“ Brand: Asda / Form: Capsules / Dosage Form: Capsules / Type: „
I've not been looking forward to writing this review, but hey - miles are miles, and every little helps ... oh no sorry, wrong supermarket!
The reason I don't want to revisit it I guess is pretty self explanatory ...not a pleasant time! It was my partner who was suffering and he had been suffering for all of one evening, all through the night, and all the next morning. Throughout this time, he was reluctant to take any anti-diarrhoea tablets, he is a believer in just letting the bug go through his system in its own good time. His view of these medicines is that they are "ready-mix concrete for your insides"!
Anyway, after about 18 hours of constant trips to the smallest room of the house, he was completely exhausted and had enough - he had to give in. I had some out of date immodium in the cupboard, but I had no dioralyte left so I had to make a trip into town, to Asda. These tablets were naturally merchandised right alongside the immodium, and considerably cheaper. I can't remember how much I paid, but looking on line now it seems pretty obvious why it was a no brainer - these Asda tablets are showing up at 80p for 6 whilst Immodium were about £3 if I remember rightly. I looked at the active ingredient, and it was the same, loperamide Hydrochloride, 2mg.
I hurried home with these and some more dioralyte, and followed the instructions - he took two capsules right away. They were easy to take - the plasticy type capsules, and they are really small and thin too - which is a good job as he wasn't even able to drink large quantities of anything. They are packed in a foil-backed blister strip inside the box, very easy to pop through the foil. There is a comprehensive leaflet in the box with how to use, and who and when the medicine isn't suitable, when to see a doctor etc. Anyway, a couple of sips of water and each one was gone. He went to the loo just once more after that. He took one more tablet and that was the end of his visits - he could at last start to take on some serious fluids and start to get back on his feet. I was really amazed how quick these capsules worked, and will make sure that if the rest of the pack get used or if their expiry date gets near, I will restock and make sure in future they are always to hand.
I do understand why he and some people are reluctant to take medicine to stop diarrhoea but when your body needs it to stop so it can start to recover, this medicine certainly did the trick at a bargain price.
I hope I managed to convey how impressed we were with these tablets, and what excellent value they were, without getting too far into the real details of the events of that weekend!!
I tend to suffer with a couple of tummy upsets every month, which has been diagnosed by my GP as being due to stress, which can be a real pain in the backside - literally! Whilst many people would allow the problem to work its way through their system, I cannot tolerate the awful pain and trips back and fore the toilet, so I choose to treat it with over the counter medication.
I do not believe in spending my hard earned cash on brand names products, which cost an arm and a leg particularly as I have found that supermarket own products are just as effective with their identical ingredients. The product I have been using for a good few months is Asda's Anti-Diarrhoea Capsules, which are suitable for adults, the elderly and children over the age of twelve years with this review discussing my experience.
The caplets are available in only one size with six being contained within a cardboard box, which is fairly appealing to the eye. I am pleased to witness the presence of Braille on the front of the packaging, which generally tends to be the norm with medication these days. The marketing claim is that one dose can stop diarrhoea due to the 2 mg of loperamide hydrochloride content in each of the capsules.
When I experience the first tell tale signs of stomach cramps I remove one of the small grey and turquoise capsules from the foil blister packaging, which is an easy task and swallow whole with some water. I would advise that the recommendation is to initially swallow two capsules followed by a further two after the first loose motion. However, I find that I need only one capsule and within around ten minutes my symptoms gradually begin to ease. I generally find that within an hour, all diarrhoea symptoms have totally disappeared. There has been only one occasion where I have needed to take an additional dose, but again, I have taken only one capsule, which has been highly effective. Whilst this is not something I have ever needed to do, for each further loose stool, one capsule should be taken with no more than six being consumed in a twenty four hour period.
I generally experience major difficulties with swallowing pills, as they often turn in my throat, but I find the capsules extremely easy to swallow and there have been a few occasions where it has been necessary to take them without water when I've been out and about. In addition, the capsules do not leave any nasty taste lingering in the mouth, which is a major issue I am currently experiencing with my sleeping pills. The capsules are highly effective due to their loperamide hydrochloride content, which, according to the accompanying double sided leaflet, is an anti-diarrhoeal medicine, which helps to stop diarrhoea by making the stools more solid and less frequent.
A few of my friends were initially apprehensive when I recommended these capsules, as they were concerned that once the diarrhoea had ceased, that they would suffer with constipation. However, I can report of only two occasions where this happened to me, but it was very short lived with my body returning to normal within a couple of days. Whilst I am recommending these capsules, I would not advise they be used if your symptoms persist or last for longer than twenty four hours, as a GP should be consulted.
I do not intend copying the contents of the accompanying leaflet into my review, but would advise that there are a number of do's and don'ts as with any medication. However, I would advise that the capsules contain lactose and those consumers with certain medical conditions, which are listed in the leaflet, should initially consult their GP before using. I would also advise that the capsules contain gelatine, so they are not suitable for vegetarians.
A pack of six Asda Anti-Diarrhoea Capsules are priced at just 80p and are extremely affordable when making a comparison with the leading brand, which will set you back £3 for the same pack size. Due to the reasons discussed above, I feel a five star rating to be appropriate.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.