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Marymoose recommends Asda Paracetomol, but ALWAYS follow instructions!
Asda Paracetamol Caplets
Member Name: marymoose
Asda Paracetamol Caplets
Date: 03/04/13, updated on 03/04/13 (95 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent value caplets, as good as branded products.
Disadvantages: Extremely dangerous in overdose, slightly unpleasant tasting.
Although I try to avoid excess medication wherever possible, it is useful to have some painkillers in the cupboard for those odd occasions when my head suddenly feels like it's going to explode, or if I have mild period pains.
Until recently I felt I couldn't be trusted to have any painkillers in the house (due to mental health problems), but now I tend to have a few Paracetomol and Ibuprofen about (although not a lot) as if pain is worse, both can be taken together thus increasing pain relief.
---Asda Paracetomol 500mg Caplets---
These come in a box of 16 caplets (which is pretty standard) in a predominantly blue box (mine seems to be slightly different from dooyoo's picture). Inside the box the caplets are in 2 blister packs of 8. They also do packs of 32 available only at the pharmacy.
The caplets contain 500mg paracetomol and also contain E223. Paracetomol is used for the relief of mild to moderate pain, including among other things (read the box for a full list) headaches, toothache, and sore throats. They are also effective for relieving rheumatic and muscular pain, and for reducing high temperatures.
There is an instruction sheet in the box, so please make sure you read through this, even if you have read through them all before.
---Taking the caplets---
I believe that caplets are meant to be slightly easier to swallow than normal pills. These particular caplets are not sugar coated, so don't taste particularly pleasant if you accidentally catch a taste, however they're not as bad as some. If you have particular problems with swallowing pills then you might want to go for a sugar coated painkiller.
There is a score down the centre so that it can be relatively easily broken in half (although this can sometimes be easier said than done), which you might need to do if giving to children aged 6-12 where the dosage is halved (these are not suitable for those under 6).
The dosage is 1 or 2 caplets up to 4 times a day (with a glass of water preferably), but NOT exceeding 8 caplets in 24 hours. Make sure you don't take these with other paracetomol-based products, such as Lemsip. This is extremely important as paracetomol overdose can be fatal even in relatively small amounts, and it is really about the most unpleasant way to die - we were once talked through it in explicit detail by a doctor who attended our self-harm awareness training which I deliver. As the damage caused to the liver by paracetomol can accumulate, it's important not to take these for more than 3 days unless instructed by your doctor. ALWAYS seek medical attention in the event of overdose however small (whether intentional or accidental), as soon as possible. I really don't think people are fully aware of the awful consequences of paracetomol overdose, so if I can use my review just to reiterate this point, then my job is done!
These caplets cost 22p a pack in Asda (obviously!), so work out at 1.4p per caplet. They also do a slightly more expensive version which also contains caffeine, but I haven't tried these ones.
Shops' own-label medication contains exactly the same active ingredients as the more expensive branded products, so these are just as good as anything else. Definitely recommended, but use with care.
Summary: A good painkiller, but always follow instructions.