Product Type: Bayer medicinal products
Newest Review: ... them again cramps struck me once when I was at my sisters and she gave me some Feminax Ultra and I was surprised that as well as helping ... more
Beyer's new Feminax gives you wi-ings!
Member Name: jazzsue58
Advantages: Powerful rapid pain relief, fast acting, few side effects.
Disadvantages: Hard to swallow - they mustn't be broken in half.
Then along came the government health czars, who decided that having two narcotic ingredients (hyoscine and codeine) in the same medicine was A Very Bad Thing Indeed, and promptly turned Feminax into an upmarket form of Co-codamol. As anyone who has tried this later version can testify, this was totally ineffective. You got just as sleepy, only you couldn't get any relief because the cramps kept you awake. And the new formulation was no safer if, like me you discovered you could replace the old tablets with a cunning mix of generic Co-codamol, Pro-plus and Kwells. (Hyoscine is the staple ingredient of most travel sickness cures, for some reason. Mystifying.) My pharmacist suggested Ibuprofen, but even Nurofen Plus - which contain codeine - gave me very limited relief.
Ibubrofen, along with aspirin, is an anti-inflammatory agent. It's also one of a class of drugs known as Prostoglandin inhibitors, or PGIs. Period cramps are caused by a release of prostoglandins from the womb, causing the muscle to contract (It helps to have a background in pharmacology, sometimes). Unfortunately, up till recently only the weaker, non-specific PGIs were deemed suitable for over-the-counter use. Others, like Mefenamic acid, were only available on prescription. Like many women, I'd been prescribed this but found it innefective; plus, there were a lot of side-effects - among them, the kind of "acid tum" you get with aspirin if, like me, you have a weak stomach. I found out this was because the pills get broken down and released into the gut, where the acid denatures them before they have a chance to get to where they are needed.
Naproxen is a relatively new drug, very similar to Mefenamic acid but better tolerated and more pain-specific. Because there was such a lot of information already available regarding its safety etc, it wasn't long before it was released onto the open market. Thus it was that, earlier this year, Beyer's Feminax Ultra Naprofen was released for general sale.
Sorry for the biology lecture, but I thought it was important you know why this product is so damn good. Especially if, like me, you avoided it initially because it wasn't the same formulation as the original. The only ingredient in this new package is the one replacing the anti-spasmodic of old. There's no paracetamol, codeine or caffeine. But it's a hundred times better as a result.
I just wish I'd found out earlier. My daughter is even more of a misery guts than me, come period time. I tried out Feminax Naprofen by pinching one off her, one month when we had both 'come on' together, and I was curled up in agony on the sofa while she was out doing rollerblading somersaults with two Afghan hounds.
Ten minutes later, I was hunting for my skateboard to join her.
Quite simply, I cannot rate this product high enough. Anything that cheers my daughter up gets my vote straight away, but in my case it has put an end to years of misery, which were only slightly assuaged by buying the best that was available then. The pills come in packs of ten, enough for up to 5 days supply. They are relatively expensive, but I rarely need to take more than one a day so one pack lasts a long time.
I get none of the dry-mouthed drowsiness I used to, and since the cause of period pain is completely annhialated at source there is no need for any other pain relief. The gastric-resistant coating ensures the active ingredient bypasses the stomach and is delivered straight to where it is needed (I imagine the final breakdown takes place in the part of the gut nearest the womb, so once the drug is released into the bloodstream it has the shortest possible distance to travel - cunning) This also means that any aspirin-like side-effects are avoided. I feel alert and alive even on my heaviest days, rather than feeling like the washed-out dish rag I used to be.
Like most OTC medicines there is a worrying check list of do's-and-don'ts and side-effects, so it's wise to check with your doctor if you have any doubts. And they're a bit on the big side too - the gastro-resistant element means they shouldn't be broken, so anyone who finds it hard to swallow tablets is probably better going to their doctor for advice. But anything that can do a better job than its predecessor (which had just as long a check list!) with just one active ingredient has to be good.
Summary: The best period pain relief ever, both on and off prescription.
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