“ Brand: Lemsip / Contents/Size: 5 Sachets „
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I usually keep a pack of these in the cupboard as the last thing you want to do when you're poorly is take the dreaded walk to the shops! I bought these for £3.50 from Tesco's a few months ago however in times when colds and flus are more common (like now) they do tend to be on offer so may be worth in the future stocking up at these times. I reached for these a couple of weeks ago, as I started to feel I had a sore throat coming on which is a sure sign of a start of a cold or flu for me (and many others I imagine).
First of all whilst there is nothing remarkable about the design of the packaging (the box has a picture of a mug on it), I thought it was important to note that as a medicine the box does have braille on the front to warn people with limited sight of the content. Also, as well as having an instruction leaflet with full instructions the box labels very clearly what the product contains, instructions on use and recommended dosages and also recommendations on storage.
As with all of these cold/flu drinks the powder is contained in separate paper sachets, with one dose in each. I take this for granted, but on further consideration I think it is very useful to have the dosages already set out for you and reduces the risk of overdose.
*So what does this contain?*
The lemsip drinks contain paracetamol, absorbic acid, vitamin c and sucrose and asparatame. Whilst I recognise most of these ingredients (paracetamol is the main pain relief ingredient, vitamin c to strengthen immune system, sucrose and asparatame are sweeteners to give the drink taste) I did not recognise the absorbic acid. A little bit of googling however shoes that absorbic acid is a vitamin found in fruit and vegetables, so I imagine it's purpose in the drink is to again help strengthen the immune system.
*How to use*
The drink is very simple to make (which is just what I want when I am sick)! Boil the kettle, empty sachet in a mug, pour boiling water and stir. I tend to only partly boil the kettle so the drink is not too hot, either that or I put a little bit of lukewarm water in (I hate waiting for drinks to cool). You need to stir until dissolved which is not much considering the powder dissolves very quickly.
You can sweeten the drink with honey or sugar, although I tend to find that the drink is sweet enough. Plus when I am bunged up I do not tend to taste much anyway.
The manufacturers warn you not to take other paracetamol products when using this, and also not to exceed 1 sachet every 4-6 hours/do not exceed 4 sachets in 24 hours - and also not to give to children under the age of 12 years unless on medical advice.
I have tried to measure my experience of the product on the 5 main areas that the manufacturers claim the procust helps with ....
1. Fever - although this time round I did not have a fever with my cold, previously I have found that these sachets do help to an extent by providing temporary relief to a fever - although this is in my experience has only been temporary (approximately 30 minutes out of the 4-6 hour dosage time)
2. Headaches - I find that this depends on the strength of the headache as to how well it works. Generally the drink goes some way to reliving or reducing my headache, but definitely does not work as well as taking paracetamol capsules would.
3. Body aches - I have found this fairly ineffective at reducing body aches when I have had them. A warm bath in olbas oil and a nice muscle rub on the other hand....
4. Blocked nose - used in conjunction with olbas oil and other de congestions I have found this really useful at helping unblock my nose, and encourage the mucus through my system (runny noses ahoy)!
5. Sore throat - this drink works wonders for a sore throat - I have often used it at the start of a cold and it has been great at quickly reducing my sore throat and sometimes even prevented the full cold coming out! Wayhay!
In terms of results then a mixed bag generally - although for me I think some of lemsips claims are quite ambitious, so for me as long as it is able to perform well on the last two points I am happy.
I also find lemsip a very reliable brand, and whilst I have ventured out and tried other (cheaper) cold and flu sachets, such as Morrisons (£1.80 for 10 sachets but tastes vile) and Boots (around £2.60 last time I looked - tastes ok but the pain relief doesn't last long enough for me) I will always return to Lemsip. Whilst it is by no means a miracle cure (whoever finds the cure to the common cold will be one lucky lady/gent) it reaches my expectations, so I would for sure purchase this again and recommend to other fellow lurgee sufferers. If it only it was cheaper though!
I am removing one star due to the slightly high cost, also whilst the taste is decent enough (although taste isnt the first thing on my mind when I have a cold) there is no lemon resemblance in this drink for me really, well not how I taste lemons anyway!
Lemsip Max All in One Lemon
Size: 10 sachets
Lemsip is a trademark of Reckitt Benckiser and is a brand that has been around for over 40 years. The line began with the lemon flavoured cold remedy drink and has expanded to a range including different flavours and strengths as well as capsules for those that do not like the taste of the drinks. The range now also includes pharmacy only stronger products for those people that feel they need something a little stronger.
"Each capsule contains: Paracetomol 500mg, Phenylephrine hydrochloride 6.1mg, Guaifensesin 100mg"
Why I Buy Lemsip Max:
Those of you that have read some of my other reviews may well remember that I am prone to colds, as an asthmatic who had bronchitis as a child and has experienced a bout of pneumonia, I am particularly wary of bad colds and flu, therefore, I tend to attack them full strength when I experience them. However, I have an intolerance to caffeine, so there are many remedies I cannot use. Fortunately, Lemsip Max does not contain caffeine.
"When you need to ease those troublesome cold and flu symptoms like headache, blocked nose, fever, body aches and sore throat, trust Lemsip Max Cold & Flu. One of our Lemon or Blackcurrant Max Strength drinks should soon help you relieve your symptoms and help you get on with your day.
When you catch a cold or flu, you can suffer from multiple symptoms such as a headache, blocked nose, sore throat, body aches & pains and a chesty cough. So if you have multiple symptoms, take All in One action. Our Lemsip Max All in One range all have powerful formulations to treat ALL your major cold & flu symptoms, helping you get back to feeling like yourself. Lemsip Max All In One is our most complete range of remedies ever.."
"Contains paracetamol. Do not take with any other paracetamol containing products. Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose, even if you feel well"
Lemsip Max is supplied in packs of ten sachets enclosed in a cardboard outer. The box is predominately green and features the Lemsip trademark logo along with the words "Max" and "All in One". It will also tell you which flavour it contains.
Very easy to use, pop the kettle on to boil, grab a mug, tare open a sachet, poor the contents into the mug, pick up a tea spoon, pour over the boiling water, stir well, leave to cool a little while and inhale the vapours and sip slowly.
How I Use Lemsip Max:
First of all I always know just how bad my cold or flu is depending on how well I can taste the drink! When my cold is mainly a sore throat, I add a teaspoon of honey to the drink and enjoy the honey and lemon flavour. If I have a "typical" cold - bunged up nose, heady, sore throat. I tend to use this every four hours without exceeding the daily allowance, instead or paracetamol alone and take Sudafed when I go to bed. I sometimes make a "normal" lemon and honey drink to have at bed time as well, but I am most likely to have a soothing hot chocolate with a tot of whisky.
Lemsip Max All in One contains a full 1000mg of the popular painkiller paracetamol being a full adult dose, as well as 12.2mg of phenylephrine a decongestant and the expectorant Guaifenesin, together with small amounts of vitamin c, sucrose and aspartame. Vitamin C has cold fighting properties, sucrose will give a temporary energy boost and the aspartame will add sweetness to improve the flavour.
I turn to Lemsip Max All in One to fight colds and flu. I like the flavour as long as I have a cold. If I drink it when I don't have a cold, maybe as a way to take paracetamol for a headache it tastes pretty horrid! So, somehow those white coated boffins at Lemsip have researched the way to make the flavour appeal to me only when I have a cold or flu! It does however, ease a sore throat, help a blocked nose and soothe a headache, somehow it also helps with the chills and fever that accompany flu.
Would I Recommend Lemsip Max All in One?
Yes, especially if like me you have a caffeine intolerance, as so many cold and flu remedies contain caffeine as a pick you up. Lemsip Max is caffeine free and for some reason tastes great if you have a bad cold or flu?
Price and Availability:
I buy mine in store wherever I happen to see it on offer. Available from supermarkets, chemists and on-line from Boots and Superdrug Usual price is around £4.50, but often on offer somewhere.
Thank you for reading.
Thankfully I am not very often ill (touch wood) but I always a supply of cold and flu products in the medicine box, just in case.
== Packaging ==
There are 10 sachets in this box. These sachets are packaged in a cardboard box similar to the one pictured above. The Lemsip Max logo is more of an oval shape now, in the top centre. The box is shiny which makes it stand out on the shelf. On the front it lists the ailments that this is suitable for relieving: Fever, Heach & Body Ache, Blocked Nose, Sore Throat, Chesty Cough. It also informs the reader it contains paracetamol.
On the side of the box it has an information section and provides the address in case you wish to make a comment or make a suggestion to the company.
On the back of the box, it is plain white with green writing. It lists the directions for use, the ingredients and warnings about the product.
== Price and Availability ==
At the moments these are priced at £3.85 in Boots and also on www.boots.com. I'm sure I bought mine at Tesco and they were slightly cheaper than this. So if you have time and wish to stock up the medicine cupboard I would look around as there are savings to be had.
== How to Use & Dosage ==
These are very simple to use, you pour a sachet into a mug and fill it with hot, but not boiling water. Stir until it has dissolved. You can sweeten this too if you like.
On the packaging it advises: Adults and children over 12 years: 1 Sachet every 4-6 hours. Do not exceed 4 sachets in 24 hours. Do not give to children under 12, expect on medical advice.
== Ingredients ==
These are the ingredients (per sachet) Paracetamol 1000mg ACTION: Analgesic & antipyretic - this is for the relief of headache, sore throat, fever, ody aches and pains.
Phenylephrine hydrochloride 12.2mg - ACTION: Decongestant - this is for the relief of Blocked or runny nose
Guaifenesin 200mg ACTION - Expectorant Relief of Chesty Cough.
== My Thoughts ==
I think these are a useful product to have in the medicine box as there is nothing worse than feeling really rough and having to drag yourself to local shop and paying well of the odds for some pain relief! I find these work for me, I hardly ever have to take them but when I do I find they work well.
They aren't my favourite tasting product but it doesn't take long to drink it and I find it relieves my flu like symptoms more quickly than just taking paracetamol in caplet form.
== Warnings ==
The warnings are written on the box in bold as it contains paracetamol. DO NOT take with other paracetamol containing products. Immediate medical advice should be sought in the event of an overdose even if you feel well.
== Overall Summary ==
Overall I would recommend these. They do the job well and relieve flu like symptoms for me quickly. I will be buying these again when this box is running low.
Thanks for reading.
I have tried so many different products over the past few months, with many products not really Doing much for me! I tried these as they were on offer in savers. I have been put off trying these type of medicines as I didn't think having a hot drink with a sachet would work, but I was wrong! These really do work! Lemsip cold and flu is available in all supermarkets. I will now go into more detail on this product.
I paid £2.50 for a packet of 10 sachets. This was a good price, normally these are priced at around £3.50. You can also get smaller packets of 5. They are more expensive than the tablets, but work in a way that I prefer! Overall they are not bad value and I am happy to pay the price for these. I have found the price of these varies greatly from shop to shop so keep an eye out for these and look out for good prices and stock up! You me know when you will need some.
How do they work?
They work simply by adding the sachet to a mug of boiling water and stirring. After the water has cooled down you simply drink the water with the Mixture in. The sachet contains the drugs and caffeine which will help to reduce symptoms and help start to feel better.
Do they work?
For me, they are the best thing to take when I am Suffering from a cold or have flu symptoms. The warm drink helps to warm me up inside and also they seem to work pretty quickly. The taste is very nice and refreshing, the lemon flavour is my favourite, I have tried the black current drink bit it's not my favourite. There are many benefits to drinking these when you are suffering from a cold. They are very strong and help with all symptoms
These are my favourite cold and flu combatters! I have been using these for a while now and enjoy having a cup of lemsip Lemon when I am feeling poorly! I would recommend you give these a try, you can feel them working and they feel more quick to help than taking tablets. Don't be put off by the price and give them a try :)
Give these a try, 5 stars from me!!
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It's not very enjoyable, having a cold. Man-flu (otherwise known as a heavy cold) is worse. Flu is the absolute pits. With the weather being as unremittingly pants as it has been for the last few months, myself and family have had several colds and one bout of Man-flu, with added temperature and nausea. The other symptoms were also present. Lethargy. Sore throat leading to coughing. A headache beginning just behind my right eye. A sinus cavity that would decide at odd times to open the floodgates, clearing my blocked nose in order to deluge my nostrils with a flood of biblical proportions.
Worse than all of these was the way in which it all transpired to rob me of precious sleep. Nothing is more frustrating then staring at the ceiling, having to breathe through your mouth to the point that it, and the lips surrounding them feel like the floor of the world's worst taxi. And then comes birdsong and a lightening in the sky, making you wish you owned a shotgun.
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The next best thing is Lemsip max strength cold and flu. It may look like the freeze-dried contents of a public urinal, but it represents a halfway decent night's slumber. It may seem odd to recommend a product which contains caffeine to achieve this, but it works well for me if taken an hour before heading for bed. If you find it creates, rather than solves a sleeping problem, get that standard strength instead.
Lemsip max cold & flu capsules also contains paracetamol and phenylephrine (bless you!). The first ingredient took the edge off my headache and soreness of my throat, improving my temper. The unpronounceable ingredient acts as a decongestant, making blood vessels in your nose contract and narrow. It also reduces the production of mucus, good news for everyone.
The sachets are easily dissolved in warm or hot water. For around £2, it is definitely worth having a pack in reserve for next time the dreaded virus strikes. Note: do NOT drink Alcohol as well. Does not play well with Paracetamol.
In the last week I've had terrible cold and flu, which has given me a cough, a sore throat, runny nose and mucus, a temperature and a general feeling of low energy and ache pretty much all over. I was told by my partner that i did need to 'man up' a bit, but in my defence I did feel pretty rough indeed.
When I've been ill in the past I've always treated colds with tablets, I didn't really see the point of taking any of the soothing drinks or losengers because i wanted something that would target the symptoms that i was experiencing fast, after all you just want to start feeling better as soon as possible.
This time round though and I don't get ill very often at all, the tablets weren't cutting it. Not wanting to go to the doctors for what was ultimately a dose of 'man flu' I opted to try - Lemsip Max Cold and Flu after my partner purchased some for me. I was reluctant at first, but thought i'd better give it a go and I have to be honest i was pleasantly suprised. I thought it would taste horrible with an undertone of the medicine and a nasty after taste, but it was actually very pleasant and easy to make also. All you have to do is dissolve one of the ten sachets into a mug of hot (not boiling) water and stir. If you normally like your tea or coffee sweet then I would recommend adding sugar or a sweetener, but this is not essential as it is rather nice without.
According to the instruction leaflet contained within the packet - Lemsip Max Cold and Flu contains a combination of ingredients which are effective in relieving the symptoms associated with cold and flu, including the relief of aches and pains, sore throats, headaches, nasal congestion and the lowering of temperature. The two main ingredients are Paracetamol - a well known pain killer and Phenylephrine Hydrochloride - not so well known, but this will reduce congestion, swelling and pressure. Ideal really.
Now, it tastes nice or nice enough to drink nowing that potentially it could make you feel better, but is it any good? People may have had different experiences, but for me this realy worked. Within half an hour of drinking the mug full I had fallen asleep on the sofa. I have been told that I was asleep for around three hours, but when i woke up I did feel much better. I continued to drink it in the doses recommended on the packaging - every four to six hours - and in a day my cold was on the way out and i felt much better. So, a big thumbs up from me.
If you're feeling rough and need a pick me up then I would recommend Lemsip Max Cold and Flu - Lemon. There are other flavours available I think, but ultimately it is medicine so we just have to drink it!
Five dooyoo stars from me *****.
Well up to now this Winter I've kept those flu and cold viruses away, until last week. Starting off with my little lad getting a cold, then the Chief Nurse (Mum) getting her version and then finally after sneezing all night over me for a few nights my immune system decided it had better give in.
It wasn't man flu, although even man cold is at levels women can't even imagine. One of those 200 viruses that can make up a cold had found its way past my defence. Waking up on Tuesday I had a sore throat coming on. Nose dripping too. But as I'd just started a new job recently time off is something I couldn't really consider. If my boss felt different when I arrived at work that was his choice. Not mine. His choice was to keep me in.
So it was important that I did all I could to knock this cold in the head as quickly as possible. This is paracetamol based so it wasn't as if I could shove all kinds of drinks down my throat. My lemsip box came with 5 sealed sachets. The sachet came with a powder mix that you poured into hot water. You can't use it in cold water as the mix doesn't dissolve correctly. You can smell this drink a mile away. No wonder the cold does a runner.
It isn't a nasty drink but then again it isn't something I enjoy. Usually I just take a warm drink of cordial and a couple of paracetamol INSTEAD, I stress instead as otherwise you could overdose. I find it cheaper. However I thought I'd give this a go because of the decongestant. 'Some Lemsip products contain decongestants which work by constricting the blood vessels; this action may worsen raised blood pressure/hypertension' so it is not advised to use if you do suffer from this condition.
After drinking the lemsip I did feel a bit better. Even whilst drinking it I could feel the vapours wafting through my nostrils. This made me breath easier and the paracetamol took the pain away from the tension above my nose. Later that day I took another sachet and this had the same affect. I also slept easy that night too, without feeling blocked up.
Was this down to the lemsip? I don't know. Like all medicines it is so hard to say whether we'd recover anyway. Maybe it was just a 24 hour cold. For this reason I can't really recommend or not recommend,if you get my drift. Would my cold have gone anyway with paracetamol and juice, along with my head over a steamer with menthol or lemon drops.? It would certainly be a lot cheaper. It might also be a lot safer as there are so many DO NOT's on the packet ie: Pregnancy, Kids, Blood Pressure, Diabetics, Vegetarian etc etc
Mine cost £2.60 for a pack of 5. Available frommost corner shops, supermarkets and chemists.
Copyright stebiz 2013. Also on ciao.co.uk
I try many things to combat a cold and one of those ways is by drinking a nice soothing Lemsip. I have been having these ever since I was a child and carried that over into adulthood as well because I find a mug of this really comforting and soothing and for a while it does work to relieve my cold symptoms so anything that works is a bonus for me.
Lemsip now comes in many forms and different flavours but sometimes I think the regular sachets of powder that you make into a drink are the best. They are incredibly easy to use and make. Basically all you do is boil a kettle like you would for a cup of tea, open one of the individual sachets of Lemsip, pour it into your mug and then pour the hot water over it. I like to stir it quite a bit as I am pouring the water in because this makes all the crystals dissolve and you are left with now residue in the bottom of your cup. I find the hot water and steam that comes off the mug as well as the nice lemon taste really help to soothe my throat. The lemon has an interesting flavour in my opinion. It's definitely very fresh adn lemony tasting but you can taste a bit of an after taste in this and it does have a bit of a powderish taste to it if you know what I mean but that's not to say its unpleasant, its just not the same as drinking just a plain regular lemon squash.
On the box Lemsip say that this drink is, "For headache, fever, blocked nose, body aches and pains and sore throats." I think it's good that they are covering a number of different symptoms of a cold here and nice to know that you can cure a few things at once. The sachets do contain some medicine and that is listed as Paracetamol 1000mg and Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 12.2mg.
Obviously as this is a medicine I would suggest talking to your doctor before you start anything as on the box there is a warning to not take this with any other paracetamol-containing products and not to take if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or if you have heart disease or high blood pressure.
At the moment Poundland are selling boxes of this containing just 5 sachets for £1 but I think that's really good value compared to places like Boots who are selling 10 sachets for over £3.
A nice way to combat a cold.
This is a review of Lemsip Max Cold & Flu lemon which also contains paracetamol. My husband is a strong believer in the powers of Lemsip so we always have a box in the cupboard ready for those surprise attacks that sore throats and colds spring on you.
The box contains 10 sachets, each designed to be mixed with hot water in a mug for the perfect dose of Lemsip. The box advises use for fever, headaches, body aches, blocked nose and sore throat. Adults and children aged 12+ can use 1 sachet every 4-6 hours with no more than 4 sachets in 24 hours.
You mix the powder in the sachet with hot water and stir it. You can add sugar, honey or sweetners but I find it sweet enough on its own. I prefer to leave mine a few minutes so it doesn't take the roof off my mouth. It tastes OK hot or warm but vile when it gets cold. As there is paracetamol in it, you are advised not to take it with any other paracetamol-containing products.
I prefer this as there are a lot of cold products which contain caffeeine as well which I am trying to avoid in my tea, coffee and coke so I don't want to ruin things by having it in my medicine. The box does advise consulting with your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding (which I am - the latter) so it's not a given that this is OK to use. Taste wise, I find these lemon Lemsips to be about the best tasting hot remedy on the market although they are more expensive than a lot of other comparable products too.
At the moment, Sainsbury's sell these at the best price (£2.50) with Tesco next in line (£3) for 10 sachets. We try to keep a box in at all times but if we both have the lurgy at the same time the box can disappear quite fast.
The sachets are ideal for transporting if you feel poorly you can take one in to work without it taking up room or spilling in your bag. My husband keeps some at work and is often very nice when his colleagues are ill, supplying them with a Lemsip sachet so he is well thought of at work for this (!). We have tried other flavours and variations but the Lemsip Max are the ones we always return to as they do make you feel better for a little while and we use these alongside cough sweets if it's throat troubles as we are suffering from right now. Taste wise these are quite acceptable and as a first drink of the day when ill prove to be a good pick me up.
Obviously you have to be careful about over dosing if you are using more than one cold remedy but we tend to stick with these as they seem to work for us.
I've been using Lemsip as a remedy against colds, blocked noses, chesty coughs and flu for ages and I thought I would share my thoughts on this max strength version.
I don't tend to get ill particularly regularly, but without fail my tonsils swell up twice a year. I am a little bit terrified of going to the doctor with this again because each time they insist they must remove my tonsils and the idea of surgery freaks me out. Because I've been dealing with this twice yearly for many years now I have ways of combating the swelling without having to get antibiotics. I use an awful lot of ibuprofen (see my review) but also combine this with lemsip which I find to be a great alleviator of pain.
I usually can tell when my tonsils are starting to swell up as it becomes difficult and painful to eat. It is at this point that I heavily medicate myself and usually the swelling decreases within a few days and I never really get them as badly as I would without these remedies. Because of this it is manageable to not go to the doctor and to just suffer in silence (although with far less suffering than normal).
You get 10 sachets in the box which pretty much lasts me for the year, as I probably use half each time I begin to get ill. You basically empty the sachet into a mug and pour on boiling water. It mixes really easily and turns into a lovely hot drink which relieves pain in your throat whilst also combating pain through the paracetamol in the drink. It tastes a little like warm lemon squash, a very sharp lemony flavour which is really nice when hot. It also has a very slight bitter taste to it which I would imagine comes from the paracetamol in it. Although it is sharp I think it is probably quite sweet too which is nice for the taste but does leave my teeth feeling a little sugary. I tend to always brush my teeth after drinking it to wash any of the residual sugar off.
The thing is absolutely any negatives to this remedy can be 100% ignored for the very fact that it relieves my pain and coughing so effectively. It works at clearing my throat and allowing me to eat for a good 2 hours before the cough starts to creep back in. I find that if I take one before bed I sleep much better and don't wake up in the night coughing as I usually would.
This box of ten sachets costs £4.99 but frankly I would pay double that for the relief that it affords me when I feel so unwell (don't tell the lemsip people that though!). I really love this product and as it lasts me usually an entire year I absolutely can't be without it.
The best remedy for a cold or flu.
So I get a cold, a really bad one, might be the flu even. What do I do?? I go for the good old Lemsip that always does the job. Right??
Thinking about it I don't think it does do that much and we are just made to buy it without even thinking. Maybe you had it as a child or the countless adverts swayed you when you did need something. Lets be honest you aren't thinking clearly, well I no I'm not when I'm poorly and grab anything I can see at the shop.
It does have all in one as it says, it does taste ok for medicine and a hot drink will make you feel a bit better. Couldn't you get that with other things even for a cheaper price?? I will still buy Lemsip as I always have as my family and I are used to it now, but I think the only cure for colds and flu's is rest and a lot of water and they cost nothing.
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Lemon sachets are for headaches, fever, blocked nose, body aches, pains and sore throats. Basically they can be used for anything that makes your head feel stuffy, makes swallowing difficult or makes breathing a little bit uncomfortable without being a serious problem. If you are suffering from a cold or flu then, as the title suggests, these may be for you.
Each sachet of lemsip contains 1000mg paracetomol and 12.2mg of Phenylephrine Hydrochloride making them the perfect drink for helping to clear a stuffy head and just generally make you feel better.
How to use it
These sachets are very simple to use. Just rip one open, pour in to a mug, add almost boiling water and then stir for a moment of two. Once the drink has been dissolved then it is ready for drinking. It's very simple to make this drink and takes just a few minutes before you can start to feel some relief.
This drink works well in helping to clear your nose, by breathing in the vapours, and the actual drink is warm and soothing on a sore throat and then the ingredients will get to work at helping to clear your symptoms.
Does It Work?
I must say that I find these sachets to be quite effective. When I have been suffering from a headache or the start of flu like symptoms I can just take one of these and then keep myself topped up throughout the day. I think that part of the relief that comes from this is because of the warmth of the drink and once the paracetomol gets to work any temperature is reduced and this just naturally helps me to feel better anyway. I have used these when suffering with full blown flu in the past and while they have not completely cleared my symptoms they have certainly provided a welcome relief from that nasty, stuffy feeling that often comes with being run down with a cold or flu. It does not take away all symptoms and sometimes leaves me with a little bit of a headache still but it's quite good.
1 sachet per 4 hours for adults and children over 12 years of age. No more than 4 sachets should be consumed within 24 hours.
Where can I buy these and for how much?
I purchased mine (a box of 10 sachets) from Boots for £3.75 but you will find these in most good supermarkets and in local chemists. These appear to be widely stocked everywhere I go and I assume this is because they are very popular.
I always feel like these sachets are working wonders and will happily continue to use these again in the future. I find them very easy to drink and the lemon taste is one that is quite sweet without being over the top and the only bit of this drink that I don't really enjoy is the very last mouthful as this is often filled with little bits of powder that have not properly dissolved yet.
There is something about this drink that makes me feel instantly a little bit better. If I am just suffering from a headache then this probably isn't the first medicine of choice I would use but it's ideal for those nights when I am suffering with aches and pains after a very long day at work or just getting the start of a cold and trying to nip it in the bud. I feel that the price is a little bit overpriced for what is essentially just dis-solvable paracetamol with a light lemon flavouring, however, they make me feel better and that is what it's all about when I'm ill or run down to be honest!
Perhaps one of the most popular products during the cold and flu season, I have been the recipient of the Lemsip treatment many a time.
Lemsip comes as powder in sachets. The powder is yellowy-whitey in colour. It contains paracetemol which perhaps does most of the work in calming the flu bug. Empty the contents of a sachet in a mug and pour in just boiled water from the kettle. If I'm getting ready to go to bed and am too tired, then I fill the mug, half with hot water and a quarter with room temperature-coldish water, so that it is not unbearably hot that I have to wait ages before drinking. Although it is more effective to have it steaming, this way I hold it under my nose, which unblocks and also soothes any nasal passage aching.
The smell is lemony, but more sweet, so smelling it at first is bearable. However, I find that drinking it gets a little bit difficult, as with every sip the lemon flavour seems to get stronger and stronger, it is therefore very sour. The last quarter or so of the drink tends to be very bitter, which almost makes me feel sick, so it is important to try and mix in the powder as much as you can at the beginning and continue to stir as you drink, then it won't be as bitter at the end.
Often I find I have to take this approximately 3 or 4 times per flu. And to be honest it is not something that I have found is effective in getting rid of the cold and flu, rather it gives a temporary relief, which tends to last between 1 to 2 hours. I always have to use this in addition to taking other remedies, such as soup, drinking plenty of water, taking panadols, cold or hot compresses etc. For me, lemsip is not a stand-alone remedy.
I personally find this flavour of lemsip more and more sickening every time I take it. I have therefore started to take the blackcurrant flavour, which is sweeter and certainly not as bitter, and has the same effect of the lemon flavour.
Available in most supermarkets, pharmacies, places like Boots and Superdrug. I usually compare prices between Lemsip and other similar products like Beechams (which work to the same effect) before purchasing.
When I was ill just before Christmas I was using loads of these as they seemed to be the only thing that was helping my throat. You can buy Lemsips from all Chemists and also in supermarkets which is great as you can pick them up with your weekly shop but unless you find them on an offer they cost between £3.50 to £4 for 10 sachets. I always have a box of these in my medicine cupboard.
The sachets come in a rectangular box with the Lemsip logo on the top and a huge red tick across the box, there is then a picture of 2 hands around a steaming cup of lemsip and the warning along the box that the product contains Paracetamol. On one side of the box there is the address and phone number for the company should you need them and on the bottom of the box is the expiry date.
Lemsip claim that these are for the "symptomatic relief of colds and flu including chesty coughs" as they have Paracetamol in they also help to bring down a high temperature. To use this product you simple dissolve in boiling water, I personally like to add a little bit of sugar to sweeten it a little. Adults and children over 12 can have four sachets in each 24hr period as long as each dose is at least four hours apart, children under 12 cannot use this product. Each sachet contains Pararcetamol and Phenylephrine along with aspartame and sucrose, there is 5.2g of sugar in each sachet. There are a couple of warnings on the packet also i.e contains Paracetamol so must not be taken with other Paracetamol products, keep out of reach and sight of children, consult a doctor if pregant and do not take if allergic to any of the ingredients.
Inside the box there are ten individual sachets each with the same pictures as on the box, the sachet is a thick paper so to open you just tear the top off and then place in your cup. These come in two flavours, lemon and blackcurrant I personally prefer the blackcurrant as I find that the lemon ones are a little bit bitter. These do work and do make you feel better but you can feel when the effects are starting to wear off your body, I find that they mainly help my nose throat and temperature and will keep buying these for my medicine cupboard as long as they keep making them.
Over Christmas my fiancé ad myself were both suffering with a nasty cold, usually I would stick to taking the regular Anadin Extra type tablets, but as my fiancé had had the cold before me I had been out and bought him some Lemsip Max Cold & Flu, he had tried a few of the sachets but hadn't been that impressed and gave up with them, so not wanting to waste them I decided to give them a go myself, I was also hoping that the warm lemon drink might warm me up and sooth my aching muscles as shown on the various adverts for this type of cold remedy, it didn't say anything about the nasty horrible taste I would have to suffer as well!!!!
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu comes in a green and red box written at the top of the box are the words Lemsip Max Cold & flu Lemon, this is written in red and yellow writing making it stand out against the dark green background of the box, beneath this is says Phenylephrine HCL Paracetamol (ingredients of the Lemsip) this is in smaller white writing. The bottom half of the box is red in colour and has a picture of a hand holding a yellow mug with steam coming off of it with the words Lemon Flavour written underneath. There is also a list of symptoms that the Lemsip helps to relieve with a tick next to them, these include Headaches, Fever, Blocked Noses, Body Aches & pains and Sore Throats, these are all written in white again allowing them to stand out against the bright red background. The sides and the top of the box have the lemsip logo printed on them which is made up of the words Lemsip Max Cold & Flu with a white sword going through the middle of it. The back of the box is totally white and covered in dark green writing, this consists of directions for use, dosage, ingredients and warnings, all of this information is very clear and written in a way that is simple to understand. Inside the box you get 10 sachets of Lemsip, these sachets are the same dark green and red colour and have the same information written on them as the box.
Ingredients (and what they do)
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu is designed to help relieve all those nasty symptoms you get when you have a cold including aches and pains, sore throats, fevers, headaches and that horrible general aches you get all over. The main ingredients of this product are Paracetamol and Phenylephrine Hydrochloride, which deal with the following symptoms
*Paracetamol 1000mg - This is a analgesic and antipyretic ad helps to relived headaches, sore throats, fever and body aches and pains
* Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 12.2mg - This is a decongestant and helps to relieved blocked noses, helping you to breath easier.
Lemsip Max Cold & flu also contains Vitamin C, sucrose and Aspartame.
Directions of Use
Using Lemsip Max is very simple, each sachet contains a pale yellow powder which has a distinctive lemony smell to it when you tear the top off of the packet, You simply tip one whole sachet of powder into a mug and fill it with hot but not boiling water, although I think the water was boiling a couple of times I used them. You then stir the liquid until the powder has fully dissolved and should you wish you can sweeten to taste with sugar, honey or sweetener, which ever you prefer. Personally I added a couple of teaspoons of sweetener to mine, being diabetic I cannot really use sugar or honey, once everything was fully dissolved I was left with a clear yellowy coloured liquid in my mug. Once the Lemsip was ready I have to admit it smelt quite nice, the fragrance of lemons was quite strong so I was hopeful that it was going to not only be successful in making me feel better but also taste nice, as speaking from experience dissolvable pain killers generally tend to be disgusting!!!!!
How Much To Take
As with all medication it is important to follow the recommended guidelines on the packet when it comes to how much to take. With the Lemsip Max Cold & flu adults and children over 12 years old can take 1 sachet every 4 to 6 hours and must not exceed more than 4 sachets within 24 hours, this is pretty much standard. Children who are under 12 years old should not be given this product unless it is on medical advise.
The Taste Test
Well as I have said the product smelt nice but the next test was going to be the taste and whether it actually worked. Now to be honest I wasn't actually expecting to really be able to taste the lemsip because since I had developed my cold I could not taste a thing, it was like every item of food I ate had no actual taste to it at all. Anyway I took a sip of the Lemsip and was instantly greeted by an absolutely foul taste, something that had no resemblance to lemon at all, it reminded me of a hot version of soluble parasetamol which is basically what Lemsip is, what ever it is it was disgusting. How was it that I couldn't taste anything nice, like my dinner for example but I could taste this foul hot drink. I waited for the remaining Lemsip to cool and decided to go for it and downed the rest of the liquid quickly grabbing something nice to eat to take the horrible taste away, pointless as I couldn't taste anything nice, the only flavour getting through was the nasty lemsip drink, I was not impressed to say the least. Once it was gone and I had recovered from my Lemsip experience I waited for it to kick in and relieve my aches and pains and blocked nose. I think after about an hour I did feel a little better but this was short lived and I was soon feeling ill again. Lemsip was no substitute to my regular pain killers, it did not relieve my cold & flu symptoms as quickly or for as long and to make things worse tasted horrible as well. I tried the Lemsip a few times, giving it a chance to build up in my system but it really wasn't doing enough to make me feel better, the relief I got from the Lemsip was very mild and had very little effect. After trying the Lemsip a few times I decided to give up with it and went back to my regular tablets which made me feel a lot better in a much shorter amount of time. Needless to say I still have several sachets of Lemsip left.
Again warnings are standard when it comes to all medication, the warnings which appear on the back of the Lemsip Max Cold & flu include
*Do not take with any other paracetamol products
*Seek medical advise in the event of an overdose even if you do not feel unwell
*Keep out of reach of children
*If symptoms persist seek advise from your doctor
*Do not take if you are allergic to any of the ingredients
*Do no take if you have heart disease
*Do not take if you have high blood pressure
All pretty much standard warnings with this type of product, but it is also important to take note of these and make sure that you follow these guidelines, they are printed on both the back of the box and on the back of each individual sachet.
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu can be purchased from a variety of shops including Superdrug, Boots and most local supermarkets. The price does vary slightly depending on where you purchase this product from, I brought mine from a local Co op and unfortunately cannot remember exactly how much I paid, however in Superdrug a box of 10 Lemsip Max is being sold for £3.09, this is a standard price for this type of product, however I do not think in the future I would pay this for Lemsip Max purely because I hated the taste of it (despite not being able to taste anything else) and I also found that it did not work as well at relieving my symptoms as well as my regular pain killers, for me this product was over priced but I say this on the basis of it really did not work for me.
In conclusion personally I would not recommend Lemsip Max Cold and Flu, I found that whilst it did slightly relieve cold and flu like symptoms, the effects were not good enough and it did not relieve the symptoms as much as I would have liked it too, or compared to other pain killers, I also found that they had a foul taste to them, hot soluble paracetamol!!!!!! I do not think I could stand taking Lemsip on a regular basis should I have a cold in the future. whilst this product might work for some people it is not one for me and did not really work on me, from now on I shall be sticking to my regular tablets.
For the symptomatic relief of colds and flu including aches and pains, nasal congestion and lowering of temperature.