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      20.06.2013 14:39
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      I probably won't bother with these again

      I bought these from our local Poundland recently. I like to keep a stock of various medicines in the box at home so I am prepared.

      The box is cardboard and is quite striking to look at. It is red and blue with Beechams in white and Flu Plus in red. It lists the pain it is suitable for easing and these are Sore Throat, Blocked Nose, Aches & Pains, HeDache, Fever. It is non drowsy and the box contains 8 caplets.

      The ingredients are listed on the back of the box. These are as follows: 500mg Paracetamol which is a pain killer and fever reducer. This provides relief from headache, sore throat, fever, aches and pains.

      Caffeine 25mg which is a mild stimulant which provides relief from tiredness and fatigue.

      Phenylephrine hydrochloride 5mg which is a decongestant which provides relief from a blocked nose and painful sinuses. These caplets also contain potassium sorbate (E 202) and colour sunset yellow (E 110).

      The directions are also listed on the back of the box, these are simple: the caplets are to be taken orally. For adults and children aged 12 years and over. 2 caplets are to be taken every 4 to 6 hours as necessary. Do not take more than 8 caplets in 24 hours.

      I find these caplets easy to swallow due to the oval shape. They are very brightly coloured which I found slightly off putting when I first saw them!

      I found my symptoms eased slightly after while but I found drinking a lemsip more effective.

      When my husband is ill he prefers to take these rather than the hit drink variety as it is more convenient on. Building site so some of it is individual preferences.

      Overall I am glad I only paid £1 for these as they don't work amazingly for me.

      Thanks for reading.

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      03.06.2012 12:51
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      They may take the edge off, but for the flu, I'd opt for something stronger

      I don't like paying over the odds for the latest flu tablets that claim to do everything, finding that more often than not they're not the miracle cure I was hoping for. Beechams Flu Plus aren't going to make the nastiness go away, but they do help to ease it at a reasonable price.

      Beechams is an established, popular brand with lots of experience in the cold/flu area, so I trust them to make at least reasonably efficient products. Their Flu Plus caplets come in a blue and red box that's quite recognisable, and we're told on the front the various ailments these are designed to help. These are a GlaxoSmithKline product, designed to 'provide rapid and effect relief from the major cold and flu systems in a convenient easy to swallow caplet'.

      I prefer caplets and tablets over liquids to drink because I find them to be more practical to carry in your bag and take whenever, plus the liquids usually don't taste all that pleasant. You get 16 caplets per box, but because it's recommended you take 2 per dose, you basically get 8 doses. I find the caplets to be easy enough to swallow with water, making sure you have enough afterwards to 'wash them down'.

      You should try to take these as the first signs of the lurgy, as prevention at early stages is usually more effective. For adults (and children over 12), 2 caplets can be taken every 4 to 6 hours, though no more than 8 should be taken within 24 hours. These are not suitable for children under 12, and it should be noted that these contain Paracetamol so you should not take with anything else containing this, nor with any other cold/flu/decongestant medicine.

      Inside the box you'll find 2 sheets of 8 caplets, with each being divided up in to tear-off strips of 2. You'll also find the expiry date printed on the sheets, which is stated too on the side of the box itself. The caplets are orange in colour and not coated in anything shiny and smooth, but they seem easy enough to swallow with a glass of water to me.

      As far as their effectiveness goes, it will vary between people but I've found these make a small to moderate difference, which is okay perhaps given the reasonable price. I notice that headaches do die down a bit, I feel a little more alive for a while and less 'stuffy'. If you've got a chesty cough, however, I'd probably opt for something a little stronger or designed especially for that, but for general cold & flu symptoms this should help ease them a bit. Compared to other products I've used, these are in the middle. They seem to work better than some I've tried that have been more expensive (when I didn't notice any difference to how I felt at all), but they don't make a huge dent in the symptoms. I'd say they just take the edge off, but it's still disappointing when you want something that will actually do what it says and help with aches, pains, headaches, blocked noses etc.

      These should be stored in a dry place less than 25 degrees C. Each caplet contains 500mg Paracetamol, 5mg Phenylephrine Hydrochloride and 25mg caffeine, plus other bits and pieces. A full leaflet is enclosed in the box for further information.

      Overall, if you can pick them up at a good price (try Poundland) then they should help alleviate general symptoms a bit, so I would recommend them when taking in to account that other products can cost a lot more and do a lot less. However, don't expect too much from them; they may take the edge of some of the basics, like headaches and stuffiness, but they by no means seemed to make a huge difference to my lurgy.

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        21.03.2012 09:50
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        decent cold remedy

        When I suffer with colds, I like a remedy that treats all symptoms and, if possible, one that is easy to take on the go. When I saw these Beechams Flu Plus Caplets, they seemed the perfect remedy for me so I purchased a packet of 24 caplets for £4.99 from Boots. The caplets are said to 'provide rapid and effective relief from the major cold and flu symptoms'.

        The caplets come in a bright red box with a dark blue band around the top. Inside, the caplets come in two white plastic trays, each containing 12 caplets which are oval in shape. The caplets can be used to provide relief from fever, headache, aches, blocked nose, sore throats, painful sinuses and shivers. To take, you have two caplets at a time every 4-6 hours (but no more than 8 caplets in 24v hours). They are not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Each caplet contains: Paracetamol 500mg, Caffine 25mg, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 5mg.

        The caplets are easy to swallow with a drink of water and do not leave a taste in your mouth. I find that I start to feel the effects of these about an hour after taking, when my nose clears and the stuffy head feeling starts to lift. I find these most effective for decongestant purposes - relieving a blocked nose and painful sinuses and remedying a headache. Personally, I find them less effective on symptoms of colds such as sore throats or general aches (I take another remedy for these - although you do need to be careful of the amount of paracetamol that you are taking).

        I find that these caplets act as a good 'pick me up' when I am suffering from the fatigue and lack of energy that a cold brings - the caffeine content provides an energy burst. So, overall these are a very useful remedy to have in your house for when you first feel the signs of a cold. I would not say that they are the all singing, all dancing remedy to all your cold symptoms that you would perhaps expect from the blurb on the box but they are good nonetheless. They are certainly a good starting point when it comes to battling a cold, and very convenient too!

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        26.11.2011 12:12
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        Beechams Flu Plus tablets, that dont help.

        Ill really doesn't cover how I have been feeling of late, in the past six weeks I've gone from stomach upset, cold which then turned into a throat and chest infection and had to go into hospital due to low oxygen levels. Then I was feeling semi normal again and now back with a head cold. Needless to say I've tried many concoctions in order to become well again!

        Beechams Flu Plus Caplets:

        It claims to help with -
        Fever
        Aches and Pains
        Sinus Pain
        Blocked Nose
        Headache

        Warnings:

        As with any form of medications there could be the possibility of side effects, in which case you should stop taking the medication immediately. Before taking over the counter medication it is always wise to consult a pharmacist or if you can your GP.

        As per web site -

        "Side effects with Pseudoephedrine are rare but may cause sleep disturbance, increased heart beat, skin rash, dry mouth, nose or throat or difficulty in passing urine. Rarely hallucinations have been reported. If you are concerned stop taking the product and consult your pharmacist. Paracetamol is usually well tolerated however skin rashes and other allergic reactions occur occasionally."

        My Findings:

        As soon as I felt a cold coming on I started to take these straight away as its states on the packet for best results to take as soon as an onset of a cold starts for rapid relief. I have the box which contains 16 tablets.

        It states for adults and children over 12 years old to take 2 caplets every four to six hours. As I was feeling pretty rough I started taking mine every four hours. It was around 4am in the morning when I took my first dose I went back to bed and I could feel myself getting worse. Then within four hours I couldn't breathe through my nose at all. 8am I had my second dose I was hoping at this point they would start to work a little better, but sadly not.

        My headache became worse, I was extremely sleepy as trying to sleep breathing through my mouth but would then jump and wake as my body tried to breathe through my nose. This really is a nightmare of a cold! These Beechams Flu Plus tablets claim to be a decongestant however I felt no benefit what so ever, I still have a blocked nose and horrid sinus pain.

        I decided to plod along with the tablets really hoping they would start to take effect and by my eights dose I had felt no change what so ever. On the night time I was also feeling worse, there was certainly no "rapid relief" what so ever. The only thing really this medicine had helped me with was bringing my temperature down slightly, however this could have been done with bog standard paracetamol. (At half the price too)

        All 16 tablets have now gone and I'm still here laying in bed feeling rubbish, think I will go back to my trusted Sudafed. I didn't feel drowsy from these tablets as it does state they are non drowsy however I did get a dry mouth so was constantly drinking water.

        The appearance of these is just the same as the photo above; the tablets I find are easy to swallow. They are small and orange with a B engraved, and come in an easy to pop out sleeve. Once empty the packaging can be recycled, however if you still have tablets left and you know you shall not be using them please hand them into a chemist so they can be deposed of correctly.

        Price and Availability:

        I purchased mine in a 16 caplet pack however you can get them in packs of 8 and 24 starting from £1.00 for the smaller pack going up to £4.99 for the larger pack. In my eyes completely not worth the money as they do not work.

        Overall:

        I'm really disappointed with this medication as normally in the past other Beechams products have seemed to have helped. I defiantly shall not be purchasing this one again, and I certainly do not recommend it to others that are suffering with cold or flu.

        One out of five stars from me.

        Thanks for reading :o)

        Additional information:

        Ingredients -

        Each tablet contains: Paracetamol Ph Eur 500mg Caffeine Ph Eur 25mg Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Ph Eur 5mg Also includes: Potassium Sorbate (E 202) Colour Sunset Yellow (E 110)

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          14.11.2011 00:14
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          So so but you need something stronger than these really!

          Having flu's and colds is never fun. In the past week I had either a cold/flu (to me I felt like I was dying lol) and I had a migraine I couldn't shift, ached all over, kept going hot and then cold and an ear infection which makes my jaw, neck and whole of both of my ears hurt! Add all that on top of my usual health conditions including M.E (Chronic Fatigue) I have been than a tad more than cheesed off.

          One of my problems was not being able to get out of my flat however the other day I ambled down to my local Poundland, which is really close by knowing full well that they have cheap and branded cold and flu remedies along with essentials like milk and lip gloss (lol) and so when I spotted these I decided to give them a go as for a box of 8 of these only costing a pound, I thought that they offered great value!

          The Packaging:

          The box the caplets comes in is dark blue and red in the main in colour and on the front of it we are told that they are Beechams Flu Plus Caplets and that they contain Paracetamol, Caffeine and Phenylephrine and that they are meant to help with sore throats, blocked noses, aches & pains, headaches and fevers and that they are a none drowsy formulation and as I have stated 8 in the box I bought. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told how to take them, what they contain and what that helps with, warnings are given and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. Inside the box you get a pamphlet stating yet more information on it such as warnings etc and then I got one white plastic and foil baked tray where I am told what they are all over the foil side of it and they are easy to pop out. Informative packaging this is.

          The Caplets:

          The caplets are oblong, rounded off at the edges and orange in colour with a capital B engraved into one side of them. The idea is to take 2 of them every 4-6 hours (as required) and to not take more than 8 of them in any 24 hour period and they are only suitable for over 12's.

          They contain (In each caplet) 500mg of Paracetamol which of course is aimed at helping with headaches, sore throats, fevers and aches and pains. They contain 25g of Caffeine which is a mild stimulant meant to be effective at combating tiredness and fatigue (the main attraction when I chose these over other painkillers I could of bought at the time!) and 5mg of Phenylephrine which is a decongestant and meant to help relieve blocked noses and painful sinuses. Perfect for me I thought with all the symptoms I have/had.

          Being quite a thick caplet and not covered in anything to make them easier to swallow you need a big drink with these. They arnt huge but not small either so I simply take one at a time with no issues at all!

          How Effective Are They?:

          They're ok. Its that simple. They were good at keeping my nasal passages clear which did, at times before I took the caplets felt a bit stuffy from time to time. They didn't help with my migraine a jot but then I wasn't told on the box they would, just a headache (and this was raging beast that lasted days lol). They did keep my temperature down though and stop me sweating but I still had every ache and pain that I had before taking them and felt no difference on that score at all oh and my sore throat felt exactly the same too and not a bit better. I didn't expect them to help really with my ear problem or anything associated with that and so they didn't let me down on that score, I never expected them to help but in general I can't say that apart from a less stuffy nose, that wasn't actually awful to begin with that they helped me all that much really. As a decongestant they may be fine, for anything else but my temperature they didn't do a thing though what they did was at least some help.

          Worth a go with these if you pick up a box cheaply like I did but I wouldn't pay closer to the £2.00 mark a box (in all good chemists and supermarkets) for them if I'm honest!

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

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          21.10.2011 21:19
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          flu relief by Beechams

          With the sudden change in weather this week, I have gotten an early cold, and normally I do not suffer from them until the end of the year. Having noticed the early symptoms such as a sore head, sniffles and sore eyes etc and temperature, I went to the pharmacy to see what medicine was on offer. I wanted to go for a good, well known brand and so, when I saw this Beechams box I decided to go for this. I did sway between this and their blackcurrant drink method but I find the drinks never do anything for me whereas caplets seem to be more effective.

          APPEARANCE

          The box for this Flu Plus is pretty much like all Beechams products, it comes in a rectangular box which s half red and half blue and it has the Beechams logo in the corner stating the name of the product. It lists all of the symptoms that it is meant to clear up and it shows a picture of the caplets and says how many it contains. On the reverse, it has all of your health warnings and directions of use and it is really informative, also coming with a leaflet that goes more in depth as to who can take it and what is included etc.

          WARNINGS

          You should not take this medicine, if you are under care from your doctor and already receiving prescribed medicines or pregnant. Also you should not if you suffer from kidney or liver disease. This should not be taken with other flu or cold products and you should avoid high intake of caffeine. This should be stored in a temperature of 25 degrees celsius.

          FLU PLUS

          Now, I started taking this the first day I even sensed that I was coming down with something and decided to purchase the 8 caplet pack to begin with. I have been using this over the course of a few days now as I purchased another pack and they are very easy to take. Like all medicine in caplet form they come in a plastic tray with foil over the top and you just pop out the caplet to break through the foil when you need to take any of these.

          They are small orange coloured caplets with a B on the top of them. If you are an adult or over the age of 12, you should be taking 2 caplets every 4-6 hours but take no more than 8 per 24 hour period. These should not be given to children under the age of 12 and you should not take these for more than 7 days. These caplets are designed to provide relief from sinus pain and fever, headaches, aches, blocked nose, sore throat pain, shivers and fatigue. I had headaches and a blocked nose so most of the main symptoms.

          I did what the box said and started taking two of these every 6 hours, I just swallowed them down with a glass of water easily. I knew it wouldn't be a miracle and that I had to be patient to see the effects of taking the medicine. On the second day, I noticed my headache had started to go and luckily I didn't suffer any drowsiness. However, on the third day and even from the second, I still noticed that I had a runny nose and kept sneezing a lot which wasn't really that effective.

          I have been taking these for 4 days and still have a cold, so I have to say I can't really say these are the best cold and flu medicine that I have ever taken. I have had to opt for something else that I have used in the past as I keep taking these and they just aren't really getting rid of the cold at all. Maybe if you have a headache these would be good for relieving that but on a cold which I have that isn't very bad yet, I'd say if these can't even get rid of that, then it really isn't very good.

          COST

          To buy these Boots are selling the 16 caplet back for £3.30 which isn't cheap and the 24 pack is £4.99 or you can do what I did and go to B&M Bargains to get an 8 pack for just 99p which is still cheaper to buy 2 x 8 packs and get 16 and it'll only cost you £1.98.

          The official Beechams site is http://www.beechamsfightback.co.uk/

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            16.11.2010 18:38
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            starve that cold!

            I decided to visit my parents last week and was really looking forward to spending some girly time with my mum. However, when I got home I found her dozing on the sofa, with a box of tissues beside her, sporting a heavy cold. Of course, my mum was feeling generous with her germs and a couple of days later I started to feel a bit lethargic, my head was slightly muggy and I could feel the sniffles coming on. I have a really important set of meetings at work this week and could not afford to be ill. Prowling through the medicine cabinet I came across Beechams Flu Plus tablets. According to the back of the packet these are designed to provide rapid and effective relief from cold and flu symptoms and should be taken at the first sign of a cold or flu appearing. These sounded ideal and I was hoping, if I took them early enough I would avoid a heavy cold.

            Beechams Flu Plus are manufactured by GlaxoSmithkline and comes in caplet form. They are sold in chemists and can be found in the medicine aisle of most supermarkets priced at around £2.20. Each box contains blisters of 16 caplets. The box itself is blue and red and the front tells us that it is suitable for fever, aches and pains, sinus pain, blocked nose, sore throat, shivers and headaches. As an added bonus these are non-drowsy, so hopefully once they kick in I'd be able to continue my everyday jobs. The caplets contain paracetamol and decongestant.

            The back has clear instructions on dosage and how to take, which are further explained on the enclosed leaflet. It is advised that the leaflet should be read before taking a tablet. It is crucial to note that as this product contains paracetamol it should not be taken with any other paracetamol containing products to avoid an overdose. There is a further warning on the back that these should not be taken with any other flu or decongestant remedy. The tablets are suitable for adults and children over 12 years and two caplets should be taken every 4-6 hours. No more than 8 should be taken in 24 hours.

            The caplets themselves are easy to remove from their blisters and are bright orange in colour. I took two of these with a glass of water just before having something to eat, as I feel painkillers for me work better when taken with food. As these come in caplet, rather than tablet form, I find them very easy to swallow. After about 20 minutes I could feel them working - my heavy head had started to subside and the sniffles had reduced. After about 40 minutes the symptoms had all but disappeared! I continued to take these over the course of the next couple of days as my symptoms returned once their effect had worn off.

            Each tablet contains:
            -500mg of paracetamol, which as we all know, is a painkiller and also acts to reduce temperature if you have a fever.
            -Phenylephrine hydrochloride, which is a decongestant and acts to unblock your nose, helping you breathe more easily.
            -Caffeine, acts as a mild stimulant to relieve fatigue and tiredness.

            Some further warnings:
            -If you are pregnant you should consult a doctor or pharmacist before taking these.
            -It goes without saying that those who are allergic to any of the ingredients should steer clear.
            -The active ingredients in these tablets can interact with other drugs and stop them from working effectively. Therefore you are advised that if you have a kidney or liver complaint, an overactive thyroid or undergoing treatment for high blood pressure, you should also take the advice of a doctor before taking these. Similar cautions apply if you are on anti-depressants or beta-blockers advice.
            -The tablets are bright orange in colour. However the colour used (sunset yellow, E110) can cause allergic reactions including asthma. It did make me wonder why these were used in the first place but I guess it does make the tablets easier to spot.

            3 days later I still have the sniffles but judging by the severity of the cold that my mum had, who also passed it on to my dad and brother, it could have been a lot worse and I believe that is down to taking these tablets. I did however mistakenly take these tablets an hour before I went to sleep and couldn't for the life of me understand why I was still awake two hours later! I then remembered that the tablets contained caffeine and once their effects had worn off I was able to drop off. I am strongly affected by caffeine and don't drink coffee, tea or even cola before going to sleep so if you're also sensitive to caffeine it's worth bearing in mind and perhaps not taking these before bedtime. Definitely one to keep stocked in the medicine cabinet though!

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              07.11.2010 18:27
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              A great product.

              During the winter months I stock up on all sorts of remedies to help fight the flu and cold symptoms. Beechams Flu Plus Caplets is a product which I have used year after year, because it reduces my symptoms enough to allow me to continue with my every day life.

              You can buy Beechams Flu Plus Caplets in packs of 8, 16 and 24. A pack of 8 will cost you around £1.00, a pack of 16 will set you back around £3.20 and 24 tablets costs around £4.50. Personally I never buy 8 tablets because I find that I use them too quickly, so I usually buy a packet of 16 or 24. But if you're at the end of a cold / the flu and you fancy trying these caplets out, then maybe you should go for a pack of 8 to ensure that these caplets work for you.

              You can buy Beechams Flu Plus Caplets in most chemists and supermarkets. They come in a red and blue cardboard box and there are plastic pill containers inside - each layer contains 8 caplets. So packs of 8 have one layer, packs of 16 have two layers and packs of 24 have three layers.

              These caplets are ssuitable for adults and children over 12 years of age. It's advised that you take 2 caplets every 4 to 6 hours and that you that don't exceed 8 caplets within a 24 hour period. These caplets contain 500mg of paracetamol - so make sure you don't take any paracetamol-based products when you're taking these. Each caplet also contain 5mg of phenylephrine hydrochloride - which can cause drowsiness and 25mg of caffeine - which counteracts these effects to keep you awake.

              The caplets themselves are easy to swallow, you take them with a glass of water and I find that they go down easily because they're so small.

              Within about 15 minutes Beechams Flu Plus Caplets start to take effect. They manage to reduce the symptoms associated with the flu, including a blocked nose, a muggy head and aches and pains quite successfully. They don't make me feel drowsy or tired, in fact, if anything, they give me a slight lift.

              Even if I am feeling really rough, these caplets help to make me feel better and providing I make sure that I take two every four hours I find that I can continue with my day fairly uninterrupted.

              I thoroughly recommend these caplets, because they reduce flu symptoms and help to make you feel better. They don't stop your bout of flu or cold, but they do help to alleviate the symptoms, allowing you to continue with your day - five stars.

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                I personally would try own brand products first, but these tablets do work

                Beechams Flu Plus caplets are available in Tesco's for £3 for 16 tablets and Boots for £4.50 for 24 tablets. They are designed to offer relief from the symptoms of headaches, shivers, aches, a congested nose, sinus pain and a sore throat. For adults over the age of 12 you can take 2 tablets every 4-6 hours, and no more than 8 in any 24 hours, and for children between the ages of 6 and 12 you can take 1 every 4 hours and no more than 4 in 24 hours.

                These tablets shouldn't be taken by people with severe liver or kidney problems and people who have a high blood pressure. Beechams flu tablets should also not be taken alongside heart drugs, blood thinning tablets and drugs that help with nausea and vomiting.

                The active ingredients of these tablets are 500mg of paracetamol, 25mg caffeine and 5mg of Phenylephrine Hydrochloride. The paracetamol works effectively as a pain relief, and the phenylephrine is there as a decongestant which will help to relieve a blocked nose and ease sinus pain. I used these tablets after having them bought for during a bad cold/flu episode and did find that they helped to ease my symptoms. However, I think the majority of that benefit was due to the 500mg of Paracetamol present in the tablets. Paracetamol on its own is effective at easing most aches and pains and also bringing down a temperature. Admittedly, these tablets have the extra decongestant and this did seem to help a little bit, but I am not sure whether I personally am convinced that the decongestant works enough to justify the cost difference between regular own brand paracetamol and Beechams flu tablets (Tesco paracetamol starts from as little as 15p for 16 tablets). As for the caffeine, I'm addicted to Diet Coke at the best of times so I'm sure I have enough of that in my system already!

                I think these tablets do work and help to relieve the symptoms of flu, but for the price difference I think that simply taking two paracetamol and having a bit of coke/coffee or chocolate would be much better value for money.

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                I have to give it some credit, I suppose

                As we all know, men suffer much more than women when it comes to the flu. They just don't realise what we go through, do they? Well, when I'm not moaning about other things, I do sometimes moan about the effects of flu. Nobody likes flu and if we could make it go away, then we surely would.

                I am not a great believer in tablets working when it comes to cures. You just have to let it run its course. What works best for me is a shot of Jack Daniels and bucketfuls of sympathy from my other half. I don't very often get either, so last time I was afflicted, I found these tablets in the cupboard. They apparently work for my wife (but it' funny how only branded medicines seem to work for her - not the cheaper ones - I think she is missing the stinginess gene - I've got a superabundance!)

                So, I gave them a go and it grieves me to say that yes, they did relieve the symptoms somewhat. They certainly helped to unblock my nose, anyway, which is to me the most irritating of symptoms when it comes to flu.

                You get 16 caplets in the pack in two foil strips of 8. If you can afford to, you can take 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours. The active ingredient is Paracetamol and you get a hefty 500g per caplet. There is also caffeine in the product.

                My symptoms don't normally go beyond a runny nose and a fuzzy head and the decongestant element of this product worked for me. I have only taken it during one bout of man flu which I managed to stretch out to 10 days. The manufacturer claims it can be used to combat Fever, Aches and Pains, Sinus Pain, Blocked Nose and Headache. It is also identified as being Non Drowsy.

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                  An easy to swallow cold/flu remedy from Beechams

                  If you've been following my reviews you will be aware that I have been suffering with a horrible bug where I have been experiencing a sore throat, cough, runny nose and blocked ears etc. Unfortunately, I've had these symptoms for almost a month, particularly the horrible runny nose and cough and I believe this is due to my Lupus, which causes me to have a weakened immune system.

                  It is very rare that I visit my GP, but as I've also developed a rather nasty chest infection I gave into hubby's persistent nagging and made an appointment last week where I was prescribed a course of antibiotics. Incidentally, I've never seen antibiotics quite so big and as they resembled horse pills I initially wasn't sure where I had to put them, if you get my drift!

                  For the past week or so I have also been using a product named Beechams Flu Plus; a medicine that I have taken for many years and use every time I experience any cold and/or flu symptoms. This wonder medicine is contained within bright orange caplets where you will find 16 in a box. I tend to experience problems with taking some types of pills, as they frequently become lodged in my throat, but whilst these caplets measure 1½ cm in length and approximately ½ cm in width, I find they are easily swallowed with the aid of a sip of water. Another positive for me is that there is no nasty aftertaste left in your mouth after swallowing.

                  The caplets are contained within a blue and red coloured box where you will find the familiar Beechams logo on the upper section and an image of two of the caplets on the lower right. We are informed that the caplets contain both paracetamol and decongestant and will relieve the symptoms of fever, aches and pains, sinus pain, blocked nose, headache. An additional benefit is that they do not cause drowsiness, so they are suitable for those occasions where you need to drive and/or operate machinery.

                  The rear of the box provides us with some information regarding the capsules and the recommended dosage. The manufacturers, namely GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare advise to take a caplet on the first sign of flu or severe cold, particularly as they will provide us with rapid relief. It is recommended that before taking any medication that we carefully read the enclosed leaflet to ensure that are suitable. However, I am rather naughty, as I always tend to throw these away, particularly as they always contain so much reading! It's not a good idea to do this, I know!

                  The recommended dose for adults and children over the age of 12 years is 2 caplets to be taken every 4 to 6 hours and no more than 8 in a 24 hour period. We are advised that this medicine is unsuitable for children under the age of 12 years and that we should not exceed the recommended dose. As with all types of medication, if the dose is exceeded immediate advice must be sought from your GP or hospital. We are informed that GP advice needs to be obtained for those people who are receiving any prescribed medicines or for women who are pregnant.

                  I was surprised to read in the list of ingredients that as well as each caplet containing 500mg of paracetamol and 5mg of phenylephrine hydrochloride that they contain 25mg of caffeine. I am presuming that the phenylephrine hydrochloride can cause drowsiness, so the caffeine has been included to counteract its' effects.

                  The 16 caplets are contained within two foil packets where you simply need to pop out your required pills, which is an extremely easy task, particularly as the foil is fairly thin. I find that some brands of paracetamol are simply not designed to be removed from the foil, as they point blank refuse to budge themselves and you cut yourself on the sharp foil in the process!

                  As this is a medicine it should be kept out of reach of children and stored below 25 degrees C in a dry place. My most recent packet has a due date of October 2011, but as I have only two caplets remaining, this is not a concern for me. The box can be recycled after use.

                  Do I find these effective? It is extremely difficult to say with any cold and cold remedies, particularly as we can never be certain if the relief in our symptoms is simply due to nature taking its' course. However, in all of the years that I have been taking Beechams Flu Plus Caplets I have to say that I believe they have assisted greatly in relieving my horrible symptoms. I will never take chances when I catch cold and flu bugs, particularly with my Lupus and whilst I receive an annual flu jab I will always reach for a medicinal remedy to speed up the process.

                  Would I recommend these caplets? Yes, most definitely, particularly if you wish to relieve those horrible symptoms and get back to normal as soon as possible. In my opinion, these are extremely effective and they receive 5 out of 5 stars from me.

                  I have checked for up-to-date prices for you and would advise that at the time of writing (25 September 2010) Boots charge £3.45 for a box of 16 caplets and Tesco charge £3.25.

                  I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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                    23.09.2010 20:50
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                    an essential for your medicine cabinet

                    I am sitting writing reviews because I have a dreadful cold and flu like symptons. I was bored as I have been in the house for a couple of days now and just had to share my opinion about this product.

                    Beechams flu plus can be used for the symptons of colds and flu and treat all the usual problems such as fever, aches and pains, sinus pain and headache. They are non drowsy and you can pick up a pack of 16 for around £3, which will give you 2 days worth of treatment.

                    They contain paracetamol and decongestant and can be used by adults and children over the age of 12 years.

                    My family has used beechams flu plus for years and I have to say that there have been times when I don't know what I would have done without them! They really do work and are great.

                    I take them whenever I have a cold and they really can mean the difference between weather you can get around and complete your day or not when your feeling rough with a cold.

                    I suffer a lot with ear infections and a sympton of this if often headaches and dizziness. This can be a big problem as ear infections can take a while to disappear. When I do have the dizziness I take these and they really do help me a lot.

                    I have found that Beechams flu plus help with headaches, achy limbs and joints, congestion and just that general unwell feeling.

                    I always take 2 at a time and space them 4 hours apart and find that this gives the maximum effect. They can take up to an hour to work but once they do they make me feel a lot better.

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                    14.08.2009 14:36
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                    I wouldn't recommend these to anyone.

                    Having just had a fortnight off work, those nasty little germs have seen me drop my guard just a little, and have seized the opportunity to enter my system. As a result, on my first day back in the office, I came down with a typical "summer cold".

                    It is not too bad, as these things go - mainly nose, throat and head. It certainly couldn't be categorised as flu.....It really is "just a cold".

                    I do, however, want something that will just help take the edge off the "fuzziness" that I have that typically accompanies a cold like this. My nose hurts, and my throat hurts, and I want to be able to get through my days at work without people taking one look at me and saying "ooh, it's not swine flu, is it?".

                    So, Boots were shut, and I therefore had to buy the best that was on offer at the supermarket, which seemed to be Beechams Flu Plus caplets. These are not cheap - costing almost £5 for 24 tablets, but as the packet says that they privide rapid and effective relief from the major cold and flu symptoms, I thought that it would be £5 well spent.

                    Adults and children over 12 can take 2 caplets ever four to six hours, but should ensure that they do not take more than 8 in a 24 hour period. For children aged 6-12yrs, one caplet can be given every four to six hours, and children under 6 should not take these at all.

                    They contain Paracetamol, Phenylephrine Hydrochlorine and Caffeine. The Paracetamol is to ease the aches and pains and keep a fever down, the Pheylwhatsit is to sort out the decongestant, and the caffeine is to stop you falling asleep at your desk, and therefore makes these unsuitable for taking just before bedtime.

                    These are "caplets" which is just a fancy word for "tablets". They are easy to swallow, and I don't even find I need water with them as they slip down easily enough. They are not sugar coated, though, so for anyone who has difficulty swallowing pills, have a glass of water to hand, so they do not get stuck in your throat, because they will taste foul!

                    Did they work? No, not at all. I was very disappointed because I got no relief whatsoever. It was as though I had taken a placebo! And to make things worse, because I had already taken something, I couldn't take anything else until 4 hours or so had passed. So not only was I fuzzy and sore.....but I was also increasingly bad tempered!

                    I am just glad that I only have "just a cold" and not full blown flu - if these caplets are not man enough for "just a cold", I cannot see how they would help anyone suffering with more serious symptoms.

                    Personally, I would not buy these again, and was disappointed that they did not provide any relief. However, perhaps I shouldn't have expected too much - after all, they are available to buy without even asking a Pharmacist, so can't be the best on the market.

                    For a fraction of the price, I could have bought some generic paracetamol, some Vicks and a packet of lockets, and would probably have had far better results.

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                      06.11.2008 17:08
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                      Stick with Nurofen flu tablets - they actually work.

                      I have a terrible cold and I am feeling very sorry for myself! I am lucky enough to have a chemist just down the road and went in to buy something to try and make myself feel better. (I did want some Nurofen cold and flu tablets - these are amazing, but alas! they had none in stock)

                      Feeling rather icky and desperate to feel better, I settled for some Beechams Flu tablets. They come in a red and blue pack. There are 16 in the pack (8 in each blister pack, two blister packs in a box) and they cost £4.99.

                      What the box says...
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                      Beechams Capsules provide rapid and effective relief from the major cold symptoms. Relief from fever, headache, aching limbs and a blocked nose. Completely tasteless and easy to swallow with or without water.

                      Adults and children over 12 should take 2 capsules every 3 or 4 hours. You must not exceed 12 capsules in any 24 hour period.

                      Each capsule contains: Paracetamol, Caffeine and Phenylephrine Hydrochloride. (This is a decongestant)

                      What I say...
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                      What a waste of £4.99. Yes the tablets are easy to swallow, but why does that matter when what you're swallowing doesn't do what it's supposed to!?

                      Maybe it was just me but these made NO difference to how I was feeling at all. I have taken 8 out of the 16 over the past two days and if anything I feel worse than I did before I took them!

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                        05.09.2008 09:54
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                        A must have for every medicine cabinet

                        I first used Beechams flu plus tablets about 4 years ago when I was suffering with a terrible bout of the flu. I visited my chemist and asked advise on what the best remedy would be to help ease my symptoms, he advised me to try Beechams flu plus, I cant remember how much they cost me back then but now they retail at £4.99 for a box of 24, so they are expensive but they are well worth the money.

                        They come in a blue and red box with the Beechams logo on the front and the picture of two tablets. It states that they are flu plus caplets and help to relieve Fever, aches & pains, sinus pain, blocked nose, headaches and that they are non drowsy. It also advises you that they contain paracetamol and decongestant. On the back of the box it advises you they these tablets provide rapid relief from major cold and flu symptoms and that you should take them at the very first sign of a cold or flu. Adults and children over the age of 12 can take 2 caplets every four to six hours as required; you should not take any more than 8 caplets in 24 hours. Children aged six to twelve can take 1 caplet every four to six hours, not exceeding four in 24 hours.

                        Inside the pack there are three plastic tablets sheets each containing eight tablets, they are in the usual foil backed plastic sheet so you just pop the tablets out of the packet. The tablets themselves are red in colour and your average sized tablet. They are not too large so that you have difficulty in swallowing them.

                        Ever since I first tried these tablets I am never without a packet in the house, I swear by them. I take a couple whenever I start to feel the tell tale signs of flu or a cold. I usually start to ache or get a sore throat before anything else, so if I take two of these tablets and then take 2 every four hours I find that the flu doesn't come out at all, the tablets seem to get rid of it before it even starts!! I can honestly say that since I started using these I have only had flu once and that is when I was pregnant and couldn't take these tablets. So I would highly recommend these to anyone that suffers with a lot of colds or flu, they are a life saver!!

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                        Beechams Flu Plus Caplets provide powerful and effective relief from the major cold and flu symptoms to let you fight back against your cold / Contains paracetamol and decongestant.