Product Type: Beechams Coughs, Colds & Flus
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Beechams Cold + Flu Remedies
Member Name: angelboouk
Beechams Cold + Flu Remedies
Date: 14/02/13, updated on 14/02/13 (61 review reads)
Advantages: nice flavour, easy to prepare, provides mild relief, soothing
Disadvantages: not a miracle worker, just the same as hot juice and paracetamol
~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.
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.
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 :)
Summary: for light colds opt for Beechams..