“ / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu „
Health issues occupies my thoughts like a repugnant scent of sheep dung in-between the grooves of my walking boots after a rampant gallivant in the woolly candy-floss fields. One of my earlier memories was being aware of a damaged nerve ending on the end of my index finger - it plagued me, I went around spontaneously pointing trying to self medicate a remedy - flicking really fast didn't help either - so you can imagine contracting a cold viral is pretty much curtains for me.
08.58 am on Sunday 17th April 2011 was one of those days. My head seemed alien like; as if been pumped up with mucus in the night. My weighty, crusty skull cricked my fragile neck and I realised my hearing had also diminished, as a chime of the adjacent church bell striked upon the hour; this determined my morning deafness, amongst the pulsating drum din of my thunderous head-ache. On a brighter note, my itchy throat had absconded; albeit, leaving its extended family in full party mode. My shiny face a sheen of grey moistness - amorously sprayed via the viral. Now I knew what an indoor plant feels like after being pumped sprayed with its miniscule water droplets. Small beads of water my brow show the extent of my decapitating illness and I only hobbled fifteen yards to the bathroom. By observing the full viral in progress, made me cower away from the small bathroom mirror in despair. I worsened immediately.
*Once you've had capsules, you never go back*
Traipsing and gasping into the pillage draw, I popped open a Contac pill from its foiled abode and grasped it in my palm; I continued my three minute old lamb façade to the kitchen where I washed it down with a large gulp of cold water. The capsules torpedo shape aiding its journey down past my throat with a remarkable ease; smoothly guided by the gulped water, on a crest of a wave. In the past I've noted peristalsis movement in my oesophagus whereby the spherical shaped pills had decided to take long deep breathes whilst vacating in my throat, before jumping down into the acid abyss of my stomach; usually helped on by a torrent of gulped water. Naturally feeling the pill reluctance to dissolve in the acid bath can be distressful especially if repetitive swallowing causes added pain; as if the spherical pill's stubborn claws cling onto the wall of sore infected membranes - simulating a child having a temper tantrum, getting dragged along the floor in a supermarket aisle. Once you've had the capsules, you'll never go back to the awkward round powdered tablets, in fear of the added burden of choking as well as your ailments.
Having been warned for a day that the viral may take hold and strip my defences down to a quivering LibDem; I did purchase Contac prior to that fateful Sunday morning. Contac is more known to give relief from the allergy of hay fever and the early symptoms of influenza (man-flu) or more commonly known as a cold. So, I was taking a punt that having a fully fledged stinker already may indeed be too late - I waited for twenty minutes to see if any improvement of my ailing condition was made. I had my fingers and toes crossed, but sadly due to my achy joints it gave me cramp, so after a minute I unravelled them - fingers crossed it didn't break the spell. By now, which was 9.44 am: my beaded brows were dried sweat; I hadn't exerted myself yet my neck hair was plastered down to my skin? Again too much movement reminded me that I had been morphed into a frail man who'd been bed-ridden for two months and had just got enough energy to climb a bedroom wicker chair. Grunting, gasping, and muttering obscenities regarding this limp lettuce, pathetic-ness.
To awake me from my woes, I peered at the boxed instructions and read them. You get 6 capsules in a box for 2.99 GBP a box. It translates as relief for three full days. For adults, one capsule every twelve hours. Children under twelve cannot partake. It appeared the box manufacturers had numerical OCD for the number 'twelve' - Why not eleven and a half? Contac provides relief for up to 'twelve' hours. There it is again, that magic number of twelve! Assuming of course you live that long. Contac is programmed to slowly release the tiny pink balls into your system, in which there are hundreds of them in the twelve hour duration. Thank goodness the 'National Lottery' don't use these tactics. Apparently, 'non drowsy' also - so you can work with dangerous machinery without the added fear of dropping off mid-way chain-sawing a giant cherry tree, bought initially on the premise of it being a miniature one. Having taken the capsule - I did actually perk up an hour after ingesting it. Although, it did leave me spaced out; far more than normal; at least after several hours I felt the tiny pink balls dancing about in my system: 'Paint-balling the viral into submission' - resembling a weird, very camp game of paint-ball.
*The capsule's passengers*
The ingredient components used in the decongestion process are called: phenylpropanolamine - chlophenamine, and antihistamine. These collectively dry up the mucus and runny hooters, so contac deals with allergies that causes respiratory concerns. Contac is highly effective in solving the runny nose, but the drawbacks are it can create sinus blockages and I've noticed I'm prone to getting higher quantities of ear-wax whilst self medicating with contac. Not a huge problem generally for me, although for others contac maybe worth considering, if you suffer already with extreme ear-wax problems and a painful sinus Please note; 'Vicks' maybe a better option for some. It is advised that if you are pregnant - this product is not best suited to your condition - so consult with your GP for detailed issues that are appropriate to your personal circumstances, if contac is your preferred relief. Another present ingredient is Echinacea - renown to building up good bacteria reserves - a real force against fighting a viral.
Within two days of self medicating myself contac, my system seems to respond well to the ingredients. Ideally, it should be ingested when symptoms are just embarking on their viral crusade. However, contac quickens up the getting well process and gives your body reserves in fighting infection - highly recommended - watch-out for the drawbacks though.
While in my time of need I had no comfort from my partner, she insisted it was just a mild cold. We agreed to disagree.
Whenever I've had a bad cold, this is probably one of the first medicines that I tend to grab and take. Now that might seem a little strange grabbing what essentially is an allergy symptoms relief remedy to ease the symptoms of a cold, but for me it seems to work perfectly.
Often when I've had a cold, I get the runny nose problem as well where you get that bunged up feeling and that constant (without being too graphic!!) dribble of whatever from your nostrils that just doesn't seem to stop. Taking some Ibuprofen or Lemsip will often alleviate any aches and pains in my body, but trying to live and work with the runny nose bit is a real pain. Most of the Pharmacists normally recommend to use a nasal decongestant like Vicks Sinex, but then I found that all that does is loosen everything up to allow you to breath, but all that loosening up has caused your nose to run even more, making the problem worse.
Then one day, I decided to try these Contac capsules. They are primarily designed to provide relief from the symptoms of an allergy such as hay fever, but can also provide relief from the symptoms of cold and flu for up to 12 hours. You normally get 6 capsules in a box for around £3.00 a box, so effectively a 3 day supply, but shop around because the price can vary a lot. However, they also do a 12 capsule box and I think there may even be an 18 capsule box.
You swallow the capsules whole normally with a glass of water (one capsule every 12 hours, so not too much to remember), because they are designed to give a slow release of the ingredients over the 12 hour duration, hence taking whole and not chewing. They don't cause any drowsiness (and it is not something I have ever experienced with them) and the key ingredient is something called Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride (120mg) which is a nasal decongestant that will unblock your nose and sinuses to help you breath more easily. Age wise they can be taken by anyone over the age of 12 years, but if you are pregnant or concerned, they do advise to seek advice from your GP.
What I've found with taking these capsules is that they do really work, and particularly well as a decongestant. Whereas other types will cause your nose to run more, these Contac capsules actually dry my nose up. So I can breath more easily, and I don't have to contend with any of those constantly running nose issues. When I have taken them with simple Ibuprofen capsules to relive any aches and pains, the 2 capsules combined seem to provide a very effective relief from the symptoms of a cold or flu.
So this is a staple component of our medicine cabinet that we always ensure that we have full stock of, just to ensure that we are fully prepared for the next bought of flu.
A must have for any family.
Just to let you know, this product has been re-packaged and has changed its name slightly to- Contac, they have dropped the 400.
I first bought these tablets for my other half during one of this severe bouts of "Man Flu"(and we all know how bad that is, don't we?) on recommendation from my sister. I was at the point where I needed something to help him or I was possibly going to strangle him.
Guess what?- they really actually helped, infact they helped so much, even he had to admit it and he doesn't like admitting anything helps, as that puts his weekend in bed at deaths door in jeopardy.
What are they for?-
Contac- 12 hour relief, non drowsy- fast congestion relief from:
Colds, Flu, Allergy.
The box states- 6 prolonged release capsules, maximum strength.
Provides up to 12 hours congestion relief from cold, flu and allergy symptoms.
Please read the enclosed leaflet carefully before taking this medicine.
How to take-
For oral use- take one capsule in the morning and another at bedtime.
For Adults and Children aged 12 years and over.
Not for Children under 12 years.
Do not chew or crush the capsule contents as this will interfere with the 12 hour action of Contac.
Do not take with other products for the relief of colds, congestion or hay fever.
Consult your doctor before taking this medicine if-
You are taking prescribed medicines or are pregnant or breast feeding.
Or if symptoms persist.
Each capsule contains Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 120 mg.
Also contains sucrose- see leaflet for further information.
Do not store above 25c
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Made by GlaxoSmithKline.
The box has changed in that the capsules pictured are now pink in colour, aswell as being just Contac not 400.
How did we find they helped?
We were both suprised at how much they did actually help, my other half smokes so he suffers badly with congestion whilst in the grip of Man Flu and they did give him considerable relief.
The fact you only take two in 24 hours is great because you dont have to keep popping pills and its quite easy to remember to take two even for my forgetful man.
Taken alongside plenty of water, Hot pineapple with honey and lemon and a good throat lozenge and of course bed rest we really do find they cut Man Flu's duration by about half, nothing actually gets rid of it, but these help alot. Depending how quickly you take them after first symptoms appear you may get away with one box, but quite often you may have to start a second box(each box contains 3 days supply).
I always have a box in the cupboard just in case.
I have taken them for Allergies and they definitely gave me some relief.
Now this is the tricky bit, I can't get over the price difference from shop to shop- Tesco is the cheapest approx £1.44
Sainsburys approx £3.36
Boots- wait for it- approx £3.42
I would Love to know why there is such a difference in price but if your going to give them a try, please shop around.
Contac gets 5 congestion free stars from us.
Hope this review will be of help to some of you.
Thankyou for reading my review.
A runny nose is probably the most annoying and embarrasing part of the common cold. Contac 400 contains no pain killing ingredients so will not help with the aches and high temperature of flu but it does target your nasal problem. In my experience nothing is more effective at stopping the nuisance that is a runny nose - I have used them only for colds but I understand that they are also effective for allergic reactions such as hayfever. I'm no pharmacist so I can't explain how they work - but they are capsules made of a clear material enclosing the brightly coloured ingredients. They are easy to take. One dose of a single tablet is designed to give twelve hours relief - though my nose was dripping again before the twelve hours were up. Although not cheap Contac 400 are an relaible way to get relief from the agravation of a dripping nose.
Contac 400 used to be quite good. When I used them years ago, they dried up my cold pretty quickly, but they seem to have changed. Although the principle is still the same, thee's something not quite right about them. They claim to help you breathe clearly for up to 12 hours at a time, so the idea is to take some at night before oyu go to bed and again in the morning when you get up. Having just had a dose of something very similar to flu, I bought some of these to try and get me through it, so that I could at least sleep at night if nothing else. They didn't work, basically. The thing that concerns me is that, although they're supposed to clear up runny noses and the like (which they don't, but let's play let's pretend for a while) - where does it go? The cold is still in your system, you just don't snivvlle all the time or have an andrex puppy following you around for the need of the loo roll. I found these to be a complete waste of money, and at nearly £5 for a pack of 12 capsules they're not cheap either.
These used to be what I took whenever I had a cold, just because they totally dried it up and stopped my nose dripping like a tap. Then they changed the formula. Basically they took out the one ingredient that made any difference, belladonna alkaloids and replaced it with, wel, nothing. I've tried the new formula and it makes not a jot of difference at all. It annoys me that they take out an effective ingredient from OTC medication because there are certain people who an't/shouldn't use it (in this instance the ingredient is dangerous to people with impaired kidney function) Why not just print a warning? I've never found anything else that works anywhere near as well.
I'm not a great lover of pumping my body with chemicals but there are times (especially when you have children) when you just haven't got time to be ill. When I get a cold that leaves my nose streaming, I have to reach for the Contac 400's. Whilst they make you feel as though you are on a different planet (there are those that would say I'm always on a different planet?!), they do dry up the cold so that at least you can function relatively normally, until you are over the worst. Each capsule lasts for 12 hours so in theory you take 2 per day. However, I find that as long as I function normally during the day then I can dispense with the night time capsule. They come in 3 and 6 day packs but the sooner I stop taking them the better so I only take them for the first day or so.
Aims to relieve nasal congestion due to colds, hay fever and sinusitis