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Whenever I get cold/flu like symptoms my first port of call is sinutab. I was recommended these by my chemist a few years ago and these have probably been the best things i've used since.
While the tablets dont get rid of your cold or flu (as indeed nothing does) it is in my opinion one of the leading medications which will make your life a lot more bareable while you are suffering.
I've tried the endless pills, potions and drinks and so far nothing has helped as much as sinutab. No-one likes to suffer the symptoms of a cold, it's inconvenient and annoying but if you take sinutab it can dramatically reduce your symptoms to make you feel much better.
Like any tablets or medication wether over the counter or prescription, im sure these wont work for everyone. I would say that it's worth giving them a go though especially if you have tried everything else to no avail.
As with all medication do check the back of the box. These contain paracetamol so you cant take anything containing paracetamol while using these. Do not give to children under 6 and again always read the relevant information before using.
You can take (over the age 12) 1 - 2 tablets, my choice is to take 2 but you may find that 1 works for you. Best taken I find with a glass of water or juice.
The box I buy contains 15 tablets and you can take a maximum of 12 tablets a day (it's unlikely you'd have this many in a day when you account for sleeping etc, but this is the max). The price averages but I find I pay approx £3.50 for a box of 15. I do think this is quite expensive but comaprible to other brands that dont work so well this probably isnt a bad price in hindsight.
I would recommend trying this if you have the symptoms of a cold as for me it works wonders in making the cold much more bareable.
I've had a couple of seriously bad head colds this winter. The worst of the two (by far) settled in around Christmas Eve and hasn't really shifted completely as I sit writing this. The worst symptom, by far, has been terribly congested sinuses, which, despite my best attempts to clear by whatever means necessary, have given me the most terribly, constant sinus/facial pain. Faced with the choice of taking out my pain on a group of random strangers with a machete or going to Boots and doing something about it, I decided upon the latter, and was recommended a packet of Sinutab to try and restore my sanity.
Sinutab is a leading brand of over the counter decongestant. You'll normally need a pharmacist's consent to purchase this product (although I'm pretty certain I've seen this in supermarkets on the health shelves). This particular variety is marketed as a non-drowsy formula, so it's suitable for daytime use and won't interfere with work. Curiously, I've not been able to spot a drowsy variant that would help you sleep, and was recommended something entirely different for this.
There are two active ingredients in Sinutab. The medication contains paracetamol to alleviate the symptoms of pain and, additionally, where appropriate relieve fever. At 500mg strength, the paracetamol content here is the same as a standard painkiller. The other active ingredient, pseudoephredine, is a well-known decongestant that is also the active ingredient in other products of this type, included Sudafed, the market leader. Both of these drugs are effective in relatively small doses; both become more dangerous in larger quantities. High doses of paracetamol can be very dangerous (death is common in sever cases of overdose.) Intriguingly, pseudoephredine cane be used in certain processes to manufacture illegal recreational drugs. It's also on the banned list of drugs for athletes in competitive sports. The quantity that you can purchase is normally limited, therefore, to 16.
Sinutab is normally sold in packets of 16 tablets; these will cost you around £3.20 per pack - 20p per tablet. The tablets are packaged in one of those 'pop-out' tabs where you press the packet and pop out the tablets. The Sinutab packet seems to be of very poor quality. The wrap sealing in the tablets is strangely hard to break and the size of the tablets (about the size of a 5p pence piece) also means that it's quite possible to break the tablets in a fit of angst and irritation. The tablets are not soluble and, as such, you are supposed to take two with a glass of water. These are some of the hardest tablets that I've ever had to take. They're fairly large and because they're quite dry and powdery, unless you time it just right they seem to get lodged in the back of your throat. In all fairness, a good gulp of water soon clears this, but I find the whole process quite unpleasant. The recommended dosage is two tablets every four to six hours, with a maximum of eight tablets in a twenty-four hour period; this is in line with most paracetamol-based products.
I can't say that I've been particularly impressed with these tablets. Suffering from reasonably severe facial/sinus pain and very heavy congestion, I didn't really notice any relief within thirty minutes or even an hour of taking the tablets. As my symptoms have lessened, I've taken a couple of these tablets for more minor aches and pains, and have seen some results, but in the height of a particularly bad head cold, they seemed very ineffective. Indeed, they were so ineffective, I opted to return to the chemist and ask for further advice. A different chemist suggested that for acute facial pain, soluble aspirin would be a better option and, indeed, thirty minutes after purchasing 16 soluble aspirin tablets for 39 pence and downing two, the very severe pain was lifted. I also found that whenever I took these tables, I suffered very restless sleep. This could have been attributed to the congestion of course, but I seemed very fidgety and unnaturally restless.
As such, I'd struggle to recommend this product at all. It hasn't really demonstrated any capability to ease anything other than mild congestion and pain. I can't help thinking that plain paracetamol would have been just as effective and, at something like only 10% of the cost, a darn sight cheaper too. One final note - I wouldn't want to give instructions on the potential suitability of or side effects from this drug as this should always be offered by a pharmacist or doctor. I couldn't help noticing, however, that the packet says these aren't suitable for children under 12 years old, whereas the web site says these are suitable for children 6 years and older. It would be nice if they offered consistent, accurate information.
It's that time of year again, I don't think I mean the season to be jolly, no I mean the dreaded time of year when the flu and many other bugs do the rounds.
I always find it hard to know what to take, there are so many different brands and products claiming to get rid of cold and flu symptoms, but none seem to if you ask me.
I always tend to get quite heady when I get a cold, and by this I mean my sinus' play up and cause me grief. I have recently started to get hay fever as well and actually find Sinutab help with this too, even though that is not its purpose.
Anyway my point is for those of you who suffer hay fever and that type of thing, it is all sinus related so these may be of some use to you.
I find the tablets could be more appealing, they are rather large and quite wide as well, and very powdery, they can be awkward to swallow and if you are not a tablet person like myself, you may struggle but trust me for the effects it is worth it. I tend to cover the tablet in golden syrup and then it slides down the back of my throat very easily.
They really should think about making a shell variety, especially for a tablet this size.
I take 2 tablets - they do contain paracetemol (hence no good for hay fever) and a few other bits and pieces, you can take Neurofen / Ibuprofen at intervals whilst on these tablets.
I wouldn't recommend on taking too many, the adult dosage is: 2 tablets every 4 - 6 hours. I take 3 doses a day, most people think it is ok to take 4 but that is in a 24 hour period, so taking 4 doses in one day then getting up the next and taking some immediately is 5 doses and not advisable.
These tablets tend to start working on me within 20 minutes, I can literally feel them draining the excess liquid from my head, it makes my nose run like made for about half an hour but it is really doing something. It makes me feel clear headed again, even though I know it won't last but it really does help.
The worse bit of having a cold is when you are not too unwell to not go to work, but not really well enough in yourself to concentrate and do all that piled up on your desk. Taking 2 of these tablets will make you feel well again or at least give you a burst of energy and enable you to continue working and concentrating.
When taking these for more flu symptoms (when you are off work and curled up in bed), they help clear your head and do improve how you feel they just don't stop all aches and pains that come with the flu, so even if your head feels better, you won't necessarily want to get out of bed.
I really do rate this product, they aren't the cheapest medicine on the shelf but they work for me and until they no longer do, I will continue to buy and take them. (Pack of 15 tablets approximately £5).
This product is not suitable for children under 12 years old.
Having flu as I did last week is never a nice experience! I was in a bit of a state to be honest, everything was blocked up and my throat killed me and it took every bit of energy I had to lift my head off a pillow and I didn't have time to be ill....I had to get moving and keep moving.
I didn't know what was going to help me so I went to Boots and decided to give these a go and a £3.50 for a packet for 15 pills and I thought that was very reasonable for what they offered me!
White oblong box and on the front there is a picture of a face on it and I'm told they are Non-Drowsy Sinutab 'Clears nasal and sinus congestion and relives headache and pain', and I'm told of course the box contains 15 pills. Other information on the box includes telling me a bit about the product and dosage advice is given, warnings are listed and contact details for Pfizer consumer healthcare are given (the manufacturer of the product). Inside the box is a plastic and foil pop put pill tray containing all of the tablets.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Box:
Nasal and sinus congestion are widespread problems, which can cause pain and headache.
Sinutab is formulated to relieve pain and, at the same time to the clear the congestion in the sinuses that causes pain.
Sinutab also provides relief from congestion symptoms and pain or fever associated with the common cold, influenza, hay fever and sinusitis. Causes no drowsiness.
Adults and children 12 years and over: Two tablets every four to six hours, up to four time a day.
Children 6-12 years: One tablet every four to six hours, up to four times a day.
Children under 6 years: Not recommended.
Well the pills are rather large, white and chalky white in appearance. I recommend you swallow one at a time and with a large drink or like me you may get one lodged in your windpipe!
I found these to work for me but did find that they made me feel tired. In fact I took two of these and I slept for hours afterwards, not that I'm complaining it was one of the best nights sleep I've had in ages but beware if your busy and have no time to sleep!
They certainly did help unblock congestion and I could breath easier after consuming these and they worked within half an hour. This product contains paracetamol too so the groggy aches and pains in my body (including a woozy head) were relieved big time. All round I felt better for taking these though these are not a cure they are just something to alleviate symptoms of colds, flu and even hayfever.
I think these are really helpful but not a cure for issues. They certainly made me feel less achy after taking them, my headache had vanished and I could breath easier and these do attack sinus problems with haste. My only complaint with these is how hard they are to swallow but other than that at about £3.50 a packet of 15 pills I think they're worth it!
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc.
I have severe allergies! I am quite low on income, so I decided to try taking a decongestant. I really needed something that would not make me drowsy, and I found Sinutab! I only paid about $3.00 for the product. Within thirty minutes of taking the supplement, I felt energized and my head sinus pain was gone! I figured it would only last a few days, but it lasted all day long! I was very happy with the product. I continue to take Sinutab everyday for my severe allergies. I also noticed that when taking this product that my asthma seemed to get even better. I was not having to use my Albuterol Inhaler as often! I was at work one day when one of my friends was complaining of a sinus infection. I gave her two of my Sinutab pills, and she was also very amazed! I would recommend this product to anyone!
Relief of nasal and sinus congestion and associated headache, sinus pain, fever and congestive symptoms associated with the common cold, influenza and hayfever