“ Brand: Novartis / Type: Heartburn „
I frequently suffer with heartburn after eating certain food as well as the uncomfortable symptoms flaring up when I'm feeling rather stressed. I've been using a Tesco own brand remedy for several years, as in my experience, it is identical to Tums and offers me fast acting relief. However, a couple of months ago when I was running low I asked my husband to pick something up for me, but instead of purchasing my usual and very affordable brand he returned with Pantoloc Control, which is manufactured by Novartis. The medication is provided in two sizes, namely a box of 7 tablets or 14 tablets with my husband purchasing the smaller box, which contains Braille along the upper section. Each of the 20 mg tablets are protected in blister style packaging and are considerably tiny, so they are easy to take whilst on the move. I am prescribed a fair amount of medication for various health problems, so prior to his purchase, my husband make enquiries with the Pharamacist as to whether the medication was suitable for me, so it's always wise to check. I frequently suffer problems with swallowing certain types of medication, but experienced no difficulties with popping one of the tiny sugar coated pills, which went down with great ease without sticking in my throat. The directions for use are that on the first sign of symptoms, a maximum of one pill should be taken each day and swallowed whole. I learned that the pills contain the active substance pantoprazole, which blocks the production of stomach acid and they should only be used for short periods as prolonged symptoms should be investigated by your GP. Within less than five minutes the Tesco brand always starts to work when I am able to obtain instance relief from the discomfort. However, it was a good few hours before my symptoms slowly began to slowly subside when using Pantoloc, which disappointed me, particularly for such an expensive medication. I carefully scrutinised the accompanying rather large double sided leaflet only to discover that the medication is not intended to provide instant relief and it is claimed that symptoms will disappear after "just one day". I was quite taken back by this statement and rather puzzled as I really cannot see the point of taking a heartburn remedy which alleviates symptoms after one day whilst there are many other products on the market costing a fraction of the price, which offer instant relief! I feel the information provided on the box is very misleading, as whilst we are informed that the medication is intended for short term treatment, the important fact that it takes more than 24 hours to work has been omitted. Consequently, consumers would have no idea until they have parted with their hard earned cash and scrutinised the enclosed leaflet. There are a number of do's and don'ts provided on the leaflet together with a long list of possible side effects and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. However, despite using the medication on three separate occasions in the hope it would be effective, I cannot speak of suffering from any issues other than the fact that my symptoms remained with me. On a positive note, the heart burn disappeared after the 24 hour period, but no doubt it would have without the need of medication. For the reasons discussed above, I cannot recommend Pantoloc and here comes the best bit - the price! My usual brand of heart burn remedy is Tesco Peppermint Flavoured Indigestion Tablets, which cost £1.50 for a pack of 48, which provide instant relief. Consequently, that's approximately 3p per tablet. However, Pantoloc will cost you £6.99 for a pack of 7 and £11.99 for a pack of 14. A quick calculation based on the larger pack size informs me that they will set you back 86p per tablet, which makes them 28 times more expensive! Unfortunately, this useless product receives only one star from me. I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.