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Aquaban Tablets are something I tried when wanting to achieve a smoother look when wearing a rather fetching outfit to a family wedding. I didn't want any lumps and bumps to spoil the over all finish of my look and having been told by a friend that Aquaban Tablets can help towards ridding you of excess water and stop any bloated feelings/ look I decided to give them a try.
I bought my Aquaban Tablets from Holland & Barrett for £3.55 for a pack containing 60 Aquaban Tablets. These were the herbal ones and worked out as around 6p per tablet. Boots sell the normal ones for £3.49, the pack contains 30 Aquaban Tablets, which work out as just under 12p per tablet. Having a bloated or swollen tummy can be associated with PMS but in this case, this wasn't the whole issue as much as wanting to fit into the outfit was.
When your body is retaining excess fluids you get a puffy and bloated effect and if this is coupled with PMS, you can also get pain and tenderness too. This is something that many people find they get every few weeks as part of the bodys natural cycle, but Aquaban Tablets are meant to be able to help with that.
The product contains Ammonium Chloride BP 325mg although you can also get a herbal version containing Uva Ursi, Burdock Root and Clivers instead. The idea of Aquaban Tablets is that they can gently help to remove excess fluid/ water from your body and help to ease bloating and give a slimmer flatter more comfortable feeling.
When I took these I was hoping for really good results and I have to say I did notice some benefit, but no where near as much as I would have liked. The Aquaban Tablets I took were the herbal variety as I didn't need them to reduce bloating associated from PMS and the makers say its best to stick with these if you want to reduce general water retention.
One thing you shouldn't do when taking these tablets is try to reduce your intake of water. Although you may be feeling bloated and carrying excess fluids, cutting down on your drinks will not help to reduce this. In fact Aquaban say that you will encourage the excess water to be flushed out quicker by drinking your usual amount of water.
The Ursi, Burdock Root and Clivers in my herbal Aquaban Tablets are a natural diuretic which can work to help with that feeling of carrying too much water. These came in a similar box to the one shown here, except it was in green and white instead of blue and white. You should be able to find these in most major chemists and as with anything like this, if you are unsure about the product seek medical advice first.
The dosage for the tablets is 2 tablets, taken daily for up to 3 times per day. If you are taking them to cope with symptoms of PMS you need to take them between 4 to 5 days prior to your period. If taking them for general water retention you may start when needed.
I found the tablets easy to take with a glass of water and only took them for 3 days. I did find they worked to some extent, but as I had left it rather close to the date when I was attending the function, I don't feel I gave it long enough for these to fully work for me. There was a small reduction in bloating and my outfit did feel a little better in terms of fit. Other than that I didn't notice anything dramatic and am unsure if I would use these again.
To give these a rating I feel they ought to get 3 stars, as I did notice some benefit, but only to a small degree. I do feel that they may be worth trying if you suffer from PMS and if taken for longer for that reason, they may give better results.
Having looked at the info about the tablets, it says that you should avoid these if you are pregnant, breast feeding or taking anything prescribed by your GP. Its always best to find out if these will be suited to you prior to buying them too.
Every month about a week before my period is due to start I always feel terribly bloated and swollen in my tummy. This inevitably makes me feel bad tempered as all my clothes get tight and uncomfortable. My sister has used Aquaban before and swears by it so I thought i'd give it a try.
I bought it from Lloyds pharamcy and it cost me £3.45 for a box of 30 tablets. The information on the box states that Aquaban is designed to help eliminate excess water. The box is a very simple design. Blue and white and the tablets themselves are a nice size. I had no trouble trying to swallow them and they had no aftertaste to them.
Each tablet contains 2 diuretics that help to get rid of water and the ingredients in each tablet are:
Ammonium Chloride BP325mg
Caffeine Anhydrous BP100mg
They are only suitable for women suffering from pre-menstrual bloating. They mustn't be used to eliminate regular bloating. Also they are only to be used by women 16 years and over.
The directions are for 2 tablets to be taken 3 times a day, after a meal. Start taking them 4-5 days before your period is due to start and stop as soon as it has started.
I was a little dubious about them, I didn't think I would see much difference but I was wrong. By the end of the first day of taking them my stomach was slightly less swollen and didn't feel as tender as it normally does. The second day I was able to wear my jeans without them feeling tight and I found that as a result I was a lot more cheerful! These tablets definately helped to reduce my bloating and I found that my stomach was almost the same as at any other time of the month. By the time my period had started I had sufered virtually no problems. I also had lost 2 lbs that week at my slimming world class whereas norally my time of the month sees me staying the same or gaining a lb. An extra bonus!
The only down side to these tablets is that I find that I need to use the loo a lot! I guess that it is a way of eliminating the water and I would much rather weeing a lot than having to suffer the painful bloating for a couple of days.
I can't praise these tablets enough. They are a good price and show great results. 5 out of 5.
I have always felt bloated in the run up to a period and seeing me puff up without fail was really getting to me now, I thought enough is a enough I'm going to find something from superdrug for it. There in superdrug I was confused what to go for, there was a choice of two products one that looked like cheapo water retention tablets and the other was Aquaban. With Aquaban, the name sounded familiar, so thought I should go for this one. Still confused if it would work and whether I wasted £3.49 on it, I searched on dooyoo to see if anyone had reviewed it. Seeing foxyred's review I got excited and it gave me the confidence to try it. Some medications I just dont react well too and it fills me with doubt whether to risk feeling more ill trying something new.
Aquaban comes in a white box with picture which I'm assuming is suppose to be water. On the box it says it eliminates excess water helping the particular pre-menstrual symptoms associated with water retention. It contains 30 tablets, these are light blue round tablets with a 1cm diameter and are tasteless.
It also comes with a leaflet which tells you very little on the actual product, but there is a warning not to take it if your suffering from liver or kidney problems, if your pregnant or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. As far as I know I'm not allergic to the ingredients.
The leaflet also mentions to discontinue use if you experience abdominal pain, nausea or headache. Since you are suppose to take these tablets 4 to 5 days before a period, taking 2 tablets 3 times a day after food, I started to take them and everything was fine on day one, but in the middle of night I was suddenly wide awake and felt really nauseous, overall it was a bad night I did not sleep. Thinking nothing of it I still continued to take another dose in the morning. Still feeling nauseous, I had a quick look at the box at the lunchtime just before my next dose and noticed it contains Caffeine Anhydrous and it made me wonder is this actually a form of caffeine or something entirely different.
Well Caffeine Anhydrous products infact can contain as much caffeine as one or two cups of coffee so no wonder I was wide awake all night. To be honest caffeine is not the best product to consume when your premenstrual, it makes my mental symptoms worse, so yes I get tense and abit more psycho then when I am premenstrual usually. Although caffiene is a diuretic, I do find it funny they dont recommend that you should miss it out or reduce it, considering the rest of leaflet talks about the symptoms of pms, the cause and what to do about it.
I still have no idea what contributed to my nausea, maybe that too was the caffeine's fault. Overall this product did not work for me, as I couldn't continue to take it and it made me feel dreadful. Though just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean it wont work for others because everyone reacts differently to medication. It's such a shame I couldn't tolerate it, I'm just going to have to drink loads of water and visit the loo more frequently, oh what fun :(
Ok I'm a bloater! I retain water like a good un particularly around that dreaded 'Time of the month' which is what brought me on to the purchase of a product such as this.
I have always noticed around the time of the month that my belly feels rounder and my tight fitting clothes look to small for me. I never realised why really until not so long ago and I spotted an article about such matters and the woman talking about it mentioned these and that is what prompted me to buy a couple of boxes on impulse to try!
White and light blue box (the blue bit on the box looks like water lol) and I'm told on the front of the box that they are indeed Aqua Ban Tablets 'Helps reduce pre-menstrual bloat, puffiness and tenderness by eliminating excess pre-menstrual water weight' and then I'm told that my box contains 30 tablets within in. Other information given on the box includes tells me a little bit about the product, the ingredients are listed and directions for use are given and of course contact details for the company that manufactures the product are also listed. Inside the box there is a leaflet fully listing warnings and some of the information given on the box all over again and then inside the box there are 2 'trays' of pills that you simply push to pop the pills out of. Easy enough to understand all the information given and the pills are easy enough to remove out of their foil and see-through plastic trays of course.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Box:
Each month up to 2-3lbs of excess water can be trapped in your body tissue just before your period. AquaBan diuretic tablets work to gently help your body eliminate excess water.
All you do is take 2 of these light blue and round tasteless tablets four of five days before your period is expected. You take them 3 times a day and after meals.
Easy to take, simply take them with a glass of water or whatever. They are only the size of a standard round paracetamol and for that reason easy enough to take.
Do They Work?:
For me yes they do actually. I started to keep a record of when my period is/was due and found that all I needed to tide me over was one box of tablets.
I wasn't sure what to expect from them though really. Reading that they are/were a diuretic I thought maybe they'd make me pass more water and I'd be spending my life on the toilet. That for me simply isn't true and I haven't noticed any change in my passing water habits at all which is a good job as I have been doing a few car boot sales of late from 5am till 2pm and toilet facilities haven't been good!
I have noticed that I'm not so bloated as I used to be and that my clothes are no where as tight as they once were. I'm also not as tender and all round more comfortable. These do not combat pain as such but for sure, if your not feeling so bloated and/or tender they are great and you do feel a bit better even if you get cramps.
I really do like and appreciate these and always have a few boxes of them knocking around my house. You take them with pain killers etc too making them a great extra product to take to help you through tender women's times! Excellent and a must try for women with period issues!
At about £3.59 a box (in Superdrug and Boots and all good chemist and supermarkets) these are also available in herbal option.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Aquaban is a licensed medicine that comes in tablet form / It contains two diuretics that help you get rid of the water that builds up in the bodys tissues and cells, relieving the uncomfortable puffiness and tenderness associated with PMS.