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      15.11.2012 14:10
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      cold and flu


      With me working with the elderly in a care home whenever there is a cold or a bug going around the chances of the staff catching it is high, since the residents have got colds and chest infections, I started with a runny nose, so I knew then I had caught it. I decided to try and catch it before it got any worse as I couldn't afford to be off work and wouldn't want to, I decided upon buying capsules rather then the powdered form that you can buy. I have to say I was not disappointed at all with these and worked very well.


      I went over to my local tesco to buy these, I needed something to take on the go as it is very rare that we get to sit down at work or even at home sometimes, so these was the best choice for me. These are very easy to take, with them being capsules they seem to just slide down your throat without them getting stuck, and doesn't tend to leave a horrible taste in your mouth.

      The capsules are there for any cold or flu symptoms you may have, normally I don't anything for a cold until it is full blown, but decided that it would be best for me to catch it before I started to feel rotten, and they helped a lot, in fact helped so much that I didn't feel rough or poorly. Taking 2 every 4-5 hours kept the cold/flu at bay so I could get on with my job and also chores at home without feeling tired, the capsules are red and yellow in colour and do the job very well and quickly.

      I am glad these are not ones that can leave you feeling tired as I work nights, and that would have been a problem for me, but I never felt more awake and glad that the capsules worked quickly and saved me for taking time off work.


      The packaging is quite appealing when looking around they do seem to stand out, they come in a yellow and red box, with Lemsip written across it, on the back you have relevant information like ingredients for each capsules, how many to take and when, and who can take them. Always read the leaflet and the back of the box before taking them, as like any medication you take there are always allergies and side effects. Fortunately for me i didn't have any side effects.


      I bought these from my local tesco one morning when leaving work to go home, they were £1.15 for 16 capsules, and was the best £1.15 I have spent in a long time.


      What can I say apart I am glad I took these when I did; they work so quickly and effectively. They were value for money especially because they worked so well with me; they didn't leave me tired, and left me able to do my job without feeling poorly. You can buy the Lemsip drinks but I find it hard to actually find the time sometimes to sit and have a drink especially at work, so buying these was ideal as I was able to take them every 4-5 hours and kept the cold/flu at bay.


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        22.07.2012 18:41
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        A useful healthcare product

        ~Lemsip capsules~

        I have bought and used Lemsip branded cold and flu products over the course of many years and found them to be mostly reliable and easy to use. The Lemsip capsules that you can buy instead of the powders (that require mixing with hot water) are a product that I have found useful for those times when I have been suffering with a cold or flu type illness and have been away from home, with no access to freshly boiled water with which to mix up one of the powder sachets. The capsules are a good alternative product in my opinion as they are very portable and easily carried in a handbag or jacket pocket when out and about.

        The cold and flu capsules contain 500mg of paracetamol each, which I feel helps to reduce pain and take down a temperature when I take 2 of them as directed by the instructions. There is also caffeine in the capsules which has been added so as to aid with fighting off that horrid over tired feeling that you get when you have battled with a cold for some time and feel drained and sleepy because of that. I find that this does work to ease tiredness to some extent, but it is often dependent on the severity of the cold/ flu illness I am going through, as to how well this actually works for me.

        The other ingredient that I find very helpful in Lemsip cold and flu products is the decongestant phenylephrine hydrochloride, which has been added to the Lemsip cold and flu capsules, so that they can help to clear a blocked, stuffy nose and ease symptoms for a few hours. I find that the addition of a decongestant really does help to ease symptoms for a few hours when I take these capsules and I find it a relief to be able to breathe more freely, with a less blocked and stuffy feeling nose for a few hours. After a time the effect of the capsules does soften which is to be expected in my opinion. Depending on how I am feeling at the time, I do sometimes have to take another dose of capsules according to the 4 hour and daily dosage limits as set out on the product instructions.

        ~Product rating/ price~

        I find that these average sized Lemsip cold and flu capsules are fairly easy to take as they come in nice neat and smooth capsule shapes that can be swallowed down quickly with a cold drink. I do prefer the Lemsip powders for use when I have access to hot water for mixing with them as I find the warm drink quite soothing in itself, although I find the capsules very useful for use when away from home. The decongestant ingredient in the capsules is something that I find particularly helpful and after having taken a dose of 2 capsules, I most often find that they begin to take effect after around 20 to 30 minutes or so.

        The cost of a pack of 16 capsules is £2.50 to £2.99 depending on where you buy them, which is comparable with the cost of other similar branded products that work in the same way and very often contain the same ingredients. Some similar looking cheaper unbranded products do not contain the decongestant ingredient and therefore do not work as well as the Lemsip capsules do. I feel it is better to opt for something such as these capsules with the decongestant in if possible, as results are much better when this is included in the product in my opinion. My rating for Lemsip capsules is 4 stars as I feel they can be of help if used with care and attention to the recommended daily and hourly dosage limits.


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          17.02.2011 16:45
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          I shan't be riushing out to buy them again

          ==Lemsip Max All in One Capsule==

          It seems that once one cold has started to make a disappearance that another one is only days around the corner. I am forever in the chemist picking up medicine relating to colds and my sinuses which can of course be fairly expensive.

          This is not helped by the fact that the chemist next to my work will often run out of the non-branded items and only stock up on the really expensive named brand cold and flu products. The most recent packet of cold and flu capsules that I have purchased are these Lemsip Max All In One medicines and they actually seem pretty good.

          They cost be a tad under the £5 mark at £4.49p which is the price that I would expect to pay for a branded medicine such as these but you only get a mere 16 capsules making it 28 pence per tablet and this compared to some of the non-branded medicines (which incidentally has more or less the exact same ingredients in) seems like a little bit of a rip off. However when you are feeling grotty and there is not much choice paying out £5 isn't really much of a big deal.

          The capsules themselves are rather large and the first 2 I took seemed to get stuck halfway down but this was my own fault for not drinking enough water when taking them. After a few glasses of drink they were soon flushed down into my stomach. The guidelines for taking these capsules are that anyone over 16 year of age can take them and they should take one or two capsules every four to six hours. Of course pregnant women and people with any sort of medical condition should always check the inside information leaflet carefully or if in doubt always consult with your pharmacist or doctor.

          The content of each capsule contains 500mg of Paracetamol, 6.1mg of Phenylephrine HCI and 100mg of Guaifenesin. The paracetamol is for pain relief and to bring down any temperature, the phenylephrine is to relieve a blocked nose and the final ingredient the Guaifenesin is to aid a chesty cough.

          I have to say that after taking the tablets for the first time within half an hour to an hour I did feel mildly better. The medicine did help with the aches I had and of course did bring the slight temperature I had down a tad but this would have been the case if I had took some cheap paracetamol.

          I can't really comment on whether they would make a chesty cough any better as I hadn't been suffering from one and didn't get one but perhaps they may have warded off any signs of a chesty productive cough!

          The decongestant didn't work as well as I find taking a couple of Sudafed would have done but it did make a slight improvement at the time when I needed it (at work). The capsules didn't seem to get better the more you took of them and the effectiveness was more or less the same with each dose.

          I would have to say that paying out a good amount of money for these capsules was probably a waste as a cheap box of 100 paracetamol for around £1 and a box of Sudafed would have been money better spent to get better results and more tablets for your money.

          I have to admit to these Lemsip Capsules working slightly but I don't think that next time I am ill I shall be rushing out to get these particular capsules or even this particular brand.

          All in all I would give these Lemsip All in One Capsules a mediocre score of 2 out of 5. They are indeed better than nothing but if you are strapped for cash then a couple of paracetamol will do you just as good.

          Not recommended (especially not for Man-Flu!)

          Many thanks for taking the time to read.

          I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.


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            17.01.2011 21:01
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            Go for something else

            It only feels like a few days since my last bought of cold symptoms, in reality it has probably been about a month but since the end of last week I have been under the weather with a cold and a rather annoying cough however the worst of the symptoms has probably been the fact that I have been running a bit of a temperature and as such my sleep has been rather disturbed.

            Lemsip Max All in One is a capsule which is meant to help relieve the symptoms of a cold, you get 16 capsules in a packet and adults are supposed to take two at a time every 4 to 6 hours so a pack can soon be gone in four days if you end up taking four a day. Given that a packet sets you back between £4 and £5 then this is not a cheap product. The tablets are contained in two foil strips.

            They are easy to swallow whole as the capsule is coated to make swallowing easier with a little liquid which is a good job as they are not the smallest capsule I have ever come across but I had no problem taking them. They are green and red in colour not that that makes any real difference other than you would not confuse them with other medicines.

            These capsules do contain paracetamol as well as a decongestant and something to help with the cough. In terms of how they work, well I found that I did get some relief from my headache and also the fever conditions, certainly my temperatuire came down, however I have found them to have no real impact on my cough and certainly I feel as congested as I did before I took them. Personally I'm not sure they are worth the cost as a normal dose of paracetamol would have probably achieved the same results and at a fraction of the cost.

            Personally I would not recommend them as I think you are better off treating each of the symptoms with a specialist treatment rather than looking for one pill that can do everything for you.


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            23.12.2010 11:52
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            Another cough, cold and flu remedy from Lemsip

            Unfortunately, for the fourth time this year I have been struck with the dreaded cough and cold bug, which has resulted in me being confined to my bed for the past few days. As Christmas is only two days away it is essential that I rid myself of my symptoms as soon as I possibly can. Whilst I do not believe that there is any remedy that will totally alleviate our symptoms, in conjunction with my prescribed antibiotics I have been taking Reckitt Benckiser's Lemsip Max All in One, which is a cold and flu capsule and this review discusses my experience of using the product.


            I first discovered Lemsip Max All in One a couple of months ago whilst scrutinising the medicine aisle in our local Tesco Extra. As I had suffered an absolutely horrendous cold in September, which lasted for a ridiculous five weeks I had used every capsule, sachet and lozenge that was stored in my home and it was necessary to replenish my stocks. To be honest, when looking for cough, cold and flu remedies I always feel somewhat overwhelmed as there are just so many from which to choose; all of which promise miracle results. My eyes were drawn to Lemsip for two reasons - firstly because they are one of the leading manufacturers in cough and cold remedies, particularly as they have over 40 years experience and secondly, because this product is relatively new, so I believed it to be somewhat superior to its' competitors. However, strange as it may seem later than evening I started to develop that all too familiar tickle in my throat and it was my opportunity to ascertain whether this product lived up to its' claims.


            We are presented with 16 capsules in a fairly eye-catching cardboard box, which is green and yellow with a huge orange and yellow tick that takes up a large proportion of the front of the packaging. The familiar logo of Lemsip is located in the upper left hand corner and on the lower right we are provided with an image of the capsules together with their purposes. We are informed that they will assist with a blocked nose, headache, fever, sore throat and chesty cough. Located in large letters in the lower section of the box we are advised that this product contains paracetamol. On the rear of the box there is Braille, which I strongly believe should be a requirement for all manufacturers selling medicines.

            The capsules are provided to us in two foil strips, which are easily removed, unlike some products I have purchased, which simply refuse to budge. My initial thoughts of the green and red capsules were that they should be inserted into a certain region as opposed to swallowed, as they are simply huge and measure almost 2½ cm in length! I'm not the best for swallowing medication and was a little afraid that the capsules would lodge themselves in my throat, but I have to advise that with a little water they disappeared fairly quickly without leaving any unpleasant after taste in my mouth.


            On the rear of the packaging we are informed that the capsules are for oral use, so that answers my initial question! The capsules should be taken whole and not swallowed or chewed and adults and children over the age of 16 years should take two every 4 - 6 hours and not exceed 8 in a 24 hour period. Children aged 12 - 15 years should take one capsule every 4 - 6 hours and should not exceed 4 in a 24 hour period. The medication is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years and we are advised that no other medicines containing paracetamol should be taken whilst using this product.


            There are three active ingredients contained within Lemsip Max All in One Cold and Flu Capsules and in order to provide you with accurate and concise information I have copied the details from the rear of the packaging. Whilst I do not normally believe in copying information for review purposes for obvious reasons I cannot write this in my own words. The information provided is based per capsule:-

            · Paracematol 500g, which has an analgesic and antipyretic action and will provide relief for headache, sore throat, fever, body aches and pains

            · Phenylephrine HCI 6.1mg, which is a decongestant and will assist with that horrible blocked nose

            · Guaifenesin 100mg, which is an expectorant and will assist with that chesty cough


            I have to say that I was initially sceptical about this product and whilst I believed it would more than likely alleviate some of my symptoms I did not expect miracles. I have taken the capsules on two separate occasions with my worst cough and cold symptoms being with me at this present moment in time and my previous two months ago. With regards aches and pains it helped a little, but did not rid me of them totally, hence me being confined to my bed. With regards the blocked nose - yes, it worked and whilst my nasal passages are not totally cleared they are manageable. Finally, with regards the chesty cough - definitely no - on both occasions that I have taken this medication I have sounded (and still do) like a 40 a day Woodbine smoker and my opinion is that only antibiotics will alleviate the infection.


            There is a double-sided leaflet contained within the box, which should be thoroughly scrutinised prior to taking this medication, particularly as it is not suited for all people. Whilst it is impossible to provide you with mounds of information I would advise that the capsules should not be taken by those with medical problems such as serious heart conditions, high blood pressure and overactive thyroid.


            Lemsip Max All In One Capsules are available in the majority of supermarkets and chemists and to enable me to provide you with an up-to-date price I have checked the Tesco website. Consequently, I would advise that they normally retail at £4 for a box of 16 capsules, but until 3 January 2011 you can purchase them for £3.


            Would I recommend these? This is difficult, particularly as I believe they assisted in alleviating my symptoms, but no more than throat lozenges, regular doses of paracetamol and plenty of hot drinks. Although I have purchased and used this product on two separate occasions it is doubtful I will buy it again. Consequently, I will give Lemsip Max All In One Cold and Flu Capsules 3 stars, as they are effective, but there are cheaper remedies available and in the end, nature really has to take its' course.

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

            Merry Christmas everybody and a happy new year x


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              22.08.2010 00:30
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              Wicked Cold Capsules That Have Helped Me Get Over This Latest Misery Cold!

              I've had a wicked cold for the last 3 days, I NEVER get colds usually but this year have had loads of them that have all been murder to get rid of!!! This time round I've been using Lemsip Max Strength Capsules, the only reason is because they was in the medicine cabinet and the first couple of capsules I took worked so good and so quick that I sent my dad out to get me another box when I was running out!

              You take 2 capsules every 4 hours, they're suitable for everyone from age 12 but they have got paracetamol in them so make sure you don't take more than you should. On the box it says not to take more than 8 capsules in 24 hours and actually I reckon that should be all you'll need because they get rid of your cold and flu symptoms good enough that you should be able to sleep fine so not need to take any tablets during the night.

              The main ingredients are paracetamol and caffeine, the caffeine is supposed to be there to give you a boost when you're not feeling very well so that you've got the energy to get on with your day. I don't know whether that part of it is all that effective because when I'm ill all I want to do is lie on the settee anyway and all the coffee in the world wouldn't change that!

              While I've had my cold I've had a headache and sore throat with it, felt a bit sick and had a high temperature that has left me feeling all shivery and aching. These Lemsip capsules have helped with all of those symptoms and they work quite quick as well so that about an hour after taking the capsules I started feeling better. My throat wasn't majorly bad anyway so it didn't take long for the pain to completely disappear from there but I was suprised at how quick my headache went because that was getting quite painful because of how much I was coughing.

              I think these are brill, like I said you've got to be careful to stick to the right dose but if you're sensible then these capsules can have you feeling loads better. The aching feeling I had got better over a few doses but most of that was down to my temperature so that had to come down properly to help me to feel better all over, the paracetamol did bring my fever down but not actually as quick as I thought it would.

              Even though the capsules look quite big they are a lot easier to swallow than you think they're going to be and go down dead easy with a glass of water.



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              15.04.2009 09:49
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              Offers relief from cold and flu symptoms without making you feel even more drowsy

              I need to put my disclaimer right at the start of this review I currently am suffering from a cold. In fact at this very moment in time I think it may be worse than a cold ...it could even be flu, so I need to apologise now if I sound like I am whining and generally just feeling sorry for myself (which I actually am ).

              At some point in time we all get a cold so I hope you can read this and show some sympathy. Some suffer from a more vicious "unique" strain of cold viruses like Mr Lools for example, others less so and can struggle on and work through the pain barrier of a runny nose and sore throat, without feeling the need to take any form of flu "remedy". There are also those who are in a fortunate position to be able to take the day off from their usual duties and lie in bed/ on the sofa and have plenty of cups of tea and rest; in my opinion the best form of medicine for any cold.

              I fall into another category; those who should take the day off but don't/ won't and have to go into work. My boss isn't the most sympathetic when it comes to viruses and in the last six months I have become victim to 4 cold/ flu viruses and three stomach bugs. I just don't want to be nicknamed "Sicknote Sally" and have to live with getting moaned at for having anymore days off sick.

              I dragged myself out of bed at got myself ready for work in a dazed state. I could hardly swallow and yelped as I forced my aching body into my clothes. Mr Lools begged me not to go in but like a true soldier I battled on. I drove to work on this fresh misty morning with my car window down to try and clear my stuffy head but it was just not working and I was just making myself look windswept.

              Once parked in the car park I looked in the mirror at myself (I looked a very sorry state and my hair was sticking up everywhere) and came to the conclusion I need to take some form of remedy for my cold as I simply would not make it through the day. I phoned the guy I sit next to at work and asked if he could pop into a shop on the way to work and get me something for my cold. He asked my preference of flu treatment and my response was the best thing they have as I can barely swallow.

              At this point in my review I have generally moaned and whined about being ill but not actually explained the severity of my cold symptoms. My sore throat was the worst symptom. When I swallowed both sides of my throat throbbed. The glands on my neck also looked swollen (luckily I had put a polo neck on to hide them). My tongue also felt very sore and quite swollen therefore speaking was also an issue. My eyes were red and watery, my head was throbbing and my nose felt slightly rubbing but more blocked and as much as I tried to blow it this blocked up "hot feeling nose" remained. I think you may be getting the picture now but I also need to point out I was aching everywhere with my body temperature being boiling hot and then shivering the next. I was not expecting a miracle product to make all my symptoms disappear but I did require a product to seriously relieve my symptoms.

              I was given Lemsip Max Cold and Flu Capsules (a pack of 8) which my kind colleague had bought from Boots. He kindly informed me I owed him £2.89 and then added that these are cheaper in Asda (£2.29) if I needed to purchase anymore.

              The box states that the product (per capsule) contains 500mg of paracetamol fore relief of headache, sore throat, fever and aches and pains. Phenylephrine hydrochloride (6.1mg) as a decongestant for a blocked nose and 25mg of caffeine to relieve tiredness and sleepiness.

              The directions for use are to swallow with water nd for adults and children over 12 two tablets to be taken every four hours, with no more that 8 capsules to be consumed in 24 hours. Children aged between 6 and 12 can take the Lemsip capsules one every four hours but no more than 4 capsules in 24 hours.

              The capsules are not suitable if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, a peptic ulcer or have taken anti depressants in the last 14 days. They are also not suitable to take with other paracetamol products.

              ****Do they work???***

              Do not expect a miracle from the Lemsip Cold and flu capsules as you are not going to feel completely better after taking the capsules. As stated on the pack, they only offer "relief" from cold and flu symptoms.

              I quite quickly started to feel a lot brighter and able to concentrate on what I was doing. My headache lifted completely and my back pain was eased. My throat was still very tender when I swallowed but I found it a lot easier to breathe and I could actually have a drink of water without extreme pain when I swallowed. My nose felt less stuffy and bunged up but I did have to blow my nose a lot more after taking the capsules. In fact my sysmptoms had eased after about 20 minutes and I felt my brightest after about 30 minutes to one hour of taking the capsules.

              My criticism of the product was that after about 2 and a half hours I started to feel really ill again and my symptoms, especially the aches and pains and the sore throat came back again. For hour and a half in which the product started wearing off I was literally counting down for the four hour barrier to pass so I could take another two capsules and benefit from more relief.

              Overall I would say the Lemsip Max capsules do give relief from the symptoms but do not completely mask the symptoms. After taking the capsules I felt that I still was not fully effective at work but could actually pull myself together and get through a day at work, without feeling drowsy. I have taken Beechams cold and flu capsules when I was ill last year and they have completely knocked me out and I felt awful and drowsy all day despite the pack saying they were a non drowsy product. My advice would be plenty of rest, preferably in bed or on the sofa in a duvet... which is what I am hoping to do tomorrow!


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                07.11.2008 01:32
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                always good to have handy

                Lemsip extra strength capsules are what I am writing about as they are just the thing when you are just getting that tickly throat and clogged feeling in the nose. I think they really do work and should be given a try.
                I buy them and use them when the start of the itches and sniffles come to me and find if taken soon enough you can avoid the full blown cold. But if not caught in time they do help take off the muggy feeling and make it possible to keep working at least.
                Not too expensive the Lemsip day and night maximum strength capsules come at around £3.65 sometimes a bit cheaper depending where you buy them.
                Usually 16 in a box and they are red and yellow if memory serves correctly.
                I swear by them now and would always make sure I have some handy in my bathroom cabinet just for that flu like feeling.
                My motto strike first before it renders you to the bed.


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                  24.10.2006 10:31
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                  great treatment for symptomatic relief of colds but not a cure!

                  Ever had that horrible scratchy throat sensation and sniffy, drippy nose and felt that you would surely not last the day? Most of us have!

                  I’ve tried lots of different remedies ranging from Beechams Powders, to Vick (even those revolting things that you shove up your nose and sniff….and, I don’t mean glue sticks! LOL)

                  I’ve tried Contac cold tablets, paracetamol, aspirin, neurophen and just about every combination in between but the only thing that seems to work for me is Lemsip Max Daytime Capsules.

                  The idea is that these capsules will take care of your cold symptoms and allow you to get on with your day as normal.

                  Don’t expect a cure!

                  I don’t think there is such a thing.

                  The best you can hope for is to control the symptoms.

                  These capsules contain paracetamol, phynelefrine HCI and caffeine are selected to relieve headache, body/joint pains, stuffy head, runny nose and tiredness, which we all recognise as a symptoms of the common cold.

                  Each yellow and red capsule contains:

                  Paracetamol 500mg
                  Phenylefrine 6.1 mg
                  Caffeine 25mg.
                  (Plus at least 5 E-numbers to make them look pretty!!)

                  Paracetamol will relieve headache and fever.
                  Phenylefrine is a nasal decongestant which relieves a blocked or stuffy nose.
                  Caffeine is a mild stimulant.

                  If you drink plenty of fluids these capsules suit most people but there area few precautions to take.

                  Don’t use these if you have a thyroid problem, a serious heart condition, or high blood pressure. Take care if you could be allergic to any of the ingredients, and if you are taking (or have taken in the past 14 days) MAOI antidepressants (Nardil, etc) do not take them at all.

                  Don’t drink alcohol if you have been taking these capsules and avoid anything that contains paracetamol.

                  Adults (over 12) can take 4 doses of 2 capsules during a 24 hour period and children between 6 and 12 can take half that dose.

                  Take the capsules with water and don’t chew them. (You will know if you do as they are absolutely vile! I’ve tried.)

                  If you have pre-existing medical conditions you should ask you doctor or pharmacist for advice.

                  Do these work?

                  Well, I took two at 8 am the other morning and by 9 am I did feel better. My headache had gone and I could breathe through my nose. I did still have the shivers though.

                  By 11am my symptoms had returned but I couldn’t take another dose until 12 o’clock. They do work but that are not the magic pill they pretend to be (£3.18 for 16).

                  I would say that these capsules alleviate symptom and allow you to carry on working but that once it come to bed time you would be as well taking a couple of paracetamol tablets (cost 19p for 16) with a hot drink.

                  These are expensive but worth it if you have to struggle through the day at work. However, once you get home use the cheaper method! It works just as well.

                  I don't suppose you've even read this far if you already have a streaming cold! However, for anyone who has, well done. You are to be comended for your fortitude! LOL

                  Take a couple of these and feel a bit more 'human' for a while. They may not cure your problem but they will certainly make you feel better. Just hold out until bed time and then treat yourself to a hot toddy (or three). All symptoms of your cold will then disappear.

                  Ah...tishoooooooooo! Bless you!


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                    22.10.2006 09:47
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                    Certainly not a cure-all

                    It’s that time of year again. All around the country people are sniffing and blowing their way through the day. Many have stayed in bed, thousands of others wish they could. For those for whom bed rest is impossible the search for the best cold relief is on.

                    Colds are viral infections and, as such will not respond to anti-biotic treatment (indeed it is thought that overuse of antibiotics as a panacea for both the over-stressed doctor and the irritable patient has lead to bacteria being more resilient to treatment). They are rife at this time of year where we are tossed between mild and cold weather in a similar fashion to a ship caught on the rocks at sea.

                    I was one of those people who should have stayed in bed. My nose was raw through repeated blowing, my ears were blocked and my throat felt enlarged. My eyes were glazed and weepy and my head was pounding but I went to work – I had little choice. So, on my way in, at 0700 in the morning I sought solace in Boots. Parting with £3.05 for my packet of 12 Lemsip Cold and Flu Max Strength Capsules was painful, but not as painful as my throbbing head. Back at my desk I tore open the packet and took the first dose. I had the second dose about 40 minutes later.

                    The capsules are designed to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu. They claim on the box to bring relief from headache, body aches, blocked noses, fevers and sore throats. Note here that I say relief. There is no known cure for the common cold and any of these treatments will only serve to relieve the symptoms and not bring about a miracle cure. Indeed, some may say that they actually prolong a cold as they prevent the body doing what it can to rid the body of the virus. Whatever could make me a little more comfortable would be welcome.

                    The capsules are two-tone red and yellow and look rather plastic-y. They contain paracetamol to ease pain and fever, phenylephrine which acts as a decongestant and caffeine to combat lethargy and sluggishness. Adults are to take two capsules with water every four hours as needed up to a maximum of 8 a day.

                    So, what have they done? Sweet FA as my mother would say (Fanny Adams for the uninitiated lol!).

                    I have tried similar remedies in the past and have found them good for the temporary relief of symptoms. After 4 tablets I still had a headache – granted it is not as bad as first thing that morning – and my nose was still blocked and runny and was that way all day. Basically, they have made no more difference than if I had spent 35p on a packet of paracetamol.

                    Lemsip had an active advertising campaign for their cold and flu capsules, claiming them to be the wonder drug. I think not! I worry too that the fairly high levels of caffeine in the drug could also cause problems if you do take this for a couple of days in a row – withdrawal symptoms here we come.

                    I went home that night and adopted the old fashioned remedies. A good home cooked meal (ah, where would I be without the slow cooker at times like this), a Vicks vapour rub inhaling session and an early night! I will not be trying these capsules again!

                    As with all medicines they should be kept away from children and care should be exercised before taking anything. Always read the labels and leaflet carefully and follow the advice.


                    1 – Prevention is better than cure – eat healthily and make sure that you keep your hands very clean so as to avoid inadvertently transferring the virus from your hands to your mouth or nose.

                    2 – When you get a cold make sure that you continue to eat well (feed a cold and starve a fever).

                    3 – Get as much rest as is possible – a day at home could mean a few days less suffering.

                    4 – Don’t spend a fortune on cold relief products, use paracetamol and then inhale from a home made steam bath with Vicks, eucalyptus oil, friar’s balsam, olbas oil or even vinegar added to relieve congestion.

                    5 – Try not to sniff – the cold will only move to your chest!

                    6 – Use plenty of lip balm to keep your lips from drying out.

                    7 – Invest in some lotion impregnated tissues to prevent that Rudolf look. If you do get a red hooter then try something like Nivea cream to soothe and moisturise your nose.

                    8 – Drink lots of warm drinks to soothe your throat and prevent dehydration.

                    9 – Wrap up warm when you go out – Granny was right about catching your death of cold!

                    10 – Get better soon!


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                  • Product Details

                    Cold and flu remedy in capsule form.