“ Brand: Lemsip / Type: Coughs, Cold & Flu / Dosage Form: Capsules „
I am one of those people who seem to spend half the winter with a dose of the cold. When I felt a cold starting to develop a few days go, I wandered into Poundland for a cold remedy. I decided to try the Lemsip Max Daytime, as I had a major shopping session planned and didn't want that interrupted!
Lemsips are one of the best known cold and flu remedies, and their Max range of products contains the maximum level of active ingredients allowed in the UK.
The active ingredients in these capsules are:
Paracetamol which is best known for it's painkilling properties and can also help reduce fever.
Caffeine which helps relieve drowsiness
Phenylephrine Hydrochloride which is a decongestant, which helps reduce swelling in the nasal passages, help you breath more easily and can also reduce headaches by reducing pressure on the sinuses. These capsules also contain Tartrazine (E102), for those who may be sensitive to this additive.
Each capsule has powder inside a coloured shell. Each capsule is an approximately 2cm long oblong. Half of the capsule is yellow, the other half is red with Lemsip written on it in white. To take these, you swallow two capsules whole every 4 - 6 hours, with no more than 8 to be taken in any 24 hour period. I can usually tell when the 4 or so hours are up as I start to feel really rubbish again. These are only suitable for those aged 12 years old and over. I do find these easy enough to swallow, although some may struggle due to the size of the capsules.
I bough these on Saturday afternoon when I started to feel the symptoms, and these kept the symptoms at bay for the rest of the afternoon. I have woken up today with a really sore head, runny nose and just feeling rubbish and two of these have helped clear my head enough that I can concentrate on my work better. I also have suffered no side effects from these, but if you feel worse after taking these, always contact your pharmacist or doctor.
I would definitely recommend these to anyone suffering from a cold or flu as a way of helping relieve the symptoms. I'm not sure if these are suitable for vegetarians though, so best to check if you are concerned.
~Lemsip Max Daytime Capsules~
These capsules are designed to relieve the symptoms of a cold and flu including headache, a blocked nose, an achy body and tiredness. Each capsule contains 500mg of paracetamol, 6.1g of phenylephrine hydrochloride and 25mg of caffeine. Important information from the box/leaflet :
*Suitable for those over the age of 12
*The dosage is two capsules with no more than four doses in a 24hr period.
*These capsules are not suitable for those who have allergies to the ingredients, cerain ulcers, high blood pressure or if you have taken antidepressants in the past 14days
*Those who are breastfeeding or pregnant should consult their doctor before taking these capsules
These capsules are designed to be taken during the day but they do offer a multipack which includes night time capsules.
The packaging confirms that this is a Lemsip product and the important product information. The box is mainly green and inside is a foil strip of red and yellow coloured capsules. An information leaflet is also provided.
~Price and Availability~
At present, an 8pk of these capsules is available from Poundland and Poundworld. A 16pk is available from Lloyds Pharmacy priced at £4.09.
I can normally cope with mild cold symptoms by taking regular paracetamol and drinking hot diluting juice. My fiance always buys something designed to directly relieve cold symptoms. Last week, both of us woke up with a stinking cold and sore throat. Unfortuantely, we cannot just stay in bed and feel sorry for ourselves. Work and family life do not allow for this! My fiance used to head to Boots and pick up some tablets but this worked out expensive. Luckily, my local Poundland has a varied selection of cold and flu products and my fiance returned with two x 8pks of the Lemsip Daytime Capsules.
I am still riddled with this cold but alternating these capsules with regular paracetamol and hot drinks, it has been a bit more manageable. I didn't feel the need to take these capsules four times a day and I am glad of this as it would have worked out rather expensive. I did take two at a time over the course of four mornings as I found that I felt worse in the mornings for some reason. Just now, I have a sniffly nose and sore throat but over the last 6 days or so, I have experienced headaches, a blocked nose and a fever thanks to this not so lovely cold.
The capsules aren't huge but those who have issues with swallowing capsules may find them a little daunting. I found that with a large gulp of cold water, each capsule slid down my throat without any issues and no unpleasant taste. As I said, I found it best to take two capsules in the morning. I found them to get to work quickly and relieve mild to moderate discomfort. My headache was eased quite a bit but not completely. One of the ingredients acts as a decongestant and I found that this did help to relieve my blocked nose a little but I prefer the hot drinks for this purpose.
These capsules made my cold a little easier to handle. I found that by taking two in the morning, I was able to get up and do things without feeling so exhausted. This is one things that makes me favour this more than regular paracetamol as the caffeine does help to boost me a little and make me more alert. I found that the capsules worked well for most symptoms and the effects were evident for a few hours. I didn't find them to be ideal for reducing my fever - ibuprofen is more effective for this purpose. They are definitely suited to daytime use as would make me too alert if I took them at bedtime. I experienced no side effects from taking these capsules.
These capsules aren't miracle workers but they do work fairly well. They do not eliminate a cold but you cannot expect them to. They simply make a cold less intrusive on your daily routine and make Angel less grumpy! My fiance found them to be good for taking whilst at work to help relieve his 'man-flu' symptoms as he cannot afford to lose any work time at the moment. He took four over the course of a day and the remaining four the next day and still has the cold. I still have my hot diluting juice though as it is nicer than the Lemsip drinks and you cannot mix the drinks with the capsules as both contain paracetamol - always read the label!
Overall, I would recommend these at £1.00 for an 8pk - they aren't worth anymore than that in my opinion.
Thanks for reading :)
There are occasions when a cold hits you yet you have no choice but to carry on with your day to day routines. I am not good when I'm ill, but we are usually so short staffed at work that I have no choice but to carry on and get through the day.
I picked up the lemsip capsules by chance the last time I was suffering with a head cold, as I needed some quick relief but I can't stand drinking the liquid medicines.
Lemsip Max strength daytime capsules provide relief from headaches, blocked nose, aches, fevers, and a sore throat, with each capsule containing caffeine, paracetamol and a decongestant.
The capsules come in a box of 16 for approximately £2-£3 depending on where you buy them from, and are packaged in blister packs providing easy extraction of each capsule as required.
You are recommended to take one or two capsule every four hours as required, but not to exceed more than eight capsules within a twenty four hour period.
My personal preferences are to take one tablet rather than two as I find them just as effective as if I were to take the two at a time.
The capsules themselves are coated and easy to swallow with liquids. I don't find them any larger than any other paracetamol tablets I have taken, but the nice thing I have always found about the coating is that they don't tend to get stuck in my throat like other tablets do.
When I suffer from a head cold, I generally find my main symptoms are a sluggish, cotton wool filled head, aching shoulders and neck with potentially ear ache and a blocked nose and painful sinuses.
When I take these tablets, I don't find they do anything to alleviate a sore throat, but I think they go a long way to give me some relief from aching and a foggy brain.
Each dose should potentially give you relief for up to four hours, but I genuinely believe this will depend on how severe you're symptoms are.
If I have mild symptoms then one tablet will easily rid my body of every ache and pain and I can get on with the day to day for the full four hours before I begin to feel niggles of pain returning. Should I have been suffering quite badly, then I won't get such great relief for a long period of time, but they capsules do numb the symptoms enough for me to carry on for a while.
By taking tablets during a cold, I never know if I am just suppressing the symptoms and I will be left with the germs for longer because of this, or if I am in fact killing it off in the same amount of time.
I am a firm believer of sweating the germs from your body, but when you have no choice but to work and care for others then these capsules definitely have their place in my life and I will carry on taking them as required when the dreaded head cold strikes.
I absolutely hate having a cold and unfortunately I seem to get them quite a lot and they last for ages, I always feel completely run down when I have a cold and my nose in particular gets either really bunged up or really runny and sore. So I simply dread getting a cold as I usually feel helpless against it as I've tried so many medicines that don't seem to have much effect.
I hadn't actually heard of Lemsip Max, I always thought that Lemsip was just a Hot Drink for colds which I had tried but it hadn't helped me. It was my friend who told me about the Capsules and to be honest I didn't expect much from them since I've had little success in the past with the Lemsip drink. But I had a horrible Head Cold that had been hitting me heavy for almost a fortnight so I was up for trying anything that could potentially offer me a bit of relief.
The Lemsip Max Capsules contain the Active Ingredients; Paracetemol, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride & Caffeine. Once again the list of Ingredients made me pessimistic about whether these would work, I thought they were probably just Glorified Paracetemol with the Lemsip name stamped on them. I had to take 2 Red and Yellow capsules every 4 Hours (a maximum of 6 in 24 Hours), I found that the capsules took about an Hour to take effect but when they did, they did offer me some relief from my cold.
My Nose felt a lot cleared which made breathing for me a lot easier, I also generally didn't feel as sore or achey and more like my normal self. The Caffeine in the capsules also did come in handy as it seemed to stop me from feeling tired and drowsy so I could actually get on with some of my daily tasks. But all of this relief was temporary, considering it took an Hour to really work and then the effects on lasted roughly 2 Hours they aren't exactly a complete fix for your cold. But the Short relief they gave was still nice and I would probably take these again in the future to ease my Symptoms so I can at least get on with some of my day. They were handy for me going to work too as I only work 3 Hours a day so they eased my symptoms for most of my shift.
These capsules are not suitable for Children under the age of 6 and anyone aged 6-12 years should only take 1 capsule every 4 hours and no more than 3 a day. There are quite a lot of Cautions that apply when taking this Medicine so be careful to read the Leaflet that comes with the Medicine to make sure it is suitable for you and don't take any other medicine containing Paracetemol at the same time.
Packs of 8 Capsules cost around £2 and Packs of 16 around £4, it is sold in the majority of Chemists and Supermarkets.
With the word 'Max' in the title, and coming from Lemsip, you would probably expect these Daytime Cold and Flu Capsules to be particularly good. So when the Pharmacist recommended these when I was coming down with a cold a few months back, I was expecting that they would have a positive impact on my illness.
One of the first things that you must appreciate with all of the cold and flu remedies is that they will not actually cure your cold or flu, despite all of the grand claims and media advertising from the companies desperate for your custom. However, what they will do is ease the symptoms of your illness, by treating the aches and pains, the runny nose, the high temperature etc.
These Lemsip capsules will come in a pack of 16 blister packed capsules, and the whole box will retail for about the £3 to £4 mark depending on where you purchase. To take them, you pop 2 out of the blister pack and take them every 4 hours up to a maximum of 8 capsules in a 24 hour period. Children aged 6-12 years can take one every 4 hours up to a maximum of 3 in 24 hours. The main ingredients of each capsule are 500mg of Paracetamol (to treat those aches and pains, and remember the 2 capsules equates to 1000mg of this), 6.1mg of phenylephrine hydrochloride (which is basically a decongestant) and 25mg of caffeine (as a stimulant to keep you awake - hence 'Daytime' in the title).
One point of note, and perhaps a point of personal preference, is the format in which this 'medicine' is presented. Personally, if my cold is minor and I've managed to get out or get to work, then a capsule format is ideal. I can take it discretely in the office and reap the full benefits. However, if I've been totally wacked out by the flu and stuck in bed at home, I've always found something like a hot cup of liquid Lemsip so much better to take because the feel of the warm lemony fluid going down your throat seems to have that warming feeling throughout your body.
Do they work? Personally I find them easy enough to take, they're not overly large or powdery in the mouth, and I tend to find that by the time I've taken the second dose (so 2000mg of Paracetamol in 4 hours), the aches and pains have certainly subsided. The only thing that I find frustrating is the decongestant element of the capsule, because with me, it seems to clear my nose by making it run, which means I'm constantly blowing whatever into a tissue, when what I really want is something to dry my nose up and stop it running. So in my opinion, whilst on the one hand they are very good at treating the aches and pains, on the other they seem to aggravate the problem.
So, are they 'Max' as the title suggests? Well, how do you define 'Max', and against what is that 'Max' measured? You certainly get a good strong dose of Paracetamol, but at over £3 for 2 days supply, would it be cheaper to buy a supermarket's own brand at about 28p a box? The decongestant is nice, but to me it just aggravated the problem. As I said at the start, ultimately what these drugs are trying to do is to ease the symptoms of your cold and flu, and you could probably achieve that for very much cheaper than the cost to purchase these Lemsip capsules.
In summary, whilst these capsules do have some benefits, to me I could get the same effect from normal supermarket own label painkillers. So if you're happy to spend your money, then these are a 4 star recommendation, but to me, I can only recommend 3 stars.
If you're looking to get the most effective relief from a remedial product such as Lemsip, then quite often the powdered form is the best choice, as you can make it with hot water and allow the aroma to permeate through your nose at the same time as sipping the soothing liquid, helping, your nose and throat on the way down to tackling the bug that's got your system bugged.
However, this isn't particularly practical if you're on the move, and so taking Lemsip in capsule form is a very efficient way of just popping a capsule in your mouth, swallowing it and letting it slowly dissolve when it gets down to your innards. For the purposes of general paracetamol, I honestly don't find a lot of difference between what each store sells and even the various different brands they have, but when it comes to something a bit stronger that'll get rid of not just a cold but also flu like symptoms, then I generally turn to Lemsip.
These capsules come in packs of 16, and should cost you around the £3 mark, although this will naturally depend on where you go. Each capsule is individually sealed in, and it's a cylindrical small soft covered capsule. Some people may find it hard to swallow without liquid, but I manage just fine without anything to help it down.
So does it work? Well, I often find that having these on a regular basis does help get rid of the cold, and on the occasions when the cold has degenerated into something a bit more serious such as flu, they've helped too. The only thing I'd say is that I always find it hard to actually tell whether anything is happening. It takes about 20 mins to half an hour before you start feeling better, but by this time I've generally tried other remedies as well, and without having that feeling of the aroma in the nose and the liquid soothing the throat, I find it quite hard to know for sure that something good is being done.
However, I suppose it's important to have faith, and ultimately, each time I have used these there have been positive results. I find the remedial powers last for quite a while as well, fading gradually, and this helps you work out when you'd need to take another one. There are some products that you'll find the effects wear off a lot quicker, and symptoms of illness can come flooding back. At least Lemsip manages to hold it off for a while to give you chance to 'top up', as it were.
Do I think these are worth getting? Well, it really depends on your lifestyle. I'm not on the move all that much, and tend to be able to get to a kettle and mug wherever I am, and so whenever I need it, I tend to go for the powdered form to make a hot drink and have that initial nose and throat soothing feeling. However, if you do need to something ready to hand while you're on the move, then these capsules are reliable and worth it. They're handy to have in your bag or pocket, and easy enough to swallow. Most importantly, they get the job done.
I can put up with most sniffles and colds but every now and then I get knocked back by a real awful cold and it's then that I reach for something to help with the symptoms. I appreciate that there isn't and probably never will be, a cure for the cold but anything to help is always welcome. Usually, when I get under the weather I choose the lemsip drinks - they don't taste the best but they work for me however this time, they didn't have the drinks and so I had to resort to the capsules.
On the front of the box is a red tick, above this is covered green and below it is red. On the area above the tick it tells me that it is Lemsip Max Cold and Flu capsules. On the green area below the tick there is a picture of two capsules and it tells me that it helps with: headaches, fever, blocked nose, body aches and pains and a sore throat. There is also a black bar across the bottom to tell me that they contain paracetamol.
On the side of the packet there is the batch number and the expiry date which is three years on.
The back of the pack has directions, ingredients and warnings.
Suitability And Warnings
These are not suitable for children under 6 and a reduced dosage should be given to children under 12. They should also not be taken if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, if you have a heart condition, if you have high blood pressure or an overactive thyroid, if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor within the last 14 days or if you have weakened arteries in either the brain or the heart.
You should also talk to your doctor before taking them if you are pregnant, have poor circulation to your hands or feet, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure or if you take tricyclic antidepressents, barbiturates or other decongestants. You should also seek advice before taking these if you have a problem with your liver or kidneys or if you have a history of stomach ulcers or non-cirrhotic liver disease. They may also interact with other medications and so if you are taking anything else then seek advice before taking these.
There is a list of side effects given in the enclosed leaflet and you should consult your doctor if you experience any of these or any not listed.
If however, you manage to get this far after all that(!) then they are safe for children over 6 at a reduced dose and everyone over 12 at the full dosage.
The dosage for children between 6 and 12 is 1 capsule every four hours, not exceeding 4 in 24 hours.
The dosage for adults and children over 12 years is 2 capsules every 4 hours. Not exceeding 8 capsules in 24 hours.
The active ingredients are: paracetamol 500mg, caffeine 25mg and phenylephrine hydrochloride 6.1mg.
Paracetamol is included to reduce aches and pains, including headaches and to reduce a fever.
Caffeine is included to prevent drowsiness.
Phenylephrine hydrochloride is included to reduce swelling in the nose to help you breathe better. It also reduces pressure caused by swollen nasal passages which can lead to headaches.
Other ingredients are: starch, croscarmellose sodium, sodium laurilsulfate, magnesium stearate, sterilised talc, gelatin, E171. E131, E127, E104 and aluminium hydroxide.
Taking The Capsules
These capsules come in blister packs of 8 capsules per pack. Each capsule is easy to pop out and simply involves pressing the back of the pack in order to remove the capsule from the packaging. The capsules are rather large - about 2cm long. One half is coloured yellow, the other half red. I do find the size of them can make them more difficult then others to swallow but they do go down fairly easily with a glass of water. Being a capsule there is no real taste except that of plastic but this doesn't last long at all since the water washes it away.
After about half an hour I notice that my headache started to ease. I didn't actually have a temperature when I took these so can't comment on how these in particular work in relation to that but I have found that paracetamol can help to reduce a fever, although it doesn't remove it completely. I know this claims to help with a sore throat but I didn't really find this at all and I ended up buying separate throat lozenges in order to help with this. As for bodily aches and pains and a blocked nose I would say that it did help to some degree although it didn't remove it completely.
The effects of these probably lasted around 2.5 to 3 hours so not the 4 hours I needed them to as there was an hour after they wore off before I could take them again. Overall though I would recommend these so long as you bear in mind that they are not, and don't claim to be, a cure for the cold or flu. They just help to take the edge off the symptoms in order for you to feel that little bit better and at this I would say that they do a relatively good job. I also didn't experience any drowsiness when taking them.
Although I would still prefer the Lemsip drink over capsules or tablets I wouldn't be disappointed if I had to use these again.
I'm going to give them four out of five. They do work well to help take that little bit off the symptoms enabling me to get on with my day as well as I can but they don't cure the cold or flu. They also contain a lot of paracetamol which I realize is one of the main reasons they work so well but 1000mg is a lot of paracetamol to take each time (500mg per capsule) and there are a lot of E numbers that as far as I can see do nothing except colour the capsule itself.
These contain paracetamol so it is essential that when taking these you do not take any other product with paracetamol in. It is very easy to overdose on this and the effects of an overdose can be life threatening so check all products carefully.
Also since these contain gelatin they are not suitable for vegetarians.
Price And Availability
I bought my box of 16 capsules from the local chemist for £3.89 for 16 capsules. They are however widely available in both supermarkets and chemists for between £3 and £5. I believe they also do smaller box sizes if required but I have found 16 to be about right for one person - That provides two days worth if taken at the full dose.
They also sell boxes with both day and night capsules where ones to be taken during the day are red and yellow and ones to be taken at night being coloured red and dark blue. The difference being that the night ones don't contain caffeine allowing you to sleep.
At the moment I am sat in front of my laptop feeling dreadful (though to be fair not as dreadful as I did a couple of days ago lol). I don't know whether I have a cold or flu but whatever it is, its making me feel very grumpy indeed....worse still I have a date with a hotty tomorrow and a couple of days knowing this in advance I popped to Boots and pleaded with the pharmacist to help me get through this and to my date without snivelling and having a nose like a Rudolph preferably! I want to blow him away not blow germs in his direction and make him ill after-all!
The pharmacist showed me these and told me that they help with all cold and flu symptoms basically, my worse ones being a headache I can't see to get rid of and a sore throat that makes me sound very butch indeed along with the usual occasional sneeze and cough attack. These being a none drowsy formula suit me as I suffer with M.E and really don't need anything that makes me feel more tired so I parted with £2.00 and felt quite hopeful with my purchase.
The capsules come in a dark green cardboard box with a yellow and red tick on the front of it and a picture of the capsules and we are told that they are Lemsip Max Daytime Cold & Flu Relief 'Paracetamol, caffeine, phenylephines HCL' and I am told again that they contain paracetamol and that there are 8 in my box. Other information on the back of the box includes being told how to use them, warnings are listed as are the ingredients, inside there is a pamphlet giving you a little more information about the tablets and then there is a plastic white tray with foil backing on which you pop the tablets out of, again on the foil section we are clearly told what they are. Finally on the box contact details for Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare UK are given (the manufacturer of the product). Informative enough box and the tablets pop out of the tray with ease and of course there is enough information given on the pamphlet and on the box to make an informed choice.
All you do with these yellow and red long plastic plastic coated Capsules (with lots of white powder inside) is take 2 of them with a drink every 4 hours to a maximum of 4 doses in 24 hours. Children 6-12 years can take one tablet every 4 hours also and these are meant to be particularly appropriate for daytime use.
They are rather large in size but easy to swallow, contain no smell or taste and for me I found these really easy to take with a glass of water (any liquid will do of course...though not alcohol lol).
These of course contain (per capsule) 500mg of paracetamol which is an analegic & antipyreitic which helps with headaches, sore throats, fevers and body aches and pains. This means an adult is getting 1000mg of paracetamol per 2 capsules which is a really high dosage. Within this there is 25g of caffeine per capsule as well which is to help combat tiredness and sleepiness so this is why they are suitable for daytime use and are meant to help you stay alert. There is also 6.1g pf phenylphrine hydrochloride in each capsule which is a decongestant to help with a blocked nose. So full of all things good these are!
For me I find these very helpful to me indeed. With a box of 8 of them I found that to be a full days worth of capsules and whilst they haven't cured my cold or flu completely and I did need more than one box of them for continuous relief over the past couple of days they do have their benefits.
I find these to help keep my headache at bay and to help to allow me to breath more easily. My sore throat is eased however like I say they haven't cured anything as such. They have kept my temperature down rather alot though as I was burning up at the start but although I can breath more easily I still am coughing alot though not sneezing as much as I did without taking them.
These are rather expensive at about £2.00 a box for 8 capsules (in all good supermarkets and chemists) which is really only one days relief but I like these for my headache as the paracetamol dosage within them is high like I stated earlier and they do help me breath better and at least now I don't feel like I'm chewing on glass as my throat isn't as sore!
These do come in different sizes I paid about £2.00 for 8 of them though they are also available in boxes of 16 costing about £3.59 a box in Boots.
Lemsip Cold & Flu is the first thing I turn to when I start to feel a cold coming on. But I question whether I should bother.
At about £4 for 8, they're not exactly cheap. And 8 probably won't even last you the day. Having said that, they aren't terrible. I think all things like this are, to a certain degree, placebos. Yet I still take them.
These are good in the sense that they don't make you drowsy. Always handy when you have to drive and work. But they aren't exactly Max Strength. Sure, they soothe, and you nose does noticably stop running. But if you have a bad headache, it won't have much of an effect. It certainly doesn't help with a sore throat. And as for aches and pains.... to a degree it get rid of some of them, like a sore neck, but not that horrible all-over feeling. Don't get me wrong, these aren't terrible. But my advice is to use the hot drink sachets rather than the tablets. That way, you get that soothing feeling from a lemony hot drink, with the vapours unblocking your nose. The drink actually helps your sore throat as well. They're also cheaper.
On the whole, these are useful, but, like me, I'm sure you'll get into the habit of reaching for them when you have a cold. Think they're more effective being taken before you go to bed. Seriously, they aren't brilliant, and the drinks are better, if only psychologically.
I am one of those people that if I get a cold, I really suffer, so I always try and dose up as soon as I think one is starting, and these capsules have worked out the best for me.
I tend to take these if I feel a cold coming, not when the cold has arrived and I'm all sniffy and watery eyed. I am not saying these are a wonder cure, but they do seem to keep a cold at bay for me.
One packet of these costs around £3.00 for 16 capsules, and they tend to last me a while as I find that if I take two when I feel the onset of a cold, it stays away, so then I can put them away for next time.
I only take these as I can't stomach the lemsip drinks, I know that they are also very effective but the just the smell of them makes me fell really sick, so these capsules are a great alternative, I don't know if they are necessarily better than the drinks but they are quicker and easier and they don't make me feel ill.
As these are capsules, I find them easy to swallow as they have that glossy coating on them. The packets that they come in though use particularly thick paper, so sometimes it's a bit tricky to pop them out of, but that is only a niggle not really a flaw.
I would really recommend these if you can feel a cold starting.
I have never had as many head colds in the past as I have had recently and for about the third time in as many months I have yet another cold. Once again I am going through the motions of sneezing, coughing and feeling generally rough and have had to resort to taking some over-the-counter medication.
I have in the past used Lemsip's 'Cold and Flu direct' powdered sachets and found them to be very effective but as these have recently been on special offer in Tesco at half price they have flown off the shelves and are seemingly difficult to track down at the moment. Instead I have had to resort to using another product from Lemsip their "Lemsip Max Daytime Cold & Flu Relief Capsules" which have been on offer for £2.00 per box of 16.
What are they?
Combining the active ingredients of Paracetomol, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride and Caffeine Lemsip claim that these capsules are specially formulated to help keep you going through the day. A two capsule dosage will provide 1000mg of Paracetomol, 12.2mg of Phenylephrine Hydrochloride and 50mg of caffeine and the dosage recommendations advise a 4 hour interval between doses and not to exceed 8 tablets in a 24 hour period.
Do they work?
I have been taking regular doses since my cold started to come out on Monday and now after 3 days of sticking to the recommended amount I have to say that my cold is beginning to lift. Once I have taken a couple of capsules I find that after 20-30 minutes my headache seems to subside and I do feel brighter and more awake; I do put this down to the obvious combination of Paracetomol and caffeine and I can't help but think that regular Paracetomol and a mug of coffee may have given the same results.
I can't say that they do a lot for my runny nose or that general 'unwell' feeling I have, but over the course of the last 3 days I have felt better each day so that could be down to the capsules or it could just be my cold taking its natural course. Either way I do feel a lot better today than I did on Monday so that's got to be a good thing, I just can't say whether this is down to these capsules or not.
I don't find them as effective as the powders that I have had before from Lemsip and think this is because they are administered directly onto your tongue I found them to be much better at clearing up a runny nose and tickly cough whereas these capsules didn't really dampen down those symptoms, so overall I am in two minds about these.
I would buy these again only if the 'Cold and Flu direct' powders were unavailable, however given the choice I would always go for the direct powders first. They do provide relief I have to say, but just not as quick or efficiently and for the price I paid £2.00 I think they were a bit on the expensive side.
Supermarket own branded Cold and Flu remedies and just regular Paracetomol may have been just as effective so a fair rating from me would be 3/5 Dooyoo stars.
If for some reason you cannot take powder directly onto your tongue then these would be an alternative, but I personally wouldn't rush out to get these the next time I come down with a cold.
Thanks for reading.