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      14.06.2013 16:00
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      Decent product, but can become expensive over long periods

      WHY DID I BUY IT I began purchasing this product years ago now, as I heard this was the best on the market at the time. Upon checking it out and using it over the next few years, I believe the best time to take this is upon the first signs of cold - and the earlier this is taken then the better. Best to begin taking the sachets from the point where you get a runny nose or dry throat, as the heat provided and paracetamol both provide soothing to the throat and nose, as well as numbing the pain of a sore or dry throat at the same time. While this product does not prevent colds and flu (see my other review on Vicks First Defence that better suits this purpose), it does provide some relief from the symptoms of cold and flu - though for a fairly limited period. PRICE I purchase the product from my local retailer or chemist, and is available at the usual suspects here - Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Boots etc. so it is widely available. The product itself is around £3-£3.50 in price, and includes 10 sachets of the product working out at around 30-35p per product - which seems like good value - but given the fact you can take up to four sachets per day then this does become quite costly if the symptoms persist. THE PRODUCT The product itself comes in a range of flavours, but I tend to favour both the Hot Lemon and Blackcurrant as I find these the most pleasant to take - but this is just a personal preference! Method of taking is empty the sachet into a mug, then fill this with hot water and mix well until all visible signs of the grains are gone (the mixture tends to be quite transparent so it's fairly easy to spot when the product is totally dissolved). One piece of advice here would be that the product dissolves better in boiling water, so use water from a kettle to dissolve then add cold water to your taste to avoid burning your mouth as this will only make things worse. The sachet recommends adding sugar to taste, but in my opinion it is sweet enough already and to be honest I am not drinking it a relaxing drink I am taking it to ease the symptoms of cold and flu. There is also a recommendation not to give the product to children of 12 or under, and not to exceed the stated does - as with any other product containing paracetamol. INGREDIENTS Ingredients: Paracetamol Ph Eur (600 MG), Ascorbic Acid Ph Eur (Vitamin C) (40 MG), Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Ph Eur (10 MG), Sucrose MY VERDICT While this product does provide some relief to the symptoms of cold and flu, I much prefer using products that actually prevent the virus from occurring in first place rather than this reactive method. Personally I do think that a hot cup of tea and two paracetamol tablets do the same trick, though if you enjoy the flavours then having these combined in a single drink is very handy - three out of five for me.

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        27.03.2013 14:14
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        A cold and flu must have

        I have started using beechams in our house rather than Lesmips as we have found that our local Home Bargains store sells them at a 5 pack for 99p which when you compare to the price of lemsips is much cheaper. You can buy a couple of different flavours in the Beechams range but I always stick with the blackcurrant as I really don't like the lemon much and I haven't tried any other flavours like the berries as I don't want to buy a pack to find I don't like them. Beechams comes packaged in a navy and bright yellow box so they are easy to spot when you are looking for them, on the front of the box it tells you they contain Paracetamol and Phenylephrine and they help with sore throats, blocked nose, headaches and fever. On the back of the box you are told that these are not to be used by children under 12 and that you can use one sachet every 4-6 hours and must not exceed 4 sachets in 24 hours which is due to the Paracetamol. I personally have noticed that each sachet contains 600mg of Paracetamol which considering an adult can take 2 x 500mg Paracetamol tablets every 4-6 hours the sachets actually don't give you your full doseage. Inside the box you find 5 little thick paper sachets which are displayed the same way as the box is, to use you simply tear off the top of the sachet and then pour into your cup and then add boiling hot water. I personally like to have mine sweetened a little as I find that they have a slightly bitter taste to them, you should of course be aware that these are boiling hot and could burn and personally if it is first thing on a morning when I want to get the product into my system quickly then I will put a bit of cold water in it so I can drink it faster. I personally think that these are no better at helping headaches than Paracetamol alone and of course Paracetamol is what helps to keep a fever down however I do feel that these do help with a sore throat and a blocked nose and I find one of these half an hour before bed gives me the best chance of a good nights sleep. I like the taste of the product once I have added a sweetener and it smells really fresh and fruity. I would say these are just as good as the lemsip ones I used to use and I would certainly buy these again as the price is about 50% cheaper which I think is a great saving. These are eqasy to use and help you feel better so I give them 5 stars.

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        27.02.2013 15:02
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        Thanks for Reading :)

        The dreaded cold and flu virus is something that affects everyone from time to time, and I am no exception, in fact I seem to suffer it more often than I'd like! As a result I always have a box of Beechams Cold + Flu sachets stored in my medicine cupboard at home; as I personally find that these seem to work better than other brands on the market. Beechams Cold + Flu sachets come in a lemon yellow coloured rectangular box. The box contains ten sachets of lemon powder that you basically empty into a cup and add hot water, which once mixed looks a nice yellow colour. It is possible to add sugar or sweetener to add taste, but I personally do not feel the need too as usually when I have these I can't taste much of anything anyway due to my cold. The added factor of being a nice warm drink really helped when I had the cold shivers, and as result felt instantly nice and warmth when drinking. The main aim of Beechems is to relieve cold flu symptoms such a; sore throats, fevers, blocked nose, headache, painful sinuses, aching body and cold shivers. I found that these were a great help for me when trying to recover from a cold. The drink is lemon flavoured, but not a very strong tasting lemon flavour which is great for me as I am not the biggest fan of lemon flavoured things. It contains pheylephine which helps relieve blocked nose and sinuses, and extracts of vitamin C which helps the immune system fight off the flu infection. It also contains Paracetemol which is the active ingredient in the Beechems cold and flu medicine that lowers temperatures and eases some of the cold flu symptoms. These are also non-drowsy which is great, and means I can take them at any time of the day without worrying if it is going to effect my driving etc. I found these to work really well, and after just 20 minutes I could instantly feel my symptoms ease; nose become less runny and not as blocked, and my throat did not feel as dry or swollen. The effects would last a good few hours, and allow me to feel a bit more like myself and less ill. I brought these for around £3 from Asda. Although they are quite pricey, I found that they were of great benefit when it came to temporary easing my cold flu symptoms, so therefore I would definitely purchase this again when the next flu virus decides to attack me!

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          26.02.2013 14:47
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          A soothing relief for colds and flu. Would recommend.

          I get colds a lot! Especially around this time of year, and end up spending loads on different cold and flu remedies. None really worked for me until I found Beechams Cold and Flu sachets. They come in 2 varieties, hot lemon, and blackcurrant, and I got them in Tesco for £3 for a box of 10 sachets. I have since seen them in the pound shop for a box of 5, so slightly better value for money there! You make them up by tipping the sachet into a mug, then filling the rest of the mug with almost boiled water. The box says to only half fill the mug, but I usually fill it at least 3/4 full. This weakens the taste a bit, but thats ok as it is quite a strong flavour anyway. The taste of blackcurrant is quite sweet, but you can still strongly taste the medicine too. I haven't tried the lemon flavour, but my husband has and says that this too has a strong flavour. I'm not sure if its just a placebo effect, but it soothes your throat straight away, particularly the blackcurrant flavour, and works for a good few hours. I also find it clears my sinuses, which I do suffer with quite a bit. You're supposed to leave a 4 hour gap between them, which is fine as I've never felt the need to use it any sooner. They are quite pricy at 20-30p a sachet, but it really does work so is worth it in my opinion.

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            14.02.2013 21:52
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            for light colds opt for Beechams..

            ~Beechams Hot Blackcurrant~ Beechams is a range of health products designed to relieve the symptoms of cold and flu. This range includes hot drinks in various flavours and my review discusses the Hot Blackcurrant flavour. Presented in an informative box is a collection of single use sachets. Each sachet alongside sucrose contains : *Paracetamol 600mg - to relieve aches and pains *Ascorbic acid 40mg - Vitamin C *Phenylephrine hydrochloride 10mg - decongestant These powders are designed to be used for those with cold and flu symptoms. They claim to relieve blocked nnoses, headaches, fever and sore throats. They are non-drowsy. These powders can be taken by those over the age of 12 and shouldn't be taken with any other paracetamol products. They can be taken every four to six hours and up to a maximum of 6 sachets per day. If pregnant, you should consult your doctor before using these powders. ~Price and Availability~ The blackcurrant variety is available from Lloyds Chemist. Other chemists seem to stock blackcurrant and cranberry flavour. Expect to pay £2.49 for 10 sachets. You can also buy a 5pk from Poundland. ~My Thoughts~ All of my little family seem to be full of the cold over the past few months. I am normally happy to have a hot diluting juice and some paracetamol when at my worse but my fiance insists on having a stock of cold and flu sachets and capsules in the house. We prefer Beechams over Lemsip. The last purchase of cold and flu products included the Hot Blackcurrant powders. These sachets are very easy to prepare. It is recommended that you empty the sachet into a mug and half fill with hot water. Stir and add cold water and sugar if you want to. I normally do exactly that. I find topping up the mug with some cold water allows me to be able to consume this drink without burning my mouth. The powder dissolves well and looks like hot blackcurrant diluting juice. With a little bit of sugar I find this drink very palatable. It tastes sweet and not overly sickly. It doesn't have a strong, menthol taste like some health products do. I find the warm from the drink helps at comforting me and helps unblock my nose a little. I find these sachets ideal for using during the day as they don't make me tired or sleepy. I do find that the ingredients in this sachet do help to provide temporary relief from the uncomfortable symptoms associated with a cold. My fiance is in agreement that they do work well. Whilst the hot drink soothes me, the paracetamol and other ingredients get to work. I find that the drink helps reduce any fever and headachy feelings. I don't find that much relief is offered to a sore throat but generally favour a linctus type product for my throat. I find that these sachets are great for mild to moderate pains associated with having a rotten cold but anything worse can be relieved by taking some ibuprofen alongside the drink. ~Conclusion~ At 20p a drink (based on the selling price in Poundland), these sachets represent good value for money. They aren't miracle workers as they certainly don't get rid of a nasty cold but they do offer a good amount of relief which helps me get through it a bit better. The taste is pleasant too and this flavour is a great alternative if you aren't keen on typical lemon based drinks. Thanks for reading :)

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              22.07.2012 20:32
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              A soothing drink i'd buy again

              I'm not very brand loyal when it comes to purchasing these types of products and vary when picking out which one to buy. This time stocked up in the cupboard is a box of bechams cold and flu, hot blackcurrant drink. The drink states it is for rapid relief from blocked nose, headache, fever, sore throats and that it is also non-drowsy. In order to take the drink you empty the contents into a mug and half fill with hot water. Stir well and add cold water as necessary and sugar if wanted. You should not take this with any other paracetamol based products, and the same applies as to having the caplets/tablets.. you can have one sachet every four to six hours as necessary. Children under the age of 12 should not be given this. You should also not take this with any other flu or cold products. Once made, the drink itself is actually quite nice and not horrible to drink. It's obviously a medicine type product and only to be taken when needed, but it is not as bad taste-wise compared to other paracetamol containing products. (maybe thats because I end up putting sugar in the mug too :P) It just reminds me of drinking a hot mug of vimto. In terms of helping with the cold or flu.. I find it to be soothing (especially in helping your sore throat and blocked nose) and would purchase it again. The box contains 10 sachets and an information leaflet. These can be purchased for between £2.50 and £3.50 for a pack of 10.. and a pack of 5 would be even less. I give the product 5 stars as I find it to come in useful when needed and it is one that will find itself back into my cupboard when required. It also comes in other flavours such as honey and lemon, hot lemon, blackcurrant and cranberry and berry. Thanks for reading (this review may appear on ciao at some point)

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              19.07.2012 02:57
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              A good hot drink to make me feel better, but probably won't get the honey one again for a while

              I was having some cold symptoms yesterday and started to feel my throat getting sore in the evening, probably due to the rubbish weather we are having at the moment. I did not feel that bad but I thought I would take a pre-emptive measure by having one of these Beechams cold and flu powder drinks. When it comes to this type of drink I am not really that brand loyal and I am happy to switch between Beechams, Lemsip or others, although I have found that some of the cheaper non-branded or supermarket own brand ones are too weak to be effective. I always like to have some in the cupboard though in case I need it and this time I happened to have Beechams. This drink, like most, comes in the form of an individual sachet of powder inside a small cardboard box. The sachet is easy to open as I just tear it, and don't need any scissors to do so. On opening the sachet the strong scent of the powder already greets you straight away. It comes in various "flavours" and the one I had was hot lemon and honey. I would say the scent of honey is quite overwhelming and much stronger than the lemon. I do like actual honey, but I am not keen on any artificial honey scents. This smells extremely sweet and a bit fake, so I didn't like the smell too much on first impressions, but it was not awful or really off putting. To make the drink you just boil the kettle and are instructed to fill half the cup with really hot water (I do it just off the boil or before it boils) then fill the rest with cold water. I think it is good it tells you to do this method, even though I think it is common sense. I have always put cold water in to stop me burning my tongue which I hate, but I know some people who think you should fill the whole cup with boiling water! Once you have added cold water there is no need to leave it to cool and it can be drunk straight away, which I find good, as when I leave drinks to cool down I often have a tendency to walk off then forget all about them. The drink does taste very sweet, but not quite as sweet and sickly as I had feared after smelling the first waft of the powder when I poured the sachet out. It is actually a fairly nice taste although I do personally prefer just plain lemon. I do associate honey with being a cold and sore throat remedy to some extent, as lots of people probably do, so it does have quite a comforting feel to it. The drink promises to give rapid relief from: Blocked nose headache Fever Sore throat pain and it is non-drowsy. It contains paracetamol, vitamin c and decongestant. As it is obviously a medicine and not just a hot drink, you should check the packet for information such as how many you can take in a day or any side effects or situations when it should not be taken. It did soothe my throat a lot yesterday and starts to work within a few minutes. When I have taken Beechams before for full blown cold and flu type symptoms, I find that it does make me feel a lot better, declogging everything and reducing that fuzzy, bunged up head feeling which I get with a bad cold, especially if you take a few a day and perservere with it. It is usually enough to make me feel better and keep cold symptoms at bay without having to go to the doctors for anything else. Over all I would recommend it, but I prefer the plain lemon instead of the hot lemon and honey.

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              Our medicine cabinet/cupboard is jam packed with stuff for when we have colds and flu. The last thing you feel like doing when you are not well is traipsing out to the shops to pick something up to take the edge off of it so I always make sure we have stuff available. We have a box of Beechams Hot Lemon Cold & Flu sachets in our cupboard. There are ten sachets in a pack and each sachet is enough for one cup. The sachets come in little square cardboard box which is bright yellow and royal blue in colour. It has te Beechams name across the top and cold and flu just underneath with a list stating what it can be used for. It also has a picture of a jug of hot lemon and honey which gives the idea that this is a really soothing and comforting mixture. Beechams cold and flu says it tackles blocked nose, headache, fever, sore throat pain, aches and pains. The sachets can be purchased in all major supermarkets and chemists. They usually cost between £2.50 and £3.00 depending on where you go. Ingredients wise, Beechams Cold and Flu contains the following: paracetamol, phenylephrine and vitimin C. As this product contains paracetamol, you are not supposed to take any other paracetamol based products in case of overdose. Beechams Cold & Flu mixture is easy to make and use. You simply empty the sachet of powder into a mug and pour boiling water into it and stir. It creates a really strong honey and lemon scent and it is really comforting when you feel unwell. Personally I add sugar to mine to sweeten it up as it is a little bit too bitter for me otherwise but it is down to the individual how they want it. I always find this product to be really soothing. I only ever take it when I have a really heavy cold or the flu. You know those horrible colds/flu when you feel like you cannot even drink. That is when these come out for me. I find that the drink really soothes my throat and it eases aches and pains especially that achey feeling you get in your legs when you are really poorly. If I am taking one of these, I always drink it first thing in the morning as I always feel worse when I have just woken up. I find it eases my symptoms and allows me to feel a bit more human for a couple of hours. The effects do wear off and I never drink anymore than two in a day. The last time I had a really bad case of flu, it had cleared up in a couplle of days and I do think it is was because I was drinking this product. I highly recommend this product.

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              23.02.2012 01:38
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              Worked well.

              Beechams Cold and Flu. I have recently suffered a bad cold, well would almost say a flue bout, which left me feeling bunged up, weak and cold one minute then hot the next. I thought I would walk to my local supermarket to see what was on offer to try and get rid of this awful cold, on passing my local garage I thought i would pop in as it was less to walk away from my house, and was suprised to notice the amount of products that they did infact stock, slightly more expensive than the supermarket but less of an inconvenience for me I decided to purchase Beechams Cold and Flu sachets. These come on little handy sachets that you simply snip open and then add to previously boiled water, I add sugar to mine for the taste to become sweet, and then when cool enough I drink these. They are easy to find as they come in a bright lemon box so you will not have trouble finding them. I did find that they really did help me to start the road to recovery, the taste is not too bad a bit lemon flavoured. They contain Paracetemol to help bring fevers down and pheylephine to help blocked noses and help with your breathing. These also contain vitamin C which is good for helping with colds and flus and most things that leave you feeling weak. These cost me £4.00 but there were 10 sachets in the little carboard box I purchased. The cold i was suffering from left me feeling weak, my joints were aching, I was hot one minute then cold the next, after taking this medication I did notice a real improvement, as I find when I have a cold or the flu, it always seems to get worse at the end of the day. These are simple to use, simply make up as a hot drink then drink, they seemed to work well, so would recommend them to you to try if you are in the unfortunate position to be suffering with a cold or the flu. The taste is not so yucky that you dont enjoy them, so I will be buying these again. Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.

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              04.01.2012 15:57
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              Effective, comforting hot drink

              These drinks have been my best friend over the past week or so. After a cold which has been threatening to appear since almost November, it arrived in big style just after Christmas and I've been plodding along trying to keep going at work since New Year. I bought these drinks because I was in Tesco picking up some essentials and medicines, and these caught my eye as they were on offer. They cost me around £1.80 for 10 although I notice on the Tesco website that they no longer appear to be on offer and they now cost £2.47 for 10. The sachets are powder sachets which are diluted with hot water to make a nice soothing hot drink. They contain paracetamol, phenylephrine and Vitamin C, and are designed to help sore throats, blocked noses, headaches, shivers, aches and pains, and fevers. They are non-drowsy so you can take them in the daytime without danger of falling asleep. The Vitamin C is supposed to compensate for vitamin C commonly lost during colds, although I never realised this I just thought vitamin C helped you to avoid colds. The Phenylephrine acts as a decongestant which helps to unblock your nose, and relieve you of catarrh and painful sinuses. All of this comes in the form of a soothing, comforting drink which is available in different flavours such as lemon or blackcurrant. I had the lemon flavoured sachets, and have to say they tasted quite pleasant compared to some of these drinks. The taste is lemony (obviously!) but also nice and sweet and not at all bitter, so you shouldn't need to add sugar to these to help the medicine go down. I found them quite nice to drink because they warm your insides and you feel like they're getting to work straight away. These sachets are effective, although they haven't completely got rid of my cold yet I'm not sure I was expecting a miracle cure, just a little helping hand. Since taking them I've found I've been sneezing which hopefully means the cold is coming out and will be gone soon. I was taking them initially because I had shivers and pains in my back, and I found the sachets were effective for four hours at a time in relieving this pain. As soon as the four hours was up, however, I had to take another sachet. I've also had a sore throat and a bad cough, and I notice once I've had one of these drinks, my throat calms down for a bit and I stop coughing for a little while. I'd definitely use these sachets again. The only time they're not convenient is if you don't have access to a kettle, but as I work in an office it's easy for me to make sure I take them every four hours. Also, it's advisable to wait for the boiling water to cool before trying to drink this, otherwise you'll end up burning yourself like I did one day last week when I wasn't thinking straight!

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                22.10.2011 01:20
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                Just recently I have felt really run down. I've had the sneezes and a really sore throat and been going hot and cold loads. I've been taking paracetamol at regular intervals trying to combat my stiff and aching joints etc but nothing has really helped all that much really. I picked up a box of these hot drink sachets for a pound the other day in my local Poundland store and thought they may help me out and that I could take them in place of Paracetamol. The Packaging: The box is dark blue and yellow with a picture of the drink is on there and we are told that they are Beechams Cold & Flu 'Hot Lemon & Honey' and that they contain Paracetamol, Phenylephrine and Vitamin C and that they can help with sore throats, blocked noses, headaches and fevers and that they are a none drowsy formulation and that my box contains 5 sachets. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit more about the product, the ingredients are listed, dosage instructions are given along with cautions/warnings and contact details for GlaxoSmithKline (the manufacturer of the product are given). Inside the box there are sachets within it which are paper and silver foil inside and are basically the same in appearance as the box and within the box there is a white leaflet telling again the same information and a few more warnings etc. Easy to tear open packaging this is and there is enough information on all of the packaging. The Sachets: To take these is really ever so simple. You simply pop the contents of the sachet which is a yellowy colour into a cup/mug and add boiling water to it and you can add sugar or sweeteners if desired. These are only suitable for people over 12 years old and because they contain 600mg of paracetamol you can only consume one drink every four to six hours and no more than 6 sachets/drinks are to be consumed in any 24 hours and it isn't advised to take these with any other flu, cold or decongestant products at all. So the drink is simple to make up and a yellow transparent colour with a fragrance off lemon and honey to it which is really nice (providing you don't have a blocked nose of course!). I find this a nice tasting drink and sweet enough for my taste buds and I like the slightly sour taste of lemons this has to it and the honey really sweetens it somewhat. This really helps me with headaches and a sore throat though the relief given to my sore throat was only temporarily and whilst consuming it. It keeps my nose unblocked and controls my temperature, as do most paracetamol products anyway. These are superb quality, nice tasting and a different and more pleasant, soothing way of taking paracetamol and contain Vitamin C which we tend to lose when we are run down. I love these and will certainly buy them again in the future! Available in all good chemists and supermarkets at around about £1.50 a box of 5 of them and in different flavours. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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                  05.01.2011 15:18
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                  Relief of symptoms

                  We are a Beechams household. When purchasing these sachets it is normally Beechams that we go for rather than Lemsip. Don't know why, it's just one of those things. I have finally caught the cold and so am using these at the moment and really like them. There are ten sachets in a box containing the yellow hot lemon powder which you simply mix with hot (not boiling) water and stir. You are supposed to half fill with very hot water, mix in, they add cold water but I just let the kettle cool down a little. I find these are not bad tasting (with sugar added) and can drink the drink without making a horrible face. I had two other different brands yesterday and they were not as nice tasting plus the colour looked radioactive. Oh course if could have been the light at work that made them look like that. These Beechams just look yellow which is good. They contain paracetamol, vitamin C and decongestant (plus sucrose which it tells you on the back of the box but not the front) and are designed to help relieve symptoms associated with cold and flu such as a blocked nose, headache, fever, sore throat, painful sinuses, aching limbs and shivers. They are also non-drowsy. I find that compared to the other two brands I tried these actually work. Within about half an hour my nose felt a little clearer, but more importantly had stopped running and my throat felt a bit better. These will not last all day, a few hours, but you can take another one after 4 hours. For adults and children over 12 it says you can take one every 4 -6 hours with a maximum of 6 in 24 hours. Do not take with any other paracetamol or flu/cold/decongestant products. If under care of a doctor, are using other prescribed medicines or are pregant you should consult your doctor. These cost me £2 from Asda on special offer so costing 20p a sachet they are worth it. I find them better than other products and they give me temporary relief to the symptoms. Unfortunately you just have to let a cold run it's course but you can help yourself with these.

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                    02.11.2010 16:26
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                    A good flu remedy

                    When I am in a struggle to help get rid of the flu you always want a remedy which is going to work quickly but not be something you will not enjoy. I found myself with Beechams and I have to be honest and claim this is not a brand I go for that often and I tend to stick with products made by Strepsils and Lemsip. I found these in a supermarket in a pack of 10 and I was looking through trying to find what they could offer. They are sachets which have a powder inside and you just add hot water to them and drink them as a drink. You do not want to drink to many in one go though so you want to try and spread them out as much as possible over a day because I tried them once every 4 hours and it did me no good but when I altered this to once every six hours the problems began to stop. I admit it took nearly four or five days before these started to kick in and my belief was it was because of me taking so long to go out and purchase them and in this time the development of the cold got worse causing me more problems in the mean time. The drink itself is revolting it is so bitter and strong with the lemon flavour and I try my best to make sure I give it something else. I know people put sugar inside to give it more flavour but I add a small amount of cold water sometimes to swallow it down quicker. Another idea I have tried is having a cup of tea at the same time and taking sips out of both. I am not sure adding anything extra would alter the taste it has. When I had this item I found the flu symptoms disappearing so the cold and the chesty cough seemed to disappear but the headaches did not. I found they remained and it was tricky because even though the chemist told me I could take pain killers with this medication I was nervous and always am with mixing medications. I would tell people to take the pain killers as well because this alone cannot solve everything. I found that when I took the drink upon waking up and before meals during the day and once at night time it sort of had me filled up throughout the day with big gaps in between. I think the price is the biggest fault with this product. You find a sachet with hardly anything inside really priced at around £3.80 for a pack of 10 and I find it priced heavily. I would recommend Beechams because the lemon flavour although bitter I feel the product works much better and quicker then Lemsip which is the best thing. I also like to point out the smell of the product is pretty nice as well when it is boiled but the taste is the opposite.

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                      23.10.2010 09:40
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                      I always have them in just in case

                      Whenever I am struck down with a cold I always reach for the Beecham's hot drinks as I always find them very soothing when I have a cold. The drinks can be bought in various flavours including hot lemon and honey, blackcurrant and a new hot berry fruits version. For the purpose of this review I will comment on the hot lemon and honey drinks. The hot lemon and honey drinks can be bought in packs or five or ten from chemists and supermarkets. A pack of five will cost around £1.99 and a pack of ten will cost around £3.80 so it is slightly better value to purchase them in packs of ten. I would advise this if you can as you can often go through three or four drinks in a day in my experience. I have been able to purchase a pack of five up from my local discount store for just a pound so it is worth looking in places like that too. The drinks come in a cardboard box which shows a hot drink steaming along with some honey and a half lemon. It also tells us that the hot lemon and honey cold and flu drinks can provide rapid relief from a blocked nose, headache, fever, slow throat pain and that they are also non drowsy. Now of course these products are a medicine and so it is important to note that they contain paracetamol but they also contain vitamin C and a decongestant. You should not take this product with any other paracetamol containing products but it would be ok to take ibuprofen or something in regular intervals. You should really try and take one of these drinks as soon as you feel the onset of a cold as it will be most effective then in controlling any of the symptoms that you may have. To prepare these drinks you should pour the sachet into a mug and half fill it with boiling water and then stir it very well. You can either top the rest of the drink up with cooler water or something I like to do is add a little juice to the drink and a spoon of sugar. I have to say that without this the drink does taste pretty horrible in my opinion, but with the juice and sugar it makes it a more bearable drink to take. These drinks are suitable for adults and children over twelve years of age and you should take one sachet every four to six hours if you feel that is necessary. You should not have more than six sachets in a 24 hour period though. I have always found that around four of these drinks is enough for me when I am suffering from a bad cold, but I would also be taking ibuprofen in between to make sure I am well covered in terms of the headaches that come with a cold and such like. You should not take this product if: -you are allergic to paracetamol, absorbic acid, phenylephrine hydrochholride or any of the other ingredients. -you suffer from inherited sugar absorption problems -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 for heart problems If you are pregnant it would be an idea to seek advice from a doctor or chemist before taking this product. In my experience of using these drinks I find that they do help ease the symptoms of a cold. They are in no way a miracle cure and I think you will simply get over the cold when you get over the cold but these drinks go some way to help relieve the symptoms. I think in particular the drinks can help relieve the headaches and sore throat. I have always found that if I take one of these drinks just before bed when I am full of a cold that it seems to aid sleep, even though they state they are non-drowsy! I think they are quite soothing to take and create a warm feeling and so help send me off to sleep. As I mentioned they don't taste great, and in particular when you get to the bottom of the drink it can taste quite horrible but as long as you add some juice I think it is bearable. I sometimes find that if I have had to take a few of these drinks over the course of the day that I can begin to feel a little sick when I am taking them but this soon passes. In summary I think these are a great little product to help ease cold symptoms. They are in no way a cure, but they do provide decent comforting relief and so for that reason I would award them four dooyoo stars. Thank you for reading my review.

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                        04.05.2010 14:43
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                        A great all in one treatment for your cold or flu! 4/5 Dooyoo Stars!

                        Beechams Cold and Flu ~ Hot Blackcurrant Well it's sod's law isn't it ...... the sun is out, flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up nicely and what do I get, ...... yes, a cold! So off I trot to the chemist with the intentions of stocking up on the tried and trusted Lemsips, as no doubt hubby will soon be coming down with this cold too, er sorry in his case the flu! However my local chemist had no more Lemsips in stock and the assistant told me that these Beechams are just as efficient, and slightly cheaper, and after warning me not to take any other products containing any Paracetamol, she sold me these instead. These are the blackcurrant flavour. These 5 little deep blue sachets come in a small navy blue and yellow box with 'Beechams Cold and Flu' in large bold white lettering across the front. Also on the front of the box is the statement that these give rapid relief from: * Blocked Nose * Headache * Fever * Sore throat pain * Non-Drowsy To Use ~ Simply empty the contents of the sachet into a mug and half fill with boiling water. The powder is very fine and is very easy to dissolve in the boiling water. I then add a little cold water to make it easier to drink and a little sugar can be added also if needed. Then just relax and sip. It actually tastes very pleasant, with its lovely blackcurrant taste that isn't bitter or powdery, and I found that unlike the Lemsips, which I find quite sharp in taste, I didn't need to add any sugar. Adults and children over the age of 12 can take one of these sachets every four to six hours if needed, up to a maximum of 6 sachets in 24 hours, but mustn't be given to children under that age without medical advice. Results ~ The sachets contain Paracetamol to lower high temperatures and relieve aches and pains and sore throats, vitamin C to help your immune system against colds, and Phenylephrine Hydrochloride which is a decongestant to help unblock the nose. My opinion ~ Well I have to say that within a couple of hours of taking my first sachet I had already started to feel a little better and after taking 3 during the first day the following morning I felt so much better and felt ready to face the day. These are also very slightly cheaper than the Lemsips too and in my opinion seem to work just as efficiently and they taste just fine. I find that it works out cheaper anyway to buy something to ease the pain and the decongestant in one product than to go out and buy lots of different things to achieve the same aim. So with this in mind I would deffinatley buy these again and I would highly recommend them to anyone else too. The only slight downside is that they could be a little less expensive but it is still cheaper than buying lots of different products. Available in all good supermarkets and chemists at around £2.75 for a box of 5 sachets. Thank you for reading my review!

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