I've been absent from dooyoo for a few days due to feeling pretty cruddy with cold/flu symptoms. This includes (but isn't limited to); blocked nose, runny nose, blocked ears, sore throat, headache, sinus pain/blockage, dry chapped lips and general lethargy. I only get ill once every 2-3 years so I am feeling whiny and hard done to, and I've taken to wondering around the house in my dressing gown clutching a toilet roll, blistex and E45 cream for my very sore nose (which is not a good look) I decided I needed some tablets!
~Nurofen Cold and Flu~
I stood in Boots trying to decide what to buy for ages. Do I need paracetamol, ibuprofen, tablets, capsules, some kind of hot drink? I knew I didn't want caffeine as I'm sensitive to it and every cold and flu medicine seems to contain it these days, which is annoying. I also have to look for tablets that don't contain gelatin as I'm a vegetarian. I went for Nurofen as it didn't contain caffeine and said it would help my blocked nose and sore throat. However at £5.50 for 16 tablets I must have been dazed and confused by mucus.
This product contains 200mg Ibuprofen which relieves mild pain and is an anti-inflammatory. I assume this helps with the headache, sore throat and any fever type symptoms (which I didn't have)
The tablets also contain 30mg of however you pronounce that, which apparently acts as a decongestant and stops the yucky feeling in your nasal area
~Does it work?~
The packet advises you take 2 tablets every 8 hours, which makes me think these tablets must be quite strong. I guess although they are expensive you don't need as many of them as you might other tablets. The tablets are medium sized and a bright orange/yellow colour. I found that the tablets worked very quickly - within half an hour my symptoms has eased and isn't of feeling totally terrible I felt a bit tired and spaced out. The lady in Boot told me not to take them before bed as they could keep you awake - I took them at 10am and then went for a nap at 1pm so I didn't find this to be the case.
By 5pm I think the tablets were wearing off, so I was counting down until 6pm when I could take more tablets. I could feel the uncomfortable blocked nose, headache etc coming back. Similarly, when I took the tablets at 6pm I could feel the symptoms begin to ease and I felt fine until I went to bed at 10pm.
These tablets come with lots of warnings about taking them if you are pregnant, have heart problems or are at risk of stroke. I'm sure that if you were in any of these situations you would be careful about medication anyway. There are a list of possible rare side effects in the leaflet enclosed, I didn't experience any of them myself but everybody is different. I would personally recommend taking these with something in your stomach, as it will absorb better and sometimes Ibuprofen can unsettle your stomach if it's empty
These tablets alleviated most of my symptoms and moved me from feeling poorly, blocked and achy to just tired. I guess however good cold and flu drugs are they can't get rid of the actual illness and my body just needed to rest it out. The relief of the symptoms was much needed and it allowed me to go to sleep, where hopefully my body was more able to fight the illness and repair itself.
These tablets are very expensive but you would only need 4 or so a day, so a pack could last you up to 4 days if you needed them. I am happy with what they did for me in terms of relieving how I felt - now I just need something to stop my nose from looking like Rudolph!
Nurofen Cold & Flu Tablets does not work on me.i have taken the tablet over 5 days and i found the tablet very unhelpful. its make me more sick. i will not recommend to anyone
Nurofen Cold and Flu tablets contain Ibuprofen which is a painkiller along with pseudoephedrine which is a non-drowsy decongestant. This means you are taking two medicines at once so increasing your relief from the cold and flu symptoms. The ibuprofen would help to take down a high temperature as well as helping to relieve symptoms like head ache and other aches and pains you get with flu and the decongestant would help to clear congestion by helping to reduce the size of the swollen blood vessels in the nose which is what gives you the blocked up feeling when you have a cold.
The directions say this product is for adults only and you should take two tablets with water at first and then you can take either 1 or 3 tablets every 4 hours up to a maximum of 6 in 24 hours.
Asthma sufferers should not take this product. Neither should you take it if you are allergic to aspirin unless told to do so by your doctor. Pregnant women should also consult with their doctor before taking them.
I am allergic to aspirin products so I can't actually take these tablets my self but I buy them for my other half when he has a cold and he finds they really do start to relieve the symptoms of colds within about half hour of taking the first two. He said he felt better as the horrible temperature had cooled down and his head ache was not so bad as it was. He also felt that his breathing was getting easier and he slept a lot better at night after taking two of these on going to bed. The other good thing he found about these was that as they were non drowsy he could take them even if he had to drive to work or home again and they were fine for taking while at work and he could still carry on with his job without them making him lose concentration. The tablets were easy to swallow with a drink even with a sore throat.
You can buy these tablets in Boots, they cost £4.99 for a pack of 24. I am sure they were cheaper than this where I got them, about £3.99 but I can't remember now where I got them, might have been Wilkinson or Savers.
I would recommend these tablets to anyone who has a cold or the flu (unless like me you can't take them). I am only giving 4 stars though as they are a bit expensive to buy.
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When I have problems with Migraines it is so tough to find a tablet which works and actually delivers success.
Nurofen have always been a tablet I have appreciated because they seem to work quickly and they do deliver quick results. I say the Migraine tablets on the shelf recently in a pack of 12 for £2.43.
They are oblong in size and you are meant to swallow 1 or 2 three times a day and they do contain a large amount of Ibuprofen Lysine.
I have found that when I take these during migraine that they dont work straight away as within minutes but within about 20 minutes the results begin to show and your left with a head which gets better slowly. I think the tablets are good because they are easy to swallow and you can break them in half if you are someone who struggles to take tablets.
I think that once you have had a few during the day the symptoms should disappear but I have to be honest and claim I had a migraine only a matter of weeks ago and these did not work even when I had 6 of them in a day.
So I think it depends on the situation you are presented with in terms of other problems as well. If you are unwell due to a cold and flu situation you might find the migraine remains. When I had the migraine on its own with nothing else bothering me the symptoms disappeared so you going to find that with various situations the results can differ.
I also found that if I took these as the onset of a migraine was about to take place they worked more effective. If I had a migraine and then took these and hoped they would work quicker this did not work either so again different circumstances present different results.
You cannot miss the box on the self the grey box with a nice red mark which looks like a hospital machine for heart rate on the side. Migraines can be ruthless and when I have mine I need the lights off sound off and comfort to be able to relax but these tablets can work if taken in the right situation.
I would recommend people buying them as they are the only tablet I have had which actually provides some sort of relief during a migraine but the price might put people off.
I use these ONLY when I get a really bad cold. They are extremely effective in the sense that they allow me to breathe again.
I'm slightly claustrophobic and can't bear the feeling you get during a cold where your own face is trying to suffocate you. Occasionally if I take them towards the end of a cold where the stuffy nose is less of an issue I get a strange sensation where, if anything, my nose has been de-stuffed a bit too much, it is hard to describe, but it ends up giving me a slight headache and while it lasts I avoid breathing too deeply through my nose till it calms down again. I'd rather live with the odd feeling that gives than have a bunged up nose though.
The reason why I only take these during a bad cold is that working is impossible. I'm one of those people who gets floored by the sleepy stuff in medicines. Others can get away with just not driving whereas I can't even stay upright. I don't consider that a bad point exactly because one of the sorry side effects of a bad cold for me is the lack of sleep.
If my nose is bunged up I can't drop off most of the time and even if I do sleep I tend to wake up again quite quickly, struggling to breathe through my nose. That leaves me knackered and doesn't help the healing process. So taking the pills means I conk out and avoid adding utter exhaustion to my misery.
It would be nice if there was a non sleepy version too ,I supposed I could work then (if you twisted my arm) , but in the meantime I'll keep taking these when I get a rotten cold and enjoy the resultant flopping on the sofa as an additional benefit.
I have no idea how they ease the aches and pains of a cold cos I never stay awake long enough to find out.
They are not a cure, but for somebody like me who is a big baby about colds they can make it a damn sight more bearable (and horizontal).
The wife always has lots of Tablets in the house. Although she swears by Supermarket tablets, as they do seem to do the job of the more expensive ones out there, sometimes when a brand named tablet is on offer she will buy them. These were on offer for £1 a couple of months ago, so she was taken by this special price and the promise of clearing up Cold symptoms so she bought them. I think the right price for these are upwards of £2, so seemed like a good enough buy to me. There is 12 tablets in a pack.
These are meant to help with all the usual Cold and Flu symptoms such as headaches, Sore throat, Aches, pains, Fever and so on. She advises me to take tablets like these in conjunction with a Cough Bottle to ward off the bad feeling.
Take 2 of these every 4 hours up to a maximum of 8 in a day. best to take on a full stomach. These are non drowsy.
Can't say I noticed a difference between these and the cheaper ones, but I like to think that they got to the aches a bit quicker. I felt better after having these for a few days along with having lots of other medicine as well.
Perhaps worth a try but don't think they are worth the full right price.
These tablets might be at the higher end of the price scale, but they certainly do the trick.
Within about 30mins of taking these you will start to feel your symptoms easing and you can rest from all the sniffing and coughing and feeling generally like rubbish. They ease your headache, stop your muscles from aching, and do everything they promise to. They relieve your symptoms enough to allow you to actually rest and get some sleep, without knocking you out and making you feel dopey.
The only down side, other than the price of these, is that you have to make sure that you take them after eating something or they will seriously upset your stomach. As it is they might give you a bit of a belly ache, but to be fair when you're feeling like rubbish to have a slight belly ache is better than all the other cold and flu symptoms you already have.
These have to be purchased from the pharmacist who will ask you about allergies etc and give you guidelines about taking them - they are stronger than your average Lemsip or Day Nurse, but they certainly work miracles.
Nurofen Cold and flu combines the painkilling power of ibuprofen with pseudoephedrine / a strong non-drowsy decongestant / to give you relief from cold or flu symptoms / While ibuprofen gets to work easing your aches and reducing your fever, pseudoephedrine acts on the blood vessels in your nose, helping clear congestion / So in no time youll feel like your old self again.