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I suffer often with heartburn, and one of the products I always have to hand to enable me to cope with it is Rennie, which come in various flavours, Orange, Spearming, and Peppermint . Rennie are widely available, you can find them in any chemist or supermarket, and fortunately for me as a long term heartburn sufferer, in any corner shop too. a wide range of Rennie products designed to relieve similar symptoms, the most popular products in the range are the Rennie Tablets which come in a range of flavours.
They come in a mainly red box with a smaller blue box on the front that lets you know these are Peppemint flavour, and the bottom left of the box tells you how many Rennie are included in white lettering (72 in this case). It's pretty recognizable on the shop shelves, though there are different flavours distinguished by different ribbons of colour across the box. To use this, you simply take one or two tablets at a time as required, up to a maximum of 16 tablets daily.
These tablets taste really dry and chalky. But they do taste quite pleasant, and they don't cause any kind of displeasure when you chew them (and you are meant to chew them, not just swallow). I find they leave my mouth feeling dry and strange after use, but I do find that they settle heartburn and reflux for me. Reflux in particular has been a longstanding problem that can never be cured, but Rennie do make it tolerable, and at the price of 4 quid for 72 tablets, which tends to last me nearly 3 weeks, I'm happy.
These work for me. I've tried all the various flavours, and I've yet to find one that doesn't leave my mouth feeling a bit dry and uncomfortable. So far, these are the best things I've found for dealing with heartburn and reflux. Does that mean they're perfect? Not by any means! But they are the best solution I'm currently aware of, for which I award them 4 stars.
My husband suffers badly with indigestion and Rennie is what he uses and so when I started suffering with heartburn when I was pregnant these were easily to hand.
I had never suffered with any form of indigestion or heartburn until I got pregnant and even then I managed to avoid it until the 3rd trimester. I found that taking one of these tablets was enough to provide relief from my symptoms and I still use them occasionally now if I am suffering from discomfort after eating.
The small square tablets come in a foil backed blister pack making them easy to dispense and handy to pop in your bag when out. Each strip contains 6 tablets and has the expiry date printed on it, useful if you find them in a bag you had forgotten about and want to know how old they are! The expiry date is 3 years from the manufacture date so if like me you only suffer occasionally its good to know they last, obviously with my husband taking them regularly they never get near this date.
I find these pleasant to chew, slightly chalky from the calcium they contain but easy to swallow. The peppermint flavour leaves my mouth feeling fresh.
How quickly do they work?
I find these very fast acting, within 5 minutes symptoms are improved and as I only ever suffer mildly I don't find that symptoms return.
Price and availability
Rennie peppermint are available in a variety of packet sizes. I usually buy the larger 72 packs but 12, 24, 48 and 96 are also available. A pack of 72 currently costs £4.50 at Tesco which is more expensive than own brands.
Would I recommend?
Yes, Rennie are fast acting and easy to take. They are suitable during pregnancy and breastfeeding although the packet advises to contact your Doctor after 14 days.
Rennies Antacid tablets come in a clearly identifiable branded red box, with the tablets in blister packs of 6 tablets per sheet. Also in the box is a clearly written fact sheet with ingredients and the clear message that you should not exceed the stated dose and that if symptoms persist you should contact your GP.
Having got that out of the way, what are they like?
Each tablets is to be dissolved in the mouth or chewed. They have a fresh minty taste and a somewhat chalky consistency (as do most antacid tablets, branded and unbranded) - however unlike many cheaper products there is little or no residue or after taste left in the mouth - a real plus. If you do not like peppermint, there are other flavours available.
Do they work?
Rennies claim to provide fast effective from indigestion and heartburn. In my experience tbhis is certainly the case - at least as well as any other product on the market and better than many. The effects can be felt quickly (for me usually initial within minutes) and more often than not full relief within about 30 minutes.
Yes - they work and are good value when compared to other branded items, and in my opinion outperform unbranded items. I don't buy any others and would recommend to anyone who asks.
I had never suffered from heartburn before, until during my two pregnancy which I suffered from it really bad. The midwife recommend antacid tablets which done nothing for me. So someone recommend that I try these.
Rennie's come in a 12, 24, 48, 72 pack and do variety in price from around £1.50 to £5.29. I did find normally one of the supermarkets, boots or superdrug tend to have these on offer, such as save 1/3 or buy two for a certain amount.
What Rennie say.
Rennie Spearmint is an antacid tablet which quickly relieves indigestion, heartburn, acid indigestion, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, nervous indigestion, flatulence, upset stomach, indigestion during pregnancy and biliousness.
Each tablet contains: Calcium carbonate 680 mg and Heavy Magnesium Carbonate 80 mg.
Each tablet also contains: Sucrose and glucose (250 mg)
How to use
Adults and children over 12 years: Two tablets to be sucked or chewed, as required, preferably 1 hour after meals and before bedtime. For heartburn an extra 2 tablets may be taken between these times. These doses may also be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Do not take more than 10 tablets a day. Prolonged use should be avoided.
Children under 12: Not recommended.
If symptoms persist after 14 days consult your pharmacist or doctor.
They come in red box packaging with rennies written on them. They come in a few different flavours such as peppermint, ice, orange etc. I choose the peppermint flavour. The tablets are smallish in size, a little smaller than a chewit, and are white.
During my pregnancy I suffered with heartburn all day and night. Even a cup off tea would set off my heartburn. So after buying these, I took two. I began chewing on them, as I just wanted them straight in me. After I had chewed them, I found my teeth and tongue was left feeling powdery and was coated with thick chewy bits still, it was not a great feeling, as I wasn't at home i wasn't able to get a glass of water to rinse the taste and bits away. I did find the feeling of heartburn instantly began to disappear and for a few hours I was heartburn free.
Although these are peppermint flavour, there wasn't much flavour to them, you could taste mint a little but nothing to strong, although I would have like them to have a bit more flavour.
Next time I took these I decided to suck on them, which was a far more better experience. When sucking them I found the heartburn took slight longer to go away, but I wasn't left with a horrible chalky mouth.
I did find these really helped with my heartburn and gave me instant relive which is exactly what I needed, I did find I was having to take more than the recommend dose, but my heartburn was really bad. if I ever suffered from heart burn again these would be my first choice.
Unfortunately I quite often suffer from heartburn so it's essential that I have something in my medicine cupboard that can quickly and effectively relieve this pain. I've tried many different antacid tablets but one I often buy is Rennie as it's a very well known brand and it can be bought just about anywhere. I usually pay about £2 for 24 tablets although they can often be picked up on offer for a lower price but if you're buying them from a corner shop you can expect to pay considerably more. I actually bought the Peppermint variety of these tablets by mistake, whenever buying Rennies I usually opt for Spearmint as, in my opinion they taste the best. The packaging is very similar though and the text stipulating the flavour of the tablets is quite small, I only realised I had picked up the peppermint variety once I was home.
Rennie tablets come in a small, red cardboard box which clearly states the brand name and is easily recognisable, it's very easy to grab in a hurry as the packaging is so well known. I usually buy the pack with 24 tablets inside, as although I do suffer from indigestion I find it's usually when I over indulge and I do try avoid doing this the majority of the time. The packs also come in boxes of 72 but it would take me quite a while to get through these and I don't think they're any cheaper to buy in bigger pack sizes. Inside the box the tablets come in blister packs of 12 tablets, these also come perforated down the middle so you can split them into 6. This is really handy if more than one person in the house uses them, and I usually split 6 off to keep in my bag and keep the others in the box at home.
It's advised that you take two tablets at a time as often as needed, ensuring that you don't take any more than 16 in 24 hours. Having said this I usually find that taking two tablets is enough to get rid of my heartburn, even if it's very painful. Rennie do recommend that is these symptoms persist you should go and see the doctor. The tablets are very easy to take; they can either be sucked or chewed. The tablets are quite soft and chalky making chewing very easy and this is my preferred way to take them as it gets rid of it quicker. Also you don't have the taste in your mouth for so long, it's not an unpleasant taste and is quite minty but it does have a slightly medicinal flavour to it as well. As I mentioned previously I do prefer the Spearmint variety as these seem to have a more pleasant minty flavour. I usually find that my symptoms start to go almost immediately, after about 10 minutes I'm absolutely fine which is very impressive and reassuring as sometimes heartburn does cause me quite a lot of pain.
Rennie is a very well recognised brand of antacid tablets which are available pretty much everywhere. This peppermint flavour, although not my favourite is quite pleasant and the results are very quick making this a product that I often pick up. The price of Rennie is only quite cheap although it's a little more expensive than store own brand products, but they do work considerably quicker which is what you want when suffering from the pain of heartburn.
A lot of us experience heartburn or indigestion at some point in our life. So it is always handy to have a product handy to help ease the symptoms when they arise. Though if it is becomming a more serious problem which can't be helped by store bought items then it may be worth considering visiting your doctor.
** The Product **
Rennie is an antacid containing tablet which neutralises stomach acid. It aims to bring relief to those suffering from heartburn or indigestion.
Heartburn is when acid from the stomach rises up your oesophagus (throat) and causes a burning pain. It is suggested that it is caused/ enhanced by unhealthy diets, stress and over-eating. It is also common in pregnant women. This product can be taken by those that are pregnant but it is always a good idea to consult a medical professional. It is something I have suffered though I tend to get it more when I am stressed.
Indigestion is the pain in the stomach, usually experienced after eating. Other symptoms include a knotted stomach and bloating, excessive wind and feeling sick. It can be caused by diet, stress or eating on the run. It isn't something I always get and it is usually mild when I do but it is always good to have a product handy when it does occur.
** How to use it **
Rennie is taken orally. I take them just when I am experience the discomfort to control the symptoms. Adults should take two tablets at a time and can be sucked or chewed. Though you should not exceed 10 tablets per day.
As always please read the instructions from the box or consult your pharmacist.
** Experience **
I haven't tried too many brands of antacids but out of the ones I have I prefer Rennie. The taste is better than others I have tried. It isn't the nicest of tastes, it isn't like a mint tablet, but the mintiness does help get the tablet down. I prefer to chew them just to get it down as quick as possible. It does feel a bit like chewing powder but you get used to it after a few times. Again, not the nicest of experiences but it is worth it. I haven't really felt any difference between the brands that I have tried so it doesn't lose or gain points on this.
I have found that my symptoms usually go quite quickly - usually within minutes - after taking two tablets. And they stay away until there is reason for them to flare up again. I am really happy with the results.
** Price and Availability **
Rennie Peppermint is easily found in most health stores and pharmacies. It is currently £5.29 in Boots and Superdrug for 72 tablets. The same pack is £4.50 in Tesco and I am sure I paid even less for it so it is worth shopping around if you can.
** Overall **
Rennie is a well trusted brand for good reason. Their tablets provide effective relief for those with heartburn or indigestion (including those who are pregnant). The tablet kicks in quickly once chewed (and I assume sucked but I can't say for certain). They are one of the better tasting brands that I have tried. You can taste the peppermint quite easily. The texture isn't great but there are worse experiences. Really when you have heartburn you just want the pain to go; a little bit of weird texture in your mouth isn't the worst thing.
I would definitely recommend these over other brands: They work effectively and with a better taste.
- Why I Bought -
During my second pregnancy I suffered badly with heartburn. I tried Gaviscon tablets to relieve this but while they were effective I didn't like the taste or texture and they were expensive. When I ran out I decided to try some from the Rennie range but when I visited my local Sainsbury's they only had the peppermint flavour, not my ideal flavour. However, as there was no other choice and I needed them straight away I bought a box of 24 tablets for £2.
- What is heartburn? -
Heartburn is a fairly common symptom during pregnancy but can affect anyone. It is worsened by certain food and drink, for example spicy, fatty or processed food, alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks. I would describe it as an acidy feeling in the chest and throat which has an unpleasant burning sensation. It often feels like acid is coming up from your stomach, through your chest and up your throat and this is essentially what is happening. It is common in pregnancy because hormones relax a valve at the top of the stomach which is there to stop acid coming up from the stomach. This is exacerbated later in pregnancy when your internal organs are squashed by the growing baby.
- The Packaging and Instructions -
The tablets come in a small red box with the Rennie brand name clearly displayed. The back of the box provides instructions and ingredients. Calcium Carbonate 680mg and Heavy Magnesium Carbonate 80mg forms an antacid which neutralises the acid. The tablets contain sucrose and glucose which are natural sugars. The recommended dose is two tablets as required, preferably one hour after meals and before bedtime. Up to ten tablets can be taken per day. They are not recommended for children under 12. Pregnant woman and breast feeding mothers can follow the same dosage instructions. I decided to use them as little as possible as this is what the midwives recommend with any medication you take during pregnancy, so I only took them when I needed them.
- The Tablets -
Inside the box there are two blister packs. The small white chewable tablet smells very minty which is quite pleasant. They are quite small but a little large than the Gaviscon tablets. My symptoms would usually come on after a meal so I would take one tablet when I could feel the acidy feeling starting. They are easily chewed and, although they are still a little chalky in texture, they are much more like sweets than the Gaviscon tablets. They taste quite nice really and refresh your breath as well as combating heartburn! My preference would be a fruit flavoured tablet but that is just my personal taste.
- The Results -
I found that one tablet was usually sufficient and would eliminate the symptoms within minutes. Sometimes I second tablet was required in the evenings when the heartburn was at its worst. I usually took four or five per day. I think they are as effective as Gaviscon tablets.
- Price and Availability -
The standard price for this 24 pack is £2 which is what I paid in Sainsbury's. Some supermarkets and chemists have offers such as 2 for 3 or buy one get one half price so it is worth looking for a deal. However, I was desperate and £2 seemed quite reasonable and cheaper than Gaviscon. Larger packs of 48 and 72 are also available which would bring down the price per tablet.
- Would I Recommend? -
If you suffer from heartburn then these are definitely worth a try. They worked wonders for me, they taste quite nice and they are a reasonable price.
...and there's only one Rennie in the building! Does anybody else remember that line from Vic and Bob in the classic Shooting Stars or is it just me who always thinks of that anytime they see a pack of Rennie? Just me? Ok then, on with the review!
Rennie are the classic antacid tablet, containing calcium and magnesium to neutralise the stomach acid that causes pain in heartburn and indigestion when it escapes the stomach and creeps up into your oesophagus where it doesn't belong! Everybody is familiar with the name, so of course you pay a little extra for that brand recognition than you would if you bought a generic version of this medicine. A pack of 24 Peppermint Rennie is currently £1.32 at Tesco though, so still doesn't break the bank, and some people do feel reassured by using a familiar brand. I ended up buying these as they were the only option at a convenience store, so its good that they aren't too overpriced as sometimes they're the only brand stocked.
Rennie are medium sized square chalky tablets that can be sucked or chewed, depending on your preference. While a lot of chalky tablets taste horrible and have an unpleasant texture, Rennie's peppermint flavouring means they're actually quite pleasant. They're definitely not like mints that you buy just for the taste though, they're still recognisably medicinal!
I think Rennie are probably intended for people who only have occasional indigestion, after a big or gready meal, or on Christmas Day for example. If you have an ongoing problem or very severe heartburn or indigestion, its probably worth paying a visit to the doc just to check things over. As a short term fix for a rare problem though, these are great. You take two tablets at once, as and when you need them, as long as you don't take more than 16 tablets in a day (for adults, the limit is 8 for children over 6 years and they aren't suitable at all for children under 6). The relief from Rennie isn't necessarily instant, as indigestion isn't a consistent sort of pain like a headache, but within about 10 minutes of taking them you suddenly realise that you're not in as much discomfort anymore. I've never had to take more than 2 to start feeling better.
The Rennie packaging is bold and attractive, in a nice bright red that makes them easy to spot in an overcrowded medicine cabinet or on a busy, full shelf in a chemist or supermarket. The tablets themselves are in blister packs, and there is, as with every medicine, a little leaflet in the pack with more detailed information about the medicine.
So, Rennie is a handy little product for when 'windypops' strikes, not bad value for money despite being a branded product and reliably effective so that its worth having a small pack in your handbag or medicine cabinet just in case.
I've been using Rennies on and off throughout my pregnancy so far, as I have been suffering from bouts of heartburn which seem to come and go with no particular trigger or logic. A little while back, I bought two packs of Rennie when they were on offer, and I came out of Boots with a 72 pack of the Spearmint flavour, and a 72 pack of these Peppermint ones. A pack of 72 currently costs £5.29 in Boots, although at the moment the offer is still on where you get the 2nd half price on certain health products. This works out pretty good value if you know you'll get through them all before the expiry date.
I opted for two different flavours for variety, so I could make taking tablets for heartburn as exciting as it could possibly be (!). Peppermint is known for helping the digestive system, so psychologically I thought these would probably be more effective than the original flavour. You are not supposed to take more than 16 a day, but even on a bad day I wouldn't use anywhere near this amount.
As with all Rennie products, these are safe to use in pregnancy as they don't enter the bloodstream. They are effective in dealing with heartburn, indigestion, and trapped wind, easing the symptoms by neutralising acid in the stomach which causes these conditions. I keep these in my handbag because they are so effective and they get to work immediately. One of the many strange things caused by pregnancy is heartburn and trapped wind, which is caused mainly by the fact you have less space for other body functions due to renting out your uterus for nine months! This can be uncomfortable and also worrying if it causes stomach pain (trapped wind, for example), and so I like to know the Rennies are on hand to deal with it quickly so I can not only feel more comfortable but also have peace of mind.
The tablets themselves are a bit like sweets really. They can be sucked or chewed which is ideal as swallowing something solid isn't the best thing to be doing if you're suffering with heartburn. They are a nice size, and being thin they crumble in your mouth without too much effort. This makes them easy to take, as does the peppermint taste which makes it feel less like medication and more like a sweet. The peppermint is quite refreshing, but I prefer the spearmint ones personally as they are even more refreshing, and a bit less bitter tasting.
These are really convenient to carry around, coming in a blister pack which can be snapped off to take as many or as few as you think you might need. I find them effective and they do get to work quickly which is great news when you're in discomfort. My only personal preference is that I prefer the spearmint ones, but I would still take these over heartburn any day!
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Thankfully I don't suffer with heartburn to often but for those of you have had it you will know first hand its not a pleasant feeling. I've gone through 2 pregnancies and I'm now on my third and towards the end of every one I've suffered terribly with heartburn. I'm now 29 weeks through my third pregnancy and the heartburn is back.
On a recent trip to Tesco, having suffered heartburn for the previous 2 evenings I thought it was time to pick up some Rennie, so I hit the pharmaceutical isle. There were a few different Rennie's, peppermint, spearmint, orange and ice. Having used peppermint in the past I thought I would stick to what I know. It set me back £4.50 for 72 tablets (works out at about 6p per tablet) which should hopefully last me till the end of my pregnancy (fingers crossed). Pretty good value too.
Later on that evening after a nice big meal I could feel the heartburn creeping up so I grabbed a glass of full fat milk in the hopes it would ease it off (I always try natural remedies before hitting the hard stuff) but after an hour it was still there. The recommend dose it 2 tablets but I thought I would start with one.
It comes in a foil packet with 12 tablets on each one. The tablets are square and white in colour with Rennie written on them. I opened them up and could straight away smell a minty sent coming from them. It says suck or chew them on the back of the packaging so I set about chewing one. They are defiantly peppermint flavour but also taste quite chalky and leave a funny coating in your month and teeth. The perfect description of Rennie for me is edible toothpaste.
While I do find they work it's not really a long lasting relief, maybe an hour or so but you can take up to 10 in a day so could use them every couple of hours or so if you're prone to heartburn in the evenings like me.
A big added bonus is the fact they can be taken in pregnancy as most of you will know there is not a lot of medicines pregnant women can take so it's great these have been made for just about everyone (except under 12's). They also have a pretty long shelf life (mine last until April 2015) but I cant see mine being around that long.
While I don't find them to be the best at reliving heartburn they are great because of the fact they can be taken during pregnancy and when the glass of milk fails these are always the next thing I reach for.
There are many joys of pregnancy however, acid reflux is not one of them. So, I'm currently balancing my lap top on my bump whilst crunching down on my peppermint rennies and hoping that normal service will resume in my stomach in a few weeks time!
Rennie are calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate tablets that can provide relief from indigestion and heartburn amongst other stomach problems. Luckily for me they are safe for use in pregnancy and whilst breast feeding. Many other indigestion remedies are not so be sure to check the pack or speak to the pharmacist.
The packs vary in size. I have seen 24, 48 and 72. Inside the cardboard box, the tablets are blister wrapped in units of 12 with a serration down the middle so that you can rip off 6 to carry around with you. As with any blister pack, the tablets are very easy to removes by popping the foil backing. The pack provides sufficient protection to avoid the tablet being crushed if you pop a row in your purse or handbag.
The tablets taste minty, as the flavour would suggest, are smooth and yet slightly chalky. You can suck or chew them, though they are more crumbly in the mouth than chewy. They are not unpleasant to consume however, I find a slight dry after taste is left in my mouth. Flavour wise, I have also been using the orange variety. whilst the peppermint is very smooth, the orange is a bit fizzy which seems to help a bit though maybe this is all in the mind!
Do they do the job? well, I have been through tonnes of these things. They bring some relief to me, in fact more so than prescription only liquid Gaviscon. I would say that they help me to manage the problem and quell, rather than completely eradicate, the acid. Put it this way, it's a heart sinking moment if I go out and find that I am without a strip on me!
Unfortunately, heartburn is one thing that really does trouble me. For treatment, I always like to have Rennies to hand. I guess the reason for this is the first time I remember using them, I was amazed at how quick and effective they were. Even now I'm still impressed that as soon as I take a couple of these the symptoms are gone within 10 minutes. VERY occasionally I have had the need to take a couple more later. Having said that, I do like the fact that there is no stipulation in the small print about "don't have any more before 4 hours" or something, it just says "as and when required" and "up to 16 in 24 hours". I like that...just in case!
~Why choose this product~
For me, it's always been Rennie - it's a trust thing! I choose this variety because I like the freshness of the peppermint flavour. Personally, I really dislike spearmint, and the fruit flavoured options just seem so wrong to me, somehow there's a sense of it feeling right that it's a minty flavour to cool the heartburn.
The texture of them I can understand will not be to everyone's liking. Personally I prefer to chew the tablets, and as soon as you bite them they crumble into a hundred chalky bits which I just try to eat as quickly as possible. I'm not pretending that taking these is a pleasant experience, just taking your medicine. If you prefer you can just suck them until they dissolve - this wouldn't be unpleasant, as the taste is really fresh...but in my mind, 2 minutes sucking one of the sweets is 2 minutes less I could be suffering the heartburn if I just chew and eat it quickly!!
In terms of active ingredients, I'm always on the lookout for "own brand" versions of branded medicines that are basically a repackaged identical item. As far as my research has told me though (pretty primitive I must admit - standing in Superdrug comparing Rennies with their own brand version, and doing the same in Tesco) Rennies do have two active ingredients whereas what I consider to be their own brand equivalent only have one - calcium carbonate. To my shame, I have absolutely no idea what the additional ingredient ("heavy magnesium carbonate") does, if anything! Having actually spent time to write this down and think about it, maybe it's something I will do... I definitely should!
I buy Rennies in these 72 packs, to save money, and also because I never want to be without them - indigestion is the kind of thing I will be guaranteed to get the one time I haven't got any medicine with me! So I like to have a strip of them in my desk at work, some in the car, some in my handbag, some in my work bag. In the 72 pack there are six foil-backed strips with 12 tablets on each strip, and each strip perforated so you can separate them into sixes - ideal. The only downside of the packaging is that the boxes to all Rennies are almost identical - that striking red box, its only the small flash beneath the word "Rennie" that's coloured to tell you you've got the peppermint version. The shades of blue and green they've chose to depict them are both fairly pale, not very distinctive at all. Picking them up in a hurry or from a shop which only sells the one version, you could easily get the wrong one.
I definitely rely on Rennies to do their work whenever I feel heartburn brewing, and I can honestly say they've never let me down. Maybe that's why I've never given full consideration to the own-brand equivalents...So if you'll excuse me, I have some heavy magnesium carbonate to google...!
I often suffer with heartburn and indigestion so I always have a packet f Rennie to hand. I like Rennie as I quite like the flavour and it certainly does the job of cooling my stomach and quelling the unsettled feeling.
==Price and availability==
You can but a packet of 36 tablets for around £2.10 but I can buy them for one pound in the market.
The tablets come in foil popping packaging so the tablets stay whole and clean. It also means that you can take a strip out and have it loose in your bag. I often get heartburn after a good meal so it is useful having the Rennie in my handbag for those incidents.
The tablets are quite large, chalky in appearance and texture and smell minty. They are designed to be chewed so it slowly releases the soothing ingredients to quell that tight uncomfortable feeling. It takes me a couple of minutes to chew the tablet and it is not an unpleasant sensation. It tastes quite minty so after a meal it tends to refresh the breath. After swallowing the tablet, the cool mint and chalkiness flows down the throat and releases the tightness and uncomfortable sensation.
I like Rennie and enjoy chewing them. I do not find them tasteless like you are chewing on chalk like some other tablets I have tried. The mint and sugar take the edge off the chalkiness and make them much easier to swallow.
They are quite large tablets, square shaped but quite thick. It may be easier for some people to break them in two and chew the halves one after the other. The tablets are easy to break and snap easily in two.
I find relief quite quick with the tablets and it is not long before the comfortable feeling goes away. The directions state you can take one or two tablets. I only take one as I find it more than effective alone.
I have been using Rennie Peppermint Tablets for about four years now. I don't take Rennie Peppermint Tablets on a regular basis. I only take Rennie Peppermint Tablets when I am suffering from heart burn or indigestion. I always keep a strip of tablets in my hand bag , just in case I eat something that doesn't get on well with my digestive system (stomach!)!
Effectiveness and Side Effects
I usually take a Rennie Peppermint Tablet after I have eaten a meal. The tablets leaves a chalky feeling in your mouth but its not all that bad. Infact , its similar to a normal peppermint sweet just with a chalky feeling! I have experienced no major side effects. However, I have noticed that if I take more than four in one day, I start to get a slight headache but then again I am not sure if that is due to dehydration as I don't like to drink water! The Rennie Peppermint tablets always seems to solve any digestive problems that I have straight away! It contains calcium carbonate which is the magic ingredient which sorts out your stomach. The fruit flavour is also very nice if you get bored of the peppermint taste!
Value for Money
A pack of 24 Rennie tablets cost £2 at Tesco and £2 at Sainsburys. They are also available in packs of 36, 42 and 72! I prefer to buy the smaller packs of 24 as I don't use them that often! However, the packs of 24 are harder to get hold of as I have noticed that not all supermarkets stock them and they tend to stock more of the 42 and 72 packs!
I hope you enjoyed reading my review. I may also be posting this review on Ciao under my same username Angela150.
Rennie tablets are perpetually on my shopping list, since I have always been prone to heartburn. I have tried many different heartburn and indigestion treatments but I always return to Rennie as nothing else comes close for me. As is my style, I have tried supermarket and chemist own brands but found they leave a horrible aftertaste that only eating something strong tasting will get rid of. Thankfully, Rennie never leave a disgusting aftertaste in my mouth. I usually always buy the box of 48 peppermint tablet, as I prefer the peppermint to the spearmint flavour, and the 48 box is the best value, usually the best part of £4 in supermarkets.
They come in a red cardboard box with the product name and flavour on the front along with quantity, active ingredients and a picture of the tablets. The box also has Braille on it. The white tablets come in a blister pack and can be used to treat indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, nervous indigestion, flatulence and indigestion during pregnancy. You can suck or chew 1-2 tablets as often as you need up to a maximum of 10 in any 24 hour period. I find this is more than enough, if you are needing to take them constantly then you should visit your doctor. I heartily recommend sucking them, as chewing is awful. It leaves your teeth and tongue feeling thick with powder and it seems like there is a lot of it stuck in and on your teeth. Sucking them does not do this for me to the same extent and in my experience ingesting them slowly is much more effective; many times I have chewed one down for quick relief from particularly bad heartburn and I need to take another straight away. I know this is going to happen, but chewing does give instant relief, just not as thorough relief.
For best results you can take them about an hour after eating or before going to bed. I find taking one before bedtime helps prevent waking up to what feels like a mouth full of acid! And I can normally tell when this is likely to happen as I feel it starting. They are not suitable for children under 12, and since my stepdad had a triple heart bypass and is taking therapeutic aspirin, he can no longer take these either, so always check if you think these may be unsuitable for you.
The active ingredients are calcium carbonate (680mg) and heavy magnesium carbonate (80mg). So these are just like chewing on chalk! But this is why I like them. The chalky consistency itself is neutralising, as is the mint flavour which is known to relive heartburn (I often chew minty gum if it's all I have when I am attacked by heartburn and it's better than nothing). A lot of people complain about the chalkiness, so if you really hate this then you won't get along with Rennies. I remember a while back there was another brand released with the slogan "chewy not chalky", you remember? Well, I tried those. Tasted nice but I soon went back!
I would definitely recommend these, but even if nobody else buys them I am sure I could single handedly attempt to keep the Rennie empire afloat. I don't think I will be able to stop buying them any time soon! They are a fair way from the cheapest, but for me they're worth every penny. And unless you have a serous problem then a box of 48 should last you a while! It lasts me about 2 weeks maximum. These are the most effective remedy I have ever found, and believe me I've tried a lot (mostly in an attempt to get something cheaper). The peppermint (and the spearmint) Rennie tablets have everything going for them to tackle heartburn and similar problems. And they don't try to be anything else, they have found a formula that works and stuck with it. Hats off to them.
Always read the product information. Click on the button below to read the patient information leaflet. Do not exceed the stated dose. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have an underlying medical condition, are taking any other medication or complementary therapy, or if symptoms persist. Seek advice before using if you are breast feeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from allergies. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.