I am thirty six weeks pregnant and suffering heart burn like you wouldn't believe, so I am pretty much an expert on all of the types of heartburn relief that are on the market - I have tried them all, believe me! My best recommendation is Gaviscon liquid, but it comes in big expensive bottles so isn't the most convenient. An alternative is to get tablets and the latest ones I have are these Boots ones.
They are priced at around three pounds for a packet of 48, although they were on offer when I got them so I got a second packet for half the price. I think this is about the standard price for own brand versions , although they are a little cheaper in the supermarkets.
The ones I have are fruit flavoured but a mint version is also available. They are nice tasting actually and you do get a lot of fruit flavour from them. They are orange, strawberry, black currant and lemon, but the black currant and strawberry are the nicest. You get a mix of flavours in each strip.
They can be chewed or sucked but I find that they work quicker and more effectively if they are chewed. I think they are ok, but to be honest the Tesco ones are better in terms of non branded versions and it is worth splashing out a little bit more for a branded version. These seem to work fairly quickly but unfortunately the effects wear off quickly too. I seem to go through them a lot quicker than I have all the other versions I have tried.
Overall I would recommend them if they are the only ones you can get hold of, but other brands are cheaper and better.
I don't suffer with indigestion that often but one day when I was out for the day and had a meal, I got really bad indigestion and needed some relief after a hour or so. I was passing Boots and so decided to pop in and buy an indigestion product. The pharmacist advised me to give these a go. I then bought them because they didn't cost very much money.
The tablets come inside a cardboard box and the tablets come in strips which the tablets are encased. The tablets are to be chewed or sucked. I chewed them when I first bought them because my indigestion was quite painful and annoying. They are really easy to chew and to also swallow and I bought the peppermint flavour. They have a fairly strong taste of peppermint and are quite a nice tasting tablet and they don't taste disgusting or unpleasant. I chewed 2 tablets and the recommendation is for adults to take one or two tablets as and when required but no more than 16 in a 24 hour period. They are also suitable for children over the age of 12 years old.
I found they worked in around 20 minutes or so of chewing them and I found a huge relief a good 10 minutes later. I then chewed another 2 around 3 hours later and my indigestion had completely gone.
They also relieve heartburn symptoms, wind and acidity. I haven't experienced these symptoms since I bought these tablets. But for indigestion relief I think they work in a fast time and I think they are good quality tablets being Boots own brand of tablets.
I bought a pack of 48 for just £1.90, I think for this price they are good value for the price. They also come in a larger pack of 96 tablets for £3.99. They also come in a fruit flavour too. I chose the peppermint because I like the taste of peppermint rather than a fruity flavour when I buy these kind of tablets.
You must get advice from the pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, have any allergies or taking any medication. Is always best to check with a pharmacist first before buying these tablets. Best to be safe than sorry in my opinion.
I am more than happy with the way these tablets work for relief of indigestion and I have taken a couple more since I first bought them. I have found both times I have had to chew them that the indigestion pain has subsided really quickly. Indigestion can be quite painful if left unattended. A couple of tablets will shift the pain and help make for a happier day.
One evening about a week or so after I bought these tablets my hubby woke up with really bad indigestion, he had eaten a Chinese take away that night and he woke with irritating pain, so he just chewed 2 of these tablets and he was able to go back to sleep again within half a hour or so of chewing them. He didn't wake anymore during the night and felt fine and dandy the next morning.
Because there are a lot of tablets in the pack, it means I can store them for a while in my medicine cabinet and they are there for when I may need them again in the future. We cannot predict when we may need to take any and I have popped a strip into my hand bag just in case I need them again if I have a meal when out for the day and I have them handy in my bag and can take a couple immediately and have almost instant relief.
These tablets are well worth every penny spent and I am pleased I bought Boots own brand. They work just as effectively as a branded kind but cost a fraction of the price of a branded pack.
I highly do recommend these tablets, they work in super fast time and I will most certainly buy them again in the future and maybe try the fruit ones for a change to see if I like the taste of them and compare the 2 flavours. They are cheap to buy and affordable for any budget and for the amount in the pack I just think they are amazingly good value for money in my opinion.
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I give these 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
There are few products that I insist on using a branded product and so I am always looking for different indigestion products. Recently Boots had an offer on their own tablets so I gave them a try. The pack I bought was for 48 peppermint flavour tablets and they come in a pretty red box with white writing stating what the product is and what it is to be used for. There was not a great deal of overwhelming information and there was something written in Braille.
Inside the box there are 4 strips of 12 tablets and the box carries a warning to make sure that the seals are not broken when you take a tablet. They are suitable for 12 year olds and over and the box clearly states to take one or two at a time and not more than 16 in a 24 hour period. This is clear and succinct so no one could accidently use too many and this is going to be of a benefit to users and the company.
The tablets can be sucked or chewed and I much prefer to suck them as when I have chewed there has been a lingering aftertaste. There is clearly a minty flavour but not an overpowering one and the chalky feeling afterwards was not as strong as with some brands.
I did find it strange that there do not seem to be many ingredients used as the box just states calcium carbonate, sucrose and PL 12063/0011 although on the information leaflet inside it adds maize starch, calcium stearate, saccharin, sodium and peppermint oil so a lot the same as other similar products.
I find that these are more in line with Tums than Gaviscon for me - by this I mean they are good for mild symptoms but if it is a more severe attack I will go for something stronger such as Gaviscon. I don't like taking medication at the best of times so prefer the product that lets me use the least amount, and with a bad attack this is not going to be Boots own.
Although they are not the strongest of medications there are some warnings printed on them letting you know that there is the possibility of wind or constipation after use and the chance of tiredness or cramp. Not really very serious but it is best to be warned. As with many medications pregnant women should seek medical advice before use. I have not suffered any side effects from them.
I can't say that they are so good that I would replace Tums or Gaviscon but I will certainly pick them up if I see them on offer.
A couple of years ago I went through a period where I would wake up every morning with heartburn. It only lasted a month or so, but I always took the Boots Indigestion Relief tablets for it. Recently I have been getting indigestion/heartburn again, so bought another box.
The tablets come in a red box similar to the one pictured. The design has been updated slightly and it now has a picture of a torso with a sort of blue circle on it, which I'm guessing is meant to represent heartburn.
You get a generous 48 tablets in a box which is an increase I think, as I'm sure the packs used to be smaller than this. Forty-eight tablets equates to four strips of twelve. A pack of ninety six is also available.
The box advises that the tablets are suitable for the relief of antacid, heartburn, indigestion and wind. The tablets each contain 500mg of calcium carbonate, as well as sucrose. The tablets are suitable for adults and children over twelve years old and it states to take one or two at a time and no more than sixteen in twenty four hours. Thankfully I've never needed to take that many! There is no advice as to how long you should wait between taking them. A leaflet with further info is inside the box.
The tablets come in two flavours - peppermint and fruit. I have always bought the peppermint variety, I really could not imagine what the fruit ones taste like and I have no intention of finding out!
You can suck or chew the tablets, but I always chew them and wash down with water as they're so dry and chalky, although I'm not sure you're meant to do this. I may be wrong, but I feel the flavour has changed since I first bought these a few years back, they still taste of peppermint but they seem to have an odd aftertaste to them which I don't remember them having previously.
I used to really rate these tablets, but they don't seem to be as effective as they once were. I don't feel I suffer with indigestion any worse than I used to, so it's not as though my symptoms have gotten worse. My husband had some left over Rennie's and I found these were way more effective than these Boots ones.
I last took these this morning. I woke up with indigestion which I think was down to the takeaway we had last night - one of those new Dominos hotdog stuffed crust pizzas! I initially took just one of these and although it took the edge off for a couple of minutes, it soon became clear that one wasn't enough. I then took a second one, which seemed to help but what annoyed me was that within an hour I needed to take more. I have found this to be a recurring theme with these tablets since I started this latest pack and again it makes me wonder if they have perhaps been changed.
A 48 pack of these costs £1.90 and a 96 pack costs £3.99. This is quite cheap compared to the branded ones (Rennie) which are £5.29 for 72. That said, in my opinion you need to take more of these at a time, therefore that doesn't necessarily make them better value.
Overall I have been disappointed with my latest purchase of these tablets. They used to work well for me, but for some reason don't seem to anymore, so I will not be purchasing them again and would not recommend them.
I was prepared before christmas and new year as I don't often eat a lot of rich foods as my diet is 1290 kcal per day so this is things like soups, fish, pulses and the odd treat from Birds Eye; or if I'm really lucky some chinese food but again this is light. I knew at christmas and new year I'd be drinking Baileys, eating pudding with flavoured creams and indulging on chocolates and salmon parcels. So in preparation I bought some indigestion relief tablets on the off chance that they would actually work.
I bought this box of fruit flavoured tablets which were £2 for 48 and used my Boots points to make the purchase so this made the choice better.
The box is red with the Boots logo at the top left and a square describing the tablet and that it contains calcium carbonate. The image to the side of the writing shows a torso with a target in the centre of the chest and circles around to suggest this targets heart burn and associated acid pain. The tablets are described as providing effective relief of indigestion, haertburn and wind and are fast acting.
The back of the pack tells me the tablets are for the relief of indigestion, heartburn, acidity and wind. Dosages are 1-2 tablets when you need them if over the age of 12 but do not exceed 16 tablets in a 24 hour period. Pregnant women are to follow the same dosages except they must not take more than 7 tablets in any 24 hour period. The tablets should be sucked or chewed for best effect and not swallowed whole.
WARNINGS: Do not give to children under the age of 12.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
If symptoms persist see you doctor.
Keep out of reach of children.
The tablets contain 500mg of calcium carbonate.
Inside the box is an instruction leaflet with warnings, product information, contra-indications and how to take the tablets. Along side this are 4 blister packs of 12 tablets in a clear pack with foil coating; I like the transparent pack so I can choose my flavour. The tablets are yellow, blue and pink. The tablets are easy to pop out of the blister packs and secure enough that they don't pop out unnecessarily.
I have not tried all the flavours and have stuck with pink so far as it looked like strawberry and has a hint of this. The tablets remind me of swizzle matlow sweets being a little chalky but sweet, there is a milky type taste and can make me feel a little sick if I think about it too much. I found the tablets to be very effecive at relieving my burning throat and chest after a very large curry, I found the pain was being relieved after about 10 minutes of sucking only 1 tablet but I never do get bad acid anyway. If you don't like fruit flavours there are peppermint ones available and also the tablets could be crushed and taken with some cooling yogurt if the taste is unbearable.
A good price of £2 for 48 and a date lasting into 2015.
I never go anywhere without indigestion tablets in my bag, its something both Mark and I suffer from and there's nothing worse than acid indigestion when you are out and about.
A few years ago I always bought Gaviscon tablets but nowadays I'm not so brand loyal and will just buy own brand as I have found them to be just as effective. The ones we are using at the moment are Boots Indigestion Relief Tablets. I picked them up whilst shopping for baby bits in my local store, a pack of 48 tablets cost me just £1.90 which I thought was pretty good value for money.
The tablets are sold in a small box which is mainly red in colour, it has the Boots logo on the front and informs the customer that these tablets are peppermint flavoured and contain calcium carbonate. The pack states that these will give effective relief from indigestion, heartburn and wind, and are fast acting.
The back of the box gives all the information you would expect to find on this type of product such as directions for use, ingredients and warnings. all of these are done in white writing and are clear to read against the red box should you wish to.
There is an information leaflet inside the box that gives all this information and more in a lot more detail.
The 48 indigestion tablets that you get for your money are in four strips of 12 tablets. The tablets are round, white in colour and about the size of a paracetamol. The back of the strips have Boots indigestion relief tablets printed all over them so you can make sure you have picked up the correct item. They are easy to push out and shouldn't present any problems for most people.
The tablets are plain on both sides and have a sight chalky feel to them, they smell pleasant with a sweet peppermint smell. The indigestion tablets have a nice minty flavour and are not too chalky to eat at all. The tablets can be chewed or sucked, personally I always chew them. What I like about these is they don't leave a nasty tang in my mouth like some indigestion tablets have in the past.
I take a couple of these as soon as I feel indigestion or heartburn starting, as I mentioned I chew these and the relief they give is almost instant, I find the indigestion clears quickly and very rarely returns. Mark and myself took these over the Christmas period, a bad time for indigestion! After eating healthily all year we then bombard our systems with rubbish, no wonder our tummies complain, however the discomfort was soon banished with Boots Indigestion Relief Tablets.
Neither of us have suffered any of the side effects mentioned in the information leaflet,
All in all I've been pleased with these, they are sold at a reasonable price and give quick relief to indigestion or heart burn. If you buy this type of product I would recommend trying these from Boots, in my opinion they are as good s branded indigestion tablets.
This is a review of Boots Indigestion Relief Tablets which I bought in desperation whilst pregnant and in a Boots store suffering from heartburn.
I had nipped out with just my purse in pocket and so didn't have the usual stash of tablets I keep in my bag for such occasion. I had liquid relief on prescription so just bought the cheapest, smallest box I could find in store which happened to be the Boots Indigestion Relief Tablets. I chose the peppermint flavour as I really didn't fancy trying the fruity ones.
What's in them?
Boots Indigestion Relief Tablets for fast effective relief from indigestion and heartburn. Each tablet contains Calcium Carbonate 500mg.
I usually take one tablet and suck it rather than chew and see if the acid heartburn goes away. If it is still there I take another tablet but I usually find one tablet will work in the short term. The tablets melt slowly, and are not lumpy in the mouth like some others I tried. They taste OK at the time of melting but I have to mention the aftertaste in the next section!
I didn't get a long lasting result with these tablets like I do with some other brands. The worst thing was when taken at night, I would wake a few hours later with the most awful taste in my mouth, like a dry foul tasting desert had formed in my mouth and it would force me to get up to have a drink. I didn't notice this so much in the day time but it happened a few times at night so I stopped taking them and removed them from the bedside drawer!
48 tablets are priced at £1.90 which is quite cheap. You will also get boots points with this purchase.
I really didn't like these tablets and feel it is worth paying a little more for something that works for longer and doesn't leave you with a dry and foul tasting mouth. They did work in the short term and were good enough in an emergency as the heartburn is an unbearable feeling at the best of times.
Not a repurchase for me. I prefer Rennies when on the go and a liquid formula at home for treating heartburn. Touch wood since the baby has been born I have not suffered any more with heartburn!
PS. An old wives tale says that pregnancy and heartburn mean you will have a baby born with lots of hair... yes, our baby had lots of dark hair (far more than her older sister) when born!!
~The helpful product presentation~
Looking at the simple cardboard pack containing the Boots Indigestion Tablets that I have with me now, I feel the colour used is bright and easy to spot if trying to locate these on the shelves in store when surrounded by an array of other very similar products. The bright orangey red tone used covers the whole of the box on the outside except where there is text showing the brand name, the product details and the Boots logo with the inside being in plain untreated and uncoloured card. The front of the pack is easy to read with simple stand out headings written in a clear and easy to read font, making it easy to see what you are getting. The product shows that these are 'Indigestion Relief Tablets' with the ones I have being in a peppermint flavour with the words calcium carbonate shown underneath in brackets.
I like the way that the text points out the obvious and lets me know exactly what these are without repeating the same thing too often on the box. On the front of the box I have there is a short description that says these tablets are something that may help to provide 'fast, effective relief from heartburn and indigestion' which they have proven to be able to cope with to a good degree when used for light symptoms to more moderate ones. These tablets come in a variety of pack sizes with my pack being a double width pack containing 96 tablets. Each tablet comes packed into a small blister strip set alongside other tablets in neat rows making them easy to pop out of the plastic when needed. The back of each tablet has a foil backing to it that is thin enough to be pushed through when wanting to take one of these, yet is strong enough to keep the tablet within safe and secure before use. The use by date is clearly marked on the end of the box showing that the tablets have a long life when stored correctly.
~How to use the product~
The dosage levels allowed are very clearly indicated on the back of the pack in a way that it is easy to understand as it lets you how many tablets are considered safe to take in any 24 hour period. The dosage levels being presented in this way was something that I found easy to read and understand as it helped when taking the tablets, I also found it reassuring and helpful to know that my own requirements when using these tablets was far less than the recommended amounts, as when I added up how many of these I used it didn't seem to get close to or exceed the safe levels of dosage listed on the pack.
Having used these on a good number of occasions I have found that you are able to take a maximum of 16 tablets in any 24 hour period as an adult. I have never found that I have needed to take as many of these as that yet I feel it is pleasing to know that should I feel the need to take extra tablets throughout the day I would be able to do so. These tablets are shown as being suitable for adults and children over 12 years of age only and as such they should not be given to younger children. I generally find that between 2 to 4 of these tablets is enough to give a good deal of relief from indigestion problems, so I have never had to take the allowed 16 tablets in any one 24 hour period.
When taking these tablets I did expect them to have a lightly minty taste with a slight powder like feel if sucked rather than chewed. In use I have found that to be the case with them being flavoured with peppermint to make them more palatable than they would be had they been left unflavoured. The powder like texture that the tablets have is not half as nasty as you may imagine and I find that now I am used to taking these I tend to crunch them up, as I don't mind the powdery feel at all and it seems to make them work a little quicker to my mind. The inclusion of peppermint may be dual purpose, as peppermint can be very helpful in settling upset stomaches and as such I often drink peppermint tea when I feel it may be of benefit, as I also find it can help when having indigestion and heartburn problems to some degree. These tablets are available in spearmint and peppermint varieties as well as a fruity version which I have not tried as the fruity favour really does not appeal to me at all, although I can see it is helpful to have for those who really don't like anything remotely minty and need to take an antacid preparation.
~Reasons not to take these~
There is a very helpful list of reasons why you should not take these tablets that is clearly indicated on the box. I found out that you should not use the tablets when taking antibiotics like tetracycline by looking at the list of things that may effect the use of these, which was something I was not aware of as I thought the ingredients within these would be safe enough for most adults to use. As it turns out these are safe to use for many people except those who have high blood pressure, an over active thyroid, kidney stones or problems relating to the kidneys, anyone on a low phosphate diet, those taking certain heart medicines, anyone taking thiazide diuretics as well as a few other health issues that may make these unsuitable for use. Anyone who is pregnant or thinks they may be is advised to talk to a pharmacist or GP about the safety of using these tablets and anyone with diabetes should discuss their needs when considering these as they do contain 615mg of sucrose in each and every tablet which needs to be taken into account in that case.
Each tablet contains 500mg of calcium carbonate which is common in many antacid products like this one and has been found as being safe to take in low quantities. Each tablet also contains an amount of calcium stearate, starch, saccharin sodium, sucrose and peppermint oil if buying the peppermint flavoured variety reviewed here. There don't seem to be any other ingredients listed as being present in the tablets although rival brand Rennies seem to list magnesium carbonate (which is once again often used in antacid products) as being in their branded indigestion tablets that I find do work a little quicker than these ones. Whether that has anything to do with the inclusion of this extra ingredient I do not know, however as very often Rennies are much more expensive to buy I often stick with cheaper brands as the difference in performance is most often minimal.
~Price and rating~
In terms of price I find that these tablets compare well with many of the major branded antacid tablets that you can buy, as when I last purchased a box of these I paid just £3.05 for a large sized box containing 96 tablets. Smaller boxes of any of the three flavours are priced at either £2.03 for 48 tablets or £1.83 for 24 tablets, which means that if buying the larger sized box containing 96 tablets the cost per tablet comes down to just slightly over 3p each. The cost per tablet when buying the 48 pack is just over 4p per tablet and the cost per tablet if buying the 24 tablet box is around 7.5p which I feel shows very good saving when buying the larger sized pack and keeping it for use as and when needed.
I have found that as the expiry dates on these tablets is quite long with the pack I have showing an expiry date of 2014 as an example, it certainly makes good buying sense to opt for the largest pack if you have space to store the slightly larger box that they come in. A similar pack of Rennies with 72 tablets in can cost around £4.60 per pack making each individual tablet cost 6.3p which is double the cost of the Boots 96 pack price per tablet. As far as rating these tablets goes I feel they offer good value for money as well as being quick and easy to take whilst offering a good deal of effectiveness when in use and as such I feel I want to give them a 4 star product rating.