“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Cold & Flu powder sachets / Dosage Form: Sachets „
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I bought these on my lunch break from work earlier this week when I was feeling rough but had forgotten to bring any medicine with me. I usually take tablets when I get a cold and feel my head is pounding, but I fancied a change from drinking tea, and also thought if everyone knows I'm not feeling well I might get away with a couple of days off!
These sachets were on offer in Superdrug, they came in packs of 10 and two packs cost me £2.99 which was a bargain. I think individually the packets cost £2.79 so it's definitely worth stocking up when you see them on offer, and the offer also includes other products in the Superdrug healthcare range. I took a quick look at the contents compared to the more expensive versions and decided they all contain the same basic ingredients so I couldn't go far wrong with these.
We are told on the packaging that they contain paracetamol and phenylephrine, and also they contain a decongestant. This is exactly what I was looking for because apart from my pounding head I was feeling congested and wanted something to clear my sinuses. I also wanted something I could take to work and have at regular intervals throughout the day, it's probably psychological but there's something about a hot lemon flavoured drink that's almost as nice as a hug from your mum when you're not well!
These sachets are dissolved into boiling water and once the drink has cooled down it can be drunk as a normal drink. They claim to take away the aches and pains associated with cold and flu. They also reduce congestion, soothe your throat and are generally comforting for those suffering with cold symptoms. The powder is stirred into the water and immediately you feel comforted by the lemon smell.
I found these drinks to be not quite as nice tasting as the branded varieties. They tasted a bit powdery and bitter. I don't usually add sugar to these kind of drinks but I felt like this could have done with something to sweeten it up a bit. I wasn't too bothered about the taste though because it wasn't vile or anything, and I'd sacrifice the taste for the price. You're not drinking these for fun after all!
In terms of effectiveness, I did find these drinks helped my head to stop pounding, and left me feeling a little better than I did previously. I guess this is the paracetamol in them, so I would probably have been as well just buying some paracetamol instead! Having said that, I think there's something soothing about a hot drink when you're not feeling well, and also I have had a bit of a sore throat and it helped with this too.
Overall, given the increasing price of cold and flu remedies and the amount we get through in our house in winter, I'll probably buy these cheaper alternatives again.