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I've suffered with indigestion fairly regularly for quite a while, and I've tried various off the shelf remedies over the years. My purchase of Bisodol was probably a bit of a strange one, considering the quantity that I ended up investing in. I bought a box of them which contained 5 rolls of the tablets, each roll containing 20! I think I paid around £3 for the pack which compared extremely favourably with Rennies which I usually buy. The pack states that the flavour is peppermint, which I usually like, and the tablets claim to be triple action - "acid indigestion, trapped wind and heartburn".
The tablets are a little bigger than a 5p piece and about twice the thickness. If you're old enough to remember tubes of Refreshers sweets, these tablets are about the same size as those! The texture is chalky, which I'm generally fine with, but there was something about the flavour that really put me off these tablets. It is admittedly a peppermint flavour, which I normally prefer, but I can't put my finger on why these tablets are just unpleasant for me to take. I only got through about 2/3 of one packet before I decided to cut my losses and buy some of my favoured Rennie,
In fairness, the taste does not linger long, and it's certainly a short, sharp, shock approach, soon gone, and most importantly I must admit that the actual result of Bisodol was very effective for my symptoms, which were mainly heartburn symptoms. Relief was quick and with my own symptoms, when I have heartburn, once I get rid of it it's gone for the day, so no repeat dosages were needed. On one occasion I took two of these when I had some symptoms of trapped wind and the burps I generated were nothing short of frighteningly almighty. The trapped wind was well and truly released within about 5 minutes, my neighbours will probably vouch for that! So in terms of effective, these certainly hit the mark.
It's unfortunate that the taste and overall sensation of taking these tablets was something I just couldn't stand because writing this down has reminded me how effective they were, which really should be the main factor. Maybe I'll seek them out of the depths of the cupboard and try them again.
Bisodol seems to have been around for donkey's years and it is the tried and trusted remedy for symptoms of acid indigestion. I have to watch my diet and I am trying hard to lose weight (doc's orders) since the New Year. I do like spicy food though and I think this is the cause sometimes of my acid indigestion and certainly my heartburn. I find it worse at night after I have gone to bed and I can lie awake for ages with the most terrific burning pain across my upper abdomen and up through my esophagus. The doctor has advised me that I have acid reflux but though I have this under control (to a degree) I still suffer from plain old heartburn on a fairly regular basis and it's a right pain (literally).
I use Bisodol whenever I suffer from the pain and irritation of this horrible condition. If I go out for an Indian or consume a lot of alcohol or am stressed (from work) then I find it can come on with a vengeance. Bisodol is easy to take and they help to neutralize the acid in the stomach, which is turn rids me of the symptoms. Sometimes the pain has been so bad my dear other half thought I was suffering from a heart attack. I am a big bloke and I do carry around a lot of excess weight and I don't think that helps my situation and this is why I have been advised to lose weight - fast!
With the pain of the indigestion, I also suffer from trapped wind and this causes me both pain and embarrassment, especially if I am in the office. If I go out with colleagues during the day for lunch, I will often have to unzip my trousers once I get back to the office, otherwise I am in agony. As well as unzipping myself I chew on these great little chalky tablets and I'd say that within about 20 minutes I can feel definite relief from not one, but all of the symptoms associated with this condition.
I always keep Bisodol with me and I pay only £1.99 from Home Bargains for mine. They are in a tube, so they are handy to carry around with me all the time on the inside of my breast pocket.
They work, they are cheap and I wouldn't be without them.
During my first pregnancy, I used to get heartburn during the night, and my medicine of choice was Rennies. I'd wake up, pop in a Rennie, sleep for another hour then wake up and pop in another. The only medicine the doctor will give you is Gaviscon, which I had never tried before, and was disappointed on trying it. I ended up spending a fortune on Rennies and drinking gallons of milk. I am now 36 weeks into my second pregnancy, and my heartburn has been 10 times worse this time. The Rennie's worked up until about 4 weeks ago, and the Gaviscon as usual doesn't work one bit, so at the end of my tether now with getting not one bit of sleep due to heartburn and having nothing work. My Nan and my sister swear by Bisodol, which I had seen on the shelves but had never tried. A lot of people swear by Gaviscon, yet it doesn't do a thing, pregnant or not. So, deciding to try something new to at least get an hours bit of sleep, I bought myself 100 pack of Bisodol.
WHAT ARE THEY
Bisodol are tablets used for the relief of acid indigestion, heartburn and trapped wind. They contain Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Carbonate and Sodium Bicarbonate. These 3 ingredients are common antacids, which work by neutralizing stomach acid.
Bisodol are a 1pence sized white tablet, which when required, you are to suck or chew one or two tablets.
They are not recommended for children under 12 years of age, and you have to speak to your doctor before taking during pregnancy.
USING THEM AND TASTE
On taking a Bisodol, you immediately get the peppermint 'flavour', which isn't too strong, but is just enough to make the tablet taste a little bit 'nice'. The tablet is quite smooth, and when you suck it, it takes about 15 minutes for it to disappear completely, so I usually get fed up and end up chewing it after 5 or 10 minutes.
When you chew the tablet without sucking it first, it is quite hard, especially if you are used to Rennies like me, which are a lot softer, as they are 'chalkier', so they dissolve a lot quicker and easier than these. If you have sensitive teeth, I think these would not be ideal for you to chew on, they really are hard. As I get heartburn during the night, I can't sit there sucking the tablet or I fall asleep with it in my mouth as I am exhausted, so I chew it, but it does hurt my mouth sometimes, especially as expecting weakens your teeth and gums. I suppose not being pregnant, might be okay to chew them, but like I said, if you have sensitive or weak teeth, then these are definitely not for you, unless you suck them.
The taste, as I said, is of a mild peppermint flavour. After having these tablets, especially with sucking, you do get an un-nice aftertaste in your mouth, which puts a coating on your tongue, just like when you've had a drink of milk. I usually find this after a few tablets, not just after one or two.
SO DO THEY WORK
No. Well, during the day, after I've had a cup of tea or maybe a piece of chocolate, which are triggers of heartburn, I sometimes get a tiny niggle of heartburn where I cannot sit back properly. Carrying a large baby, I cannot sit up straight constantly, and as acid escapes easier when we are led down, I need them on hand to be able to sit comfortably. Taking just 1 tablet when this occurs does work, but this is very, very mild heartburn.
When it comes to the night time heartburn, the tablets do not work one bit. My heartburn at night time is very strong, sometimes that strong that it actually gives me earache upon occurrence. These tablets really do not work, let alone give me any amount of the tiniest bit of relief when my heartburn is at its worst.
ALL IN ALL
I know as I am pregnant I have the extra pressure of my stomach being pushed, compared to a person who isn't pregnant, so maybe the tablets don't work as well due to this extra pressure, but I personally doubt it. Obviously they work with mild heartburn, but with very bad heartburn they give no relief. Pregnant or not, heartburn relief should work. I know having tried Gaviscon, even when not pregnant it doesn't work one but for me, yet other people swear by it so everyone is different and of course these tablets will work different for each person. I would say try them if you get mild heartburn, but if you suffer from strong heartburn, or are pregnant, I would give them a miss.
The tablets contain Calcium Carbonate as the active ingredient, which is in all indigestion tablets. They also contain light Magnesium Carbonate and Sodium Bicarbonate. Now, other tablets I've had that have worked a lot better contain heavy Magnesium Carbonate and no Sodium, this must be due to it containing more Magnesium Carbonate. Going off this I'd advise you try a heavy Magnesium tablet for strong heartburn like mine.
The tablets state to be Rapid Triple Action. By reading this you think they must be good, but IU have to say for a Rapid Triple Action tablet, they need to up their game as other regular tablets work a lot better for me.
The 100 pack box contains 5 packs of 20 tablets. They cost me £2.44 from the pharmacy. This would be an ideal price if they worked, as you can pay a lot more for fast action other brands, yet these triple action tablets seem a bargain compared to the £5 or £6 price tag on other brands. Maybe they are as cheap as they are poor. In the case of my heartburn relief, I am willing to pay more for a product that does what it says it will.
For as long as I can remember I have suffered terribly with trapped wind and bloating. I think it is partly hereditary, since my grandmother had similar issues throughout her life. I tend to eat quickly, and then fill will wind. I also find that I have to eat very regularly otherwise I end up being lightheaded and I simply fill up with trapped wind and an be in severe pain until things ease (usually with the help of a hot water bottle).
In the early days of my dating my husband (then boyfriend), we had attended a family dinner at his parent's house, and with the meal itself being quite late into the evening, I was already starving and had filled with wind, and was very uncomfortable. It was then that my husband introduced me to bisodol tablets to clear the wind. Initially he only had the dissolvable tablets, which I absolutely hated taking, but when I went ot get some myself, I actually picked up these Bisodol peppermint tablets that can be sucked or chewed.
I like to keep a packet in the house and in my handbag, and so I often buy the 100 pack which include 5 small tubes of tablets, which currently costs around £2.70 in most supermarkets, although I picked up my pack for £1.99 in Savers.
This Bisodol pack that I am reviewing comes in bright yellow packaging. The bisodol logo stands out in white against a circular blue background. My pack of tablets actually state that they are 'indigestion relief tablets' offering 'rapid triple action'. At the bottom front of the packaging, it also states that they can also be used for : acid indigestiong, heartburn and trapped wind. These tablets also come in a peppermint flavour, which I find taste just like having a mint in your house, and thus are not, in any way, a chore to take.
On the back of the packaging is says that these tablets offer 'a unique triple action formula containing three powerful antacids which quickly and effectively neutralise excess acid in the stomach to procide effective, rapid relief from acid indigestion, heartburn and trapped wind'.
The instructions on the reverse say that to chew or suck one or two tablets. They are not recommend for children under 12 and for those who are pregnant, doctors should be consulted before taking.
I have only ever used these tablets for trapped wind, as I don't suffer from indigestion or heartburn thankfully. From the moment that my husband first gave me these to try, they have been a real life saver. It is not always practical to get yourself a hot water bottle when in company and so it is very easy to slip one of these in your mouth and within a short space of time, I always feel that it has eased and more often than the trapped wind has completely disappeared. Without being crude, you may have to watch however the company that you in when the bisodol does get rid of the wind because it has to go somewhere.
Only on the odd occasion, when my trapped wind has been very bad have I had to take two tablets, and even then, it then clears the wind in the end. I have actually got into the habit now, that if I am out somewhere and I don;t have anything to eat or am waiting for something to eat and am getting very very hungry, I will actually take one of these tablets in an effort to stop the wind from forming when I feel that very empty and hungry feeling in my stomach, and I find this works well too.
All in all, these tablets, which are very pleasant to take, really are very effective in clearing trapped wind, and clearing it quickly. I usually only have to take one tablet, and only when the wind is very bad do I need to take two. To me, they are a lifesaver, as I found it very awkward in the past when I had trapped wind and thus had a very very sore stomach, especially when in company. Now, I can slip one of these into my mouth and it effectively deals with the problem. A great great product for those who suffer frequently from trapped wind.
I couldn't believe it until I checked again, that dooyoo only had one review on Bisodol, and even that was from quite some time back. Does that mean I'm the only one who get indigestion? Well I'm here to put that right:-)
What is indigestion? Indigestion (also known as dyspepsia) is caused when we eat something difficult to digest and our stomach produces more acid than is needed. Acid in the stomach then enters the gullet and it irritates the stomach lining and gullet. It is quite common in Adults and Children, and is usually caused by eating something too fast, or something the stomach doesn't agree with. There is quite often a delay. So don't expect to eat something fast and 5 minutes later to have indigestion. It could be quite some time. There are many reasons scientists believe this happens, but the true cause has yet to be determined.
There are many symptoms. I get a deep pain in my chest (please don't get this confused with a Heart Attack or some other serious issue - if in doubt call 999 or a doctor). I know the symptoms as I have suffered from it for many years. Not often, but often enough to know when to take Bicodol.
Bisodol is an antacid tablet. Antacids work by neutralising acid in your stomach. They are basically alkili tablets that are the opposite to acid. Anybody remember doing the experiments in chemistry in school?? They come in many different packets and tubes. Personally I carry a small tube around with me. They are like little 'chalky' tablets that you can chew on to disperse the discomfort. They don't taste bad or good to be honest, but they do the trick. Those who have had indigestion will know exactly what I mean about the discomfort. It really can be so painful, especially if you have it when you go to bed. I find that these reduce the discomfort within 30 minutes or so, which is great.
How can I help reduce indigestion?
These are some things that can help reduce indigestion:
* cut down on fatty foods, tea, coffee and alcohol
* stop smoking
* sleeping in a more upright position, up on a pillow
* not eating just before you go to bed
* reducing your stress levels
* enjoy a long soak in the bath
* not overeating, or eating too quickly
* don't eat on the move
Value for money
There are a few different types of antacid tablets on the market. Bisodol is probably one of the most famous. I often buy my tubes from Home Bargain. They aren't expensive. The individual tablets only work out at a couple of pence each. Well worth the money.
Keep a packet of these next to the bed, you never know when you might need them. Try and follow some of the guide above in trying to prevent it.
If in doubt it is Indigestion, check it out. Phone 999!!
One of the side effects, and believe me it is only one of a zillion, of having food allergies and intolerances is the effect it has on your overall digestion.
I take digestive enzymes, but they don't help the bloating and the pain. Until now, however there was little I could do, as the tablets I had see that could help, were in gelatine shells -and knowing where gelatine comes from- well let's just say No thank you- I would rather suffer.
I then found Bisodol which has a three way action - rapid relief from acid indigestion, heartburn, and trapped wind. They are peppermint in flavour and can be sucked or chewed. You wouldn't call the taste delicious, but it is certainly palatable.
They are made of calcium carbonate, a light magnesium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate. These ingredients are all antacids and neutralise the acid in the stomach, thus giving relief from your discomfort.
They should not be taken by anyone under twelve and anyone who is pregnant should get their Doctor's permission. As always if symptoms persist see a medic.
The dosage is one or two tablets as required. I tend to just take one, unless I am in real discomfort and it does help me.
The box of 100 tablets cost me £2.69 in Sainsburys, but they were on a discount offer- they would normally be just over £3.
Inside the box there are 5 tubes of 20 tablets, making them very easy to carry out with you or away on holiday.
When I bought mine the use by date was just under three years away- so I doubt buying one hundred will be a false economy.
My hope is that you never need to use this product, but should the event arise- at about 3p a tablet- you will be glad you knew about them.
Bisodol Indigestion Relief Tablets / a unique triple action formula containing three powerful antacids which quickly and effectively neutralise excess acid in the stomach to provide effective, rapid relief from acid indigestion, heartburn and trapped wind.