Product Type: Tesco in Health Therapies / Treatments
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Tesco Diarrhoea Capsules
Member Name: minimunchkin
Tesco Diarrhoea Capsules
Advantages: Work fast, good value
Disadvantages: Can leave you blocked up for a couple of days
Over the last few years I've been struggling with an upset tummy, it puts me off eating when we are out and about because 9 times out of 10, I will need to use the toilet after I've eaten and I find extremely embarrassing having to go in a public toilet.
Recently, due to changes in my diet and the medication I take, it has settled down quite a bit but I still always have a packet of these in my bag whenever I leave the house. As the box and the tablets themselves are pretty small, I can easily carry them around in my bag without them bulking it out or getting in the way. The tablets are very easy to swallow and I have in the past swallowed them without water although I prefer not to do this.
In the past I have used branded diarrhoea tablets such as Imodium, being under the impression they were better than the own brand alternatives. It's only when I read an article somewhere explaining that as long as the active ingredient was there, it would do the job just as well. The active ingredient in diarrhoea tablets is Loperamide Hydrochloride, as long as the product you are buying contains this, they should work regardless of the brand.
Tesco's own branded tablets cost 80p for 6 capsules (as ove 26/03/13) each tablet contains 2mg of Loperamide Hydrochloride. In comparison Imodium Original tablets can cost from £2 for 6. (In Boots they cost £3.19!). The tablets come in a Tesco branded box with the active ingredient stated on the front and how many is in the packet. Inside you will find a blister packet with the tablets and a leaflet, if you haven't taken this kind of tablets before; I advise reading it before taking them. You can buy these tablets over the counter, no prescription is required although you do need to be 16 years old to purchase them and they aren't suitable for children under 12 years old.
Initially you take two tablets and take further tablets if you have to go to the toilet again within a 24 hour period, taking no more than 6 tablets in that 24 hour period. I usually find two works fine but sometimes I have taken more. There are no immediate side effects to taking these tablets; however, they can leave you unable to use the toilet for a day or two after taking them.
I personally don't take these tablets when I have a bug or virus etc. instead I go with the "better out than in" school of thought. But if you just suffer randomly from an upset tummy and you are out and about, I definitely recommend them and for the price, they are very good value for money.
Summary: Good for relief from a troublesome tummy
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