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      31.07.2013 22:21
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      Excellent pain relief and work much quicker than generic Ibuprofen

      Last night I came down with a killer of a toothache - it happened all of a sudden and was the kind that had me writhing in pain within a few short seconds of my brain realising that there was something wrong. I darted into the bathroom initially looking for the bottle of Clove Oil which I'm positive had been in the bathroom cabinet (the *awkward* fairy seems to have moved it) but settled for a couple of Nurofen Express - which I would have taken anyway in all fairness, regardless of the outcome of the Clove Oil hunt. Nurofen Express are excellent painkillers, one of the best in my opinion. They work noticeably quicker than generic Ibuprofen tablets and quicker than standard Nurofen too; last night the pain in my tooth was pretty severe, the Nurofen Express lessened the agony within fifteen minutes and eradicated the pain completely by the time twenty minutes had passed. I timed it as I've always trusted these particular tablets to work faster (through both brand trust and a general feel for the effects) but had never checked it in terms of 'time taken' before - I can compare this to two Tesco Ibuprofen I took this morning on a lesser pain (my toothache subsiding somewhat overnight) and tell you the Tesco tablets didn't even start to work until the twenty minute mark and it was more like forty minutes later I was completely pain free. So the Express part is true enough, but another reason I'm so impressed with these tablets is because they are so effective all round at managing my pain. You can take them every four hours but it's rare I need to, I certainly didn't last night and six hours after taking the first two my tooth still wasn't hurting (although was starting to feel a little niggly again by this point) and I went to bed without taking any more painkillers. I love the fact that whenever I take Nurofen Express I can forget about my aches and pains for a while as they work so absolutely; apart from my toothache I've also taken them in the past for migraine, when I had flu earlier in the year, after smashing my knee slipping in the snow and also after some minor surgery back in February. Thinking back I remember being impressed every time, most especially when I took them in conjunction with paracetamol during my bout of flu - I still felt just about as ill as anyone could possibly feel and still be alive, but I could feel slight improvements after taking the Express tablets. I find Nurofen Express easy to swallow, I've used the round tablets in the past and currently have the caplet format in my medicine cabinet. I can take both easily with just a little water (the caplets will slip down without a drink in an emergency), the coating ensures they don't stick in my throat or refuse to leave the surface of my tongue - even my tablet-hating partner can swallow these with ease, although still pulls the requisite gonk-with-tablet-stuck face while he's doing so! There are whole swathes of people who can't take these tablets, including those who are advised to seek medical advice before using them. Each tablet contains 256mg Sodium Ibuprofen (this is the equivalent of 200mg Ibuprofen) and you're advised not to take more than six in any 24 hour period, there's also the warning that you shouldn't take them regularly for more than ten days without going to see your doctor. Children under twelve are not to take them, but once that magic age has been reached the dosage is the same as for adults. A box of sixteen caplets costs £3.53 in Boots, which was where I bought my most recent box after my local Sainsbury's stopped stocking them. This is pretty expensive considering generic Ibuprofen cost a max of 50p a box, but for me the speed at which these Express tablets work make them worth the price hike - because who wants needless pain, eh?

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        25.02.2013 20:29
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        Recommended by me

        As you may know from some of my other reviews I am a firm believer in buying 'own brand' painkillers for a few pence rather than spending a few pounds on the brand names and getting pretty much the same thing. I am now about to tell you that I have found an exception to that rule. The exception for me is Nurofen Express 200mg Liquid Capsules which contain Ibuprofen. The reason that I even tried these was the fact that I had toothache a couple of months ago which was caused by an abscess underneath the tooth. As any of you will know this HURTS! I was taking the Paracetemol and was still in so much pain that Dave (hubby) rang the out of hours doctor service. The practitioner there told me that it would be okay for me to take the maximum dose of Paracetemol and, at the same time, also take the maximum dose of Ibuprofen. I just needed to stagger them - take the Paracetemol every four hours with the Ibuprofen halfway in-between. When I came to look I didn't have any Ibuprofen in the house - bother! Anyway, despite the fact that the weather was awful, Dave went into town to get me some and he came back with Nurofen Express. He chose the liquid capsules as he thought that they would be absorbed into my system more quickly than ordinary style tablets. I don't know whether this is true but they certainly do work quickly. A box containing 16 capsules currently costs £3.29 in Boots so they are expensive compared to the own brand tablets but I have to say that they are worth the money. In fact I have had problems with my back recently and have turned back to the Nurofen again. The capsules come in a flat shiny grey box with Nurofen written in red across the top and the yellow and red circular target showing that this painkiller will really target your pain. There is a bit of information about the contents on the back of the box and inside the box there is a sheet giving full instructions for use together with warnings. I would advise you to read this before you take any of the tablets. These are strong painkillers and need to be treated with respect. The basic information is that the capsules are only suitable for adults and children over the age of twelve years. Incidentally Nurofen do make a children's version of painkillers. The instructions for use are for the patient to take one or two tablets with water up to three times a day as required with no more than six capsules being taken in any 24 hour period. You must swallow the capsules whole and not chew them. You must leave at least four hours between doses. These capsules are for oral administration only and must only be used in the short term. If the pain persists you must see a doctor for advice. The capsules should not be taken if you have or have ever had a stomach ulcer or are allergic to aspirins or anti-inflammatory drugs. You also need to be careful if you are taking any other painkillers. I would not have considered taking two different painkillers at the same time unless I had been told by a professional that it was safe to do so. It is also advisable to check with your doctor before you take any of these capsules if you have or have had asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a stroke or heart, liver, kidney or bowel problems or if you are pregnant or a smoker. I told you these were to be treated with respect. They also need to be stored at no more than 25 degrees centigrade and obviously keep out of reach of children! The capsules come on a press out sheet so I pushed a couple through and noticed that they are a lovely shade of red! I realise that doesn't matter at all providing they work but I just thought I would tell you! The outer casing is lovely and smooth and, as such, is really easy to swallow. Now, as I said at the start of this review, I was in a lot of pain with my tooth but I have to say that these painkillers really did the trick. The pain relief began to kick in very quickly. I am not going to say that the pain disappeared completely but it certainly diminished enough for it to be bearable. It was even subdued enough for me to be able to get some sleep too. Again, as I said earlier, the active ingredient in Nurofen is Ibuprofen which is not only a painkiller but an anti-inflammatory too. These capsules can be used to relive the pain caused by headaches, period pain, toothache, migraine, backache, muscular pain, rheumatic pain, colds and flu symptoms, fever and neuralgia to name the ones listed on the information sheet. I found that these capsules really helped with my toothache and I would definitely recommend them if you have intense pain for any reason. They are expensive but they are worth it - they work and they work quickly. Let's face it - when you are in pain that is exactly what you need isn't it?

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          23.11.2012 23:54
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          Fast acting!

          I recently dislocated my knee and broke some bone in my knee due to having a terrible fall a month ago. I had a arthoscopy ten days ago to remove broken bone and damage ligament, I was very lucky because I was visiting my best mate (xxfoxyredxx) Melanie at the time and she has taken very good care of me. The packaging~ Comes in a metalic silver box with the Nurofen logo clearly shown at the front of the box. They are white coated small round tablets with Nurofen written on them. Nurifen are made by a company called Reckett Benckiser based in Hull East Yorkshire. I used to live near the factory. It advises us not to take this medicine if you suffer from the following health conditions: Stomach ulcer, perferation and bleeding, or take asprin of 75mg daily. Advice is given to seek advice from your chemist or Doctor if you have a restricted sodium intake, kidney bowel, blood pressure diabetes or asthma. If you smoke caution should also be taken so seek advice before you try this product. What is it used for?~ *Headache *Migraine *Rheumatic pain *Period pain *Backache *Neuralgia *Dental pain *Muscular pain *Cold and flu symptoms. *Feverishness. How many can you take?~ Adults including the elderly and children 12 and over swallow 1 or 2 tablets with water up to three time a day as required. Please leave at least four hours between doses to prevent over dose. Do not give to children under the age of 12. If your symptoms don't improve see your doctor after 10 days. Verdict~ I find them very easy to swallow with a glass of water. I take these every four hors. They work very fast indeed usually within twenty minutes. They work very well with my pain after my recent knee injury and operation. Available fom all good super markets and chemists costing around £4.00 for a box of 16.

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          18.07.2012 11:06
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          5/5

          When it comes to pain relief, I usually buy supermarket own brands because I've never really seen the point in paying over the odds. I purchased these branded ibuprofen tablets a couple of weeks ago when I was on my period, because the tablets that I had weren't strong enough. The claim that these 'target pain fast' really appealed to me and despite the pretty hefty price tag of £8.19 for a pack of 20 tablets, I decided to buy a pack. There are also larger packs of 30 and 24 available, although as I bought these solely for period pain, a pack of 20 is enough to keep me going for at least a few months. These 400mg ibuprofen tablets provide rapid relief from a range of aches and pains including tooth ache, head aches, muscular pain, rheumatic pain, nerve pain and backache. They also help with flu and cold symptoms such as a sore throat etc. The tablets are suitable for adults, the elderly and children over the age of twelve - do not give to children under 12 years of age. You must be at least 16 years old to purchase these tablets.The leaflet that comes with the tablets has a lot of helpful information including doseage information as well as a list of cautions and possible side effects. It is stated that these should not be taken if you have, or have ever had a stomach ulcer, perforation or bleeding. They also are not suitable for people who are on other medication such as asprin or NSAID painkillers. People with allergies to asprin, ibuprofen or any of the ingredients should not take these. If you're pregnant, a smoker or have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a stroke, heart, liver, kidney or bowel problems then you will need to speak to a pharmasist or GP before taking them. I have none of these health problems so I was absolutely fine taking them and I was not worried about side effects. The tablets come in a rectangular cardboard box which has a silver background with red font along with a strip of green underneath the word Nurofen which says 'express'. There's the circular Nurofen logo on the font of the packet along with the product name and the claim that the tablets are able to target pain fast. Everything else you need to know including the ingredients and doseage information is on the back of the box and as I said before, a leaflet is also included. Inside the box, the tablets are packaged inside plastic blister packs with a foil backing. This keeps the tablets all in one place and I am easily able to see how many I have taken/how many I have left. The tablets themselves are smaller than I expected and circular. They're sugar coated which I like, as the chalkier textured pain killers always leave me with a horrible medicinal taste - these don't. The sugar coating also makes them easier to swallow as they're smooth in texture and I am able to swallow one without a problem, as long as I have it with a glass of water. Two of these tablets can be taken every four hours if needed, although you should not take more than six within a 24 hour period. I took two of these when I was in a lot of pain to due my period (cramps, achey joints, backache) and although it seemed like it took forever for the tablets to kick in, they had made a noticeable difference within the matter of twenty minutes, which is a lot quicker than the brand of pain killer that I'd been taking previously. They helped ease the achey pain in my legs and back and within an hour the pain had almost gone, although I still had very slight twinges of pain in my stomache. After a couple of hours I felt much better and the pain was completely gone. After another few hours the pain slowly returned so I had another two tablets and I needed to take the maximum dose for the five days that I was on my period. These really helped me with the pain and were much faster acting than the brand I had used previously and I experienced no side effects at all. They blocked out pain effectively and are therefor worth paying that bit extra for. Reccommended.

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            06.06.2012 21:17
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            Excellent pain relief

            I tend to try and avoid taking too many painkillers these days. As a child I used to suffer from really bad headaches which would last for days and doctors just told me to constantly take various painkillers (whilst abiding by instructions on the packet I must add). I feel your body can become too used to the same painkillers and now I take fewer of them I find them more effective. Nurofen Plus is what I use if I have any kind of ache or pain which is quite severe or if I need it gone in a hurry. I find Nurofen Plus works really well for this. If for example I have pain which is stopping me from sleeping I always use Nurofen Plus as it is really good at getting rid of pain quickly. In fact I find Nurofen Plus so effective I only take one (instructions allow one or two) where as normally I would take two of any other kind of painkiller. As I mentioned before I prefer to use painkillers sparingly so being able to only take half the allowed dose but still eradicate the pain is really good in my opinion. They are easy to swallow as they are small and smooth coated so you can't taste the medication inside. They also come in liquid capsule form which slightly bigger but still smooth, easy to swallow and no horrible taste. Nurofen Plus are more expensive than other painkillers but for effectiveness I definitely think they are worth the extra. For weaker pain I would use regular Nurofen or sometimes supermarket own brand Ibuprofen. This allows a packet of Nurofen Plus to last longer and I would feel it was overkill to use it on only minor pain. Only having to use one at a time also helps to get your money's worth. I always have a packet of Nurofen Plus around for times need.

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            08.01.2012 13:23
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            HIGHLY RECOMMEND

            I am a long avid user of nurofen, and pretty much the only painkiller I use unless I am unable to access some! Generally I use it when I have a headache which after a long day I find onset in the evenings and get at various times of the month depending on stress levels! It gets straight to the root of the pain, it is small and compact and can fit in my handbag and I usually have a packet I carry with me at all times. Although it says to take 2, I usually only take 1 as it is more than enough. I find within 10 minutes these tablets work on getting straight to the root of the pain and once it starts working it takes away all feeling and I can't remember why I took it! My sister has asthma, and she also swears by nurofen, and it is the only anti-inflammatory she can take and it does the job perfectly! I would totally recommend it to anyone as it is available in many local retailers from local corner shops, pharmacists and supermarkets not needing a prescription.

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              05.01.2012 23:53
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              Brilliant for "this won't wait" migraines.

              @ About @ I bought these tablets from Boots and have been buying them for about a year now. I buy them on and off when i get sick. My most recent experience with these was when I suddenly came down with a pretty severe migraine. The pain was unbearable, and I began to have distorted vision. I honestly thought over the counter pills could not even begin to numb the pain from a severe migraine, but we're more designed for a mild headache. How wrong I was. These pills DID stop the migraine in under 20 minutes. @ Pain Relief @ These don't just work for headaches, they work for the whole body just as well. I experienced one of the worst migraines of my life on a long, hot sweaty journey where I was in no position to calm a migraine, yet even in this situation these pills do work, and they keep on working for hours. It was at least 3 hours before I felt (a very mild) headache come back. The pain relief is "short term" but actually numbs the pain so that you get a break from it long enough to come out the other side of the medication where the pain is bearable if not completely gone. It can be a complete cure to the pain. @ Speed @ These are "speed relief" tablets and are designed to target the pain and then get to work on it fast. They do work considerably quicker than standard tablets. I found that these same tablets but bog standard ones take roughly 25 minutes to begin to feel them working. Whereas these tablets took about 15-20 minutes to start work. That's time from you swallowing them to your body digesting them, then flowing round your body to the pain, and then getting to numb the pain. Incredible and that 10 minutes really does work when you cannot bear the pain for much longer - they offer great relief. @ Overall @ With headaches you can just take simple medication like cheap "own brand" headache and minor pains pills - I think these are more suited for migraines, severe headaches and severe body pain like joint pains. The thing is these cost considerably more than regular pain killers, and these work for more severe pains as I experienced, but cheap ones don't? So why pay the extra for nothing more? The pain relief is great don't get me wrong but I think these should be used for stronger pains. For migraines and severe pains that can't wait? These are highly recommended!

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                11.10.2011 15:42
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                Best pain killers on the supermarket shelf by a long shot!

                After years of my partner suffering with sciatica and being put off using any more prescription pain killers (which were too strong with horrible side effects) me and my partner decided to get some off of the supermarket shelf. We bought various different brands and strengths eventually turning to nurofen express. These pain killers were without a doubt the best out of the basket full we bought. They are not miracle drugs, but provide my partner with quick relief for bad sciatica and back pain. He recommends these pain killers to everyone who is suffering any form of pain and everyone we have suggested them to has been pleasantly surprised. For years I have suffered with an ongoing painful bladder problem and when first trying these I convinced myself they would not make a slight bit of difference...but they do. With no unpleasant side effects whatsoever! They are easy to swallow being quite small and have a sugar coating, which is much more pleasant than the normal chalky paracetemol texture you see so often. I have also used these tablets for migraines and agree with other reviews when they say that these provide more relief than MIGRAINE designed tablets. These tablets have never caused me any side effects which is another reason I think so highly of them. Definitely a pain killer I would recommend if you suffer with joint/muscle pain or headaches/migraines. Five stars from me, nothing better out there for the price. £2.99 for 16 tablets - bargain!

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                21.07.2011 21:45
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                Best shop bought pain killers out there!

                After trying many prescription painkillers for sever Sciatica and back pain (which were too strong with horrible side effects) I looked into getting some off a supermarket shelf. I bought various different brands and strengths eventually turning to nurofen express. These pain killers and without a doubt the best shop bought pain killers I have ever used. They are not miracle drugs, but provide relief after a very short amount of time for bad sciatica and back pain. They are easy to swallow being quite small and have a sugar coating, which is much more pleasant than the normal chalky paracetemol texture you see so often. I have also used these tablets for migraines and agree with other reviews when they say that these provide more relief than MIGRAINE designed tablets. These tablets have never caused me any side effects which is another reason I think so highly of them. Definitely a pain killer I would recommend if you suffer with joint/muscle pain or headaches/migraines. Five stars from me, nothing better out there for the price.

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                13.03.2011 13:47
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                ** Nurofen Express **

                ** Nurofen Express ** When you have a headache or even a migraine you just want to get rid of it! I hate the feeling in the morning when standing up and then just know it's going to be a horrific day because your head feels like it has been hit with a hammer. And sometimes you can feel it coming up during and you are wishing it would go away. For this problem you have the normal paracetamol which works great normally but the idea of getting rid of it quicker really appealed to me. There are several Nurofen Express available. You have them in tablets, caplets and in liquid capsules. Nurofen states that the first two targets pain twice as fast as standard ibuprofen tablets and contains 256mg while the liquid capsules just targets pain fast with 200mg. Nurofen is not only for headache or migraine but can also be used for several other pains including period Pain, dental Pain, rheumatic Pain and cold and flu symptoms. Normal Nurofen can take up to 30 to 60 minutes to become effective and when you are in pain that often 30 to 60 minutes too long. Nurofen Express claims to work almost twice as fast so that means saying goodbye to pain quicker which sounds perfect. In reality it's not as perfect and after using it a few times I can't really say it works that much quicker. I might work a little bit quicker but for my feeling it still takes a good 20 up to 30 minutes to feel a bit of difference which is quicker but not that much. With the normal ones I would say it normally take up to maybe 40 minutes. You can get these in tablets and costs around 3,75 pounds for 12 tablets which is a lot of money I think. If they would work after 10 to 15 minutes I would definitely buy them again but just for those ten minutes I just rather buy the normal version.

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                  10.03.2011 18:33
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                  A painkiller that is not really worth the price

                  While on an outing, I started to get a headache and as I had no Panadols with me, which would have been my first choice of painkiller, I popped into Boots and bought a pack of Nurofen Express tablets, as they had run out of Panadol. The tablets are circular, white and not too big, certainly not as big as a Panadol tablet and not as chunky either. They look like a small version of a Mentos mint. As I had no drink on me, I had to dry swallow the tablet, which you would have thought would be easy as they aren't too big, however I found it a bit of a struggle, and they also left me feeling slightly nauseous for about ten minutes after. The tablets are smooth, shiny, and very sweet and I had half a mind to just chew on it...but I didn't! My headache had been a tension headache that had started to increase in pain levels, so when I took the tablet, my headache was at a medium pain level. I took two tablets and my headache cleared within thirty minutes, and I was able to enjoy the rest of the day. Interestingly however, I also had a mild neck ache, and the tablets did nothing to ease that pain. Comparing this to Panadol, I found that the main difference was that with a Panadol I always have to drink a lot of water for it to work, whereas with the Nurofen I didn't have to drink as much, on the other hand it took slightly longer to work than a Panadol and perhaps that is due to lack of water at the time. Also, Panadols don't make me feel nauseous, so given a choice I would go with the Panadol. Nurofens are a bit on the pricey side, and this pack of 16, 256mg tablets, cost just under £4. The packaging is simple, a silver box and the tablets come in the standard strips where you just pop out a table with your fingers. Nurofen should only be taken by people aged 12 and over. It comes with the usual warnings and precaution leaflet. The tablets contain Sodium Ibuprofen, so if you are allergic this is not for you. Overall, I rate this 3 out of 5 stars, due to the nausea and neck pain I have to knock off two stars.

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                    07.03.2011 21:56
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                    Effective pain relief but overall not really different from the normal Nurofen

                    I am one of them types who prefer to ride through pain rather than take painkillers, yet there is always times when I need to pop a pill. Having suffered various injuries that have taken a small toll on my body I do find every now and then the pain gets impractical preventing me from walking properly or seeing straight. At this point (hopefully beforehand) I give in and take my medicine. Whenever I am getting a migraine I tend to take medicine as quickly as possible as I hate the woozyness and sickness that follows, plus sometimes lack of sight. For this I need quick relief from the pain. Due to this I usually take alternative pain killers but as this product had Express in the title I thought that I would try them out, hoping that they would work quickly. As with most packaged tablets these come in both liquid capsule and caplet form. In size they are much smaller than your standard Nurofen but are smaller and pure white. With most painkillers I tend to always take the recommended dose of two tablets as that hits the pain harder and far more effectively. I found the pain relief of these tablets to be effective but no more so than standard Nurofen. For the migraine I had coming it did barely anything at all and I wished that I had of taken a standard over the counter Ibruprofen instead. The migraine came full force as if the tablet was a mere paper dam trying to hold off a full flood. It could be that it was a particularly bad migraine but usually it can be held off with a dose of Ibruprofen. Needless to say I was disappointed. I also have chronic knee pain from time to time due to being hit by a car that damaged my tendons and ligaments. Nurofen is generally very effective with this pain as it helps reduce the swelling (or so I have been told). I find it much more effective on sports injuries and similar accidents rather than sickness pain. The "Express" tablets did work here. It was a bad day so I took a few and it worked, but no quicker than the standard Nurofen. Each caplet contains 256mg of Ibuprofen Lysine and so the recommended adult dose is 512mg. I find the tablets easy to take.....even without water. Because the caplets are enteric coated and shiny, I find that they are easily swallowed and literally just slip down, and I don't find that they ever stick in my throat......which I hate, especially with Ibuprofen because then it tends to burn. Overall the tablets were a disappointing and for the steep price of £3.30 for 12 tablets they are not really worth it. When you can buy a shops brand equivalent painkiller for a 5th of the price it makes these tablets kind of irrelevant. Don't be fooled by the name or the fancy looking space-age mini tablets.

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                    15.11.2010 20:23
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                    Nurofen Express

                    I think a lot of people have trouble with headaches and migraines or pain like in the back. I have taken Nurofen before as a normal pain killer and was very interested when I saw this one. I try not to use them for headache because I do find them too strong but for pain in mine back they are perfect to use. I don't know if you had back pain ever in your life but I can tell you it's certainly not something you want to have. The pain can differ from being annoying and not being able to move at all. Luckily I'm normally in between that and most of the time it's just annoying. It's like an acing pain but nothing I can't handle. I got those few days in the month where I actually have trouble getting up from bed in the morning. When that happens I normally take painkillers because I simply know the pain won't go away itself during the day. Pain is not pleasant of course and you want it to be gone straight away. With normal pain killers it can take up to half an hour and even an hour to be completely gone. This is the case with normal Nurofen. The Express version is almost the same it's just quicker but also more expensive. They contains 400mg of Ibuprofen but they are also available in the 200mg. The product claim to work as twice as fast as the normal one what should mean in this case within 15 to 30 minutes. They come in tablet form and you can get a 12 pack for around 3,75 pounds. The tablet is white, round and a bit thick which makes them a bit though to swallow. The recommend that you can take up to 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours but no more than 8 in one day. I would say it took around half an hour before the pain went away and that was with taking two tablets. I does differ with time and sometimes it felt the pain was gone after about 20 minutes. It's not really what I expected and thought the pain would be at least gone within the 15 minutes. With the extra money you are paying you expect a big difference and not a small one. Since the difference is a bit small compared to the normal ones I gave them 3 stars. They still work but why spend more money on something you can get cheaper? Each capsule of Nurofen Express Liquid Capsules contains the active ingredient Ibuprofen (200 or 400 mg). Also contains: Capsule fill: Macrogol 600, Potassium hydroxide 50% solution (E525). Capsule shell: Gelatin, Sorbitol Liquid, Partially Dehydrated (420), Purified Water, Ponceau 4R (E124), Lecithin (E322), Triglycerides (medium chain).

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                    15.11.2010 00:01
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                    Its not worth spending the extra money just on a name.

                    I am not one of these people that believe you should not suffer in silence......and so if I have pain, well, I take something for it! I'm certainly not brave in the sense that I would rather work through the pain without medical assistance! I don't suffer with pain every day, but I do suffer a couple of times of month with headaches and back pain - and so for that reason, I like to have a something on hand for when any pain strikes. I've found that the quicker I can take something to target the pain, the more effectively the treatment tends to be. Certainly, with a headache, if I don't take something within an hour of the ache starting, within a few hours my head is likely to be throbbing and reaching migraine proportions. Nurofen (in general) is something I've found to be very effective in the past but I have been keen to find something that works as quickly as possible. Apparently, Nurofen Express works more quickly than standard Nurofen because it contains Ibuprofen Lysine, which is a form of Ibuprofen which is more easily broken down and absorbed by the body - and as such it is supposed to work more quickly. These tablets come in caplet form and in liquid capsule form, but I personally have only ever tried the caplet form. The caplets are very small, but otherwise look like traditional Nurofen....being small, white and shiny. I tend to always start off by taking two of the caplets - as that is the recommended dose for adults. Each caplet contains 256mg of Ibuprofen Lysine and so the recommended adult dose is 512mg. I find the tablets easy to take.....even without water. Because the caplets are enteric coated and shiny, I find that they are easily swallowed and literally just slip down, and I don't find that they ever stick in my throat......which I hate, especially with Ibuprofen because then it tends to burn. As with all Ibuprofen tablets, I do find that these are effective and they do target the pain well and relieve it effectively. However, my issue with them is that I didn't actually find them any quicker that traditional Ibuprofen - whether in the Nurofen brand or bought as the generic drug. I would say, on average, it took about 30 minutes to kick in - which is about as long as it takes the standard Ibuprofen to work and so I have to admit that I don't really buy into the fact that this is an express product. I've never had any bad side effects to Ibuprofen Express. 12 caplets from Boots costs around £3.19 - which equates to 53p per dose, which is something I would be prepared to pay if it did work quicker than standard Ibuprofen. However, if you compare this with the fact that you can buy 48 Boots own brand Ibuprofen 400mg caplets - which equates to 12p per dose, it makes little sense to spend 450% more to get the Nurofen Express brand - when they seem to do exactly the same thing!

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                    14.11.2010 13:50
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                    As I mentioned before we never usually buy expensive Pain Killers as we find the cheaper ones seem to work just as well. Now and again the wife will buy a brand name when they are on offer, as she thinks that if there is a really bad pain then the brand named ones will deal with it better. i disagree and don't see how the brand name ones are usually so much more expensive. Ok so these ones were the brand name of choice this month. I used some of these the other week when I had a really bad headache, so was able to put them to the test. I think these normally come in a pack of 16 in most shops but our Local Asda sell them in an 8 pack. They were on offer for £1.50, which seems very expensive, but I think they normally cost £2. You can take 2 of these at a time, and keep taking them after 4 hours with no more than 8 in a day. These are the Smartie shaped Tablets which are round and have a kind of smooth sugar type coating on them. Easy to swallow even without a drink. I was going to take these then go for a lie down for a bit, and I would say after having these 2 tablets about 5 minutes later my head seemed to be getting a bit better. It was like the sharp pain was already dulling and after these and a lie down for an hour I felt fine afterwards. yes, they may be more expensive but they definitely seem to work and I would think that we may have a pack of these in the house from now on. Worth the extra money.

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                    Nurofen Express 684mg Caplets provide rapid effective relief from headache pains / They contain a form of ibuprofen which breaks down easily in the body / This makes it easier for the body to absorb it into the bloodstream and so gets to the source of pain quickly.