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      02.04.2013 16:45
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      Good for the money

      I have always spent a fortune trying to buy the best health products for my family but after watching a documentary I watched on television I started spending more time actually looking at what was in these so called top brand medicines and I was shocked to find that a lot of the time the cheap own brands contained the exact same ingredients for a fraction of the price.

      I still do tend to buy some of the more expensive brands but only when I think they can justify the expense and if I find an own brand that has the same ingredients in it then I will now always plump for that one.

      That is the case with these cold and flu tablets from Tesco. They have the exact same ingredients as all the expensive cold and flu tablets but they are loads cheaper. They only cost £1.65 for a pack of 16 tablets whereas the more expensive brands can cost over £5 for the same amount.

      These are day and night tablets and contain paracetamol and phenylephrine which is a common combination in cold and flu medicines. The paracetamol takes away the fever and helps with the pain and the phenylephrine is a decongestant to help with blocked noses. The day time tablets also contain caffeine in them to stop you from getting drowsy.

      The tablets come with 12 day time tablets and 4 night time tablets. The dosage instructions is two day time tablets every four to six hour and two night time tablets at bed time so that is 2 days worth of tablets in the packet so they are good value for £1.65.

      I have to say these did a good job of helping with symptoms. They made having a cold more barable but they didn't take away all the symptoms but I didn't expect that they would do because there are very few things that are going to take away all the symptoms and the best you can hope for is that they help a little.

      The only thing that I didn't like about these is that I missed that soothing sensation that you get with liquids especially hot ones and although the tablets probably do the same job they don't give you an immediate soothing effect on your throat and chest like they do. I also would say that I personally would only use these if my cold and flu symptoms were mild as I felt that although these helped me get on better with things there are stronger medicines that you can buy that will help a little bit more with more severe symptoms.

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      05.12.2011 21:22
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      Takle that cold and flu with max strength

      One of my kitchen draws in the designated medical draw in our household and you can pretty much find anything in there from plasters to a variety of pills for all kinds of aliments. But one thing that you will always find is some sort of cold and flu tablets. You never know when a cold will take hold and my husband has to be particularly careful to nip a cold in the bud quickly as he has a chest condition that means that a sniffle can quickly turn into a nasty chest infection. Now although I buy branded medicines when I spot them on a good offer I do also buy the own brands too as they work out a lot cheaper the majority of the time and generally contain the same active ingredients.

      One of the cold and flu tablets that has a space in my kitchen draw at the moment is the Tesco own brand max strength cold and flu day and night capsules. I actually purchased these for no other reason than to keep in stock in case one of us got a cold during the change over from summer to winter as I find this is the time of year when the germs are at their most active. The pack contains 12 day capsules and 4 night capsules. This means if taken as a full does it will last you two days and costs £1.37 which is considerably cheaper than one of the branded versions.

      The capsules come in a small card box that has an overview of all the information you need to know about how these capsules work, as well as what dose to take and ingredients listings. Inside you will find two blister packs that contain the capsules. Each of the two blister packs contain 6 day capsules and 2 night capsules, which if you are taking the full dose makes it easy to designate one blister pack per day so you can easily keep track of how many you have taken. The foil on the blister pack that holds the capsules in is marked with red writing for the day capsules and blue for night to enable you to easily identify them. Also in the box is an information leaflet which contains the full information about the capsules including who they are and are not suitable for. This is a must read if you are concerned about whether these capsules are suitable for you to take.

      The recommended dose of these cold and flu tablets is; Adults and children over 12 years, 2 Day capsules every 4-6 hours during the daytime, as required, followed by 2 night capsules at bedtime. You should leave at least 4 hours between doses. You should also not take more than 8 capsules in 24 hours and not give them to children under 12 years of age. It is also extremely important not to take these with any other Paracetamol containing products.

      The capsules contain three main active ingredients:
      - Paracetamol - A pain reliever which also helps to reduce your temperature if you have a fever
      - Phenylephrine - A decongestant which helps to reduce swelling in the passages of the nose allowing you to breathe more easily.
      - Caffeine (day capsules only) - helps to increase pain relief from paracetomol and makes you more alert.

      The capsules themselves are quite small and are coloured red/yellow for the day capsules and light blue/dark blue for the night capsules. I recently took these cold and flu tablets as I was struck down with a heavy cold a couple of weeks ago and having just started my new job didn't really want to phone in sick so soon. Now I know these sorts of tablets are not going to wipe out the cold or flu but they do help take the edge off the horrid symptoms. I found the caffeine in the day capsules particularly helpful as my cold felt more of a head one which was making me feel very tired and lacking in concentration. I would not say that the tablets were miracle workers but they did help me feel a little more alert and I found I could breathe better through my nose. The capsules were easy to swallow with a little water and seemed to take around half an hour to work and the effects lasted about 3 hours, so not far short of me being able to have a second dose.

      I also found the night capsules to be very good, having a cold makes sleeping hard at a time when you really need sleep to enable your body to rest and repair. In the past I have tried taking the normal cold and flu tablets but as they contain caffeine they tend to keep you awake. But these night ones do not have the caffeine in but still contain the ingredients to help with pain relief and congestion. I found these tablets fantastic, they obviously won't work all night but give you that relief to help you to nod off which I find with a cold it's hard to get to sleep but once I do reach the land of nod I sleep well.

      The recommended dose of these cold and flu tablets is; Adults and children over 12 years, 2 Day capsules every 4-6 hours during the daytime, as required, followed by 2 night capsules at bedtime. You should leave at least 4 hours between doses. You should also not take more than 8 capsules in 24 hours and not give them to children under 12 years of age. It is also extremely important not to take these with any other Paracetamol containing products.

      I would certainly recommend these Tesco cold and flu day and night capsules, they work perfectly well and are great value for money.

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      28.04.2011 20:42
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      Let nature take its course - you'll live

      I'm quite lucky in that I don't often fall victim to colds and flu. I can generally rely on fighting off any symptoms - to a far more successful extent than my wife who seems to get everything going.

      That said, being a bloke, any cold or flu that I contract is 10 times worse then anyone else's and I reserve the right to moan a bit and expect lots of care and attention. Nothing new there then.

      I am generally of the view that these things clear up by themselves and you just have to do what you can to ease any symptoms. When I do fancy taking something, I simply have a root around to see what my wife has in stock.

      It was quite a surprise for me to find a Tesco product where I would normally expect to find a Lemsip one, but I tried a couple of these capsules to see if they did anything for me. Six hours later I took 2 more. On each occasion, I did find that symptoms eased a bit after half an hour or so, but the improvement didn't last for long.

      The active ingredients of these capsules is Paracetamol, Phenylephrine and Caffeine and they are supposed to provide relief from the symptoms of colds and flu, including aches and pains, sore throat, headache, fatigue and drowsiness, nasal congestion (blocked nose) and feverishness.

      I didn't use these for any protracted period as I had reached the end of the packet and was also nearing the end of my cold, but even though they were priced at only £1.00 for 16 capsules, I wouldn't go out and buy them again. I'd rather have a nip of whisky!

      On quizzing my wife as to why she had bought these, she told me that the Lemsip equivalent was nearly 3 pounds in Tesco for the same 16 capsules and even she couldn't bring herself to pay that much. Maybe she's starting to be a bit like me? Poor wee thing.

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      29.12.2010 11:59
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      A decent tablet that will make you feel better for an hour or so.

      I have had the flu for 4 days now and it was costing me a fortune in branded tablets and so when I went into Tesco Express yesterday I noticed they had these 'Max Strength Cold & Flu Capsules'. I thought I'd give them a go as the others don't seem to be making any difference to how I feel.

      They come a little differently packaged from above they are in a box that is green and yellow with 2 caplets on the front. It also tells me:

      Paracetamol, caffine and Phenylephrine.

      For relier from headaches, sore throat, fever, aches and pains.
      Easy to swallow capsules
      Non-drowsy

      The back has the dosage:

      Adults & children over 12: 2 capsules every 4 hours to a maximum of 4 doses in 24 hours
      Under 12 do not administer

      It also has Ingredients, storage, warnings and contact information.

      The tablets themselves are a white powder encased in a red and yellow type of plastic. There are 8 per blister pack enough to last 2 days.

      I have to say they are easy to swallow and a lot smaller than the Benylin ones I tried. They do take a while to kick in and like the others make you feel better for a little bit and then you go back to feeling rubbish all over again.

      To be honest I don't really think it's the product that isn't working more of just the flu I have as no tablets of any kind seem to be making any difference. As the ingredients seem to be majority of the same I assume that under normal colds these would work a treat to make you feel better but right now they are making no long term difference to me.

      I would however rather buy these at just £1.40 a pack instead of branded tablets at £3+ each considering that none are doing any good.

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      28.10.2010 22:13
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      As far as cold remedies go, these probably work as well as the rest.

      First off, I want to say that Tesco Max Strength Cold & Flu Day & Night capsules left me feeling cheated. But not for the obvious reasons you may expect. Indeed, they are an own brand cheaper variety of cold medication, and yes, they may not miraculously vanquish a troublesome case of influenza - but that is not the explanation for my disdain. My annoyance stems from the fact that they cost more than the regular Tesco Max Strength Cold & Flu capsules, even though you get fewer ingredients for your money.


      ~~~The Curious Case of the Missing Caffeine~~~

      The packet contains 16 capsules. You take 2 tablets per dose, so that is 8 doses in total. But the Day & Night variety differs by including 4 capsules specifically designed for night time use. Do they include sleep-inducing agents? No. Are they slow-release so to have a prolonged effect throughout the average persons 6-8 hours sleep period? No again. The only difference between the night and day capsules is that the night variety are missing the caffeine ingredient that their day time associates possess.

      If there is a clear ingredient exclusion and no medicinal extras, why do the Day & Night capsules cost more that the standard product? Obviously, it is not wise to have an intake of caffeine before bedtime. I accept that and see the logic in excluding caffeine and having a separate night time dose. What I don't accept is that Tesco charge more for less. Maybe the extra 15p is to cover the cost of printing 'day & night' on the packaging?


      ~~~Is a Cold Really All In the Head?~~~

      Tesco makes a huge fuss over price comparisons with competitors. But does their own brand cold remedy stand up to the more commonly associated brands of cold cures. The problem here is that it is scientifically assured that there is no actual cure for the common cold. So the real question is: Do these tablets make you feel any better when you are suffering from a case of the sniffles?

      In my experience, the answer is a hesitant yes. Personally, I have noticed a slight improvement in my man-flu condition when I take the Tesco tablets. But then I have also noticed a difference when I take other brand cold remedies. I think this form of medication is best used to suffocate a cold before it takes hold, but can also be used to alleviate more severe symptoms....albeit ever so slightly.

      I think cold remedies rely on a certain psychosomatic element for success. People may trust certain brands and therefore feel better when they take the specific products they associate with possessing a beneficial medicinal property (my dad insisted Beachams Powders worked miracles but I am yet to be blessed by their divine power). The problem with the Tesco capsules is that they are seen as cheap knock-offs and suffer from a lack of belief in their cold-stomping powers.

      They say the power of belief can provide a person with all they need to heal themselves. So, if someone emphatically insists that a certain brand holds the key to slaying a cold, 9 times out of 10 they will undoubtedly begin to feel better once they take their favoured cold remedy. But does this mean that the Tesco Day & Night capsules are any less beneficial than the leading competitors? Let's take a look.


      ~~~The Amazing Power of Facts and Figures~~~

      It seems fair to start with Tesco Day & Night capsules. The ingredients of each capsule are:

      Paracetamol: 500g
      Phenylephrine Hydrochloride: 6.1 mg
      Caffiene: 25 mg (the 'night' capsules contain no caffeine)

      In a nutshell, paracetamol is a mild painkiller and helps to combat fever and chills by affecting the hypothalamic heat-regulating area of the brain. So basically, it is supposed to help keep your temperature normalised. Phenylephrine is a decongestant that works by reducing blood flow to the linings of nasal passages, helping you to feel less congested and also allows you to produce mucus (not sure why this is so good!) Caffiene is there to give you a kick, feel more alert, and fight of fatigue associated with the cold virus.

      So do the cheaper Tesco capsules skimp on ingredients? Here are a few reputable brands and their ingredients to help shed some light:


      1. Beachams Flu Plus
      Paracetamol: 500mg, Phenylephrine: 5mg, and Caffeine: 25mg. Even less decongestant.

      2. Benylin Cold and Flu Max Strength
      Paracetamol: 500mg, Phenylephrine: 6.1mg, and Caffeine: 25mg. Zero difference.

      3. Lemsip Max Cold and Flu capsules
      Paracetamol: 500mg, Phenylephrine: 6.1mg, and Caffeine: 25mg. Yep, same again.

      4. Lemsip Max Cold and Flu Powder (per sachet = 2 standard capsules)
      Paracetamol : 1000mg, Phenylephrine hydrochloride 12.2mg, Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Sucrose, and Aspartame. No caffeine but does include some nice Vitamin C. Also contains plenty of sugar and nasty sweeteners, one of which, Aspartame (used to make NutraSweet), is controversially linked to a wide range of supposed health risks.

      5. Nurofen Cold and Flu
      Ibuprofen: 200 mg, Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride: 30 mg. This is one of the only competitors offering different ingredients. However, Ibuprofen is a painkiller that is effective at targeting actual pain but is not associated with possessing any temperature-regulating properties. Pseudoephedrine is from the same family as Phenylephrine and is a decongestant. Interestingly, it is also often used in the illegal production of methamphetamine narcotics and is therefore strictly regulated. Not really that relevant but I thought it was sort of a fun fact!


      ~~~How Cheap is Cheaper?~~~

      A standard pack of Tesco Max Strength Cold & Flu Relief capsules are around £1.43 for 16. The special-edition 'no caffeine in 4' day & night alternatives will set you back about £1.59. Benylin can often be found on offer and is a bargain at around the £1.00 mark, but is just over £2.00 at normal price - which is not that good when you consider it has less decongestant than its rivals. Lemsip capsules are £2.93 for 16, and the old family favourite sweetener-laden powdered Lemsip sachets are £1.94 for 10. Nurofen bursts the bank at £2.76 for just 12 tablets.

      The Tesco cold remedies do compare well price-wise and on paper contain practically the same ingredients as other leading brands. But colds can be very personal, and like a nice warm comfort blanket, each sufferer will always opt for the medication they think offers the most sympathy and improves their likelihood of surviving the dastardly plague they now suffer.


      ~~~Is There Really a Conclusion?~~~

      I would like to think so. Tesco Day & Night possesses the exact same ingredients and doses as many leading (and more expensive) competitor brands. Personally, I have not noticed any realistic difference between the Tesco product and any other branded cold remedy. But as I stated earlier, certain people prefer specific medications and if it works for them then good. I on the other hand am quite cheap and will stick with my relatively inexpensive Tesco version...though I will not be forking out an extra 15p for the fanciful day & night variety from now on. I don't need the caffeine omission to help me sleep through a cold - I want some medicinal assistance. Thank god for Night Nurse!

      Alternatively, you could always opt for a cheap pack of paracetamol, some Vick Sinex, a carton of fresh orange juice, and a few cups of coffee and see how you get on. I would advise staying clear of my mum's cold cure-all: Sticking your head under a towel that covers a bowl full of hot water and Vicks VaporRub. For all intents and purposes it is the legal equivalent of CS Gas and is not pleasant.

      Hope this helped and if not I hope you at least learnt some uninteresting facts to help you sleep...

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        31.03.2010 14:10
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        hmm not worth it

        Good. Snow again this week, but then I suppose we have only endured three consecutive years of no summers, so what do you expect. I'll tell you what I expect...colds. Yes, the foul weather usually brings germs. I guess they are carried on these twenty five miles an hour winds we are having today. Usually I sit them out, but there are times when I need to take some relief in the form of medicine.

        Tesco Max Strength Cold and Flu Day And Night might have the longest title known to man,but the good news is that the capsules can be picked up for about £1.50, making them near on half the price of some named brands. Of course, it is not worth scrimping if you're at death's door. I would rather spend another pound and feel better quickly.

        I tried these last week when a sore throat arose from nowhere. Took them for a couple of days and noticed little to no change in the problems I had. While they did not make me drowsy, they did not really help the illness either. The pills are bright and easy to swallow, but aesthetics aside, they did not do as good a job as Nurofen. My thoughts would be that the capsules are not designed to kill of illnesses and should perhaps be taken at the start of an illness coming arriving. This means they will work more effectively, as the illness won't be in full flow. Paracetamol, Caffeine and Phenylephrine make up the principle ingredients, so it's all the usual stuff you would expect to find in tablets.

        Would I buy again, probably not, but then I would probably finish the pack up next time a minor throat or sniffle arrives.

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          26.02.2010 18:28
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          A poor Tesco product.

          I have never been one for popping pills or taking lotions or potions when I feel a little under the weather but I had a real cold just after Christmas that I just could not shake off and decided on seeing a packet that I would Try Tesco max strength cold and flu day and night capsules.

          On reading the box you would believe these would do wonders but in truth they did absolutely nothing at all for me except leave me £1.55 out of pocket.

          In the box you get 16 capsules that the box say will relieve headaches, sore throats, fevers and aches and pains, I had all of those and sadly still did after taking these tablets for two days.

          They seem to be a combination of little more than paracetamol and caffeine so I am not really sure what they could do different from a good strong coffee and a couple of pain killers which is what I would have had, had I had the sense to read the box properly before buying them.

          These are not the miracle cure for colds that they make out to be so don't get suckered into buying them like I was, i still doubt if there is any of these things worth taking but these for certain are not.

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          04.06.2009 21:41
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          Don't buy these. you'll still feel bad, but will just be poorer too!

          I think everyone, when they get cough, cold, sore throat just heads for the chemist to pick up some of the many pills that claim to be a quick fix to it all when in actual fact there is no such thing. I'm one of the people guilty of this. I do however, draw the line at paying over £3 for a box of what are really no more than mild painkillers.

          Unfortunately, I've got a stinking cold and sore throat at the moment and came across Tesco's own 'Max Strength Cold and Flu' Capsules. At £1.50, they are middle of the road price wise for these type of items. However anything with 'max strength' on the box seems to add a few pence.

          In the box you get 16 yellow and red capsules in 2 blister packs. The box states they give relief from headache, sore throats, fever and aches and pains, that they are easy to swallow and non drowsy. Ingredients stated are Paracetamol, Caffeine and Phenylephrine. Now I've heard of paracetmol, obviously and some of these products I'm sure are just this with prettier boxes and bigger price tags. Caffiene I'm also familiar with too. So would you be just as better off with a couple of 20p paracetmol and a cup of coffee? Possibly. That addition of 'Phenylephrine' (Wikipedia informs me is a decongestant) doesn't really make these pills any kind of wonder drug.

          I've been taking these for 3 days now, and now I've run out I'm just going to use normal paracetamol to fight the aches and pains. the virus itself as I well know needs to sort itself out. They don't make anymore difference and don't waste another 50p on a colourful box.

          Sucked in to a hope of a miracle sure for a virus, Tesco has not come up with it. I'd stick to bog standard paracetamol, hot ribena and some TLC.

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          For the relief of symptoms associated with the common cold and flu, including relief of aches and pains, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion and fever.