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I refer to these as Andrews Liver Salts as that is what I remember them being called when I was a child and we always had a tin of these in the house. They are just called Andrews Salts now which I suppose makes them sound a bit more appealing and they are now in a plastic container with a small blue spoon in the lid so to make it easier to dispense the correct dosage. There is a foil seal which you need to peel off when you first use them which helps to keep them fresh.
Andrews Salts help to aid indigestion and constipation so they are a useful product to keep in the cupboard. These salts can also be used for upset stomachs and symptoms of over-indulgence which is probably what I have used them for the most over the years. The suggested dose for indigestion problems is one to two level spoonfuls dissolved in a glass of water, and two level spoonfuls before breakfast or before you go to bed if being used as a laxative. Children over the age of six can take this but only have half the adult dose and they are not suitable for children under three years old. You should not take these if you have diabetes, are on a low sodium diet or suffer from high blood pressure, heart or kidney problems.
The powdery white salts start to fizz as soon as you put them in the water and only need a minimum amount of stirring before they have dissolved. It is best to drink them while they are still fizzing which could be quite a strange sensation if you are using them for the first time. They just taste a bit salty and I don't find the taste unpleasant at all but maybe it is because I have always used them and some people may think they are horrid.
These salts are great for the morning after the night before. Even though I don't drink an awful lot the combination of a large meal, a few glasses of wine and a late night are enough to make me feel bloated and lethargic in the morning and more often than not leave me with a bad head and upset tummy. I find that a glass of Andrews really helps to sort me out and just gives me the pep up that I need to help start the day and they start to work almost immediately for me. I have never had cause to use these as a laxative but I would take them this way if ever I needed to.
These salts are widely available in supermarkets and chemists and range from £2.95 to £3.95 for 150g. You can get supermarkets own version but as these have always worked for me I have stuck with them and am happy with the results.
I always have a stock of this in my house. I have tried cheaper brands but I always come back to Andrew's. The price of this varies but a medium container is around £3 in Tesco. You can also get this product in other supermarkets and pharmacies.
Andrew's salts come in a plastic container which has a resealable plastic lid. The box is oval and also contains a small blue dosing spoon.
These salts have multiple uses it contains Magnesium Sulphate which acts as a laxative and also Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid which act as antacids neutralising stomach acids which in turn helps relieve symptoms of nausea, discomfort from overeating and indigestion.
This product can be taken by almost anyone there are the usual advisory warnings if you are pregnant and breastfeeding and you are also advised to avoid this if you are on a low sodium diet.
This can be given to children over the age of 3 years.
To use the salts you simply spoon the required dose into a glass and mix with water. If you are taking this to relieve indigestion, nausea or discomfort after eating then you need to mix one spoon full with water. For best effects it is recommended that you drink the mixture while it is still fizzing.
If you are using the salts as a laxative then you need to add two spoonfuls to water and drink slowly it doesn't emphasize the fizzing on the instructions if you are using them for constipation so I guess it doesn't matter.
The salts are really fizzy when added to water, I have to say the taste of these is quite disgusting and I wretch when I take these however the benefits outweigh the bitter taste.
I have never used this as a laxative so I can't comment on it's ability there but as something I take frequently for nausea I find this really good. A side effect of my IBS is that my stomach feels acidy from time to time and I just feel sick this helps to relieve the acid and settle my stomach. It also works when I am feeling like I have overindulged for heartburn though I prefer the taste of Rennie's.
Finally these salts are excellent for a hangover. I rarely drink now but in my student days this was the first thing I drank after a heavy night along with two paracetamol. It definitely helps to ease a hangover along with some extra sleep!
I would give these 4 out of 5 I have to deduct a star for the taste which is awful but it can be hidden slightly mixed in with a strong cup of squash.
I used to be a massive fan of this product back when I was a child. I actually used to just add the powder to water and drink it as I really liked the taste. I remember when I was a child, it came in a small round tin, which I had to open with a spoon and then use the spoon to add the powder to water. I'm not sure of the health benefits of drinking this, but it never did me any harm!
Fast forward 20 years and the packaging has changed. The 'liver' has been dropped from the name of the product, and it now comes in a plastic container with a spoon in the lid. The pictures used and the lettering is still similar from what I remember from my childhood. The addition of the measuring spoon is very handy as well. Once you open the lid, the salts are initially sealed in foil for freshness, and inside the white salts are revealed. There isn't really a strong smell from these salts.
This medicine is used to help with indigestion and constipation. It does state that this is for oral use only, though how else would you take it?
The ingredients include magnesium sulphate (dihydrate) 17.4% w/w, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate 22.6 % w/w and Citric Acid (anhydrous) 19.5% w/w
Excipient: Sucrose 40.5% w/w
The recommended dosage for adults (including the elderly) is as follows: As an antacid, one to two level spoonfuls (5-10 ml) in a glass of water. As a laxative, two level spoonfuls (10 ml) in a glass of water to be taken before breakfast or at bedtime.
Children (aged over 6 years): Half the adult dose.
Not suitable for children under 6 years of age except under medical advice.
Due to the high sodium content, this isn't recommended for those on a low sodium diet, although it is generally considered safe during pregnancy (although it's always best to check with your doctor).
Taste wise, I was slightly disappointed with this. It tasted slightly flat, not quite the effervescent drink on the packaging, or what I remembered from my youth. It does taste nicer though, in my opinion, than some other antacids on the market and it is easy to drink. It also works out better value than many antacids.
It does help me with indigestion or occasional heartburn and it does work, as it seems to help settle my stomach when I don't feel fantastic. Though I haven't used it for constipation though, so can't comment on that.
This is available from all good chemists and many grocery stores for around £4 for 150g, which lasts quite a while if you're using 5ml at a time.
One of the main complaints of fibromyalgia/M.E. is that it manifests itself seemingly randomly throughout the body. Some physicians rather flippantly refer to it as allergy to everything, which, I begrudgingly admit, is not far off the mark. So it was with a grim lack of surprise I found myself feeling nauseated and cramping in my abdomen one day. Ruling out more serious causes (ulcer, hernia, Crohn's disease) after going to the doctor's, I was left with the advice that I should self-medicate until it went away. It did go away, eventually - after a few weeks. Until then, I was on a rye bread, salty cracker and Andrew's Salts diet.
I know, kind reader, you that on flicking your gaze over the package of Andrew's Salts, you are likely inundated with mental images of the kind you'd rather not think of. Memories of hangovers, the inevitable repercussions of too much curry, and the colourful metaphor of constipation, ironically splashed upon your TV screen. To get specific about it, Andrew's Salts aids in the relief of indigestion, upset stomach, excess acid, constipation and symptoms of over-indulgence.
The blue and white packaging has not changed since before I was born (I even remember it lurking in the cupboard when I was very small, though obviously that was post-birth) and the smooth design attempts to soothe the headache-y, stomach-ache-y, thoroughly acky (to borrow my mother's favourite word) patient from the get-go. Andrew's Salts have a little blue flip lid with a foil barrier you have to tear back with a spoon. I love doing this, but I couldn't even enjoy it. Alas, poor tummy, I knew you well.
The medication can last for three months once opened, but is useless if stored incorrectly. If it becomes damp, it is effectively deadened, so it is best to store it in a dry place. Frankly, it can probably last more than three months if stored well, but that is just going by the instructions on the container.
Andrew's Salts is a white powder that effervesces in water. Two or three teaspoons in a pint glass was my mode of operation. The fizz is sprightly, like Fanta on an alien planet, but soon clears to leave a transparent liquid. The taste is mild, slightly citrus, and palatable. I could only take a few sips at a time, but almost immediately my acid reflux was tamed. After drinking half a pint over a few hours, my stomach stopped spasming. I generally re-administered three times a day, as it was mostly after a meal that my stomach would feel like I was on a speed-boat driven by George Michael (queasy).
Andrew's Salts are indeed a medication, and you have to be 16 or over to purchase them in the UK, presumably for fear of the hilarious consequences of adolescent insufflation. Obviously some people should not take these salts; people with sensitivities or allergies to any ingredients; people with pre-existing conditions such as heart problems, women who are pregnant/breastfeeding, and also those on a low sodium diet should contact their GP first. Also, with persistent stomach pain, you should get yourself checked out and make sure it isn't something more serious. Children and the elderly should also contact their GP before using these salts to make sure they get the appropriate dosage.
As Andrew's Salts contains 2.1g of sucrose per 5ml measure, it is unsuitable for diabetics. It does not contain paracetamol, unlike competitor Resolve, but I am glad for that as I feel a painkiller may be inappropriate for the simple stomach upsets Andrew's is meant for.
Andrew's Salts have three main ingredients in: sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulphate and citric acid. Sodium bicarb is an antacid, as is citric acid (fighting acid with acid?), and magnesium sulphate is a laxative. At the word laxative most people will blanch, because there is a lot of misinformation that taking laxatives is harmful to the bowel or addictive in some way. Or perhaps it is the negative association between pranksters and chocolate laxatives, I don't know. Anyway, magnesium sulphate is the main ingredient in Epsom salts. To quote Wikipedia, who shamelessly talks of poo pipes more confidently than I, "Saline laxatives attract and retain water in the intestinal lumen, increasing intraluminal pressure and thus softening the stool. They also cause the release of cholecystokinin, which stimulates the digestion of fat and protein. Saline laxatives may alter a patient's fluid and electrolyte balance." Generally this type of laxative is known to be gentle rather than, er, explosive and can be taken by most people without any further side effects.
The other side of the coin: the side effects of Andrew's Salts are 1) diarrhea and 2) abnormally high levels of magnesium or low levels of calcium, which could be detrimental for people with kidney problems or those who have to take a urine test the same day. It specifies no maximum dosage, but as with all things, it is best to use your common sense and not make yourself even more ill by overdosing on gallons of Andrew's Salt water.
I felt awful for weeks and self-medicating with 2 or 3 pints of water with 2-3 teaspoons of Andrew's Salts allowed me to function almost as uselessly as I was before with no noticeable side effects.
Finally, the price of Andrew's Salts depends on the retailer. At the time of this review it is £5.15 at Boots for 500g; £3.99 for 250g at Tesco; and £3.12 for 150g at Chemist's Direct. It is a staple of any chemist's and probably most supermarkets.
I think it is obvious by this review, but I do rate Andrew's Salts highly, if only because I would have felt even more dreadful without them. It is always worth keeping in your cupboard in case such a similar situation arises, which unfortunately is highly likely with all the viruses, vino and spicy curry lurking out there in the wide world.
Love Andrews but not happy with the plastic tub .. It's a pain to get into and it lets the damp in with total renders the product useless if you do bother to try and dig it out there's no fizz so it ends up in the bin .. Come on guys fix it!!
Andrews salts were well used in our house over Christmas and New Year thanks to us all over indulging slightly with food and drink.
My mum has used them for years and nothing else will do for her so I bought some in especially for her and I had forgotten just how good these actually are as I think they have fallen a bit out of fashion with all the new flavoured chew sweets you can now get for indigestion.
The are a powder and you mix the powder with water to make a sparkling drink with them. This sparkling drink then eases tummies that have perhaps over indulged.
I had forgotten how much I liked the taste of the salts. It is really unusual and is not at all salty. It is quite refreshing actually and it isn't a horrible taste so you don't have to force it down you.
They work really well at soothing tummies and making them feel less bloated and sickly feeling. I had some of this when I had eaten too much and my tummy was feeling churny and bloated and it worked really well at getting the sick feeling away and relieving the bloating.
It also helped me go to the toilet when I was feeling constipated. It just sort of helped everything go back to normal when I was feeling bunged up and the day after taking some I was back to my normal habits.
I can understand why my mum is such a big fan of Andrews Salts. They work really well and I think the fact that they are a fizzy liquid really helps with settling upset tummies. I do think that for heartburn and acid indigestion that tablets are probably better but for general upset tummies Andrews is one of the best.
Andrews Original Liver Salts are for the relief of:
and has a laxative effect
I often get heart burn and nausea so always like to have something to hand- just in case.
Having had this since childhood it's just one of those things I buy out of habit. It's not cheap at £4.50 (Tesco) for 150g or £5.15 (Boots) for 250g- it's cheaper online but I find it more convenient to buy in store. I find it works for me so don't mind paying it.
The plastic tub it comes in is white with a navy lid containing a measuring spoon on top. The salts are protected by a foil cover. The label tells us it's 'Andrews Original Salts- Fast and effective relief from upset stomach' the information about the product is thorough including ingredients, warnings, interactions and age suitability which is 3 years and over. The main ingredients in it are sodium bicarbonate and citric acid which are antacids and magnesium for constipation. The salt itself is a white powder. You add one 5ml level spoonful to a glass of water, if for constipation it's two spoonfuls. It goes fizzy and sparkly but soon flattens down ready to drink- I always drink it fizzy though. It certainly takes the edge off discomforts almost instantly and definitely helps if I've eaten too much. It tastes like bicarb but not unpleasant in fact I like it. You can take it when needed but only up to four times a day.
I always use it for longer than the use within opening time but it does go really hard in the tub and I have to scrape it out- it loses it's fizz a bit too- but I find it still works.
I recommend this as it does what it says.
Andrews Liver/Original salts have been a familiar sight in the medicine cupboard of several generations of my family, I have kept that 'tradition' up as I find them very effective for a range of stomach related issued.
The size I currently own is the 150g the eliptical shaped tub it comes in used to have a measuring spoon nestled in the lid which I found really handy, as I don't have measuring spoons. As I'm sure you've concluded from the previous sentence there is no spoon with this size and packaging though I think the spoon still comes with the larger 250g size. This lack of measuring spoon has led me to be quite lazy with dosage and I tend to guesstimate 5mls, so far I haven't suffered any dire consequences from this.
We paid £4.75 for ours at Tesco which I do think is rather expensive, though I have to admit it was worth every penny, and will last quite a while as it's only used a few times a year. The larger tub is better value for money, and I think it can be sourced more cheaply elsewhere or online. The packaging does a reasonable job of keeping the powder fresh. However with time no matter how well you reseal the tub the powder can loose a little of its fizz and sometimes even become hard. I have used it in this state and although not quite as pleasant to take it was still pretty effective.
What Andrews recommends you use them for:
Indigestion. Upset stomach. Excess acid. Constipation. And the loosely described 'symptoms of over indulgence' whether this is food, alcohol or both is not clarified.
The dose for general issues is one level 5ml teaspoon per glass of water, it doesn't recommend a volume of water but I think this is because it doesn't really matter as it's simply a delivery system for the salts. I tend to use an approximately 8 oz glass. At this dilution I find it suits my taste well and I find it refreshing and almost pleasant to drink. I wouldn't go as far as to say I like the taste but to me it's certainly far from unpleasant. If you are suffering from constipation then double the measure of salts and take once before breakfast or before bed. You can take the 5ml dose up to 4 times a day.
The last time I used this was a week after Christmas, I find I'm too tired to bother over indulging much over the festive season, however once New Years is put to bed and I can relax there lies the danger period for me. I can be inclined to go a bit mental, feasting on the remains of boxes of chocolates; reduced Christmas fare in the supermarkets is scoffed down with gay abandon. This combined with the general stress of Christmas (even though I love it) has repercussions and sometimes - as it did this year - sends my stomach into terrible griping spasms accompanied by bloating that makes me look and feel like a puffer fish. Luckily I already had a pot of Andrews in the cupboard, the supply being replenished the week before by my husband who'd tried to kill himself with alcohol poisoning over the Christmas period, something which has become something of a tradition.
Having been woken in the dead of night by my stomach trying to simultaneously climb out of my throat, burrow its way out of my bellybutton and fast making a break for my bottom too, I rushed to the kitchen... Rushed is perhaps too organised a word, stumbled doubled over whimpering quietly to myself is more accurate . . . and fumbled for the Andrews. In the half light surrounded by cats thinking their luck was in and breakfast had come early and dogs demanding to be let out into the garden I managed to shovel a spoonful of the soft white effervescent powder into a cool glass of water, and heard the reassuring fizz as it started to dissolve. A good stir and with a rush of bubbles surging through the glass I drank it down as quickly as possible. Which wasn't as easy as it sounds, as my stomach was behaving weirdly almost as if it was so full it wasn't going to allow the liquid in.
Once the liquid was down my stomach started to make weird creaking depth chargy type noises as the Andrews swooshed to the heart of the matter. I can't say it instantly made me better but it made a significant improvement pretty much immediately. I curled up on the sofa buried in a mound of brupping cats pawing at my soft bits.. which didn't help in terms of stomach comfort, and prayed for oblivion and a quick resolution to my self inflicted pain.
When I woke an hour or so later my stomach pain and general bloating felt much improved though still not in perfect shape. Another glass of Andrews was enough to put things back on a pretty even keel though and I felt human again.
The Andrews did mitigate the burning fire of hell that was rising behind my breastbone, and is very effective in calming indigestion. However if indigestion is all you are suffering from I'd recommend Ranitidine, Gaviscon or similar products as being more effective.
When I've used this in the past one dose is usually enough to set me straight, but this time my tummy was particularly outraged by something I'd eaten (I think it might have been the 'on use by date' bailey's cream on a scrummy apple crumble... on top of my own body weight of other rather rich food that day) that made this occasion a particularly difficult challenge. Andrews rose the occasion admirably and ensured that I will be much more likely to reoffend in future, knowing that Andrews will be there to help save my bacon.
The husband who is forcibly on the wagon for the foreseeable future on pain of kneecapping also found the Andrews did wonders for his ... well hangover is not really and adequate description of what created a shambling zombie like creature for two whole days! The Andrews did nothing to mitigate his headache, but then again I don't think it's meant to... that would be Alkaseltszer (with which I often get Andrews mixed up for some reason), but painkillers helped with that, nor did it help with the apparent brain damage that stopped him speaking like a human being for two days. It did however stop him throwing up, and clutching his stomach and rolling around like a baby.
I haven't used this product to treat constipation as it's something I don't suffer with (touch wood). However my mother uses if for precisely this purpose and finds it more gentle, targeted and pleasant to take than the usual tablet form treatments, and assures me that it is effective in this role.
All in all a great product which has been around for generations and I hope will be around for many more. I know I'll always have a tub of this handy.
If you should wish to know more about the composition of the product and how it works the following website gives extensive information on many aspects of the product including detailed information about contraindications such as people with renal problems or on low sodium diets checking with a medical professional before using Andrews (or simply avoiding it) : http://www.medicines.ie/medicine/2083/SPC/Andrews+Liver+Salts/
Not suitable for children under 3
Original Andrews salts are something which I have grown up with back in the day when they were still called Andrews liver salts. This white powder which is available in chemists and supermarkets up and down the country is a bit of a British institution and with good reason. They are marketed as a cure for indigestion, upset stomachs, excess acid, constipation and the wonderfully vague symptoms of over indulgence.
I always try and have some in the house at all times of the year but I especially make sure that I have some in over the festive period when I know that I am going to eat and drink far too much in my pursuit of festive joy.
They come in a plastic container with a pull off lid similar to the boxes that wet wipes come in. Inside the tub the salts are a white powder which has no discernible smell. To use the salts you have to dissolve some of the powder in a glass of water and swallow quickly. The reason that you have to swallow quickly is because when you mix the powder with the water is fizzes up and you want to drink it before the fizz disappears. To be honest it states nowhere on the instructions that you have to drink it whilst its fizzing but I always remember being told that you were supposed to so I always make sure that I do.
The level of dosage depends on what you are using the salts for. It is one level 5ml spoonful for upset stomachs, indigestion and over indulgence and two 5ml spoonful's for constipation. You can take as needed but only up to a maximum of five times a day. Common side effects of taking too much include diarrhoea which makes sense since it does have a laxative effect.
People who have never taken Andrews salts always expect them to taste absolutely vile but I actually find the taste to be quite pleasant. It won't be to everyone's taste but I find it quite refreshing and it isn't bitter and disgusting as you might imagine given the name. If you decide you really don't like it you could do as my mum does and put some in squash instead of plain water which does give it a bit more of a sweeter flavour.
I find that these salts are little wonders in helping to relieve the symptoms of over indulgence which for me usually include feeling queasy and an upset stomach. I find that almost as soon as the fizzy liquid hits my stomach it seems to help calm it down and I know they help as the ominous gurgling sound that my stomach makes when it is telling me that I have drunk or eaten too much goes away really quickly. I find that when I have a hang over or just a sore stomach in general I cannot eat and these salts are about the only thing which I can hold down without vomiting back up again.
As for how long you will have to take the salts I generally find that they work quite quickly at settling my stomach down and I usually only have to take two or three doses before I am feeling back to normal again.
Andrews Original Salts cost around £5 for a 250 gram tub which because I only need to use it occasionally I find lasts for months. The pop up lid is really good and forms a tight seal meaning that moisture doesn't get in to the powder and I can have it in my medicine cabinet for months at a time without worrying that it has gone off.
I would highly recommend Andrews Salts especially to people who may never have tried them before. They are a great product to keep in the house and come in so handy when you have been out the night before and are feeling a little under the weather. They are also good to have if you have caught a stomach bug and need some help with settling your stomach down again.
I'm writing about something as old fashion as Andrews Liver Salts, but on Xmas day after eating shedloads I was feeling proper dodgy and needed something to settle my overloaded stomach. My aunt is a walking medicine cabinet and she got a tub of this powder out of her handbag for me to try.
You just dissolve a heaped teaspoon full in cold water and drink it back, it's mega fast acting and within about 20 mins I was feeling much better and ready to tuck into another mince pie! lol
The taste is quite nice, it's not something I'd want to drink if I wasn't feeling bad because it's a bit chalky and not refreshing at all but when you've got a bad stomach this sort of taste is fine. It's easy to get down though and because it's mainly water it's dead easy to swallow and this also helps to get some rehydration back into your body, this wasn't necessary for me because I was only feeling bad because I'd been such a greedy pig but if you've got the runs or have been sick then you need something like this to help your recovery.
You can have a glass 4 times a day until you feel better, but Andrews also helps with constipation and then you just need one glass made up to double strength after breakfast and it should make it a bit easier for you to go to the toilet.
Andrews Liver salts are used for upset stomachs, indigestion, bloatedness (is that a word?) and other similar symptoms connected to the digestive tract. The salts consist of a white effervescent powder that bubbles profusely when you add it to water.
When I was a kid, I was told to drink down the whole glassful before the bubbles stopped. Heaven only knows why! But it did mean I was so busy contending with the bubbles going up my nose that I hardly noticed it didn't taste all that good. And it stopped my tummy ache.
In more recent years, I have revised that thought - when I have an upset stomach, I don't want to drink anything too sweet and Andrews salts actually have a reasonable taste at such times.
As I've got older, I've begun to get 'acid reflux' which is especially bad at night. I used to take a gulp of milk, which helped but didn't last long. I have found that drinking Andrews salts is so effective and settles the discomfort very quickly - and it lasts all night.
I use Andrews Liver Salts fairly regularly to combat very painful and uncomfortable stomach cramps associated with gastric wind. For many years I dismissed Andrews as one of those old fashioned remedies that really had no place in todays world - but from the first time I took it, I really was a convert.
Ok....there is no getting away from the fact that it tastes absolutely disgusting. I tend to put one tablespoon of Andrews in about half a glass of water and drink it straight down - and my response is always "that it disgusting!". It leaves a nasty aftertaste in your mouth which can be swilled away by having some juice available to drink straight away afterwards.
But the taste aside, it does help to get rid of the trapped wind. Usually within about 3 minutes of drinking it, I'm burping like a baby (charming I know!) and the cramping pains start to ease within about 10 minutes. There have been a few occasions where I have vomited following drinking it but this is usually associated with bouts of burping and the vomiting in itself seems to have released some of the trapped wind further.
Considering the fact that it can also be used for constipation, its no wonder that sometimes I have short-lasting diarrhoea following the dose, but this really does only last an hour or so and it is worth this side-effect if it gets rid of the pain.
I've recommended Andrews to members of my family who have suffered with trapped wind and indigestion - and they also highly recommend this product.
I was away for a weekend break a couple of weeks ago with a few of my girlie friends. Needless to say we over-indulged in too much laughter, lots of rich food and perhaps one or two more glasses of vino than usual. I have to say my husband looked slightly concerned when he met me from the station and commented on how "green I looked". In reality I was probably one of the best behaved and more restrained members of our group too!!
That evening and still feeling a little green around the gills I headed for the medicine cabinet hoping that I would find something to ease my symptoms which consisted of being bloated. Having digestive discomfort and generally feeling lousy. I happened upon a rather odd shaped plastic tub which turned out to be Andrews Salts. The front of the box stated that the product provided fast and effective relief from upset stomach. I hastily skimmed over the product label and discovered to my relief that it was also suitable for those with indigestion, excess acid, upset stomach, constipation and thank goodness the symptoms of over-indulgence.
The box itself is constructed of thick white plastic with a blue pop-up lid which I was pleased to say was easy to open. I am fed up with some containers which either take forever to open due to a complex design or alternatively have an ill-fitting lid which spills half the product before you even get to use it. There is a safety seal under the plastic lid too handy so you know that the product hasn't been tampered with before you use it. The product itself consists of sugar sized grains of white powder. I was not overly impressed with the product fragrance if you can call it that. In fairness I was under the weather so the scent of most things actually turned my stomach. So perhaps not a fair assessment on my part.
It is important to read the directions for use before trying this product. Doses are different for Adults and Children. For upset stomach , indigestion and over-indulgence measure one level 5ml spoonful into a glass of water and drink. This can be repeated up to a maximum of four times a day. If you are using the product to overcome constipation use two 5ml spoonfuls and take morning and at night. For use in children simply half the adult dose. Be aware that this product is not suitable for use in children under the ages of three years.
When your feeling unwell the last thing you want is to drink something that tastes unpleasant and smells bad. I got my glass of water added a spoon of Andrews Salts to it and stirred watching it fizz around the glass. I have to say I really struggled to drink this potion down. It wasn't particularly unpleasant reminding me of soluble paracetamol. It would have been more bearable if it had a fruit taste and I was glad that I managed to hold onto it and wasn't sick.
Soon after taking it I was aware that I became a little bit more windy than usual however I was surprised that it did seem to make a difference and rapidly eased my unsettled stomach. I only needed two doses which I was pleased about. I am unsure as to how this works with constipation as I have not used it for this purpose however I would certainly recommend it for over-indulgence. I'm not sure how this product managed to find its way into my medicine cabinet however I was pleased that it was there. However I am unsure how much you would have to pay for it. Overall a fantastic product which works really well. It just needs a pleasant flavour to make it more bearable.
Read the label before use as this product is not suitable for people with certain medical conditions. In addition overuse can cause diarrhoea.
Andrews Liver Salts really is a trip down memory lane. I always used to love to take just one spoon last thing at night when I felt the need for a little fizz on the tongue - and water, juice or alcohol just don't hit the spot. Imagine my delight at finding it again - but no longer in a nice tin - now it's in a sort of oval shaped tall tub that no spoon can get at! What on earth are these people doing? Now my little treat has become something of a frustration. A plastic tub is bearable, but this shape is simply ridiculous and I'm pleased to say it's just run out - I have replaced it, but with Boots best which is £1 cheaper. Put it in a sensibly shaped container and I will go back to the Andrews I know and love. Andrews Liver Salts is a great and precious brand like Heinz Beans - nothing else will do. But if I can't get at it, then the whole experience is spoilt - who on earth thought up this mad idea?
I'm not sure how long Andrews have been making these salts but I remember there always being a tin in my parent's medicine cabinet. They used to be called 'liver salts' & used to be used by those feeling a bit 'livery' (how old does that sound lol?!)
When I was a student & used to drink I swore by this stuff for a hangover cure but as I haven't touched alcohol for donkeys years I had no need to buy it until January when my husband had a bad upset stomach. I looked around for the tin I'd remembered but found a 250g plastic container instead for £4.90 & in my opinion it's worth every penny.
The packaging has a long narrow flip top lid & there's a piece of protective foil which keeps the white powder fresh & damp-free. The container itself is easily recognisable as it's blue & white & Andrews Original Salts is blazened across the front.
Once used it's important to make sure the lid clicks shut otherwise the contents will clump together & be less effective.
Just a teaspoonful is recommended for upset stomachs & all you have to do is add to a almost a full glass of cold water where it effervesces immediately - if you fill to the top it bubbles over. It claims to work 'fast & effectively' & I've found this to be absolutely true. It brings almost immediate relief from any indigestion cramps & any other unpleasant stomach-related problems.
It can also be used for constipation when 2 teaspoons are recommended - all the information is (quite) clearly marked on the reverse of the label. I've also found it's good to have a drink of this in the morning if I've had spicy food the night before because it seems to make my mouth feel a lot cleaner & fresher.
I guess it works the same way as other indigestion products such as Alka Seltzer but I'm sure buying it in powder rather than tablet form is more cost-effective & it tastes quite nice (just like a strong fizzy water).
It contains sodium hydrogen carbonate, citric acid & magnesium sulphate.
- been around for a long time so has stood the test of time presumably!
- fair price for the relief it gives.
- we've found it gives fast relief re: indigestion, excess acid, upset stomach & constipation.
- a 'must-have' if you suffer from any of the above or have problems due to what Andrews call 'over-indulgence'
Effervescence salts for stomach ache, indigestion and constipation / Original Andrews Salts quickly and effectively relieve: Indigestion -Excess Acid -Symptoms of Over-Indulgence -Upset Stomach -Constipation