Product Type: Asda in Health Therapies / Treatments
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Marymoose recommends Asda Ibuprofen, but ALWAYS follow instructions!
Member Name: marymoose
Advantages: Cheap, easy to swallow
Disadvantages: None - but always follow instructions and pay attention to warnings
I might as well jump on the dooyoo bandwagon and write a review of painkillers since everyone else is. Since we already had some Paracetomol/codeine tablets in the house I thought it would be useful to get some Ibuprofen for the medicine cupboard. As Paracetomol and Ibuprofen can be taken together when pain is particularly bad, it makes sense to have both available.
I do try not to keep large amounts of painkillers in the house due to my impulsivity and history of mental health problems. However, these days I feel I can be trusted sufficiently to have more than one packet in the house at a time, so bought 2 packs of 16 tablets (200mg) when we were in Asda the other week for 32p a pack - so just 2p per tablet. I am reviewing the tablet form which come in red and white packaging - there is also a capsule version as shown in dooyoo's picture.
Ibuprofen is a painkiller (a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug), particularly for rheumatic & muscular pain, backache, nerve pain, headaches, migraines, toothache, period pains, fever, and to relieve the symptoms of cold and flu. According to my packet, for those over 12 years of age (unsuitable for younger people), 1-2 tablets can be taken up to 3 times a day, but not exceeding 6 tablets in a 24 hour period. However, as already said they can be taken in combination with paracetomol.
There is no point in me reiterating all of the information as there is an instruction leaflet in the packet. However, I will reiterate that you should ALWAYS read instructions before taking medication, and to consult your doctor or pharmacist with any queries. It is important to note what medications Ibuprofen shouldn't be taken with, and the advice on Ibuprofen and pregnancy. Also I cannot stress highly the importance of not exceeding the recommended dosage. Although not as dangerous as Paracetomol in overdose (I don't think people appreciate the risks), I have to say that ALL overdoses are potentially fatal or can lead to long-term irreversible damage.
These particular tablets come in blister packs of 8 (do there's two packs in a box) and are white, circular, and sugar-coated. They are perhaps slightly smaller than a Smartie, and due to their sugar coating are very easy to swallow, although you should take with a drink just in case they get stuck on their way down. Unlike with some cheap painkillers there is no aftertaste. Personally I have no problems taking any tablets, in fact from the age of 4 onwards I demanded tablets when I had antibiotics as medicines made me want to throw up. However, I think that these tablets are ideal for those who might struggle - imagine it's a Smartie (but perhaps don't tell your children to think of painkillers as sweets as that could stop them realising the dangers of overuse), have a quick suck, and swallow!
---Do they work?---
Obviously this is subjective, and no two people have the same experience of pain. I find that either 2 paracetomol or 2 ibuprofen work for a mild headache (although admittedly my headaches are probably mostly psychological, so Smarties (I really have Smarties on the brain today) would probably work just as effectively). I do tend to prefer to go for Ibuprofen in the first instance as I am a bit more worried about the possible damage from paracetomol. I try to avoid painkillers whenever possible though of course.
When I have period pains (I'm ok when on the contracteptive pill, in which case 2 ibuprofen would do the trick) then nothing really seems to work aside from prescription strength codeine, and even then there's still pain. In those cases then it does help at least somewhat to top up with ibuprofen. I find that they work pretty quickly, but again this will vary from person to person.
It's useful to have some painkillers in the house for when pain strikes, as supermarket own products are just as good as expensive brands since they contain exactly the same ingredients, and I would recommend Asda Ibuprofen. However, I am not a medical professional, and would always say that people should pay attention to the instructions and medical advice over what is in consumer reviews.
Summary: Useful to have in the cupboard for when pain strikes