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      11.03.2014 15:52
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      Really does help to relieve symptoms

      There's nothing worse than a stuffy cold or flu, the runny noses, the inability to breath, the way it makes your head feel! Urgh! I know that a cold & flu will go away naturally given time, however I don't like to take time off work if possible, and I do swear by Lemsip products to speed up the process and relieve some of the symptoms.

      ***Product***
      There are 10 sachets in a box, so you will need more than one box per cold! I bought mine at Waitrose and at £3.50, it is quite a costly medicine I feel, but there are sometimes offers on that you could scope out. Also, price may depend on where you buy it from.
      It's really simple to administer, one sachet per mug taken every 4-6 hours. As this contains paracetamol PLEASE make sure you read the instructions first, don't take too many and don't take if pregnant or breast feeding.

      ***Effect***
      This really does help to relieve symptoms quite quickly. As well as the active ingredients in the sachets, the hot drink does help to relieve your throat & the smell helps to steam your sinuses. There are a couple of different flavours in the range, the original flavour is lemon, but I prefer the blackcurrant. Unlike most oral administered medicines, it does really have a nice taste. It does have a bit of a 'medicine' after taste, but it's not so much that it's unpleasant. If I feeling like I need extra support, I may go for the eucalyptus flavour as it REALLY helps to steam your sinuses and clear your head. There is also a Ginger & Honey flavour, but I'm not that keen on Ginger.

      ***Conclusion***
      I will be rebuying this every time I feel the symptoms lurking and as soon as I sniffle! It is expensive but I think that it is worth it.

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      30.06.2013 16:20
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      A nice remedy for cold and flu

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      I myself rarely get ill and yes this is lucky. I'd say it is around once a year I get a cold and in extreme cases where I really feel physically drained I will buy Lemsip. A few years ago I brought the Lemon one and really found it unappealing. It made me heave over the taste and smell. Last year when I fell ill again I bought the Blackcurrent one and though it still had the same heaving effect on me I thought it tasted a lot better than the Lemon and I could easily digest it. The product comes in a green box with the branding image of Lemsip on. The product is a purple powder that comes in a sachet and comes with 10 in a box.

      EFFECT
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      When taking this product I usually pour it into an average sized mug and add hot water. I have also found that adding a small teaspoon of sugar also helps to take the harsh bland taste away and adds a little sweetness. I usually inhale the steam through my nose to unblock it and then drink the mixture to sooth my throat. Of course, if you have one of these you can not take paracetamol. However, I find that this product is sufficient enough for three hours. However, sometimes having a blocked nose gives me a headache and this product does not rid me of my headache.

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      I bought these from Superdrug for £3.99. I think that is a fairly affordable price if you are having more than just your common cold. I would recommend this product if you are again having more than just the common cold. I would also recommend this if you do not like the Lemon flavour.

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      09.05.2013 22:07
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      A half decent Blackcurrant flavoured symptomatic relief for flu!

      Lemsip Blackcurrant

      Usually when I have a cold and cough I will buy supermarket own brand health products if I can get to them. However I don't always feel like making a long journey when I am ill and on my death bed and so just get to the closest shop or chemist possible to my house where they will more often than not have the more pricey products. I have had Lemsips many times over the years and of all the flavours available the blackcurrant is by far my preferred one.

      The Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Blackcurrant flavoured hot drink comes in a small, rectangular cardboard box. The box is very vibrantly coloured with the Lemsip Max branding across the entire front half of the packaging. There is a picture of a steaming purple coloured mug that represents the drink inside. The box contains five portions of blackcurrant Lemsip drink inside and retails for £2.78 in Asda.

      This Lemsip Max drink is meant to be used to fight against fevers, headaches and body aches, blocked noses, sore throats and chesty coughs. I only ever take this when I have a nasty cold and cough.

      Each portion of the drink comes in its own rip open sachet and you use one sachet per serving. To make the drink you pour the contents of the sachet into a medium sized mug. The blackcurrant drink comes as a dissolvable powder form that is a grey/purple in colour. Once in your chosen mug you boil your kettle and then fill your mug to the top and stir well until all of the powder has dissolved into the hot water.

      Once the drink has cooled slightly you drink this as you would a cup of tea or coffee, though it really is not as pleasant. I much prefer the taste of this blackcurrant drink to the classic lemon Lemsip drink, but I still wouldn't call it nice! The blackcurrant flavour is quite weak and very diluted and so you don't get a huge amount of fruity flavour when you drink this, you can however taste the paracetamol! Likewise the smell of blackcurrant in the drink is quite feeble, but does help to clear your nose slightly with the steaming vapours coming from your cup.

      This Lemsip drink, apart from not tasting too good, does help to relieve my cold and sore throat symptoms. When I am ill I find myself living off hot drinks continuously during the day and I have one or two Lempsips a day to boost my paracetamol intake and relieve some of the nasty symptoms and pains you get with having flu. It does help make me feel better and more normal if only for a short while whilst it is in my system. However I also find that the cheaper supermarket alternatives also do this for me so I do feel when I have these that I am paying a lot more money simply for the Lemsip branding.

      Ingredients

      1000mg Paracetamol
      12.2mg Phenylephrine hydrochloride

      Adults and children over 12: One sachet every 4 - 6 hours. Do not exceed 4 sachets in 24 hours.

      Always read the leaflet and check your paracetamol intake!!

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        09.05.2013 21:51
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        Its a 50/50 as to whether you like them or not, it divided opinion in our house

        =Lemsip Blackcurrant=

        I thought Spring was meant to start in March not Winter continue, but I sure like a lot of other people I came down with the usual sniffles, and as I was going away in March, I gave in and brought some Lemsip Blackcurrant drinks.

        =To Use=
        Once you have opened the sachet there is an immediate smell of blackcurrants but with a tangy smell, you just empty the contents of the sachet into a mug and add boiling water.

        Make sure you stir it well, otherwise you get a lumpy, grainy section at the bottom, I have to confess I have to add a teaspoon of sugar to make the drink drinkable for me.

        =Taste=
        I would love to its wonderful and tastes like warm drink on a winters evening, but those items that are good for us, aren't always the best tastes. The good news is there is no aftertaste, the smell is nice (a big plus point), and smells of blackcurrant.


        =Help for the sniffles=

        It is not a miracle cure, but it does provide some short term relief. The drink helps sooth your sore throat, and gives some relief to a bungy up head.

        The product does contain paracetamol based products, so if you are taking other cold relief products it is worth just checking the quantities.

        =Price and Availability=
        You can find a small size packet in most £1 shops, but they can also be purchased in Supermarkets and Boots.

        =Did they help me=
        They did help ease my throat, but for me I really would not buy these again, as I really felt that they were not the best product for me, yet, when Mr Thrifty has a cold, oh sorry I should re-name that man flu, he thinks they are brilliant and what a help they are to him.

        =Would I recommend=
        I would say if you can pick a packet up for £1, then buy them and have them in stock for the cold weather, it really does depend on the individual whether they are suited to them.

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        28.04.2013 15:26
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        A just-about drinkable cold remedy that works

        I can see from the window that spring has arrived, but somehow the colds are hanging on for a lot of people. Every year we run through various remedies, but how many really work? Lemsip is one of my stand-bys but I just can't stand the taste of the original lemon. How does Blackcurrant compare?

        Preparation

        Open the sachet, put the contents in a cup, add boiling water and stir - it's pretty easy. Make sure it's stirred in thoroughly because otherwise you end up with a gross grainy bit at the bottom of the mug and either have to down it with a grimace or go without some of the medicinal value.

        Taste

        In all honesty, the only thing going for the taste of Blackcurrant Lemsip is that it's not the Lemon one. It's drinkable but definitely not delicious. However, adding a spoonful of honey improves things no end, which is something I've never managed to achieve with the lemon flavour. The blackcurrant flavour also leaves less of an aftertaste, and can be chased away with a quick glass of juice. The smell is actually kind of nice and blackcurranty, which is nice if your cold isn't so bad you can't smell it.

        Effect

        Lemsip is never going to cure your cold, but it does have good short-term effects. The hot drink helps soothe your throat and clear your head a bit more than just tablets. Perhaps part of that is psychological as despite the bad taste it's quite comforting to have a hot drink when you're feeling yucky and flu-ey. Not to mention, sometimes it feels like anything that tastes so medicinal must be good for you! In my job I have to talk loudly a lot, and that really takes a toll on your vocal chords in winter. I've found having a convenient cup of Lemsip in the classroom helps me out with that. It's not enough to keep my sore throat and coughing down at night - I rely on night nurse to knock me out for that - but Lemsip is great for a daytime solution.

        Price

        Lemsip is fairly good value, usually about £4 for 10 sachets, and you can often get it on special offer, but I have tried the cheaper Boots Own version which works just as well.

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        09.04.2013 16:06
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        Lemsip - Yes, Blackcurrent - No.

        Lemsip is my 'go to' item when I feel a cold coming on. I'm pretty prone to the sniffles whenever the weather changes, so during spring and autumn I tend to get lots. As I like to save my time off work until I'm feeling better I tend to dose up heavily on paracetemol and carry on like normal (whilst moaning about it in a typically man like fashion).

        ===Lemsip===

        Lemsip is a brand of cold and flu remedies in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. It is manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser. It was originally made as a lemon flavour that was added to hot water to make a lemon (ish) flavoured hot drink containing a decongestant and paracetemol. Nowadays it's available in a range of capsules, pills, powders and comes in varying strengths and flavours including Wild Berry,Hot Orange and Breathe Easy flavours.

        ===Lemsip Blackcurrent===

        The pack I most recently purchased was the Lemsip Max Blackcurrent. This came in a cardboard box easily identifiable by the yellow and green packaging as Lemsip. The purple mug on the front easily shows that the pack contains the blackcurrent flavoured version.

        Inside the box are 10 Sachets of lemsip, each containing 1 dose (or one mug when diluted) of the magic lemsip cold curing powder.

        Each sachet containds 1000 mg of Paracetamol and 12.2 mg of phenylephrine hydrochloride. It also contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), sucrose and aspartame.

        Lemsip Max Cold and Flu Blackcurrent is used for the symptomatic relief of colds and flu. It treats headaches, Fever, Blocked noses, Body aches & pains and Sore throats. I think there are better products for aches and pains and proper decongestants for blocked noses, but as a 'treat all' cold remedy it covers everything a bit.

        The drink is made by ripping the sachet open (neatly along the top) and tipping the contents into a mug. It is easy to tear the packet and the powder pours easily without leaving any tricky bits to pour out inside.

        ===Suitable for?===

        These sachets are suitable for children over the age of 12 and adults. It is advised to take one sachet every 4-6 hours, but not more than 4 sachets in 24 hours. I won't recommend it but can say I've outdone the recommendations many times during particularly bad colds and never suffered any side effects.

        ===Flavour===

        The blackcurrent flavour attacted me to this version of lemsip as I am partial to ribena and other blackcurrent flavoured drinks. Dissapointinly the blackcurrent doesn't hide the sharpness of the other ingedients and it not as soothing as I was hoping for. I think it is too sharp for me and in future will stick to the standard lemon which I think hides the medicinal taste better.

        ===Does it work?===

        Lemsip doesn't cure instantly and I do find a cold last just as long if I don;t use it, however it does seem to reduce the effects a bit during the cold. I it works well at getting rid fo a headache and makes me more alert when pushing through in the office. During a sore throat it works well too and soothes for while (although i find glugging cough syrup more effective).

        ===Price===

        I'm not really one to go for name brand medicines all the time but tend to go for lemsip as I prefer the flavour to stores own brands which are cheaper. I paid £3.85 for 10 sachets from boots. This is more expensive than other brands but purely due to the improved flavour I think it's reasonable (despite disliking the blackcurrent it is a better flavour than elsewhere).

        ===Summary===

        Lemsip is a great product and does the job for relief from a cold. I disliked the blackcurrent flavour so it looses 2 stars as this is the only thing that differentiates from Standard lemsip. Lemsip- yes, Blackcurrent-No.

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          27.02.2013 19:37
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          Prefer them to the original lemon variety

          I've used Lemsip Max cold and flu sachets for many years and up until fairly recently I had never tried any flavour other than the lemon variety. Last time both my husband and I had a particularly bad bout of cold (he said he had flu) I bought us both some of the Lemsip Max Blackcurrant flavour sachets. I bought these from Tesco's where they were on sale for £3.79 for a box of ten small sachets. These are to be used in exactly the same way as the original Lemsip sachets - i.e. pour into a mug and pour on hot (not boiling) water.

          I must say I immediately liked the taste of these ones straight away and actually I prefer them to the original lemon flavour. I find the original lemon a little too tart, slightly bitter and they seem to leave an odd taste in my mouth. These ones taste of real blackcurrants and they also have a slightly warming and altogether more comforting taste than the lemon variety.

          Each sachet contains paracetamol so it's important that these are not taken with any more paracetamol tablets, though the pharmacist did advise me that I can take them with Ibuprofen for maximum effect, which I have done.

          They taste lovely and not artificial and not too sweet or sickly. There is no need to have to add sugar though my husband does like his with a small teaspoon of runny honey. They also contain a decongestant so if you have a sore throat or a chesty cough I find that they work well. They certainly ease aches and pains and help with a head cold, which I tend to get more than a runny nose type of cold.

          They are warm and soothing and taste very comforting whenever I feel I have a cold coming on. I also like to take them as a drink before bed just to help decongest my nose to help make me sleep better.

          I think they are certainly great value for money and a brand I trust and I do recommend them.

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          15.02.2013 21:10
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          Tastier than the lemon ones

          I don't think Lemsips are the most potent form of cold fighting remedy but they are nice and comforting and warming when you are feeling sorry for yourself.

          I quite like the lemon ones but for me the blackcurrent ones are just slightly nicer tasting as they are just a little bit less bitter and more palatable.

          The Max strength ones contain both paracetamol and a decongestant to help soothe and treat colds and flus. They come in powder form and you just empty a sachet in to a cup and then add boiling water to it and drink it.

          The fact that it comes as a hot drink is immediately comforting and I always feel this helps sooth my chest and throat straight away before the ingredients in it have even started getting to work.

          These always help to clear my head from that foggy feeling you get when you have a cold and they also do a good job of soothing my chest when it is sore. The decongestant in them works ok but there are other things which work better as a decongestant but they do make me feel better when I have drunk them even and if they don't take away all the symptoms they do help to lessen them so that I just don't feel so bad and can get on with things.

          I tend to only drink them at night as they are too much of a hassle to be making during the day when I am at work or even on days off when I have shopping to do and kids to drop off places. I usually use a liquid or pill cold remedy then but at night I actually look forward to having one of these as I really do find them soothing.

          The blackcurrent flavour in them is actually quite nice. It isn't too natural tasting but it does help to lessen the bitterness of the paracetamol and is sweet enough that it is quite nice to drink.

          These are always a good thing to have in the house just in case and you can pick up a box of 10 sachets quite cheaply at about £3.50.

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            08.02.2013 23:40
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            an ok remedy if you prefer a hot medicinal drink

            Sadly at work one of the heaters is broken and whilst we have 2 other heaters which are working a lot of us are currently moping around constantly making cups of tea/hot chocoalate/usually fruit tea in my case to try and keep warm and motivated! One of the girls is feeling a bit under the weather and so bought some Lemsip blackcurrant to help her feel better. As I saw it was blackcurrant and I had a bit of a sniffle too I decided to also make a mug!

            Lemsip Max Cold and Flu blackcurrent is used for the symptomatic relief of colds and flu aswell as headaches, body aches, fevers etc and contains Paracetemol and Phenylephrine as active ingredients. These can also be bought in lemon flavour but I thought the Blackcurrant sounded appealing when my friend offered me a mug. In a box comes 10 sachets of Lemsip powder which is really easy to make. Simply rip open the sachet, pour into a cup and add boiling hot water. Give a quick stir and voila! Your cup of Lemsip is ready to go!

            It essentially looks like hot blackcurrant cordial but instantly you can smell it is more than this as it gives off quite a medicinal aroma. I gave my mug a few minutes to cool down as I hate burning my tongue when drinking a hot beverage too soon, but within seconds of tasting a sip I was not too impressed! It has a subtle blackcurrant hint but the blackcurrant flavour is not nice at all! It has a really sharp after taste and is very artificial and sickly. As a hot drink to ease aches and pains and overcome colds and flu's it does it well but taste wise it is not impressive at all.

            As mentioned in terms of helping me feel better I did feel it kicked in quite quickly to relieve a stuffy and runny nose and leaving me feeling much perkier. I managed to finish the mug as I waited for it to cool down and then gulp it quickly as I did not like the taste but literally within 10 minutes I found it effective at warming me up and making me feel much better and able to get on with my work.

            With most medicinal products there are restrictions on using it and it should only be consumed by adults and children aged 12 years +, and one sachet should be taken every four to six hours as necessary, up to a maximum of four sachets in 24 hours. Those with conditions e.g. pregnancy should read the leaflet and consult with a doctor first.

            Overall this is definitely a good remedy for colds and flu's it is just a shame the taste is not one left to be desired! It costs around £4 in Boots for a pack of 10 sachets which is reasonable and not too expensive but I feel it works just as effectively as taking tablets which you don't have to taste when consumed with water! Of course it is not a solution to the cold/flu but it works well to relieve the symptoms so for this I probably would recommend it if tablets were not available!

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              08.02.2013 13:50
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              Tastes better than lemon Lemsip

              Despite not being a fan of taking too much medication unless it's really needed, any time I have a cold I always stock up on Lemsip because it is one thing that really makes me feel better. I find the medication in a hot drink form really soothing.

              This may sound dramatic but I absolutely despise the taste of lemon Lemsip to the point where it almost makes me gag. Even with sugar or honey added I just find the lemon variety unbearable. For this reason I always buy the blackcurrant Lemsip.

              I usually buy my Lemsip in a box of 10 sachets. In Tesco these usually cost around the £3.50 mark but can be found on offer from time to time. The Lemsip box is multi coloured and has the name of the product on the front and lists what it can be used to treat. Inside the box it contains 10 individual sachets. The sachets are made of paper and are easily ripped open. I think the sachets are really handy and when I am suffering badly from the cold I will often take one in my handbag to take at work.

              When you rip open the sachet, inside is a pale purple powder. When you pour it out into a cup the powder smells quite sweet. To prepare the Lemsip you simply need to add hot boiled water to the powder and give it a stir. The powder dissolves instantly leaving you with a dark purple liquid with no lumps. Sugar or sweetener can be added if desired but I think the blackcurrant variety tastes good and is sweet enough without anything added.

              So does it work? I find that after taking Lemsip, my cold symptoms are immediately relieved - the hot liquid really soothes a sore throat and also seems to help unblock my nose. As this product contains paracetamol it also helps relieve fevers and headaches. I find that when I have a bad cold, taking a Lemsip before bed helps me get a good night's sleep. Lemsip also contains vitamin C which can benefit your immune system.

              As this product contains paracetamol it is worth noting that you shouldn't take it along side any other paracetamol products. You should also take it no more than every 4-6 hours with a maximum of 4 sachets in each 24 hour period.

              All in all I think Lemsip is great for helping me recover from a cold. The blackcurrant variety is my preferred flavour. I therefore give it a 5* rating. Thanks for reading and I hope you found my review useful.

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                05.02.2013 13:37
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                A good remedy for cold and flu

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                Well, it's that time of year again. As the flu made its way around my family, I prided myself on being the last one standing. Of course one day after thinking this, my throat closes up, I can barely speak, my nose starts running, the sneezing fits begin and my temperature spikes up.


                Lemsip has never been my favourite remedy, mainly because it started off with just the one lemon flavour, which was so sour and made me want to throw up. When the blackcurrant flavour came out, I decided to give it a go, even though I didn't particularly like this flavour either.


                Lemsip comes in powder form in sachets. The blackcurrant flavour is a purpley colour, and it smells sweet right out of the packet. I pour this into a mug and fill three quarters with boiling water and one quarter coolish water, so that it is hot, but not tongue burning hot. The sweet smell gets a bit stronger when the water is added, you can almost taste the blackcurrant. Comparing this to the lemon flavour, the sweet smell is a lot nicer, and makes it easier to drink the blackcurrant lemsip.


                You have to make sure you really mix the powder in with the water, so it completely dissolves, otherwise when you get to the end the taste is extremely disgusting. The blackcurrant taste is very evident and it makes the paracetemol taste throughout the drink more bearable. The paracetemol taste is a bit bitter, you can taste that the lemsip is medicinal rather than just a blackcurrant juice. The bitter taste is a lot stronger towards the end of the drink no matter how much you try mixing to make the drink even. It does make me scrunch my face up as I finish it, and this bitter taste lasts a few seconds after you have finished the drink, after which the sweet blackcurrant taste lingers on for much longer.


                The important question...does it work? In a word...yes. The heat of the drink gives immediate relief while you are drinking. I tend to drink this just before I go to bed, and I find that the moment my head hits the pillow, the lemsip knocks me out till the late hours in the morning. So it does give me a good night's undisturbed sleep. It took three of these drinks, one a day for three days, for me to reach almost back to normal, the headache is gone, the runny nose and throat are cleared up, but I still feel weak after three days, so that is something that I think has to get better on its own.


                Overall, this is a great remedy for cold and flu, and this is something I would highly recommend.


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                19.09.2012 17:23
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                An effective allievator of a cold or flu

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                At the moment I'm suffering from a bit of a cold from the sudden temperature change and so I went to my foolproof which is always, since I was very young, Lemsip.

                The product:
                To produce a cup of Lemsip you take out a sachet of the stuff and rip off the top. Its then a case of empty out the contents of the sachet into the cup and simply pouring hot water over it. I then tend to stir the cup and wait for it to cool a little. Most people drink it while still quite hot as this is probably when its most effective at soothing a sore throat, but I'm not much of a hot drinks drinker so like I said I patiently wait. You can also buy Lemsip in tablet form now but I probably prefer the drink version as its always good to stay hydrated when sick and this way I make sure I do, and sometimes swallowing tablets can be a little painful, especially when you already have a sore throat.

                The blackcurrant flavour, as you can probably tell, tastes blackcurrant like. It is very sweet and especially the last sip of a cup, which is something I've found with every flavour of Lemsip I've ever tried. The soothing effect is pretty quick and it I do more often than not feel better than before. Its not the same as getting better and it is only a quick fix but I must say Lemsip is probably one of the best and most reliable cold and flu medicines I've tried.

                It is effective on removing the symptoms of headaches and body aches, fevers, sore throats and blocked nose. The last I find is probably easiest to remedy as its not necessarily the drink alone that cures it, but also the steam from the hot drink itself.

                How to take and what it includes:
                For adults and children aged 12 years and over, one sachet should be taken every four to six hours as necessary, up to a maximum of four sachets in 24 hours.

                Lemsip contains 500mg of Paracetamol and is suitable for use of those over the age of 12. It also contains Phenylephrine Hydrochloride which causes the blood vessels in your sinuses to contract and narrow, thereby decreasing blood flow into the linings of the nose and sinuses. This lessens the blocked up feeling you get and also reduces the production of mucus, helping to relieve a blocked nose.

                Price and availability: Lemsip in their sachet forms (the kind I prefer) cost around £4.20 which is pretty much standard for these kinds of products. You can usually buy them from pharmacies such as Boots and Superdrug, as well as some supermarkets in their healthcare sections.

                Conclusion:
                Overall this is definitely a product I would recommend as it is effective as it can be in alleviating the symptoms of a cold or flu. While it is not able to completely remove the illness, thats to be expected, so I wouldn't call it a fault of the product. The blackcurrant flavour tastes pleasant and isn't too difficult to swallow unlike some medicines. It is fast acting and lasts for about an hour which is reasonable I'd say. This is a product I always make sure to have tucked away in my medicine cabinet and will continue to do so.

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                I love the effects, I hate the taste.

                I've been using Lemsip to alleviate colds, blocked noses, chesty coughs, swollen glands and flu for ages. I recently wrote a review about the lemon lemsip sachets, which I absolutely love, and thought I would share my thoughts on the blackcurrant variety.

                I don't actually get ill all that often but I do tend to get swollen tonsils twice a year. I've been to the doctor about it and they've sort of come to the conclusion it is my bodies response to the weather changing. I know that sounds insane, but as a standard it happens twice a year so I'm not arguing with them. I don't like to go to doctors any more when I have it as they keep threatening to make me have surgery to remove them and that terrifies me. I started to try and medicate myself also because when they have given me antibiotics they always make me sick which isn't great. So when I begin to feel the onset of the swelling I use ibuprofen, cold and flu capsules and also lemsip to try and prevent it from taking hold.

                You get 10 sachets in this box which will generally last me a year of use. I tend to use 3/4 when I have swelling in my tonsils and then might use some the rest of the year when I have a cold or something. I tend to get ill during periods of high stress, which for me are usually when I've pushed myself too hard at work (I have 4 jobs so this is quite often nowadays...) or when I'm doing a teaching practice. When you are surrounded by smalls kids full to the brim with germs it is hard not to get ill.

                To make the hot drink you empty the sachet into a mug and pour on boiling water. It mixes easily and becomes a really soothing hot drink with helps to clear away any residual phlegm in your throat and relieves any pain. It tends to stop me from coughing for the next hour or so and definitely helps alleviate coughing in the night if I drink one before bed. You have to be careful taking it in conjunction with other pills because this sachet does contains paracetamol, so I tend to make sure I leave a gap of 4 hours before taking any other pills.

                I really love the lemon flavour but I have found that it has a slightly bitter, chemical taste to it which I put down to the paracetamol in it. I decided to try to blackcurrant to see if I preferred it. I actually find this flavour really overly sweet, I have always found the lemon quite sweet but this is counteracted by the sharpness. It does leave my teeth feeling sugary but the blackcurrant is by far worse. I would liken it to drink undiluted squash, and I basically just found it a really unpleasant experience. Taking the taste out of the equation it definitely helped to cure my swollen glands but I would definitely avoid using this flavour in future an stick to the lemon which I much prefer.

                This costs £4.99 for ten sachets, I wish I had been able to try a sachet without buying so I could decide I didn't like it before investing in an entire box. It's not so unpleasant I won't use it, and frankly when you are ill you just don't care. In future though I'll definitely be steering clear of this one and opting for lemon.

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                17.07.2012 00:47
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                A useful healthcare product when used with care

                ~Lemsip Blackcurrant ~
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                Lemsip blackcurrant is something that I have used to help relieve health issues such as cold and flu symptoms. I have found this product to be reliable and easy to use. The individual sachets come boxed in packs of 10 and keep very fresh for some time, as they are sealed well and generally have a long expiry date. There is plenty of information on the product box, which I always read prior to taking any of the contents. I like to keep some kind of similar sachet based remedy in the home, as you can often get caught out when colds strike and it can be helpful to be prepared. As these blackcurrant Lemsip sachets work so well they are often a first choice product, although Lemsip comes in lemon or blackcurrant flavour and both work as well as each other to reduce pain and bring down a temperature in my opinion.

                The blackcurrant flavour is very synthetic and tastes artificially sweet (although not too unpleasant), which does hide the slight bitterness of the paracetamol in this product. The information given on the product pack tells me I can use these little sachets to help me with a headache, a fever, a blocked nose, body aches and or pains and a sore throat. I can agree that these sachets do offer me some help in all those situations which is why I would recommend them. I find it very comforting to be able to take my warm mug of blackcurrant Lemsip back to my lair when I am suffering from a cold, knowing that in around 20 minutes I will begin to feel the benefits of it.


                ~ How do you take Lemsip? ~
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                I use one sachet of blackcurrant Lemsip with freshly boiled water as directed, mixing the contents of the sachet into a mug or cup with a tea spoon to give a nice even mix, as I find that if I don't stir the mixture well it makes the last cm or so of the drink taste quite strong and rather bitter/ sour . After around 20 minutes or so I begin to feel the effects of taking Lemsip and it begins to ease joint pain or relieve cold symptoms etc and lowers my temperature enough to make me feel more comfortable for a few hours. The decongestant in blackcurrant Lemsip is very good at clearing my nose when I have a cold. I have tried both the lemon and blackcurrant versions of these Lemsip powders and depending on my mood I can favour one more than another. Both taste synthetic, but as I know they will help me when I am feeling unwell with a cold I find them a welcome relief.


                ~ How often can I take these? ~
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                I generally find that the 3 or 4 sachets allowed per 24 hours can be rationed out over the course of the day and early evening, to give good results when using this product. I have found that taking one sachet just before bed time can give me the best chance of a good nights sleep when I have a bad cold. I never take a Lemsip on an empty stomach as the product does contain paracetamol and can cause upsets if used that way. The total number of sachets that an adult can take over any 24 hour period is 4. I make sure that I never take more than I should and I time when a sachet has been taken, sticking to the timings suggested on the pack strictly. By doing this I have been able to reap the benefits of using blackcurrant Lemsip sachets to help ease pain and congestion, without the worry of guessing how much I should or should not take. I feel that as long as I follow the directions given that there is no reason why these Lemsip sachets cannot safely ensure I feel a little better when I am in need of them.


                ~ Have you had an probelms with taking Lemsip? ~
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                I have had no issues with blackcurrant Lemsip sachets and have used them over a number of years as and when required. I feel that being able to take a multi effect painkiller and decongestant in a simple warm drink is the easiest option when you are suffering from a cold. The sachets are also very useful for those who are unable to take and swallow tablets or have issues with doing so.


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                I feel that when taken safely following the guidelines on the pack these blackcurrant flavoured Lemsip sachets work quickly and effectively for a good number of hours. The taste is rather synthetic but not as unpleasant as it might be and it can be enhanced with a little honey, sugar, or blackcurrant squash if you really feel you need to alter the taste to make the Lemsip taste more palatable. Over all I rate these as a very useful cold and flu health care item and want to give them a 5 star rating subject to taking them according to all directions given on the pack.

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                13.04.2012 11:50
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                Ok relief for when you're ill

                A couple of weeks ago, I was quite ill and had a really bad cold to go with it. I don't normally take anything at all while I'm ill but I could barely get out of bed and I only had a couple of days to get better before having to go back to work. Because of this, I decided it was time to get something to ease my symptoms and at least make me feel well enough to go to work and not just sleep all day.

                After heading to my local pharmacy, around the corner from my house, I picked up a packet of blackcurrant lemsip. For just under £5 I got 10 sachets although the price will vary depending on where you shop. I didn't really care what I paid as long as it made me feel better. The sachets come in a green and red box with the lemsip logo on the front. The box also explains that these can be used to relieve symptoms of Headaches, fever, blocked noses, body aches and pains and sore throats. It also states that this contains Paracetamol. Also on the box is a purple steaming cup which indicates the blackcurrant flavour.

                You can take one sachet every 4 hours and this dose is for adults and children over 12. In order to use it all you need to do is boil some water and mix them together in a mug. The power dissolves really easily so you only need to stir it a couple of times. I can't drink anything too hot though so I had to leave mine to cool down a little bit first.

                As soon as you add the water to the powder, you can instantly smell the blackcurrant which was a nice, especially as I had a blocked nose. The taste is quite sweet but not medicinal so it is really easy to drink. It didn't take long for the effects of this to kick in either. My head was feeling much better and I certainly didn't ache as much. However, I didn't feel much improvement with my blocked nose but I didn't understand how it would help that anyway. The good thing about lemsip is that it didn't make me drowsy and want to fall asleep again.

                While this is a good product to relieve symptoms, it doesn't last that long. Each sachet only made me feel better for about an hour and as you can only have one every 4 hours, that isn't very good. Still, they did make me feel better for a bit so I would still probably buy them again.

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