Product Type: Sudafed medicinal products
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Sudafed Mucus Relief
Member Name: alyson29
Sudafed Mucus Relief
Advantages: Absolutely none
Disadvantages: Total waste of money and time
I would normally allow such symptoms to run their course, but as Christmas was around the corner and due to the fact that I have recently been diagnosed with asthma I decided to attempt to treat it with whatever I could find on the supermarket shelf. Whilst there was an array of products from which to choose I needed something that wouldn't cause me to be drowsy, as I needed to carry on with my full time job. The product I decided upon was Sudafed Mucus Relief with this review discussing my experience.
I must admit that I felt a little overwhelmed with the choice of products, particularly as the majority offered the same results with the only apparent difference being the price. As my symptoms were a sore throat, blocked ears and forever running nose combined with an horrendous headache and a general feeling of being unwell, I felt that this product well suited my needs.
I don't normally discuss packaging, but in the case of these tablets I feel it appropriate. The front of the box clearly provides us with details of the tablet contents, namely paracetamol, guaifenesin and phenylephrine. Consequently, as I regularly take a couple of pain killers for a back problem following a car accident from several years ago; one of which is paracetamol, I would need to use the Sudafed as a replacement for the paracetamol. I was also pleased to note that McNeil, the manufacturer of Sudafed, has provided Braille on the reverse of the packaging, which I feel is highly important on any type of medication.
The box contains 16 tablets, which are hygienically foiled sealed in blister style packaging. Consequently, a slight press will push out one of the oval shaped tablets, which measures approximately 1½ cm in length. The recommended dosage for adults, the elderly and children over the age of 12 years is two tablets every four hours up to a maximum of eight in any twenty four hour period. The medicine should not be given to children under the age of twelve years. Contained within the box is a small double sided leaflet, which should obviously be scrutinised prior to taking the medication, particularly as there are many do's and don't's and details of those of whom the medicine is not suited.
I frequently struggle with swallowing tablets, as they turn over at the back of my throat, which results in a disgusting taste lingering in my mouth. However, I experienced no difficulties with swallowing due to the oval shape and they easily slid down with the aid of a little water with no after taste remaining. Each of the tablets contain 250 mg of paracetamol, which is to relieve pain and reduce a high temperature, 100 mg of guaifenesin, which is an expectorant to assist with phlegm and 5 mg of hydrochloride, which is a decongestant that will aid swelling in the nasal passages.
A pack of sixteen tablets will last only two days based on the recommended usage and I returned to the supermarket on several occasions to purchase a further four packs. However, I did not experience any relief from any of the symptoms and as I was concerned about my persistent chesty cough I visited my GP who diagnosed a virus, which was not treatable with antibiotics. I informed him of the medication I had been taking and was advised that absolutely nothing would assist me other than products that would offer instant relief to my symptoms such as hot tea and throat sweets. He took my temperature, which was raised and clearly the paracetamol had not had any effect whatsoever despite me having taken five boxes of the tablets (over a period of time, of course).
After popping a total of 90 tablets and parting with approximately £16's worth of my hard earned cash, I came to the conclusion that Sudafed Mucus Relief Tablets were absolutely rubbish, particularly as my cold lasted a further four weeks. As a result, I cannot make a recommendation and in all honesty, had it not been the run up to Christmas I would not have bothered to take any medication and would have relied solely on hot drinks and Jakeman's Throat Sweets.
Due to the reasons discussed above, I cannot make a recommendation and would suggest you keep the £3.30 that is generally asked for these tablets and rely on nature to take its course. Only 1 star from me.
Summary: A useful cough and cold remedy
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