Whilst I was pregnant, I had my first bout of indigestion and ever since then, I seem to suffer with it a couple of times a year so I always make sure that I have a pack of these in the house.
The tablets retail for around £3 for a pack of 32 and they are available from most chemists and supermarkets. More recently I have noticed these in discount stores such as Home Bargains and B&M at a cheaper price of £2 so this is where I tend to buy mine from now.
It recommended that you take between 1 to 2 tablets before meals and at bedtime. Not being one that likes to take tablets for the sake of it, I just used to take them at bedtime (and only when I started to feel any discomfort), and I would only take two, as this seemed to do the trick every time meaning that the pack lasts me longer.
The tablets are a little smaller than a paracetamol, they are round in shape, a pale blue colour and have a slight mint scent and taste to them. Unlike normal tablets though, these are to be chewed rather than swallowed with water, when I say chew, they aren't like eating a sweet and chalky in texture (a bit like eating a palma-violet but a bit harder).
Within less than 15 minutes of taking one of these, I can immediately start to feel my heartburn start to subside and the pain starts to disappear. Better still, the effect seems to last all night and I don't need to take any more until.
Overall, I would recommend 100%, they have been an absolute godsend over the years and I give them 5 out of 5 stars.
I am normally very fortunately and never bothered by heartburn. When friends and family complained about the discomfort they felt I am sad to say that I did not empathised that much. All of that changed however when I was pregnant. Gaviscon became my best friend!
Taste and Effect
After suffering from terrible morning sickness I was concerned that the cure might be worse than the discomfort of heartburn as I was not convinced these tablets would taste nice nor stay down for long. I was pleasantly surprised as the taste to me was fairly bland which is what I needed. They are slightly "chalky" but it is not too unpleasant.
As I said earlier these became my best friend because they did appear to work quickly and my heartburn soon disappeared. I would certainly recommend them. They are a very useful addition to your medicine cabinet if you are thinking of trying for a baby as it is better to have them and not need them than to send your husband out in the middle of the night to get some because you can't sleep.
There is no issue with availability as I managed ot pick these up everywhere from the biggest Boots to the small local chemist. This is the advantage of using one of the most popular brands. Of course the downside is that being one of the brand leaders it is a bit more expensive than some of the less well known brands. A pack of 16 tablets costs around £4.50.
Gaviscon liquid is such a good product when it comes to soothing and relieving the pain of heart burn but the taste is horrible so I bought these tablets thinking that they might be a little bit more palatable.
I have had the strawberry tablets before and I find them to be quite nice and they don't leave such a disgusting taste in my mouth as some indigestion remedies but one thing that I do like when I have heartburn is the cooling sensation that mint gives as even though the strawberry tablets get rid of the heartburn they are lacking the cooling sensation that you get from mint.
I like the little packet these come in as it is much more convenient for carrying around such as if you are going out for dinner. I don't suffer from indigestion as much as some people do and only really get it when I have over indulged or eaten a lot of food that I know brings it on in me but I always have something in the house for it as it is such an uncomfortable thing to have.
You take 2 to 4 tablets depending on the severity of your indigestion and heart burn. I always chew heart burn tablets as I think that they work better for me this way rather than chewing them.
I was really disappointed in these tablets. They do work but they taste nothing like I expected them too and the mint taste is so subtle that I don't think it helped any in taking away the burning sensation. They are chalky which is to be expected but they just sort of break up in the mouth and get stuck in teeth that it is hard to actually chew and swallow them. The taste is unpleasant and they actually left a foul taste in my mouth that was there for ages afterwards.
I think they should market these as a diet supplement or as a preventative treatment for indigestion as after chewing these any inclination to over eat would be gone as they were so horrible that I wouldn't want to eat anything else.
Because they got stuck in my teeth and on the roof of my mouth I needed to take these with a glass of water so that I could swill it around my mouth and release all the bits of chalk from my teeth. This makes them less convenient as I know I would have to take them with water all the time so even though they come in such a handy little container I wouldn't be able to just take a couple whenever heartburn striked.
In their defence these tablets do work to calm heartburn down quite quickly once you have actually managed to swallow them all but because I just didn't like the taste and found them awkward to chew I wouldn't buy them again especially when there is a myriad of other heartburn remedies on the market which also work but aren't as horrible.
I always have some indigestion tablets at home and also keep some in my bag as when I get indigestion I usually get it really bad and it can be quite painful. It is usually in the evenings when I have eaten a large meal but I sometimes get in in the daytime especially if I have eaten pastry. I am not keen on the liquid medicine as it is too much of a chalky consistency for me so I do always buy tablets and Gaviscon are the brand which I prefer as they always seem to work for me.
My indigestion will just appear instantly with no warning and it sometimes takes my breath away it is so painful and uncomfortable. I also suffer from heartburn whereby I will feel a burning type sensation from my chest coming up towards my throat and this is often accompanied by an acid and burning feeling in my throat and mouth which tastes very unpleasant. The last packet I bought was from Asda and I paid £4.00 so they work out at just twelve and a half pence each which is well worth it to help to soothe my symptoms. You can get other cheaper brands but I know that Gaviscon are a well known and trusted brand.
The tablets care supposed to form a raft over your stomach contents which in turn prevents acid from coming back up into your oesophagus. They are about a centimetre across and you can either suck or chew them, personally I will suck them as I don't like the consistency of them when they are crunched as it seems to stick in my teeth. The tablets do melt fairly quickly and usually within about ten minutes of taking one I can feel it working and my pain and discomfort starts to subside. They are a bit chalky in your mouth but the main thing that I notice is the minty taste which is obvious without being too strong and it leaves your mouth feeling quite fresh afterwards.
You are advised to take these tablets for seven days and then if the symptoms do not ease to seek medical advice. You are advised to take two to four tablets up to four times a day but I usually only need to take one or two for them to work for me. They are not suitable for children under twelve years old or if you are on a low salt diet, are prone to kidney stones or have low levels of stomach acid. Gaviscon claim that these are not known to cause any problems for pregnant or breast feeding women.
I do recommend these Gaviscon tablets, they taste good and work quickly and they are widely available from chemists, supermarkets and online. I will always make sure that I have some of these tablets in and buy them when I see them on offer. They are ideal to pop in your handbag and I also make sure that I take a packet on holiday as you never know when you will need them.
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I usually buy a handy pack of 16 Gaviscon Cool chewable tablets from my local Asda supermarket for £2.22, but the 32 pack is also available to buy but at a higher price. They are widely available from most well known supermarkets, as well as pharmacies and chemists. Sainsbury's are selling the same pack of 16 cool tablets for 2.50, as are Waitrose and Ocado. Tesco's website state the item is no longer available, but I am sure if you visit the supermarket you should be able to find the Gaviscon cool tablets at similar prices.
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133.5mg Sodium Bicarbonate, 250mg Sodium Alginate, and 80mg Calcium Carbonate.
WHAT ARE THEY FOR?
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Gaviscon Cool Tablets are a type of medicine that aims to treat acid indigestion & heart burn by forming a defensive shield above the stomach lining which prevents the acid from escaping and causing irritation and discomfort associated with acid build up.
For ages 12 plus and dosage is 3-4 tablets after meals.
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I suffer from frequent bouts of acid indigestion and heart burn which usually occurs after meals. I think it also seems to develop more if I rush my dinner, rather taking my time to chew the food. Heart burn and acid indigestion can be quite a painful and therefore decided to give these Gaviscon cool tablets a try, mainly due to my hatred for liquid medicines, but also as they come in a handy little packet it is a lot easier to store them in my handbag in case I develop the symptoms during a night out or dining out with family and friends.
The small size container holds 16 tablets and are small enough to easily fit into my clutch bag or any normal sized handbag, and therefore are highly convenient and can use whenever I am on the go or out and about. The small packaging is made from plastic rather than the paper cardboard box you normally find tablets in, which is great as the tablets are more protected and fresh and therefore are more likely to last longer. It has a easy to open flip lid and the chewable tablets are small and blue in colour.
These are labelled as being cool due to the mint flavour added to the tablets, which I do pick up slightly while chewing the tablets. The taste however isn't quite like having a minty chewing gum, and I would describe it as being slightly unpleasant taste wise, but not that bad that It would make me feel sick. The tablets have a chalky texture and therefore I found I tend to get a few bits stuck in my teeth, and the minty cool effect doesn't take long to kick in and I could feel the cooling effect in my throat and chest after only a few minutes.
Chewing the tablet did leave my mouth a little dry, but a glass of water easily solved this. The tablets are easy to chew and don't take long chew down so it can be swallowed. The tablets work well in my opinion, as I usually just have to take one and I can feel my symptoms decreasing within a few minutes and does have lasting effects, which is great as I don't have reaching for more tablets.
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I would recommend these Gaviscon Tablets as they work well in treating acid indigestion and heartburn, they work fast and do have a good lasting effect. The taste isn't sickly and they are easy to chew. Overall I would rate these tablets 4/5, losing just one mark for leaving my mouth slightly dry after wards.
=Gaviscon Cool Tablets=
Unfortunately I occasionally get digestive problems, usually when I've eat something or had a cold slush, they were my childhood favourite and I have one sometimes.
When I was pregnant I was given Gavison liquid and today I still can't take it, so have been working round different brands of ingestion relief tablets.
=Price and Availability=
The tablets I purchase are a box of 12, although I am sure they do bigger size boxes. The 12 pack I purchased last cost me £2.50 from my local chemist.
Although there are care instructions on the box these are not the easiest to read, as they are a white font on a coloured box, but inside the box is a further leaflet which explains everything you need to know.
If I need any over the counter medicine and it is the first time I am purchasing it, I go to my local pharmacy as they can check against my prescription to make sure that I can take them without the worry are they going to react with my tablets. I got the all clear.
These are not suitable for children under 12 years old.
If your are still suffering after 7 days, then it does advice you to seek advice from your GP.
The tablets are not overly big, but are about 1cm, the tablets are chewable. They have a mild minty flavour, (I had mint in tablets) so it was a case of bear with them, the texture is a chalky feel to them
It is recommend that you take 2 to 4 tablets. I just managed two and for me that was enough to help calm the reflex down.
=Would I recommend?=
For me they worked, but i didn't like the taste of the mint, but they did sort out the reflex problem and for that I am pleased. Carrying a packet of tablets around is certainly more convient than carrying a bottle. So yes I would give them a 5/5.
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=== Family History ===
I've been fortunate in that I've rarely had digestive problems. Even during my pregnancies, when a lot of women suffer from heartburn in particular, it wasn't an issue for me. On the other hand, for all the years I've known him my other half has suffered in various ways: first it was thought that he had a grumbling appendicitis, later it was acid reflux. All this was compounded when, as a result of developing an auto-immune condition a few years ago, he needed to take large doses of steroid tablets. He was already taking the medication that was recommended to minimise the side effects of the steroids so the dose was 'upped' and he was recommended to use Gaviscon products as a back-up if necessary.
===Trying Something Different===
At one time we regularly had bottles of Gaviscon in its liquid form around the house. One day when we were out shopping together - it must have been in Tesco's - he spotted the little tablet pack and thought it was worth trying them out. I think he was finding the liquid one difficult to take to work as he often took his laptop and papers in his overloaded briefcase and it really wasn't convenient to have a bottle of liquid in there too. I don't think he's used them much, though.
===How Much, How Many And So On===
The tablets come in a small turquoise coloured container. You get 12 in this pack. I believe other sizes are available. I'm not sure how much we paid but I think it was between £2 -£2.50. They are made by Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Limited of Hull. The tablet packs are fairly widely available in pharmacies - as I say, ours was from the Tesco pharmacy section.
===For Your Eyes Only===
Initially I was a little annoyed at the white print on the coloured pack, difficult to read even when I was good and using my glasses! Then I noticed the white paper tab attached to the back - you pull that out and find the information is all on there, and much easier to read. It's quite detailed so I won't try and repeat it all. There's some information about why people might need to use a product like this and who might need to be cautious about taking it, such as anyone with phenylketonuria or on a low sodium diet. It might be less effective for anyone who has reduced gastric acid. Because it contains xylitol there may be a slightly laxative effect if you take too many, but generally it wouldn't be an issue, though you should keep it out of children's reach & under 12's shouldn't have it unless prescribed. There can occasionally be side effects such as breathing difficulties or skin rashes, but it seems likely that you would know of an allergy to an ingredient beforehand. You can take while pregnant or breast feeding, which is a plus. If your symptoms persist after 7 days you should talk to your doctor.
===Too Hot To Handle?===
The other day I'd made some Coronation Chicken, largely for myself as he has always disliked anything spicy and has more reason to now. I cheated and used a packet mix I had in the cupboard. It did make rather a lot but I thought my son would like some when he came in later. It turned out to be hotter than I thought and, although I can usually take quite a hot curry, for some reason this played havoc with my digestion. We had to go out that night for a meeting and I was feeling uncomfortable. I had a moment of inspiration when I remembered that we had this Gaviscon pack and decided to try a tablet to see if I could get relief.
===Chew On This===
I was quite surprised at the tablet size. I guess my only previous experience of this kind of product would have been good old Milk Of Magnesia tablets as a child. The Gaviscon ones are quite thick - I'd estimate up to a centimetre. It's probably because they are chewable, although I elected to suck the first one. Actually the flavour reminded me of Milk of Magnesia - unsurprising I suppose, as most products for the digestion seem to have a minty flavour. These are described as having a cool minty flavour, and I think that's quite accurate. The flavour helps if one of your symptoms is an unpleasant taste in the mouth, which is one I'm getting sometimes now. The texture is probably best described as rather chalky, again unsurprisingly as they contain calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate. The dose is 2-4 tablets for anyone over the age of 12 years who has no contra-indications, so I chewed the second one. It seemed to have a hotter flavour this way, and I could feel warmth in my stomach for some time afterwards. So I guess this is the way to take them, although I didn't like the way that some of the tablet stuck to my teeth, a pet hate of mine.
===What A Relief!===
I did feel that the tablets helped my digestion to settle quite quickly and actually I wasn't aware of being uncomfortable for the rest of the evening, so that was good.
I have begun to suspect that my digestion is not as robust as it used to be, so I suspect I shall be using a product like this more in the future as I get older. I've read that some people feel the tablets aren't as effective as the liquid. That may be the case, but for my occasional use, for now at any rate, I'm quite happy with them and wouldn't hesitate to use them again. The convenience of the neat, handbag-suitable pack mitigates against the mild annoyance of the tablet sticking to my teeth a bit. I think it would also be a lot easier to take these in the night, should the need arise, as you wouldn't need to be pouring liquid into a spoon or whatever, which always seems a bit hazardous, especially if you're trying not to wake anyone else up! Four stars - I'm deducting one for the teeth issue!
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Heart burn was something I had never suffered from until I was pregnant and in fact until then I think I was a bit confused as to what it actually felt like. I would tell people that I wasn't sure if I had suffered heart burn and they would tell me that I hadn't as if I had then I would definately know about it. It turns out they were right and the first time I ever suffered from it I was in agony and knew straight away what it was.
I ended up suffereing heart burn throughout my entire pregnancy and in my never ending quest to find something to help ease it I think I must have tried nearly everything on the shelves in boots.
Gaviscon came to me by way of the TV adverts which I hhad seen numerous times but never really paid attention to so when I went into boots looking for something I headed straight to the gaviscon products.
There were so many products to choose from so I just grabbed the first one that I came to which happened to be the Gaviscon cool tablets. Priced at £2.99 they promised to give quick relief from the pain and help soothe it.
The tablets come in a blister pack containing 16 tablets and you are supposed to take two to four tablets when symptoms occur.
You need to chew the tablets rather than just swallowing them which I found to be a bit annoying as I thought the pills would be quick and easy compared to the liquid form that was also available. They are not the nicest thing to chew and are powdery and have a horrible texture when mixed with saliva and even though they are mint flavour they have a disgusting taste.
They are supposed to provide up to four hours of relief but to be honest I found them pretty inafective. I would have to take the maximum dosage and they would take ages to work and then the relief would only last for an hour at most before the heart burn returned. The relief they gave was also only very minimal and they never actually got rid of the pain and I fel no cooling sensation.
Perhaps my heart burn was too strong for the tablets to handle and that's why I found them virtually useless as other people I know swear by them.
I wouldn't recommend Gaviscon cool tablets for severe heart burn but becasue they are relitively small and discrete to carry around then they may be beneficial to people who suffer indegestion after meals who cannot carry around a big bottle with them to the table in restaurants.
About the product
Gaviscon cool tablets helps stop heartburn.
It comes in a small pot with easy pop open lid. tablets are round and do leave a nice mint taste in your mouth.
They average around £3 a pack.
Great to pop into your handbag or even in your pocket.
i loved this pocket at the start, i got it on offer at asda and found it handy to have in my bag at all times as i am pregnant and suffer from heartburn on a daily basis.
it does cool the heartburn, but i found it came back within a hour or so of taking the tablet.
Also when i brought it again i paid £3 pound for them and due to it only having 16 tablets in a pack i went through the pack to fast and for the price it wasnt worth paying as they dont last long enough. since then i swapped to Rennie which is ten times better and last longer.
comes in a great little pot, great to put in your bag or pocket with ease.
price is to high for the amount of tablets you get, also due to it being so easy to open could be a safety hazzard around young children. Also doesnt last long enough.
Throughout all of my pregnancies, I have experienced heartburn which got progressively worse and more frequent as my pregnancies progressed. I don't suffer from heartburn or indigestion usually but, apparantly, the hormonal changes in pregnancy make it easier for stomach acids to travel back upwards, causing that all too familiar burning painful sensation. This is exacerbated by having all your internals organs squashed by a growing baby!
I have tried most of the heartburn treatments on the market during the course of my pregnancies. Liquid Gaviscon was an effective solution and this was recommended by my midwife and available free on prescription. I hated the taste and texture of the standard aniseed liquid Gaviscon so explored the tablet versions available instead.
There are a surprisingly large number of products available under the Gaviscon label nowadays, all of which state clearly on the packaging that they are safe to take during pregnancy. Having taken their Peppermint tablets and found them to ease the symptoms, I found the 'Cool' variety were more widely available. As well as the traditional blister packets in the cardboard packaging, the Cool tablets are available in a small plastic tub, ideal for keeping in your handbag for emergency use. These were the variety sold at the side of the till at my local Morrisons so acted as a prompt to me whenever I was running low. For this reason, I ended up buying these regularly even though they were not my preferred choice.
Like most heartburn treatments, these tablets apparantly form a protective layer over the contents of the stomach to prevent stomach acid from escaping and causing discomfort. The packaging recommends that doses are taken after meals and at bedtimes whenever the symptoms are present. Evenings and mealtimes were the periods when I really suffered from heartburn so only took these tablets during those periods. As promised on the pack, these really were fast-acting and I felt the pain ease within minutes of taking these tablets. The effects lasted long enough for me to get off to sleep comfortably (if taken at bedtime) although I did sometimes wake up in the night as the heartburn returned.
Initially I started with the lowest recommended dosage but as my pregnancy progressed and my symptoms got worse I found myself needing to take more tablets to achieve the same level of relief. I can't say whether this was just because the heartburn was getting progressively worse or whether the tablets were becoming less effective with regular use. During the last few months, I had to return to Gaviscon in liquid form as that just seemed to be more effective and the effects lasted longer.
Personally, I preferred taking this in tablet form. These need to be chewed thoroughly rather than swallowed with a drink. The tablets were slightly gluey when chewed and needed to be rescued from the crevices of my teeth. Tastewise, these Cool version have quite a strong minty taste which helps to disguise the taste and texture of the tablets. These aren't quite as strong as an Extra Strong Mint, for example, but are much mintier than a Polo. I'm not a big lover of mints and did find the initial minty taste was a little strong for me, giving me a slight burning senstation in my mouth as I was chewing them. This wore off quickly though and left with a relatively pleasant fresh taste in my mouth which was an unexpected benefit!
These particular tablets are widely available and can usually be found at the till in major supermarkets. The little tubs contain just 16 tablets and cost around £2.20 whereas the cardboard packs contain 32 tablets for around £3.50 so are a more economical buy. This still works out more expensive than the liquid versions but are handy to carry about and more convenient than a glass bottle.
I personally prefer taking Gaviscon in tablet form although I found that the liquid variety was more effective for really severe heatburn. These are a useful remedy for mild attacks of acid indigestion and a recommended emergency treatment.
Gaviscon Cool Tablets
Anyone that suffers from heartburn will know that it can be painful and more often than not rear its ugly head at the most inappropriate times. I suffer on and off, I never really know when it is going to strike, there are times when I eat too much dairy products and I suspect I might be in for some discomfort. However, really I get heartburn on and off most of the year.
I have noticed in some other reviews that these tablets have been marked down because they don't work as well as the liquid forms of Gaviscon. And they don't. However, unlike the chunky bottles of Gaviscon I can carry these around in any bag I own, even little clutch bags for a dressier evening out. These won't be as effective at curing your heartburn symptoms, but they will provide some aid and you can take them anywhere and everywhere with you.
These don't taste very nice and when you chew them they do tend to stick a bit to your teeth. These aren't pleasant, but then heartburn is even less pleasant. The little tablets are quite small and although they do taste quite strongly of peppermint it is more of the chalky flavour and texture that is predominant.
A small portable plastic packet of these will typically cost around £2.95 and they are pretty easy to find in a majority of shops and supermarkets around.
The packaging of these is nice, they are encased in a small plastic bright blue(ish) coloured box that is easy to open and reseal. It is also quite sturdy, which means that if you throw it in a pocket or bag you don't really need to worry about it or give it much consideration. The colour of the packaging also means that these are always easy to spot even in the darkest recesses of my Mary Poppins like bag.
These get a four out of five stars from me. They won't work as well as the liquid forms of Gaviscon but they are portable and no-one will notice you popping one of these after a nice lunch or supper out with friends or work.
Before getting pregnant I was lucky and never suffered with heartburn or indigestion and because of that I really was quite ignorant of what it was and how it felt and then I got my first taste 9pardon the pun) when I was pregnant.
I used the bottle and liquid form in pregnancy but I do now suffer from it every now and again and decided to try the tablet form.
====== What Is Indigestion And Heartburn? =======
Indigestion and Heartburn are often caused by stomach acid which works to break down the food after easting and sometimes the acid can escape from the stomach and work its way into the food pipe where it can cause pain and discomfort.
It is often present in pregnancy and people who have never experienced either may develop it then as I did and I am afraid that it lasted the whole length of my pregnancy.
Quite often it can cause pain and a nasty taste in the mouth and leaves you with a burning sensation in your chest and mouth. It may be aggravated by eating rich spicy foods and is often worse when you lie down flat.
For me personally every time I moved I could feel it in my throat and the burning sensation always got worse and meals and even when I drank a cup of tea and sleeping was out of the question so that little bottle became my favourite accessory
I went through so many bottles of gaviscon during my three pregnancies that I should have been awarded shares in them.
======= How It Works =======
Gaviscon is part of a group of medicines called reflux suppressants and they work by forming a protective layer over your stomach contents and this stops the acid from escaping into the food pipe.
It is supposed to work almost immediately and gives long lasting relief
======= The Tablets =======
The tablets come in a little green container which has a flip top lid. I love the box as it means you can slip it into your bag or pocket for when you are out and about. The box that I have contains 12 tablets and they are the blue chalky looking ones.
When you put them in your mouth you instantly feel that chalky feeling and I have to say that while they are not unpleasant they do leave my mouth feeling dry but within a few minutes I noticed that I had a cooling sensation in my food throat and chest and noticed that the heartburn was receding a little.
The tablets where quite easy to chew and broke up really quickly which is good if you do not like the taste. Speaking of the taste it is labelled as cool mint but I am sorry it's chalk with a very very subtle hint of mint!
====== How Long Does The Relief Last ======
Up until this point these tablets were scoring on all levels, great little box that you can take everywhere, okay taste and almost instant relief. Unfortunately like my horse every time I back one in the national they fell at the last hurdle.
Within about half an hour I can feel that it is all building up again and I noticed that when swallowing the burning feeling is there again although I have to say not as bad as before taking the tablet but I did expect them to give lasting relief and not half an hour
As you can only take 2-4 tablets after meals and at bedtimes (This is for ages 12 and over) you are not going to get long lasting relief to take you through the day although if you only suffer every now and again they may last just enough for you.
======== My Conclusion =======
I think that the box of Gaviscon tablets are good to have in your pocket or bag if you are struck with indigestion and heartburn on the go as they will provide you with some short term relief but I feel that the bottle of liquid is much better for providing you with long lasting relief.
I do tend to use these in conjunction with the bottle of Gaviscon, I use the bottle at night and in the house but find that I can use the tablets when I am at work or out and about as it is easier to chew a tablet then get my bottle and spoon out while sitting at my desk!
Gaviscon can be bought in most chemists and supermarkets and the price range is approx £2.00 for the 12 tablet box.
As someone who suffers with excess stomach acid a lot I find myself in a great deal of discomfort at times. My stomach produces too much acid and so I suffer a lot with heartburn and indigestion.
There are things that make this worse, such as stress and eating too much at a meal or even not enough, it's a bit of a no win situation really. There are a few things that do help. Milk is great short term and seems to supress some of my symptoms.
My main way of dealing with the problem is Gaviscon advanced. This works well and really helps. The trouble is it comes in a liquid form and is supplied in a large glass bottle, so is not exactley easy to carry around with you.
I have tried lots of the different indigestion aids that come in tablet forms. Most of them did nothing and felt like I was eating chalk.
When these first came out I thought they were worth a go and at around £2.50 for 16 they were reasonably priced. I have to admit, I did also like the little case they came in as I can fit them into even my smallest bags.
Now don't get me wrong, these little tablets are no where near as good as the gaviscon advanced liquid, but they do help.
I find that after chewing 2 of these my symptoms do die down a lot and are far more bearable.
The liquid is far better at treating the condition but these are just so much discreet and portable. If I go out for a meal I don't want to haul a big bottle of medicin onto the table and take a gulp,so for those occassions these are a little godsend.
What I do like about these also is that they taste far better than the liquid. They just have a slight minty taste and anyone would think you were just chewing on a mint, probably helps to freshen your breath too I would imagine.
I would not be without my Gaviscon liquid, but when I'm out and about these are great and easy to keep with you.
As I have said in other reviews, being pregnant has opened up a wealth of both pleasant and less pleasant product-testing opportunities for me. Unfortunately, the Gaviscon cool tablets fall rather decidedly into the latter category.
I had never experienced acid reflux before being pregnant, but now it has become an irritating part of everyday life. I bought this handy pack of Gaviscon tablets when the symptoms first started because I thought it was reasonably priced (£2.79 from Boots) and would fit in my handbag.
So, walking out from Boots with the tablets stashed neatly in my handbag and my purse not too much lighter, I was feeling quite pleased with my purchase. After carefully reading the instructions, I placed two of the small, white, minty-flavoured tablets into my mouth and began to chew thoroughly as instructed. Then my facial expression changed. The initially pleasant minty flavour was demolished by the horrendous texture of the tablets. They start off crunchy but as they mix with the saliva in your mouth, soon turn into a chalky gloopy substance that sticks impossibly to every contour of your teeth. In order to actually be able to swallow any, you have to subtley scrape your teeth out with a clean finger. Not a good look.
Once the tablets had finally been ingested, I was disappointed that they made no noticeable impact upon the acid reflux. I have now finished the pack (desperate times...) but have yet to experience any significant change in the reflux having taken the tablets.
Fortunately, I have now discovered liquid Gaviscon. This is far less portable (being packaged in a heavy glass bottle) and a bit more pricey but on the plus side it actually works and doesn't feel like you've been chewing on chalk.
Gaviscon Cool works in the same way as Gaviscon Original however, it also contains xylitol (an ingredient you often find in chewing gums that can provide a cool refreshing feel) / You may particularly appreciate this cool flavour if your symptoms include a bad taste in the mouth / Compact heart-burn tablets for on-the-go / Like Gaviscon Original, it tends to work very quickly and has a soothing effect, offering relief for up to four hours / Gaviscon Cool comes in a liquid form, as chewable tablets or in a pocket size handy pack / perfect for keeping in your handbag or in the car / Suitable for use in pregnancy.;