Product Type: Sudafed in Health Therapies / Treatments
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Sudafed Blocked Nose and Sinus Capsules
Member Name: supersonic75
Sudafed Blocked Nose and Sinus Capsules
Date: 28/11/12, updated on 29/11/12 (410 review reads)
Advantages: Help ease the pain and discomfort
Disadvantages: Prefer Sinutab as results are longer lasting/ not vegetarian.
When I suffer from a heavy cold it tends to linger for around 3 weeks, and generally starts with painful throat for around one week before turning into an head cold for a further week. Once my cold starts to get better it can go either way: turns into a chesty cough or heads into my sinus and refuses to come out resulting in sinusitis.
I remember the first time I suffered with sinusitis a few years back, the throbbing pain in my face was unbearable and at the time I had no idea what it was fearing it was more dental based as in an abscess, but a trip to the doctors, explanation from him of what it was and some antibiotics later, it cleared up. When I experienced similar pain, but to a slightly lesser degree again around a year later I headed to my local chemist and chatted with the pharmacist to see if there was anything strong enough I could try from over the counter and this was suggested and highly recommended - Sinutab - which I have used ever since. When I experienced the tell tale signs after my most recent cold I popped to my local Superdrug store at the top of my road and as I knew they didn't stock Sinutab so I had to buy the most suitable replacement that I could find, which was this - Sudafed - and which my review will now focus on.
**What is Sudafed?**
There are many types of different Sudafed products available for specific treatments including:
*Decongestant (spray and capsules)
*Blocked nose & headache
*Sinus pressure and pain
*Blocked nose & sinus
with the latter being the one I opted for.
According to the enclosed leaflet, Sudafed Blocked Nose & Sinus capsules ".. help relieve the symptoms of pain and congestion caused by sinusitis, which include stuffy nose, blocked sinuses, headache, fever, and aches and pains. The capsules contain paracetamol, an analgesic and antipyretic which helps to relieve pain and fever. Caffeine as a stimulant to help combat tiredness, and phenylephrine hydrochloride which is a decongestant.."
**Price, packaging and availability**
Sudafed is available from chemists (including Boots etc, as well as independent pharmacies), large supermarkets and places such as Superdrug, as well as online. Prices will vary depending where you choose to shop but I can reveal my packet of Sudafed from Superdrug set me back £ 3.89 with the prices ranging per shop from £3 upwards for 16 capsules .
The various different products tend to be in different coloured packaging with a white background being prominent and then an image of a face taking a deep breath in to indicate that it's a product that works. As I opted for the Blocked Nose & Sinus capsules the box is white with red imaging and Sudafed written in a strong black font cross the top. I would say the packaging is quite generic and although as mentioned I've been aware of the product for a while it's only through hearsay from other people as the product didn't particularly stand out amongst it's competitors on the shelves so I think it could do better as far as advertising is concerned.
**My experience of using this medicine**
As much as I do like Sinutab I find it's nearest availability (to me) is Lloyds chemist which is joined onto my doctor's surgery and around 25 minutes walk from my home. When you are already feeling run down and poorly the last thing you want to do is trek along the road to make a purchase, so when I spotted Sudafed which sounded fairly similar in Superdrug it sounded well worth a try, given the store is literally minutes from my home. I'd seen Sudafed before many times in various shops but this was the first occasion that I'd actually bought any to try so was keeping my fingers crossed that these capsules would help alleviate some of the intense pain I was feeling.
For anyone that hasn't suffered from sinusitis then the only way to describe it is a deep throbbing pain in the sinus area and though it probably varies from person to person I find the pockets in my gums tend to get affected (with all the 'left over' mucus from my head cold) which results in a pain similar to severe toothache with a constant throbbing pain. It's horrible and as soon as I feel it starting I do my best to help alleviate it by breathing in steam and taking medication such as the aforementioned.
The particular capsules I opted to try suited my needs at the time as I was still suffering from a cold as well as feeling the dreaded sinusitis approaching, and the fact they contained phenylephrine (like my beloved sinutab) was a drawing point. On purchasing these I wasted no time in following the dosage instructions of 2 capsules gulped down with water on my return home.
On opening the cardboard box these are housed in I then removed two blister packs, each containing 8 capsules each, and read through the enclosed information leaflet though the majority of the info I required was on the back of the packaging anyway. Each capsule is just over a centimetre in length and very colourful with half being red and the adjoining half being a vibrant blue so if you were to drop one by accident they would be quite easy to spot (unless you happen to have blue and red flooring..).
Swallowing the capsules are quite easy as they are made from a soft outer coating and with water slip down the throat easily without that powdery feeling left behind from taking tablets.
**Results and recommendations?**
I purchased my packet of Sudafed on a Sunday morning so was really hoping that they would have some impact on my sinus pain as I would have to wait until the following day to either go to a pharmacy or the doctors if need be. I found the capsules very easy to swallow and took 2 around 10am on the day of purchase finding within a period of around 20 minutes my pain started to wane slightly. As the day wore on I found it easier to breathe from my very bunged up nose but most importantly the throb, throb, throb pain pounding away in my gums and cheek area near to my nose started to subside to a lesser degree albeit still there so I took a further 2 capsules and found it continued to help.
As these contain paracetamol then the usual 'rules' apply of no more than 8 per day with spaces of at least 4 hours in between doses. I'm not about to go into too much detail about doses as all this information can be read on the back of the packet but I will add that they are not to be given to children under 12 years of age.
Whilst I have been very impressed with how they have eased my symptoms it's worth pointing out that they will not eradicate the problem completely they merely help lessen the pain and discomfort. I'm not one for buying products such as Lemsip's if I am suffering with a cold as I find paracetamol and hot water with honey & lemon suffice just as well at a fraction of the cost but when I suffer with sinusitis then I am willing to pay for a product solely designed to help as pain killers just don't do enough for me.
I would recommend these to other people who suffer from painful sinusitis as they definitely improved my symptoms and will buy them again in the future though having read through the enclosed leaflet in detail I came across the fact that gelatin is used (for the outer casing) so they are most certainly not vegetarian friendly.
Worked for me though I do still prefer Sinutab as I find the results are longer lasting but that's my own personal preference.
Summary: A good product that helped