“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Dosage Form: Tablets „
Sometimes I like to have a big blow out night with some close friends. This usually consists of one of my home-made curries, some nibbles and a big cake that my husband makes. Obviously all this rich food can sometimes cause problems, including indigestion. I like to have antacids to hand but a few months back I was over at my friends and she gave me these to try. I was pleased with the results and promptly snapped some up the next time I was in Sainsburys.
I wouldn't say that I suffer from indigestion often but from time to time I have problems and these are needed to help fix me up. I love a nice spicy curry and foods that don't really agree with me all the time so antacids are ideal for helping me enjoy what I love without having indigestion, heartburn or just feeling a bit peaky come the evening when I'm trying to go to sleep.
These tablets come in a little carboard box which contains 48 tablets. There are 4 blister packs and each one holds 12 tablets. This means that I can keep some in my handbag and have some in my medicine cupboard at home too for easy and quick access to them. The box contains all the usual information, including usage instructions, that I would expect and everything is simple to understand.
With regards to these tablets they should be sucked or chewed for best effect. With no more than 16 tablets to be taken in a 24 hour period. I usually pop 2 of these tablets in my mouth, suck them for a few minutes and then when I get bored of them I chew them up and the chalky texture gets all over my teeth. There are four different flavours in each box of 48 with cherry, orange, blackcurrant and lemon being on offer. Each of the tablets is a relevant colour based on taste and I find them simple to see and I always know what I am getting. These tablets are made from calcium carbonate 500mg and each tablet has a really thick chalky texture.
The first time I used these tablets, at my friends, I was a bit taken aback by the fact that they were so chalky and the flavour was so strong. The flavours are nice, strong but not overpowering. The lemon flavour is sore but this isn't a bad thing and takes away from the horrible chalky texture and taste that I would associate with that.
I have used these recently for both indigestion and heartburn. I've been really please with the results and find that as soon as I have chewed these up they get to work and within about 15 or 20 minutes I start to feel some relief and shortly after my symptoms have gone completely. I must say that the acid burps and pain of heartburn is removed quickly and effectively. The chalky texture is a little bit irritating and disgusting for me but I feel that it is worth it for the relief that these tablets provide. Having my chest go from feeling full and like its burns to feeling normal again is worth every penny for me. These are £1.80 which is far cheaper than 32 Gaviscon tablets that are over £4 usually. I love to save money and these are a real bargain that work effectively, quickly and leave me feeling fantastic again! 5/5 from me!
=Sainsbury's Fruit Flavoured Antacid Tablets=
When I was expecting Miss Thrifty (a few years ago now0, my midwife use to joke that she could identify a pregnant lady by the contents of her bag -the give away a bottle of Galveston!
I'm pleased to say that now I only occasionally get indigestion, on one occasion in the middle of a supermarket, knowing that I don't like Galveston (sorry) off to the Pharmacy for advice.
The pharmacy recommended that I try the own brand (Sainsbury's), Fruit Flavoured Antacid Tablets.
The box is similar in colouring to Sainsbury's range, with a dark green and white box, with details on the box, explaining the name and some information about the product.
There is also an information leaflet in the box.
The active ingredient within the tablets are 500mg of Calcium Carbonate, this ingredient relieves heartburn and indigestion.
=Away we go=
Inside the box there are four foil sheets, and each set has a dozen tablets, to release the tablets you just push through the foil. Each set foil strips have one set of the flavours.
The tablets are flavoured in Orange, lemon, Cherry and blackcurrant, the tablets are colour coordinated to match the flavour.
=The Taste Test=
I was told to take 1 to 2 tablets, and to suck or chew the tablets, but not to take more than 16 tablets in a 24 hour period. The first thing I noticed is that the tablets have a very chalky taste and texture, but if they do the job I was willing to try anything.
They were not the best tasting tablets, as they had a really chalky taste and texture, and I will be honest that if I had of been at home, I would have suffered in silence, but out and about needs must, then I hit the tablets after about 15 minutes I did notice an improvement, and I would say overall that I had about 75% reduction in heartburn, but why does the product have to taste so chalky.
Orange - I must say that at first I wasn't sure whether I was eating orange or lemon flavour, as it was more citrus than an orange taste.
Lemon - After trying the lemon, I could easily identify this as the lemon flavour, it was strong and had a bitter taste, at least this taste masked some of the chalk taste.
Cherry- At the start I would have said I was looking forward to trying the cherry, as I associate Cherry with sweetness and summer days, but this was more like the sour cherry sweets that you get as a child - but this did mask the chalk taste, although it was more of a competition of which tasted worse the cherry or the chalk.
Blackcurrant - In theory this would have been the last flavour that I would have liked as I associate blackcurrant with ribena, and if it's used for anything else it's a cheap version, but I have to say that I found the blackcurrant the nicest of the flavours. If I had a choice of one flavour only I would prefer the blackcurrant.
A pack of 48 tablets cost about £2.00, which compared to liquids this is very competitive.
This is only suitable for children aged 12 plus and adults.
There are full instructions included in the box, explaining about the tablets, health, when not to take them, when to take and how, which I found the information very informative.
=Would I recommend=
This may sound totally mad after I have done nothing but moan about the tablets, but yes I would recommend them, as they did really help relieve the symptoms, they were cost effective and handy to keep in the house or pop a strip in your bag for emergencies.
I was impressed with one part of the information that can take the tablets as a preventer, so if you know that you suffer heartburn after going for a curry you could take these before hand, although I have not tried this, so can't say how reliable it is.
Heartburn is not the nicest of problems and most of the remedies tend to be chalk based, so my hands are tied on the fact of that, but at least the flavours do try to mask the chalk feeling.
I would say as the old saying goes - what is good for you doesn't always taste nice.
We all get bloated now and again, some more than others. I have had a lot of stomach cramps and complaints for a number of years now due to different reasons, but indigestion is one thing that can be treated and prevented by taking antacid tablets. Sainsbury's Fruit Flavoured Antacid Tablets are a cheaper alternative to the branded products. Antacid tablets can be taken just after foods such as a spicy curry, I usually take them before bed if I have eaten a late night snack.
I don't really see a difference between these antacid tablets and the more well-known branded ones, but I find that they are a lot cheaper so I look out for the supermarket brands. The box is similar to most Sainsbury's medication, with a white and dark green box with details outlining the product name etc. The tablets contain 500mg of Calcium Carbonate which is the ingredient that relieves heartburn and indigestion. Inside the box there are four individual foil sheets with a dozen tablets on each one, which can be pushed through the foil to release them.
The literature with the tablets informs that they are helpful for digestion, acidity, dyspepsia, heartburn and flatulence. You are also informed ot suck or chew 1 to 2 tablets if you are an adult or child over 12 years old. A maximum of 16 tablets in a 24 hour is advised, but I cannot imagine taking that many!
The tablets themselves come in a variety of flavours; blackcurrant, orange, lemon and cherry. Each flavour is coloured appropriately so you can pick which flavour you want. I don't have any preference and take any flavour, but some may be more selective. I like the choice and it also gives me a bit of variety. I do find these tablets a little chalky and they can dry your mouth out, but they aren't anywhere near as such products used to be years ago.
The effects of the tablets are that my stomach doesn't get awful cramps and heartburn and indigestion are either quelled or prevented (depending on when I take them), so I would safely say they do work. A large pack of 48 tablets costs around £1.50 from Sainsbury's, so they are priced very competitively against branded alternatives. Personally I think there is no question that the Sainsbury's Fruit Flavoured Antacid Tablets are value for money.
When it comes to indigestion I don't get it loads but I do occasionally and always have some antacids on my person just in case. I'm a late night snacker and I love spicy foods and as an example I was visiting a mate in her caravan the other night and ended up supping baileys, eating a vegetable madras with a spicy naan bread and then ate 9 mince caravan made mince pies! I enjoyed myself but the heartburn I experienced once home told me I'd over done it all lol.
One of the packs of antacids I get rather often is these one's from Sainsbury's and the reason I get them is not only cos they're effective but also because I believe they're very economical too and rival leading brands but for a much lower price tag.
White and Dark green coloured box with a picture of a couple of the tablets on the front and then in grey and white writing I'm told that they are Sainsbury's Fruit Flavoured Antacid Tablets 'Calcium Carbonate 500g' and that they're for fast indigestion relief and that in my box there are 48 tablets inside it. Other information on the box includes being told what they are good for, directions for use are given, ingredients and storage advice is listed, lots of warnings are given and contact details for Sainsbury's are also given as usual on Sainsbury's own products. Inside the box there are 4 foil trays with 12 tablets residing in each and they push out to take them with real ease.
What Are The Tablets Good For?:
Directions For Use:
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years: 1 or 2 tablets to be sucked or chewed, as required up to a maximum of 16 tablets in 24 hours.
Round and within the box you do get a selection of flavours which are Blackcurrant, Orange, Lemon and Cherry and the colours of the tablets are chalky looking but match the colour of the flavours I.E Orange tablets are orange etc. They are not big and they actually all taste really nice if not a tiny bit sour but they all taste natural and as you'd expect the flavours to taste.
Do They Work?:
I swear by these for indigestion. I chew a couple and they offer immediate and effective relief super quickly but remember I don't have a medical complaint and I know that my problem really is indigestion as I'm a piglet. I personally only use them to treat this problem but I know my Mother has used them when she's had an upset tummy and that in her opinion they help with flatulence so if I ever had that issue I sure would try them for that too!
For £1.45 a box of 48 tablets that taste nice and work well for me I think they are a true bargain. Handy size of box that looks nice enough to shove in a handbag or whatever I wouldn't be without these now!
Only available in Sainsbury's stores.