn't have gone amiss here. 

                          Finally, this is very messy stuff. It's sticky and attracts dirt and sticks to almost everything. Just make sure that your near a tap or some way of cleaning the measuring cap before administering this medicine.

                          That said it's a great medicine that relieves all the aching symptoms of flu and aching pains and in my view, worth the cost but given the cost it probably takes to make this, a few extra doses, or even bigger size packaging would be realy helpful. Highly reccomended by me though. 

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                          When looking for relief from your cold, nothing fights more symptoms than Beechams All-in-One / As well as paracetamol to relieve a headache, aches and pains, it also contains a decongestant to relieve catarrh and unblock your nose and sinuses and an expectorant to relieve chesty coughs.