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Everybody hates feeling under the weather and having a great pain killer on hand is a must for my handbag. I've only ever taken nurofen and paracetamol and of the two I prefer nurofen as I find it kills pain quickly and so I can get on with everyday work.
Nurofen always seems to bring out a different way of taking pain killers and the ones they have on the market today are in the form of:-
I have to say that I hate taking tablets and find them difficult to swallow and I've tried the nurofen tablets and find that these are small and have a sugar coating so there's not a bad taste as it touches your tongue. However, I really do hate swallowing tablets so I buy nurofen meltlets which have a lemon flavour to them. I know lots of people think that taking tablets are bad enough but letting them dissolve in your mouth must be horrible but trust me, the taste isn't that bad and I'll take them with no fuss.
All of the nurofen products come in a silver box and the meltlets come in a pack of 12 and costs £2.69 from Tescos. I have to point out that this is more expensive than the tablets which cost £1.97 for 16. There are clear instructions on the box and a leaflet inside which you must read before taking the tablets.
Taking the tablet
Taking the meltlet tablet is easy, there is no need for any water so can be taken as soon as you feel pain. Just place the meltlet onto your tongue and let it dissolve. On the box it says that it will only take a few seconds to dissolve but in my experience it takes a little longer.
The meltlets are only for oral administration and for short term use. For adults, the elderly and children for 12 years and older can take 1 or 2 tablets up to three times a day leaving 4 hours between doses. You should not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours and this product is not suitable for children under the age of 12. If after 10 days your symptoms worsen or new symptoms occur then consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What does Nurofen give you relief from?
Nurofen gives you relief from - headaches, period pain, dental pain, migraine, backache, muscular pain, rheumatic pain, neuralgia, cold & flu symptoms and feverishness.
It clearly states on the box that these tablets should not be taken if you have ever had/have a stomach ulcer, perforation or bleeding, or are allergic to ibuprofen or any other ingredients in the produce, suffer from liver of heart problems or if you are taking any other NSAID painkillers or aspirin.
You will need to speak to a doctor/pharmacist if you have/had asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a stroke, heart, liver, kidney or bowel problems, or if you smoke or are pregnant.
Ingreadients for Nurofen meltlets lemon
Ibuprofen 200mg, ethyclcellulose (E462), silicon dioxide (E551), hypromellose (E464), mannitol (E420), aspartame (E951) croscarmellose sodium (E468), magnesium stearate (E572), lemon flavours.
Overall, Nurofen meltlets are ideal for me, they are easy to put in my handbag and easy to take when pain starts. I find after I've taken them it takes about 10-15 minutes (for bad pain) until I feel back to normal and have to say I forget about the pain unlike paracetamol where for me, it doesn't completely make the pain go away. If you hate swallowing tablets then these are ideal to have around the house, I now feel I can take tablets without making a big fuss about it.
If like me, when you feel like your head is about to split into two, paracetamol just won't get rid of the agonising headache, the only product which seems to work for me (that is the only non-prescription item) is Nurofen.
Nurofen is an Ibuprofen based 'over the counter' drug which provides pain relief. Not only does it remove headaches, but also muscular pain, reduces cold and flu symptoms, as well as several other aches and pains. In my personal experience the time of effectiveness seems to usually be around 15 to 20 minutes for the pain to be reduced or removed.
Ibuprofen has been in the news in the past about possible side-effects of its use, with possible fertility problems for women who take it as well as photosensitivity, cardiovascular risk and risks in inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD). These are rare cases however and do not put me off using them.
There are several different types of Nurofen products on the market, including tablets, capsules, creams and the newest Nurofen product out at the moment and my personal favourite is the new 'Meltlets' which provides the same dosage as a normal tablet of 200mg of Ibuprofen, but requires no water when taken. This is especially useful for people like my wife who, for some unknown reason, can not swallow tablets. The meltlets dissolve in your mouth with a lemon flavour. The dosage is the same as a normal Nurofen or paracetamol tablet of a maximum of 2 every four hours for adults or children of 12 years or older.
Overall, Nurofen seems to be one of the best pain relief medicines on the market and is fast acting. I will definitely be using this medicine again in the future and would recommend this to all my friends and family.
I hope its as effective for you as it is for me.
I have suffered since my teens with terrible period pains, they have eased off as ive got older, but for me nurofen have been the most effective pain killer.
I always used to take normal ibuoprofen, and this didnt even seem to touch the pain, i took high strength parcemotels and again nothing.
I then tried normal nurofen, and found they did help a little. Then they brought our nurofen plus, these were very good, but i heard bad press that they had codedine in them and this was addictive and not very good for you. So when nurofen realised nurofen express in 400mg or 200mg gel capsules i thought id give it a go.
These tablets are probably the most expensive tabs you can buy at about £4-£6 per box of 12, I always try to get the 400mg, and you just take 1 every four hours. As they are are liquid tab, they work very quickly, and i find my periods bearable now.
I must admit i only use these tablets when im in alot of pain as they are too expensive otherwise. But for me, pain wise they are the most effective.
Nurofen are expensive granted, especially since you can pick up nomal ibuprofen for 35pence a box. But for me, nurofen work alot quicker and really help with the pain much better.
Nurofen is not a brand that I regularly use, primarilly because its more expensive than its generic, plain ibuprofen alternatives. It is, however, a useful analgesic (painkiller) and reducer of inflammation.
~What is Nurofen?~
Nurofen is a brand of analgesic medication originally produced by Boots Healthcare- it has now changed hands and is manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser.
Nurofen can be bought in a number of different forms or preparations. The various formulations are tailored to ease specific pain-related illnesses. Nurofen, as a simple caplet (small sausage shaped coated/uncoated pill), is composed of ibruprofen. Ibruprofen is a useful NSAID (Non-Steroidial Analgesic Drug) which can be used in conjunction with paracetomol, between doses, if the pain is severe enough.
Nurofen Plus is another preparation that includes codeine (slightly addictive, so use with caution), and is highly effective in more severe pains such as period pain, migraine, or flu.
Nurofen Cold and Flu concentrates on the pain and congestion experienced with head colds and excessive catarrh. The decongestant pseudephedrine is combined with ibruprofen to have a two-fold effect on discomfort.
Nurofen Express is a capsule that is said to target pain more speedily, so that sudden onset pain can be quickly attended to. There are also melt in the mouth tablets available for people with problems swallowing pills.
Nurofen Gel is a similar to 'Ibuleve' in that it is a topical NSAID for use on muscular tension, aches and pains.
Nurofen for Children is also available for kiddies aged 3 months and upwards. Ideal for severe teething pain I would say! See packet for details.
~What is Nurofen Useful in Treating?~
NSAID's, like ibruprofen, which Nurofen includes, are effective in alleviating the following conditions:
*Muscular Pain*- Such as backache, or anything involving inflammation or burning discomfort.
*Menstrual Cramps*- Can be effective in easing the pain of period cramping.
*Headaches*- Especially tension headaches.
*Toothache/Earache/Sore Throat*- Again these involve inflammation, so Nurofen may help.
~Why Buy Nurofen?~
Personally I dont have a problem with buying cheaper, generic forms of ibruprofen. Sainsburys own-brand ibruprofen is often adequate for my needs. However, I would buy Nurofen if that was the only NSAID available, as its clearly an effective brand. Some people buy it for the snobbery factor of purchasing a major brand, but I think that most people buy it because the trust the brand. If youve had a raging headache and Nurofen has eased it, you may be inclined to buy it again.
Overall I like Nurofen, and I like ibuprofen. It is, however, not advised to be used with some conditions.
~Who Cant Use Nurofen/Ibuprofen Prepartions?~
Ibuprofen is actually a fairly safe medicine, as far as studies can confirm. Compared with other NSAID's, such as Aspirin (Anadin etc...), it isnt as problematic for people with gastrointestinal problems, ie. Stomach ulcers, IBS. People with such condtions should, naturally, take care and seek advise from the GP when taking these drugs.
Some people experience slight side-effects with ibuprofen. These include nausea, headache, and dizziness. Serious effects are pretty rare; this makes sense else why have ibuprofen as a non-prescription drug?
Ibuprofen should be avoided in pregnancy- especially in the third trimester, when its thought that miscarriage can possibly be induced. Seek advice from your GP.
~How Much does Nurofen Cost?~
Nurofen standard caplets approx £2.50 for 16 tablets
(Other Supermarket ibuprofen tablets can cost as little as 99p for 16 tablets)
Nurofen Express capsules are around £3.49 for 16 tablets, but the ChemistDirect site are offering them for just £1.99 at the moment.
The Nurofen Gel for muscular pain is about £8.99 for 50g.
Nurofen Capletsare similar to tablets but are oval in shape so that they can be easilyswallowed to quickly relieve pain, reduce inflammation and lowertemperature. They offer relief for: HeadachesBackachePeriod painDental painNeuralgiaRheumatic painMuscular painMigraineCold and flu symptomsFeverishnessNurofen can also provide pain relief for non-serious arthritic conditions