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      02.08.2013 13:19
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      A good product that helped me reduce my cough and get a good sleep

      Item: Night Nurse Capsules
      Price: £3.45
      Size: 10 capsules
      Bought in: Boots

      Cogiebear warning - This is a behind the counter medicine review on how I find the results of the tablets, the price and the packaging. If you read this and think you need them or a similar product please ask the pharmacist first, don't just go on my review as you may react differently or need another product. Better be safe than sorry xxx

      Packaging and overall look:
      The capsules come in a bright green and blue cardboard box. Box size 10 x 7 x 2.5cm. The cardboard is sturdy and if you pack these away in the medicine cabinet between uses, the box will stand up to a few bumps and knocks about, which is ideal as it has a lot of relevant dosage/ingredients information on it and so does the leaflet that comes in the box, so best to keep both until finished using the product. The words "Night Nurse" are written in large letters across the top and sides of the box so you can see quickly what product it is. The box also has a large green cross in a white circle in the front to indicate that these are a medicine product. The box details the ingredients and how to use the tablets and advises you when to consult your doctor and what to do in case of an overdose. All very useful information. The back of the box also has a brail message (I'm not sure what it says but I imagine it is at least the name of the product). The capsules come in a thick plastic tray with indentations that the capsules sit within. These are sealed over with a thick foil backing that has the words Night Nurse written repeatedly across the back. So even if you had to cut a strip off to take these away from the house, you will still always know what the product is from the foil backing. To get the capsules out you press the back of the tray and force it out through the foil. This is easy to do and shouldn't cause too much effort if you are feeling unwell. The capsules are 2cm long by 0.5cm wide. They are white and green and also say Night Nurse on them. So even if they are out of the packaging you know what they are. The packaging is high quality and will last well. The details on the outer and inner are both very informative and you will always know what product you are using.

      What is Night Nurse for?
      Here are the basic details from the packaging to give you an idea of why/when you would be using Night Nurse.
      ***Taken from the packaging:
      For colds and flu, relieves: tickly cough, shivers, aches and pains, runny nose, sore throat pain, headache - and so aids sleep.
      End of details from packaging***

      Why did I Buy Night Nurse?
      I bought Night Nurse after visiting the pharmacy in Boots and explaining that I had been kept awake all night with a cough that seemed to get worse at night when my throat became dry. The pharmacist recommended tickly cough, cough bottle for the day and to ensure I treated the cough at night time and slept through the night, Night Nurse.

      How to take and did they work for me?
      There are clear instructions on the back of the box and the pharmacist will advise you exactly how to take these tablets dependant on your personal circumstances but in general you are advised to take your relevant dosage "just before bed, with a glass of water". I did this on the first night but found that I was still awake a good 90 mins after I had wanted to get to sleep, so on the second night I took then around 50 mins before my usual bedtime and I did feel myself start to get sleepier and more relaxed just as I was going to bed, so found they kicked in at a better time for me. I don't drive or look after children so being sleepy wasn't an issue for me, but be careful if you are driving or looking after kids as the reactions may vary and you don't want to become too relaxed or sleepy before you are in your bed. The ingredients that deal with tickly coughs stopped me coughing all night and so I managed to get a good sleep through which I'm sure in turn helped me to feel better the next day. The tablets also contain Paracetamol so the pain from coughing was also reduced too. Night Nurse dealt with my problem and helped reduce coughing at night time and allowed me to sleep right through. If I suffer from the other symptoms such as shivers, flu, headache I will go back and use these again as the pharmacist advised that they are useful to have handy for nights when you have a full flu bug too.

      Also worth a mention:
      The capsules for me were easy to swallow, but the capsule outer can get stuck to your tongue if you pop it in your mouth without a drink of water. I like to have a sip of water so my mouth is wet before I pop the capsule in then it doesn't stick to my tongue.

      Overall for my specific issue, on the second night (when I took it slightly before bed time) this product worked even better and I will use again.

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      16.04.2013 19:34
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      These capsules are very good at helping me to sleep when I am sick

      WHAT IS IT?

      Tablets that have been developed for you to get a good night sleep when you are sick.  

      HOW DO YOU TAKE THEM?

      You swallow 2 capsules with a glass of water just before you go to bed.  They will help you to sleep so you should take them only at night time but Night Nurse make medications that can be used in the day called Day Nurse but I don't think they are so effective. 

      DO THEY WORK?

      I am very happy with Night Nurse and have taken them for the last 3 nights because I have got a cold that is making it hard for me to go to sleep at night.  Night Nurse capsules have got paracetamol, a small amount of sedative and cough medicine and all of them together make me feel a little bit better so that I can get to sleep and stay asleep for as long as I can.  I do not think it helps very much with my symptoms but I buy them only to help me sleep and they do that so I am very happy. 

      WHAT I THINK

      I am happy that a friend recommended these because I have got a very busy life and I need to work even if I am sick.  I am a beautician so I can not let a lacking of sleep affect my work because it would disappoint my ladies.

      I take 2 capsules about 10 minutes before I go to bed and they help me to go to sleep.  You can not use them with anything else that has got paracetamol in so it is a pity that Night Nurse does not stop me from aching very much when I have got a cold but I think it brings my fever down and that is what makes it easier for me to go to sleep. 

      I do not ever have to take more over the night but Night Nurse makes it hard for me to wake up so that I have to tell my husband to listen out for our daughter in the night because I am scared that I would not be able to hear her cry.  The capsules are very easy to swallow even though they look like they are longer than other tablet capsules.  

      ANYTHING ELSE

      A box of Night Nurse capsules costs £3.69.  You only get 10 capsules for that but you only have to take 2 every day so one box should last you for as long as your cold is keeping you awake. 

      4 Dooyoo Stars. 

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      04.04.2013 10:28
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      A fantastic capsule from Night Nurse that helps me sleep and rest at night.

      I have an auto-immune disease and this can mean that I suffer from colds and the flu much more than other people without a disease. I hate having to have tablets and go to see the doctor all of the time so sometimes I try to self medicate at home if I know it is just a routine illness that will pass.

      Being ill with a cold or flu is never a nice experience, for anyone, and sometimes I will spend several days in a row in bed just recovering from my nasty symptoms. Sometimes it isn't that straight forward though and I have work or other things to attend to that require me to be up and out the door in the morning looking (but not necessarily feeling) like I am as right as rain.

      Nights are really important to me when I am ill, like many people I assume, because I need to have a rested night to ensure that I am able to force myself out of bed in the morning. Night nurse capsules are ideal for this as they are specifically designed to be used at night, when I often feel my worst, and they are ideal for helping me to get a good nights sleep when I am feeling miserable, snotty, tired and horrible.

      Night nurse capsules are not cheap, £3.69 for 10 from Boots, however I don't seem to be able to find them in either Tesco or Asda. Obviously this is disappointing but there are a couple of items I can only buy in Boots that I normally stock up on when picking up Night Nurse. These tablets contain paracetamol 500mg, hydrochloride 10mg and hydrobromide 7.5mg. Now I am not sure what two of these ingredients do but I know that these tablets make me drowsy when I take two of them and they help me get to sleep in no time. Obviously you should not drive, drink or operate machinery after using these, which I don't!

      I take my tablets literally as I am planning on going to bed. I usually take them after I have brushed myself and had a wash so that I really am ready to climb in to bed. I always take my two tablets with a small glass of orange juice, to try and boost my Vitamin C at the same time, and the tablets are simple to swallow and I have no problems with them even if I have a sore or swollen throat. I only ever use these tablets at night, just two of them, and I never re-dose as I find that these are effective and two is all I need.

      Within about 15 or 20 minutes of taking these tablets I am able to start relaxing and gradually drift off to sleep. My symptoms, which can vary but often include a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, coughs, sneezes and a headache are relieved and these tablets get to work very fast. I can feel them working just before I drift off to sleep and I do start to feel drowsy not long after this. I usually take these tablets and then read my Kindle for a little while but I often wake up in the morning to find that I have fell asleep with my Kindle in the bed as I was hit so suddenly by the wave of sleepiness. I usually find that tablets take a long time to work for me and have a small effect on me but these tablets are absolutely fantastic. If I am suffering from a cold or the flu then these tablets are a god send for me. They help to ensure that I have a decent amount of sleep and I am usually able to sleep for at least 5 or 6 hours before I start to wake up feeling a little unwell again.

      These tablets are effective at stopping all symptoms of cold or flu for me, including an achy body which is what usually prevents me from sleeping so that in itself is a God send for me. I am definitely much more rested and feel a lot better for taking these than I would be without them. I get much more sleep after I have took two of these than I normally would when ill and that alone makes these worse every penny.

      Overall I have nothing but good things to say about Night Nurse capsules. They help me to rest and therefore recover quicker when I am suffering from a cold or flu bout. I will definitely continue to buy these, despite them rarely being on special offer and not being available in lots of stores now, as they work so well for me and help me be effectively knocked out for 5 or 6 hours every night that I use them without fail. I am rating these 5/5 and feel they are very worthy of this rating!

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      11.02.2013 21:23
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      A great product to help give you a decent nights sleep you need

      It is never nice having a cold especially when the day has to continue as normal. We'd all like to sink beneath the duvet and recover in the warm. Unfortunately life isn't so kind and it has to carry on. Therefore, we tend to take as much as possible in form of relief to help us get through the day but then of course you get to the night knowing your probably in for a long night. For me, there is one product I can rely on.

      That product happens to be Night Nurse Capsules. I have tried and tested numerous cold and flu capsules over the years but for me getting a good night sleep when suffering from a horrid cold is Night Nurse. You can get Day Nurse capsules too but for me getting a good night sleep is what is required to help get me through the day.

      == What are they? ==

      Night Nurse capsules have been specifically formulated to provide you with a complete nigh time cold and flu treatment as they manage to quickly relieve the symptoms associated with a cold such as runny nose, dry cough, aches, pains and sore throat pain. Obviously by relieving these symptoms means you can drift off and enjoy a decent nights sleep and hopefully the next day you are feeling better.

      Each capsule contains Paracetamol 500mg, Promethazine Hydrochloride 10mg, Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide 7.5mg. Night Nurse do advise that these may cause drowsiness so it is recommended that you take the suggested dose, do not drink or operate machinery.

      == Packaging ==

      The capsules come in a pack of 10 and come in green and blue packaging. The front of the box has the Night Nurse brand name together with a list of the symptoms they help relieve as well as the key ingredients. On the back of the box it features more information about the product such as dosage information, warnings etc. Inside the box there is a more informative leaflet should you need it.

      == In Use ==

      Night Nurse recommend that you take 2 tablets with a glass of water just before bedtime. There is no point taking them during the day as it defeats the whole point of the tablets! The tablets come in a blister pack and are easy to remove and you are quickly presented with a blue and green capsule which is smooth and very easy to swallow being about 1cm in size. I should obviously point out that these capsules are not for any one under the age of 12 and you should not take them at all if you have already had 4 doses of paracetemol during the day.

      I have used Night Nurse capsules for the past few years as I find that they are the best product to help me get a decent nights sleep and I find that I need to take them literally before my head hits the pillow as I do find them quite hard hitting. I tend to take them and read a book (well e-reader) and within about 10 minutes I am struggling to keep my eyes open and that my once runny nose was slowly starting to stop!

      I find that once taken they really don't long to kick in and you can start to feel your once achy body start to relax which obviously makes for a better night. I do find that these can be quite strong and once my eyes are closed I'm then fast asleep until my alarm goes which means that I get a decent nights sleep and I can wake up feeling a bit more relaxed and getting back to my normal self.

      == Overall ==

      I really find these a god send when I have a cold. They manage to give me a decent nights sleep that I crave during the day and help me get better a lot quicker. They really do give you a decent night sleep by relieving your cold/flu symptoms. I could recommend them until I'm blue in the face and can easily give them 5 stars.

      == Product Information ==

      Brand: Night Nurse
      Size: 10 capsules
      Price: £3.69 (Boots Feb 2013)

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        20.08.2012 13:05
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        Medication for a good night's sleep through colds or flu, that provides exactly that.

        I find this very useful if I have a cold and need a good night's sleep. Night Nurse Capsules are designed to be taken just before bed to suppress cold and flu symptoms and let you get a good night's sleep.

        Normally bought over the counter or from a pharmacist, they come in a blue and green card packet, with the capsules inside blister packs inside it. The packet is perfectly sized to tuck into a bag or if necessary a pocket, but this isn't really a product you need to use while out and about since it exists to make you sleep.

        Dosage is very simple: Two tablets just before bedtime with a glass of water, adults only and not to be taken by under twelves. In practice, I tend not to bother with the glass of water, and foudn that one pill can still have an effect, it just doesn't last as long.

        I did find the warning on the side: "May cause drowsiness" amusing. It's much in the same vein as "May contain peanuts" on the side of a packet of salted peanuts. Since the purpose of the medication is to let you sleep through a heavy cold, this would be rather expected. It's also an understatement - "puts you out like a light" would be closer. If you need similar cold relief during the day without drowsiness, its sister product Day Nurse is a better choice.

        Whenever I have taken this, I have found it actually lets me sleep through the night, suppressing the coughs and other problems that keep me awake. The other advantage is that it gives you a chance to rest and recover, which I've found shortens the duration of colds over all.

        If you are taking other medication do check with your pharmacist or doctor before taking Night Nurse as they contain paracetamol, and can also counteract other drugs such as those that encourage cold symptoms, e.g. one thing it does do is to suppress coughing, so if you need to cough stuff up it probably isn't the best medication for you.

        As well as capsules, Night Nurse is also available in a Liquid syrup form. I prefer the capsules, as the liquid form has a strong taste and consistency that I find makes it difficult to swallow. The capsules are also easier to carry and use when travelling, with no measuring cup to wash out. If you need ongoing Day and Night cold relief, there are also combined packets of Day and Night Nurse capsules available, enough for two or three days.

        It's not cheap, at £3 to £4 for a small pack, but the capsules do keep for a year or so, so one pack can see you through several colds.

        In summary, this is one of the staple treatments for colds in our house, and it really is excellent if you need to sleep and cold or flu won't let you nod off. I'd recommend it.

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        21.04.2012 23:37

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        I currently have the flu at the moment and I'm finding hard to breathe. I read the reviews on here and other sites about Night Nurse, I read things like 'sends you to sleep straight away', 'I got better straight away'. I knew these sounds too good to be true but I bought it anyway as a colleague recommended it as well. Well I read the instructions and the first alarm bells started to ring when I read 'May cause drowsiness' and 'Consult your doctor if this medicine makes you drowsy'. So it's not meant to send you to sleep? I've taken it and I don't feel any different. I can't sleep at all and I'm in for a rough night. Thanks for nothing Night Nurse, I will be taking it back for a full refund.

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        10.04.2011 12:17
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        A good cold and flu medicine

        When I am ill, I hate not being able to sleep. I have a pretty busy life normally and being without sleep can really mess up my routine. When I had flu just before Christmas, I was way too busy to be ill so I decided to try Night Nurse Capsules. I had never taken anything from Night Nurse before but I figured it couldn't hurt to try something new as regular cold and flu tablets weren't really doing much.

        == What they claim to do ==
        Night Nurse Capsules claim to 'provide a complete night-time cold and flu treatment by quickly providing relief from major cold and flu symptoms'. Some of the symptoms that can be relieved with these capsules are: headaches, coughs, sore throats and runny noses, amongst other things. Night Nurse say that relieving these symptoms will help you get a better night's sleep.

        == Price and availability ==
        Although Night Nurse Capsules are widely available from major supermarkets and other shops like Superdrug and Wilkinsons, I bought mine from Boots. On their website, they can be bought for £3.63. This price is for a box containing 10, 500mg capsules. I'm sure the price will vary from shop to shop but I think anything under £4 is very reasonable for a product like this as long as it works.

        == Packaging ==
        Night Nurse Capsules come in a very bright, blue and green box. One of the main reasons why I bought this product was due to the packaging. It stood out a lot compared with other medicines and I liked the colour of the box. I know this isn't really how you should choose a medicine but as I had never used something like this before, I had no idea where to start. The box also has a quite big green cross in the top, right hand corner, showing that it is a medicine. The front of the box states what the capsules claim to do while the back of the box gives directions for use, ingredients as well as any warnings.

        == Ingredients ==
        Paracetamol , Promethazine Hydrochloride, Dextromethorphan Hydro bromide, Lactose, dimeticone, colloidal anhydrous silica, gelatin, and colours erythrosine (E127), patent blue V (E131), quinoline yellow (E104) and titanium dioxide (E171).

        == Directions for use ==
        Night Nurse Capsules are suitable for anyone over the age of 12. These capsules are not suitable for children under 12 due to the high dose of paracetamol. For people able to take these capsules, it is recommended that you take 2, with a drink of water, just before going to bed. I decided to take mine about half an hour before I wanted to go to sleep just because it normally takes me a while to fall asleep anyway. These should also not be taken if you have taken anything else containing 4 doses of paracetamol during the day.

        == Do they work? ==
        After taking the recommended 2 capsules a little while before heading off to bed, I was hoping that they would kick in quickly. However, in addition to the half hour before hand, I was still laying in bed, awake and coughing a lot nearly an hour later. These capsules are certainly not fast working. That being said, once they did finally kick in, I had quite a lovely night's sleep. I only woke up once in the night to get a drink and found that I was able to get back to sleep very quickly. When I woke up, about 10 hours later, I was very surprised at how much better I felt. I don't really know if it was the effects of the capsules or because I finally got a good night's sleep but I felt so much better. My flu symptoms were still there but not nearly as bad. Unlike the previous day, where I felt like I couldn't do anything, I felt like I could actually get up and get on with some things.

        == Overall ==
        Even though these take a while to start working, they are well worth the money. I think they do a much better job overall than any other cold and flu medicine, mainly because they enabled me to get some decent sleep, instead of being awake most of the night. For under £4 these are great value for money but I think I would still pay more than this if I had to.

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          09.04.2011 05:20
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          An expensive but very effective medicine for when you need a good symptom free sleep when ill

          In the last few years, I've only been ill and unable to sleep due to this a few times, but during those times, I've used Night Nurse Capsules to great effect, and I consider them to be a strong, hard-working medicine when colds, coughs and flu-like symptoms are keeping me awake.

          These capsules are designed to fight a range of symptoms, but mainly headaches, runny noses, coughs, aches and pains, fever and pain from a sore throat, according to the box. I paid £3.99 for my box of 10 capsules, which I thought was a lot, but I had had them recommended by a friend and decided to use them only when absolutely necessary!

          The green and blue box is simple and effective in design, with a big 'first aid' cross on the front, and full instructions on taking them inside the box. As instructed, I took 2 of the medium sized, easy to swallow capsules just before bed and around 30 minutes later began to feel myself getting drowsy, but also more free from the runny nose and cough symptoms. It's no wonder that you're not meant to drive or operate heavy machinery under the influence of these, as they practically knocked me out! Seriously, these can only be taken at night as instructed, when you'd be asleep otherwise they would seriously hamper your senses during the day! Use Day Nurse if you want symptom relief during the day!

          I found that I had a much better quality of night's sleep when taking these tablets for the few days it took my bug to go away. I barely woke up throughout the night and although I was a little groggy the next morning after taking these, I felt much better for sleeping a full night uninterrupted.

          Aside from relieving some of my symptoms at night, I felt the main benefit of the Night Nurse Capsules were their ability to give my body a chance to rest fully and work on fighting off illness properly. I would have gotten better in time anyway, as it was just a bug, but I felt the process was speeded up by several full sleeps.

          Overall, I can recommend these capsules. They are not cheap, but they work, and if you're getting to the point when ill when you're longing for a good night's sleep then they will definitely help you.

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          30.03.2011 04:34
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          Help you sleep and ease the aching, a top notch medicine

          Night Nurse is used to relieve cold and flu symptoms and works in helping you sleep and rest at a time when this is massively important for recovery and your immune system.

          Night Nurse contains paracetamol, promethazine which is a mild sedative and dextromethorphan a cough suppressant, so with these three ingredients the product eases pain, helps you sleep and stops you coughing and spluttering, or that is the theory behind these three powerful substances.

          Over the years I have varied which products I use, ranging from simple aspirin to new fangled cold and flu sachets to traditional remedies like this, I have found they all seem to have similar effect, they knock you out ever so slightly, which is good for me as I generally struggle to sleep, and this allows your body some recovery time.

          These do work a treat as they help you sleep by relieving the unease and general feeling of awfulness and then give you a little bit of help to remain asleep, the good thing about their capsule form also is that they are easy to take in a moment.

          The capsules have been specifically created to deal with the following common health problems:

          Headache
          Runny nose
          Dry, tickly cough
          Shivers, aches and pains
          Sore throat pain

          They are only recommended to be taken before sleep as if you took them at work, you could end up falling asleep at your desk or driving home in a state which is not safe for you or other road users. You take 2 capsules before bed with water and then let them get to work.

          Ingredients:

          Paracetamol , Promethazine Hydrochloride, Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide, Lactose, dimeticone, colloidal anhydrous silica, gelatin, and colours erythrosine (E127), patent blue V (E131), quinoline yellow (E104) and titanium dioxide (E171).

          These capsules should not be taken with other medication and definitely not after alcohol, so please be careful.

          They are available in every supermarket and all good chemists, we bought our last pack from Boots for £3.99 but got an extra pack free so it worked out very well indeed. They should be saved for when you really need them to ensure they aren't used like sweets, but when you do use them they generally help ease pain and aching very quickly, and they do help you get a goods night sleep which is always natures best cure for sickness.

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          Although having a Cold is bad enough, 1 of the worst things I think is when you cannot sleep because of the Cold. I like to take some medicine and feel that having some medicine and a good night sleep is probably the best thing to help with the Cold. Since this was promoted as a night time medicine then I thought that it would be a good medicine to have.

          This deal with all Cold symptoms such as Runny and Blocked Nose, Sore Throat, Heachache, Flu symptoms and shivers, and Coughs.

          You can get this is Capsule and Liquid format. I do have the tablets, but I sometimes find that a liquid makes me think that it works more, but I know it's not the case. The pack I currently have in the house had 10 capules in it and you will pay between £2.20-£3.20 for this pack. So perhaps a little bit more expensive than other Cold and Flu tablets, but surely worth it if they work.

          You get this product in Day Nurse as well, and although that 1 is still strong, the Night one is drowsy, but the day one is non drowsy. Kind of speaks for its self as you may want a drowsy one for to help sleep.

          The tablets are all that large and they have quite a smooth coating on them, so easy enough to swallow without the need of a drink.

          Just take 2 of these before bedtime and settle down to try and get some sleep. I felt that these do make me feel a little more sleepy, and I seem to fall asleep without much problem although I felt rotten. Although this product is solely recommended for before you go to sleep, you can take a few of these Tablets a day, but I wouldn't recommend since you won't feel all too awake.

          1 of the main ingredients in here is Paracetomol so you better watch any other paracetomol based products when taking this.

          So for me I felt that these do a good job in helping me sleep when I feel bad with the Cold. Recommended for a try.

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          Something to help you sleep when ill

          A couple of years ago, I was suffering from a horrible cold, sore throat, and general aches and pains. I went to the shop in search of something to treat the aforementioned symptoms but when I saw Night Nurse I thought I'd give them a try as they claim to treat these symptoms as well as aid a restful night's sleep-something I hadn't had since becoming ill a few days earlier.

          The packaging of this product claims that that the capsules will treat the following symptoms:

          Headache
          Runny nose
          Dry, tickly cough
          Shivers, aches and pains
          Sore throat pain

          I purchased them in Sainsbury's and had to request them at the pharmacy desk. The lady behind the desk asked me if I'd had them before, to which I replied 'no' so she proceeded to give me a quick rundown on how to take them.

          Night Nurse, which is also available in a liquid format as well as capsules, is made by the company Beechams. So although I had never tried Night Nurse I was expecting good results as I have always found Beechams products effective in the past.

          The capsules came in an attractive green box which contained ten capsules and an instruction leaflet. The instructions advised me to take two of the capsules just before sleeping, making sure not to do anything such as drive whilst under the influence of them. These should only be taken at night, with the maximum dosage being two capsules. There is another product called 'Day Nurse' which are designed for daytime use.

          That night I waited till around half an hour before going to bed, and took two of the capsules. As they were capsules rather than tablets, they didn't taste of anything at all and were easily to swallow due to them being smooth.

          Shortly after taking the capsules I certainly started to feel drowsy and was asleep within a few minutes of getting into bed. For the next few days I continued to feel awful but was getting a full night's sleep every night thanks to my Night Nurse Capsules. I don't think they particularly aided in recovery from the illness but they most definitely made it more bearable due to being able to sleep properly.

          I always buy Night Nurse Capsules when I'm ill now as I find sleeping properly when poorly is near impossible otherwise. As I said there is a liquid format too but I haven't tried this as I'd rather swallow capsules than some medicine which is unlikely to taste pleasant.

          The capsules normally cost me between £3.50 and £4.50 depending where I buy them from, which I think is expensive, but I have tried so many cheaper products that don't do what they claim to. They can be purchased from most chemists and supermarkets that have a medicine counter.

          This product is only suitable for Adults and Children over 12 years old, and as they contain paracetamol they should not be taken if four doses of paracetamol have already been taken throughout the day. The instructions also state that these capsules are not to be taken if you have liver or kidney disease, and they shouldn't be taken with another flu products at night, or with alcohol. If you're pregnant, or breastfeeding then you should always contact your doctor before taking this medication, likewise if you have any allergies or other medical conditions.

          As these capsules contain 500mg of paracetamol it is very important NOT to take them with another product containing paracetamol as this could lead to overdose.

          Over all I would recommend these as they do help me get to sleep when I'm ill, but as I said I don't think they particularly quicken the recovery process.

          The active ingredients in these capsules are Paracetamol, Promethazine Hydrochloride and Dextromethorphan.

          Other Ingredients: Lactose, dimeticone, colloidal anhydrous silica, gelatin, and colours erythrosine (E127), patent blue V (E131), quinoline yellow (E104) and titanium dioxide (E171).

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            05.11.2010 23:41
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            Good product, recommended

            For the last two weeks I have really been struggling to get rid of a cold and a really annoying cough, combine that with a baby that is only a few months old and I have not been sleeping well even though the little lady does tend to go through the night now, my hacking cough has disrupted my sleep patterns.

            It was a friend suggestion that made me try these, a packet of ten capsules was £3.29 in Superdrug, these are classed as a general cold and flu tablet to relieve the symptoms, they do contain paracetamol which is good for head pain and any fever.

            I found the capsules very easy to take with a little water as they have a coating to make them easy to swallow and it is recommended that you take two before going to bed. They do cause drowsiness however I found that on the first night I did not really notice any difference however I persisted and on the second and third nights I did find that I got a better nights sleep and it was not that deep unsatisfying type of sleep when you wake up all heavy headed, rather I felt quite refreshed and certainly it did dampen down the cough quite significantly.

            One word of warning, there are a few medicines that you cannot combine these with and you do have to be careful if you have already taken paracetamol, plus of course the fact that they cause drowsiness can be an issue and you cannot drive or drinkl alcohol after taking these.

            These are a product I will use again as I have found them to help me get to sleep.

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            31.10.2010 13:26
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            Cough and cold tablets

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            Recently I have had quite a nasty cough and cold and because of the cough was getting very little uninterrupted sleep, so when someone suggested this, I was quick to buy it.

            The product is available in both liquid and capsule form- I opted for the latter costing £3.49 for 10.

            WHAT DO THEY DO?

            These are for the relief of the symptoms of colds and flu, including:
            * tickly cough
            * shivers aches and pains
            * runny nose
            * sore throat pain
            * headache

            By relieving these symptoms, the theory is that you get a good sleep, which sounds good to me! The active ingredients work to lessen the uncomfortable feelings associated with colds and flu. Paracetamol reduces temperature, Promethazine hydrochloride is an antihistamine which dries up a runny nose and Dextromethorpan hydrobromide is a cough suppressant. I have no idea what these ingredients are apart from the first, so take my chances that I will not suffer any adverse effects.


            PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...

            The capsules come in a box with instructions on the back as well as an instruction and information leaflet inside the box. The capsules themselves are inside one foil blister pack, and individually wrapped, so to get one out, you have to simply pop it out of the foil. The capsules when I get them out are half green and half white and have a coating on them so that they are easily swallowed. Thankfully, when I have taken them they are tasteless and are easy to swallow.


            TAKING THEM...

            Adults and children over the age of 12 years should take 2 tablets at bed time. Since they could cause drowsiness (I hope!) they should not be taken during the day when you may be driving or operating machinery. They should not be taken if you have already taken more than 4 doses of a paracetamol product through the day, and they should not be taken if you have consumed alcohol.

            There is a list of medicines which may react badly with Night Nurse and if you take them then you should not take this product. These include:
            metoclopramide or domperidone(for nausea), colestryramine (to lower cholesterol), medicines for anxiety or to help you sleep. There is a list of the medicines on the instructions which should be read before taking Night Nurse.

            SIDE EFFECTS...

            As with most medicines, there are possible side effects, none of which (so far) I have suffered. These include:

            * drowsiness or dizziness
            * upset stomach
            * skin rashes


            I know a few people who have taken these capsules and suffered no ill effects, but am aware that as with all medicines, if a case has been reported then the side effect has to be mentioned for the safety of the patient.


            VERDICT...

            Having suffered a week of waking up with a tickly cough, it was a relief to take two of these capsules and have a good nights sleep. They are easy to swallow, which is always a blessing as I hate it when they don't go down easily. They do seem to help me sleep, although before I actually go to bed I don't tend to feel drowsy. For me, the good sleep comes because I am not coughing all night.

            Reasonably priced and effective, I would recommend these capsules.

            Thanks for reading.

            Daniela x

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          • Product Details

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