“ Rapid indigestion relief. Provides rapid relief from indigestion. Also for heartburn, acid indigestion, nervous indigestion, flatulence, upset stomach, dyspepsia, biliousness and indigestion during pregnancy. / Type: Stomach Ailments „
Before I was pregnant I always used to suffer from mild heartburn but since being pregnant and especially in the first trimester everything I ate gave me heartburn it was so frustrating and the only relief was to pop a Rennie Rap-Eze into my mouth and suck.
~*~What is heartburn and why do we get it?~*~
Heartburn occurs when acid from the stomach rises up into the oesophagus and the throat where it causes a burning pain, called acid reflux.
I am currently 1 in 72% of pregnant women to suffer with it not only in the last trimester but in the first trimester too.
My nan always used to swear by Gaviscon when she suffered from Heartburn but I just do not like peppermint or aniseed so Rennie offered an alternative to this with fruity flavours of blackcurrant, raspberry, lemon and orange that was until a few weeks into the pregnancy and the taste of the fruity flavours had me spitting them out and running to the bathroom and I had to switch to an alternative flavour.
I like Rennie's because they are not too chalky in taste and the flavour is not too overpowering, they are quite pleasant to suck and they do relieve the heartburn quickly and effectively getting rid of that awful heartburn as quickly as it reared its ugly head.
I bought a pack of 32 from my local home bargains store for £1.87 they are safe for consumption during pregnancy unlike some other antacids and are reasonably priced.
Last year I kept getting chest pains though I didn't immediately think of heartburn. It was only after checking with the doctor and nothing came up with the tests that I came across an article and it suggested heartburn. I popped down to the chemists and picked out a pack of these - hoping it would solve the problem. I took one of these as soon as my chest pains came on, and thankfully, as soon as one of these dissolved in my mouth, the heaviness subsided.
Rennie Rap-eze are calcium carbonate tablets that help neutralise excess stomach acid and provides relief from indigestion, heart burn, acid indigestion , nervous indigestion, flatulence, upset stomach, dyspepsia, biliousness and indigestion during pregnancy. I only used these a few times for my heartburn, though do check with your doctor just to make sure these are ok for you specifically. When I went back to the doctor to let them know of the problem solved, they actually recommended something else for me but nevertheless Rennie have been quite effective for me and hopefully my experiences will be helpful in this review.
These little square tablets come in four different fruit flavours - blackcurrant, orange, lemon, and strawberry. Being calcium carbonate, the tablets will naturally taste very chalky and hence the fruity flavour is a fortunate incentive.
Dosage: Only one or two tablets to be sucked or chewed as required, only a maximum of sixteen tablets should be taken in a day. I usually only take the one tablet - though, one time I had quite a severe episode and had to take two tablets. It is important not to take more than the recommended dosage as it may cause acid rebound, changes in blood chemistry and constipation.
If you are taking antibiotics, tetracyclines or other prescribed medicines, or have some intolerance to some sugars you will need to check with your doctor.
I personally haven't experienced any side effects from these tablets and the pack does state that side effects are rare.
I bought these for £1.99 for a pack of 32 from Boots and are available off the shelf. I would only recommend these for very mild, short-term heartburn problems - as these are fairly basic tablets. As with all medicines, it is always advisable to check with your doctor for individual suitability before taking any new medicines.
Thanks for reading :)
© Leighsady 2008
Ive got a bad stomach (accompanied by a great deal of moaning and clutching of the offending body part)
Its an ulcer- Ive got an ulcer. Its stress!
So began our evening conversation for a full three days and in those dark days, a simple case of flatulence became a rare and incurable stomach ulcer.
At this stage I must point out that I am not unsympathetic (not a lot) but I do know that hubby can turn a sniffle into man flu at the drop of a hat and I was now expected to be sympathetic and give him some attention.
So, a quick trip to the chemist brought these to our house and cured him. Its a MIRACLE!
**WHEN TO USE**
These should be used if you have any symptoms of heartburn, which apparently affects up to 30% of the population.
It is caused when acid from the stomach rises into the oesophagus and the throat and is more common during pregnancy and in times of stress
The symptoms include a burning pain in the chest or stomach, a burning sensation in the throat, a hot, salty or acidic taste at the back of the throat, difficulty swallowing, and a feeling of having food stuck in the throat.
These all sound very unpleasant, so a cure was needed.
These looked good fast acting indigestion relief. This product promised to neutralize stomach acid and provide refreshing relief from indigestion (will it work with excess food/drink?). It also provides relief from heartburn, acid indigestion, and flatulence, so all in all, a great all round remedy for stomach upsets.
I bought the small pack of 8 tablets which are really handy to carry around for any moments of discomfort. The foil covered tablets can be slid easily out of the orange packet and then one at a time popped out for consumption.
Obviously, there is the Rapeze logo on the front and all the ingredients and directions for useage on the back.
There are two small square tablets of each flavour-orangey, yellow, purple and pink equating to orange, lemon, blackcurrant and raspberry. Ok, not particularly original but at least you know which one you are taking.
One or two tablets should be sucked or chewed as required, up to a maximum of 16 a day (how many?).
They are not recommended for children under the age of 12 years
The tablets contain Calcium Carbonate Ph. Eur. 500mg and are Sodium free.
If you are sensitive to any of the ingredients, or are taking other prescribed medicines, consult your doctor before taking the tablets
If you experience unusual side effects (which is rare), consult your doctor
If pregnant these tablets can be taken when needed
Dont store above 25 degrees
Keep out of the reach of children
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor
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Lots of useful information on the products. If you suffer from heartburn of indigestion, it gives lots of advise, and if youre not sure, there is information on diagnosing your stomach complaint.
**PRICE AND AVAILABILITY**
These cost me 79p, so about 10p a tablet not excessively expensive.
They are available in other sizes-16 and 32 and the price per tablet seems to decrease as the packet gets bigger
The carbonate/magnesium carbonate formulation is available in a range of remedies to suit all tastes, including Rennie Spearmint, Rennie Peppermint, Soft chews in mint, Rennie sugar free.
Well, the indigestion seems to have abated and we now keep these tablets ready for future emergencies.
The tablets are slightly chalky when they are chewed but I suppose this is to be expected when there is calcium and magnesium carbonate in the ingredients. The slight chalky feel and taste is somewhat eliminated by the fruit flavour; you are eating chalky fruit flavour rather than chalk!
It is a benefit that they are chewed rather than swallowed because if you are anything like me, the swallowing of one tablet takes a half pint of water and the last thing I could cope with if I had a bad stomach, is a big drink of water; the slow chewing is infinitely preferable.
One disadvantage is that they look very much like sweets- colourful and about the right size. Whilst they are produced in a small packet to be kept close at hand, if they are in your bag or pocket, keep coats and bags away from children. Side affects may be minimal but is that minimal for an adult?
In conclusion, these are an excellent product for combating indigestion and heartburn and for restoring your loved ones to full health. I think I came out in sympathy a few weeks later and suffered for about four hours, but I had these close at hand and complaints were kept to a minimum.
Fruity, chalky but very effective if you suffer from stomach upsets, keep them close at hand; if you dont, a small packet is very light and small and for the price and size are useful to carry about just in case.
Thanks for reading
Unfortunately, I am a regular sufferer of heartburn and indigestion. I have tried several over the counter remedies, but have found Rennie Rap-eze to be one of the best lower priced products.
**What is it**
Rennie Rap-eze is a fast-acting, effective remedy for heartburn, indigestion and trapped wind.
The box is brightly coloured, and can easily be found on the shelf among the many other indigestion products currently on the market. The box is divided diagonally into 4 colours (pink, orange, yellow and purple), with Rap-eze in large letters written across the front of the box. The back of the box has the usual dosage instructions and ingredients. I usually buy a box of 32 tablets for around £1.80, but they also come in boxes of 8 and 64.
They are small fruit flavoured tablets (approximately 1cm square). There are 4 different flavours - blackcurrant, raspberry, orange and lemon.
The box contains foil strips, which the tablets can be easily pushed out of. Each foil strip contains 8 tablets (two tablets of each flavour). The colours of the tablets correspond to the flavours (i.e. purple for blackcurrant, pink for raspberry, yellow for lemon and orange for orange)
To be fair, if these were sweets, I wouldn't choose to eat them, but for a medicine they're not too bad. As they contain calcium carbonate, there is no getting away from the chalky feel and taste, although the fruity flavour does mask the taste quite well. I'm not a big fan of blackcurrant so its not my favourite flavour, and I do find the lemon flavour a bit 'tart' and bitter. My favourites are the raspberry and orange flavours which actually remind me of Refreshers.
**How do they work**
This medicine contains the active ingredient calcium carbonate, which is a type of medicine called an antacid. Calcium carbonate works by binding to excess acid produced by the stomach. This neutralises the acid and decreases the acidity of the stomach contents. Antacids relieve the pain and discomfort of indigestion, heartburn and other symptoms related to excess stomach acid, by reducing the acidity of the stomach contents. They work as soon as they reach the stomach.
Adults: One or two tablets to be sucked or chewed as required, to a maximum of 16 tablets a day.
Children under 12: Not recommended
The main ingredient is calcium carbonate, but the tablets also containms sucrose, potato starch, pregelatinised maize starch, magnesium stearate, talc, citric acid, flavourings, colourings and saccharin.
As with most medicines, there are warnings on the back of the box.
It recommends you to consult a doctor or pharmasist, before taking Rap-eze, if you are taking antibiotics, tetracyclines or other prescribed medicines.
As long as the normal dose is not exceeded, side effects are unlikey.
Rap-eze may be taken when pregnant and whilst breast feeding
**Do they work**
I have been buying these for about 2 years now, and as yet they have not failed to relieve my symptons. They work almost immediately and once I have taken them the problem doesn't tend to come back.
Indigestion and heartburn are conditions that affect most of us at some time. Pregnant Mums are familiar with the sharp, piercing, pain in the chest that indicates a build up of acid. Then there is the other end of the spectrum. 'Oldies' seem to suffer more with this uncomfortable condition as they progress. I fit, I suppose, into the second category. Many foods give me acid indigestion. These include: curry, pickled onions, crisps, cucumber and (unfortunately) fried foods. The pain involved in an attack of indigestion is unbelievable. If you have never had an attack you cannot possibly understand how bad it can be. You know that it is 'something you ate' that's causing the problem, but you still wonder whether such severe pain could possibly be a symptom of something far worse. This is the very thing that Rennie Rap-Eze is designed to cure. These tablets come in fruity flavours which, I must admit, put me off to start with. You can choose from blackcurrant, raspberry, orange and lemon flavours. The basic ingredient is calcium carbonate (chalk), the same as in regular Rennies. I tried these once as there was nothing else available and they did work. Two tablets got rid of my indigestion in about ten minutes. However, I had great difficulty in chewing and swallowing the tablets. I felt so bad that the very idea of anything fruit flavoured turned my stomach over. As far as I'm concerned, the last thing I want when I have severe heartburn or indigestion is something 'fruity'. I certainly wouldn't buy these for myself, although they were effective when I used them. I much prefer the peppermint flavour of Rennie Original, which is much less likely to upset my stomach. There is lots of information on Rennie and their products on their website if you need more information on any of their products: www.rennie.co.uk
Most of us have suffered from indigestion and heartburn at one time or another, and we all know how uncomfortable, or even painful, either can be. Acid indigestion, or heartburn, leaves you feeling as if your lower throat and chest are on fire and can be particularly distressing. It’s caused by the body producing too much acid that then rises up into the gullet, giving you that uncomfortable burning sensation in your throat and chest. Or, in some cases, sufferers have a weak stomach valve that no longer keeps the acid at bay effectively, so that it can escape upwards into your gullet. The acid then irritates the oesophagus causing pain and discomfort. Eating too many spicy foods or a poor diet can cause it; stress can be a contributing factor too and painkilling medications such as aspiring can also trigger it. Many expectant mums will suffer from heartburn too caused by the baby pushing the stomach upwards, and many smokers can be affected. One simple solution is Rennie Rap-Eze, available over the counter from all pharmacies and most supermarkets. These are large chewable tablets, containing the active ingredient calcium carbonate, which you should suck or chew slowly. The calcium helps to neutralise the acid, thus giving you fast relief and reducing the burning sensation. They won’t actually reduce the amount of acid your body is producing, and if you are producing too much acid, you may want to have a chat with your doctor who can recommend products that will combat this problem. There are various medications that will actually reduce the amount of acid your body produces. If left untreated, nasty complications can occur, including scarring of the gullet or the beginnings of a stomach ulcer! One of the best things about Rennie Rap-Eze is that you can repeat the dosage often for long lasting relief from acid indigestion. The recommended dose is one to two tablets as required, up to a maximum of 16 a day. I’ve been kno
wn to take four; one after the other, during particularly bad bouts but you should feel the relief very quickly. However, these tablets are not recommended for children under twelve years of age. Another bonus is that Rennie Rap-Eze come in four refreshing fruity flavours, blackcurrant, raspberry, orange and lemon, and you don’t experience that awful ‘chalky’ taste with these as you do with so many of the ‘minty’ variety or Rennie Original. Side effects are rare, but you should check with your doctor before taking them if you are using antibiotics, or any other prescribed medicines as antacids can impair the absorption of other drugs. You CAN take them safely when pregnant however, but be sure to only take them when absolutely needed, and never exceed the maximum dose! You can buy them in packs of 8, 32 or 64 tablets, costing £0.75, £1.65 and £2.85 respectively. Be sure to keep them at room temperature and shelf life is very high, up to 3 years from date of manufacture. I find Rennie Rap-Eze to be a very effective treatment against non-serious heartburn and indigestion, and always have a packet close to hand for when I need them. Whatever size packet you buy, they come in strips of eight tablets, handy for popping into pockets or handbags. 2 to 4 tablets taken when you first start experiencing symptoms should eradicate them altogether. In more serious or prolonged cases, it is always recommended to see your doctor as stronger prescription medication may be needed. Rennie have a basic website where you can read up about all their over the counter antacid products, just point your browser to http://www.rennie.co.uk for full details.
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.