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It is never nice suffering with indigestion or heart burn. Unfortunately for my household I can suffer with indigestion and my other half suffers quite a bit from heart burn. Although it does seem to depend on the type of foods we eat so we can control it, life isn't always as planned and there are times when we are reaching for the medicine cabinet needing something to give that much needed relief.
One item that we seem to always have in the cupboard (as well as my handbag it appears) is a box of Rennies. My other half prefers these, where as I prefer the soft gel variety (review to come shortly) but if in need I won't turn my nose up to these as I will try anything to give relief to indigestion. Rennies are apparently the UK's number one heartburn and indigestion tablet brand which I can certainly see why as whenever you go to the aisle and shelf with the heartburn/indigestion products you can clearly see the bright red boxes.
Rennie Tablets have been formulated with antacid, Calcium Carbonate and Magnesium Carbonate which held aid the relief of "indigestion, heartburn, acid indigestion, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, nervous indigestion, flatulence, upset stomach, indigestion during pregnancy and biliousness" to name just a few! The Rennie range is quite extensive and offers a variety of different products to help varying problems. This review is for the Rennie Tablet in the Spearmint variety.
The tablets come in a bright red box with the Rennie font logo emblazoned on the front of the box in white, bold font. Each tablet comes in a blister pack so each tablet is individual and foil packaged to ensure it's safely sealed. The box features information about the product itself, together with dosage information, ingredients and contact information. The Spearmint variety has a minty green strip on the front which lets you know the flavour you have chosen. The box of 24 which I generally buy is quite small and compact, easy enough to store both at home or in your bag.
The dosage is pretty straight forward, for an adult you can actually take up to 16 tablets per day which I find a bit excessive and I have never used more than 4 in a day but I guess this is due to varying levels of pain/discomfort/symptoms that a person endures. Children from the age of 6 years old can also take Rennies and they advise that 1 tablet as required but no more than 8 tablets per day.
The tablets can either be sucked or chewed. I much prefer chewing these and just getting them in my system as quickly as possible (followed by a large glass of water to get the taste out of my mouth!). The tablets are white in colour and rectangular in size (relatively small too) and remind me of the chalk you get for a snooker que. They have a subtle minty smell to them but nothing too noticeable and of course although solid to the touch they can easily break in half.
For me personally, I find them quite chalky to chew which given the size of them is not the worst thing at all. They are easy to break up and once in the mouth they do start to dissolve a little so are not that bad at all and they don't take long to be completely chewed and swallowed. Although, I find a bit of a chalky after taste if I don't have a drink after chewing them. The spearmint flavour is really non-existen instead there is a non-descript subtle mint taste to them which is fine with me as I try to chew them as fast as possible rather than hanker after a minty taste!
I do find that Rennies get to work relatively quickly which is obviously big relief as the sooner they get to work on my indigestion/stomach ache then the sooner I can stop feeling uncomfortable. I find that generally just 2 tablets tend to ease my discomfort unless I've had a bit too much red wine and indian food which always helps indigestion rear it's ugly head and I will need about 4 to start feeling normal again!
Overall, both me and my partner definitely find Rennie tablets to help our symptoms but then we are mild sufferers so can only comment and make opinion on how we suffer with indigestion and heart burn, it may of course differ for those that suffer with these issues constantly. But for me and my other half they manage to do the trick well and provide fast acting results which is what we need. 4 stars from me.
== Product Information ==
Price: Box of 72 - £5.99 (Boots) Box of 24 - £1.99 (Lloyds)
I hate suffering from heartburn, especially afar I have been eating and running around afterwards which is not at all good for my digestion so i always keep a packet of these Rennie tablets handy.
The tablets are labelled as an antacid tablet which relieves indigestion, heartburn, acid indigestion, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, nervous indigestion, flatulence, upset stomach, indigestion during pregnancy and biliousness. They contain a number of ingredients including Calcium Carbonate Ph.Eur.680mg and Heavy Magnesium Carbonate Ph.Eur 80mg.
The tablets come in a range of different flavours and these ones that I prefer are the spearmint flavour which are nice and minty. To take the tablets you either suck or chew them and adults can have up to 16 tablets a day (although I can't imagine anyone needing that many on one day!)
The tablets are quite small so they are easy to take and I like the fresh minty flavour. They are slightly chewy when you eat them rather than crunchy and I enjoy this. They do have a slightly chalky aftertaste though like most indigestion tablets.
I tend to take the tablets whenever I feel I need them as soon as I experience any indigestion. I find that after taking a couple my indigestion always eases within about 10 minutes so they are very effective and work well.
The tablets can be bought in all chemists and supermarkets and a pack of 72 cost about £5.
Overall I would recommend these tablets as they work well and have a reasonable taste.
At the weekend I met up with some friends in the city centre for lunch, we had a great time but after the meal I felt a terrible case of indigestion coming on. I popped into the Poundland over the road in search for something to help relieve the terrible sensation, I noticed these Rennie Spearmint tablets and decided to give them a go.
Rennies Spearmint tablets come presented in a red cardboard box, the brand and "flavour" are clearly displayed on the front along with a picture of one of the tablets.
General information is given on the back including ingredients, dosage guide and cautions, all of which should be read thoroughly before use. The manufactured and best before date is given on the bottom, mine was manufactured 09/13 and has an expiry date of 9/16, so I have plenty of time to use them up.
Each tablet is contained within the usual plastic blister pack. Just a small amount of pressure is needed to release the tablet. The tablets are white and square, they have "Rennie" written on them in capital letters.
It is suggested to take 2 tablets and to either suck or chew them. The tablets have a nice almost crunchy texture to them, but they quickly melt in the mouth. They are not really chalky, especially compared to Gaviscon tablets which get stuck in your teeth, in fact they left no after residues behind in my mouth.
My particular tablets had a "spearmint" flavour , although other varieties are available including Ice, Orange and Peppermint. For me the taste reminded me of spearmint chewing gum and whilst it wasn't particularly unpleasant I would still probably try a different flavour next time. It was a rather mild taste too, which I was quite thankful for.
After about ten minutes I began to feel much better and within half an hour the intergestion has disappeared altogether and I was able to enjoy my afternoon out with my friends.
I would certainly buy Rennie tablets again, but as I mentioned earlier I would probably go for a different flavour next time.
During both my pregnancies, I was unfortunate enough to suffer from heartburn for practically the entire pregnancy. Having tried a variety of remedies for this, I settled on a liquid medicine such as Gaviscon as my remedy of choice - I found this to be fast acting and effective. However, it wasn't practical for me to carry a heavy glass bottle of this around with me (and my first pregnancy was before I was aware of the handy sachets they do now!) so I had to find an alternative for when I was out and about. The one that I settled on was Rennies in the spearmint variety and I kept some in my handbag, car glove box and drawer at work.
Rennie Spearmint tablets come in boxes of 24 or 72 tablets. I would buy a box of 24 for around £2 as these would be a nice size for my handbag. They are available in most supermarkets and chemists. They come in a red box with white labelling. Inside the box, they come in foil backed trays so you can pop a tablet out when you want to take it and keep the rest sterile. The tablets are quite sizeable, square in shape with a depressed circle in the middle. They are white in colour.
The tablets contain Calcium Carbonate and Magnesium Carbonate and act as an antacid to relieve the effects of heartburn and indigestion. To take, you suck or chew two tablets at a time - up to 16 tablets per day. They are quick and convenient to take. I usually chew these but they are very chalky so I usually need some water with them or I get a dry mouth. The spearmint taste is nice though and combats some of the chalkiness - as well as leaving a pleasant aftertaste. They do work to relieve the discomfort of heartburn but I find that they do take a while to work - much longer than the liquid. As such, I began to take these in anticipation of heartburn striking rather than as a cure for when it does occur (after meals etc). The effects would usually last for a couple of hours. I think that the tablets are pretty good value for money and worked well for me as an on-the-go remedy as they are convenient and easy to carry about. For overall effectiveness though, I did find better solutions for my problem.
I'm on some long term medication that causes me to have heartburn. It's medication I can't really do without so therefore it is something I have to put up with. I've therefore tried many different forms of ant acid tablets including Rennie.
Rennie have been around for 75 years and are the market leader made by Bayer. They contain 'Antacid to neutralise excess stomach acid, Rennie Peppermint and Spearmint Tablets work fast to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion'.
The tablets I take are at night and it often resulted in me having hours of discomfort lying awake. I discussed it with my doctor and he suggested to take Rennie as it didn't conflict with my medication but it does with some - SO BE CAREFUL. Heartburn can be caused by a number of reasons including fizzy drinks, smoking, drinking, stress etc but if in doubt please contact your doctor as persistant heartburn can be a symptom of something more serious.
Rennie can also be used for indigestion and trapped wind but this isn't really something I suffer from.
The main ingredient is Calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate. It can be used by both adults and adolescents aged over 12 years should take two tablets. It is suggested that you suck or chew two tablets an hour after meals and before bedtime, as needed to relieve symptoms. Extra doses of two tablets can be taken if needed, but do not take more than 10 tablets in a day. These particular ones taste of spearmint but you can get different flavours. They are very easy to take.
Do I recommend? Yes. These tablets do work and are relatively inexpensive at only a couple of pounds a pack but they aren't my favourite ant acid medication. I prefer a liquid and for that I use a different make.
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I first started to have to use indigestion tablets whiles I was pregnant with my daughter, especially towards to the end of the pregnancy when I used to suffer from pretty horrendous heartburn and acid reflux. At that time I used to take Rennies but always opted for the peppermint flavoured ones. These days, I prefer to use the spearmint variety as I just prefer the taste and to me personally, I think they taste a little less chalky than the peppermint ones do anyway.
I buy my Rennie from Tesco where they are often on special offer of two boxes (each with 72 tablets) for only £7. They have a long shelf life, and two boxes of these will last me for ages (even if hubby dips in and uses them himself from time to time). They are pleasant to take and the instructions say to take one or two up to a maximum of sixteen tablets in any 24 hour period.
To be honest, I rarely have to take more than two doses as these work really well for me and also they seem to take effect very quickly indeed and rapidly reduce the horrible symptoms of acid reflux and indigestion. The tablets themselves look a little bit like painkillers, in that they are housed in foil strips and you have to push the tablets out. They are to to be swallowed whole, but can be either sucked or chewed, whichever you prefer.
They are probably not as chalky tasking as some of the shop's own brands I have also tried but they are very effective at reducing gastric problems and worth the extra price I pay over the shop's own brand. They are perfectly safe to take during pregnancy, in fact, it was my midwife who suggested these to me when I was in my third trimester and they really were a godsend. The active ingredients are calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate and these ingredients work well together to eradicate the pain and discomfort of a host of gastric problems, including dyspepsia, wind, heartburn, indigestion and excess stomach acid.
They work fast, the spearmint flavour is especially nice and they are so very effective and I really do recommend them.
I am a shift worker and occasionally when I have been working lots of nights, my acid reflux plays up and I can get an acidic throat. However, until recently it has never really caused me a problem. It wasn't until I fell pregnant earlier this year that my acid reflux really came back with a vengeance. Now that I am seven months pregnant, my acid reflux is the bane of my life...and Rennie have become my lifesaver.
Rennie are a calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate tablet which offer fast effective relief from indigestion and heartburn. Rennie are also able to help with Indigestion, Heartburn, Acid Indigestion, Dyspepsia, Hyperacidity, Gastritis, Nervous Indigestion, Flatulence, Upset Stomach, Indigestion during pregnancy and Biliousness.
Rennie tablets come in a red cardboard box with the Rennie logo written across the front in white. The tablets themselves come individually packaged in a foil wrap much like paracetamol tablets.
Currently, at Tesco and Boots, Rennie are on offer where you can buy two boxes (each containing 72 tablets) for £7.
Directions For Use
Adults - 2 tablets to be sucked or chewed as required. Up to a maximum of 16 tablets a day
Children 8-12 years - 1-2 tablets as required, up to a maximum of 12 tablets a day
Children 5-8 years - 1 tablet as required, up to a maximum of 6 tablets a day
Children under 5 - not recommended!
Rennie can be safely taken during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding so no worries there.
Rennie are quite chalky and you have the option to crunch them or suck them. Personally I prefer to suck them and this isn't too unpleasant to do because of the Spearmint flavour although admittedly it is rather odd sucking them to start with because they are so chalky.
Do They Work?
In short...yes they do. Like I mentioned earlier, since falling pregnant my acid reflux has been horrendous and Rennie have become my new best friend. I like them because the relief is almost instant. Occasionally if my acid reflux is particularly bad then Rennie only helps in making my acid throat subside for a while rather than making it disappear completely but it still certainly gives me relief. Having said that, as my pregnancy progresses, I am finding that they offer less and less relief and I have started having to take them two at a time to try and alleviate my acid reflux.
As well as this flavour, Spearmint, Rennie also come in Peppermint flavour.
I would highly recommend Rennie to anyone suffering from acid reflux problems. I am unable to comment on whether they help with all problems mentioned above but they have certainly helped me throughout my pregnancy. They offer good value for money, especially when they are included in special offers as they currently are.
I like the fact that they are Spearmint flavour as this helps to take your attention away from the fact that they are quite chalky and makes them more enjoyable.
Rennie Spearmint Tablets
Having recently suffered from the dreaded heart burn I was driven to the local shop for some Rennie tablets, as someone (my fella) had finished the last box. I have to admit I had never tried the spearmint version of the product, and was pleasantly surprised. The chalk taste was minimal, but the texture of chalk, and the drying effect were still very evident.
Each packet of the tablets come in dimple packaging, and where they differ from most tablets is they should be sucked or chewed. Personally I go for the chewing option - the consistency is rather like chalk - in this case lightly flavoured with spearmint. Thankfully each tablet is thin, and just over 1cm square, so chewing two is quickly accomplished.
I have found that the taking of the Rennie does result in usually fast relief from heartburn - which will leave you suffering with what in my house is lovingly referred to as the 'Rennie Burp'... It may not be elegant, it may not be ladylike, but hey it helps.
The tablets are allowed to be taken by anyone over the age of 12, and you can take up to 10 in 24 hours. It does say that if you have heartburn persisting for more than 14 days seek medical advice. Personally I don't know I'd make it that long.
Rennie can be taken when pregnant - however there is a list of medications that it may interfere with so do have a look, or ask our pharmacist it you are on any other medications.
I paid £2.29 for a box of 24 which is good value, as they do work fast, and effectively. It is recommended that they are taken 1 hour after the meal which may has caused issues, and I have found that the 'relief' comes maybe 15 - 30 minutes after taking them (this does depend on how bad the heartburn was though).
Personally if you have heartburn I'd recommend these as a first port of call, as these have always been effective at relieving my heartburn. They aren't the nicest things to chew, but they do work. 5 *'s from me.
Not recommended for children younger than twelve years of age.
Do not store above 25°C
Adult: ten tablets per day (two per dosage)
I don't know why I write in a 'Californian FB' font whenever I discuss my ailments; perhaps it is the font's friendly curvaceous italic aesthetics which makes the font appear sympathetic. I stay away from the corporate regimented fonts while dealing with sensitive subjects - call it 'font pampering' if there is such a term. Although any form of pampering is appreciated when severe heartburn hits the oesophagus, the result of a hot Jalfrezi curry from my local 'Tiffins.' Normally, an Indian regardless of heat and spice tends not wipe it's feet during the peristalsis process, but twice now, it seems my usually strong constitution has succumbed to the Jalfrezi. An emergency remedy was sought after in Rennie Spearmint.
Wave after waves of heated huffs of Jalfrezi, was burning my innards - this wasn't on the menu, there was nothing in brackets such as: (a 65% chance of heartburn within ninety minutes of ingesting). Instead of the number of chillies as a sign of strength of heat, a Rennie pill logo would be a better indicator. Without going explaining what the packaging was like and whether it was easy to undo the box with one hand and the other clutching the sternum. Like a poorly invalid who was sweating due to regurgitated heat of the chillies causing oesophagus reflux every ten seconds - I got a good idea of what it was like to be in labour. Though, I hasten a guess Mothers out there will correct me. I did get assistance however, a damp towel to rest on my forehead and a couple of Rennie's Spearmint flavour, according to my nurse spearmint is more stomach friendly. So I nodded pathetically and chewed one Rennie and then the other and waited.......
Meanwhile, I was given a lecture by my nurse about the wonders of a pigeon's stomach. Apparently, pigeons do not pass wind so if you give them a crunched up Rennie to peck at they'll eat it and within a certain time frame (not specified in the lecture) the pigeon will explode. I did explain that I was not a pigeon and usually have the constitution of an Ox - not that I'm conversant of an Ox's constitution nor searched on Google for: 'Ox Constitution Statistics.'
Swallow, not the feathered kind
A chewy, chalky polyfilla for my palate eventually detach itself and with the help of a gulp of water did reluctantly succumb to my swallowing - obviously aware of the mammoth task required of a Jalfrezi curry induced heartburn. The shape of the tablet resembled an early 1980s 'Spangle' sweet. Perfectly formed, the tablets could've been individually sculpted by Ai Weiwei. The intense spearmint flavour (Sodium Saccharin) is a welcome factor considering the talc that sits in a Rennie's ingredients list conspicuously, the very same concoction used for pottery; another one is adhesive on sealing snail mail letters. All designed to hold the ingredients together aimed to be a sort of fire extinguisher for heartburn or acid indigestion.
It is advised you take Rennie one hour after having the offending meal, if you are pregnant the Rennie is fine to take. What was noticeable was the Rennie was a quick remedy for my heartburn as stated on their advertising - I had no ill feeling the next day in my oesophagus region like I did when I didn't take the Rennie option the first time I had a Jalfrezi curry induced heartburn. Now, if I opt for an Indian I make sure Rennie Spearmint is nearby. A sign of the things to come I fear: my body complaining and its need for narcotics to ease ailments. Thankfully the Rennie expense hasn't dented my male pride or my wallet - I still think I have a constitution of an ox - unless an expensive General Practitioner tells me; 'sorry to report but your constitution isn't of an ox ; a sedge warbler is closer to the mark.' Highly recommended.
I've never suffered from heartburn in the past, but as I'm just under halfway through my pregnancy, I have been getting symptoms of burning in my throat and chest shortly after eating. It's quite an uncomfortable feeling, and has been putting me off eating to be honest. I popped to Boots on the way home one night, to ask if there was anything I could use in pregnancy that was safe, and they pointed me in the direction of Rennie or Gaviscon. I chose the Rennie because it was much cheaper. There was an offer on healthcare at the time, meaning when I bought two boxes I got the second half price. I decided to stock up as I have a feeling this will be an ongoing symptom, so two boxes of 72 tablets cost me around £7 which isn't bad really. I chose the peppermint and spearmint flavoured tablets because I know mint is good for the digestive system, and I thought they might be nicer to take than the original ones.
Rennies can help with heartburn, trapped wind, and indigestion. It contains antacid which neutralises excess stomach acid, therefore helping with the symptoms. The instructions advise taking a couple of these after eating, and if you have heartburn you can take more in between meals. You should not exceed 11 tablets each day, and although it's safe to use in pregnancy as it doesn't enter the bloodstream, it isn't recommended to be used as a long term solution.
The tablets themselves aren't really tablets of the swallowing variety, they're more sweet shaped in size. They feel chalky on the outside, but they crumble once in your mouth, so you can chew or suck them as you prefer. I think this is definitely a positive because when I feel a burning sensation in my chest, the last thing I want to be doing is swallowing tablets as I already feel like there's something stuck in my chest.
These particular Rennies taste quite nice if you like spearmint. I'm not going to describe the taste because you either know what spearmint tastes of or you don't. They remind me of Softmints in flavour, but the texture is different with them being chalky, a bit like those crumbly mints you get in restaurants sometimes but not quite as nice! They're definitely pleasant to take.
Results wise, these have been my best friend recently. I've had a particularly bad week this week, suffering with heartburn and trapped wind (sorry!) which is making me not want to eat as I feel bloated, nauseous, have constant burning in my chest, and stomach pains. After taking a couple of these, they get to work straight away, relieving the burning sensation and making me feel more comfortable. This morning I had really bad stomach pains which were worrying me a bit, but I had a feeling it was trapped wind so I tried taking a couple of Rennies before phoning the midwife. Within about ten minutes, the symptoms eased and I felt like myself again. I can't tell you what a relief this was.
Although I'm trying not to rely on these too much, they are a godsend when I'm feeling really uncomfortable. I've been trying to change my diet to cut out spicy foods, and foods which can cause heartburn such as chocolate (boo!) and fatty foods, so these aren't a licence to eat what you like. But if you're in real discomfort, they can help relieve your symptoms within a very short space of time after taking them, and for anyone who has suffered badly from heartburn or indigestion, you will appreciate how invaluable this is.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Over the past year or so I have started to get indigestion when I eat certain foods - namely peppers or anything too acidic especially if eaten on an empty stomach. On these occasions I reach for some Rennie tablets to treat it.
Rennie tablets are an antacid tablet. They can be used to relieve indigestion, heartburn, acid indigestion, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, nervous indigestion, flatulence, indigestion during pregnancy and biliousness. Rennie tablets are made of calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate.
Rennie tablets come in a distinctive red box. Inside the box the tablets are held on a foil backed plastic sheet. The tablets are easy to pop out of the plastic tray through the foil. The plastic sheets are perforated, meaning you can easily rip them into smaller sized sheets which is perfect to pop in your pocket or handbag. The tablets themselves are white squares with a circular indent. The tablets have a chalky appearance and feel.
The recommended dosage of Rennie tablets for adults is 2 tablets to be sucked or chewed as required, up to 16 tablets a day. For children aged 6-12 years 1 tablet can be taken as required, up to 8 tablets a day. These are not suitable for children under the age of 6.
When I first feel the symptoms of indigestion coming on, I take 2 of these Rennie tablets immediately. The tablets can be either sucked or chewed. I generally just suck the tablets, allowing them to dissolve slowly on my tongue. The tablets are quite pleasant to take - they are available in either spearmint or peppermint flavour and I find both taste nice and minty. They dissolve easily on your tongue and leave no residue or unpleasant after taste.
Rennie tablets quickly resolve my indigestion - I begin to feel relief shortly after taking them and within 20 minutes or so the indigestion is gone altogether. Generally speaking I only ever need to take 2 of these tablets and don't find myself needing to take them more than once.
Rennie tablets are available in different pack sizes. At present at Tesco a pack of 24 costs £1.50 (reduced from £2.00) and a pack of 72 costs £4.60. I think this is a reasonable price for a product I generally only need to take now and again. I give this product a 5* rating along with my full recommendation for fast and effective relief for digestion problems.
I suffer from indigestion fairly regularly as does my other half. We have both tried various sorts of remedies, mainly shop's own brands, but although they do work for a little while, relief is limited and the symptoms return quickly.
The best ones we have used recently have been Rennies Spearmint tablets. They come in foil packs and we pay £1.72 for twelve square white tablets. It is more cost efefctive to purchase the larger box however, (as in the photograph as a box of 72 tablets will cost about £4.60) We take two at once and the results are amazing.
I suffer from really bad heartburn which goes from my gullet right to the top of my abdomen and it burns like hell, especially after I have had a huge meal. I also suffer from chronic wind and flatulence and my stomach is often badly distended and swollen and I do not drink pints so that cannot be the problem. It was worse for me personally when I had an operation recently for a hernia and I was finding I was getting indigestion on a very regualr basis after everything I ate. These were by no means a miracle cure but they certainly did help me in easing my problems to a great extent.
For me personally, my indigestion is worse when I am stressed and I often have either problems in passing a lot of wind and this can be embarrassing for both me and my family, or on the other hand I am so full of wind that I just will hold it all inside and it won't come out and then I will get shooting pains.
If I take two (or sometimes just one) Rennies tablet and let it slowly dissolve on my tongue, I find the results are rapid and very impressive. The wind will come out or seems to be dissolved inside me and my heartburn is gradually subsiding even as I have just finished sucking the chalky little tablets.
I would suggest that if you suffer from indigestion on a regular basis that you consult with your GP as I don't think it would be advisable to keep taking Rennies on too regular basis but this is just common sense.
These Spearmint tablets are my personal favourite from a taste point of view and they are very pleasant to taste and dissolve rapidly on my tongue. They have been a bit of a godsend to me lately and I can really recommend them.
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I'm about to give birth to my second baby and thank goodness because I don't think I can take the heartburn or acid reflux anymore. I have been suffering for the last couple of months now and it's so annoying. I suffered during my last pregnancy too but luckily as soon as I had my little girl the heartburn went away. I don't know how people who regularly suffer from it deal with it because it is just so horrible. I can be lying down in bed perfectly fine and then all of a sudden my chest is on fire and I feel like my food is making its way up my throat at such a pace that I will be sick at any minute. It's then I have to sit up and wait half an hour or so for it to pass.
I don't really like taking medicine when I am pregnant as I do not want anything to affect the baby but I had to give in recently and accept some Rennie recently from my sister in law. She had taken them during her pregnancy and actually on the back of the box it says that the dosage may also be used during pregnancy and breast feeding so I felt ok about taking them.
These have been fairly good for me and seem to work most of the time I take them. Rennie are a calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate tablet which offer fast effective relief from indigestion and heartburn. I have them in the spearmint flavour and I think its a good idea that they come in a flavour like this because you can kind of kid yourself that they re just like a mint sweet that you eat. The tablets come individually packaged in a foil wrap much like paracetamol tablets do. They are quite chalky but they are not that hard to swallow, you can crunch into them or suck them as they dissolve quite easily and then they are gone. I like the effect they have on my heartburn. I think because they are mint flavoured this cools down your throat straight away and then I can imagine them doing the same to my stomach as well which is nice. I tend to have about 6 during the day, two before breakfast, two before lunch and two before or after dinner depending on when I need them. They do advise you not to take more than 10 a day on the back of the package but I have never reached this amount so that's fine.
I still get heartburn, don't get me wrong, these have not been a miracle cure but they do work well as a reaction to my heartburn coming and going during the day. All in all a good medicine that works for me. Obviously I am not a doctor so any concerns you have before taking these I recommend seeing a health professional.
=== The product ===
Rennie tablets are designed to relieve the symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, flatulence and various other stomach/digestion related problems.
=== The packaging ===
These tablets come provided in blister strips and they are packaged within a cardboard box. The packaging is very simple, the box can be recycled and shows all the usual information you'd expect to see and the strips are easy to use, just press on one of the clear windows to remove a tablet. The packaging is nothing fancy but it's ideal as the blister strips can be cut so that I can always have some of these on me while out and about.
=== Dosage guidelines ===
2 tablets as required, for adults, with a maximum of 16 tablets per day.
1 tablet as required, for children aged 6-12 years, with a maximum of 8 tablets per day.
=== Do these work? ===
Yes! For me these work very well. They are easy to suck and they get to work fast at stopping heartburn and indigestion. I can notice a difference quite rapidly when using these and they cure most indigestion related problems I have.
=== Where can I buy these and for how much? ===
These can be purchased from Tesco stores or www.tesco.co.uk with 24 costing £2.00 and 72 costing £4.60. These are on frequent special offer and this is usually when I stock up on the different flavours.
=== My overall opinion ===
These tablets are an absolute godsend! In the past I have used the peppermint ones and found that they worked very well, however, when wanting to try something a little different in flavour and I found that the spearmint are even more fantastic for me and I prefer the flavour even more. The spearmint flavour is a little refreshing and it is more tolerable than the peppermint flavour which can get a little overwhelming and sickly, particularly if I need to use these more than once in a day. The flavour carries through as I suck the tablets and lasts until they are finished, the chalkiness does still remain but it's masked quite well by the spearmint flavour.
I am very pleased with the quality of these and I usually find that just two tablets is enough to clear up almost any digestion related problem. It's very rare that I will need another dose of these tablets but if I do they seem to work equally quick and just as effectively.
In life some things are a given really and loving spicy food as much as I do it's fair to say that I use these at least a few times a month. I like to buy the branded option of these, mainly because I know I can trust the brand. The price is a little more expensive than other versions of this product but the original are the best for me really and sometimes I like to stick with what I know best!
I like to keep some of these in my handbag as if we are going out for a meal I don't have to worry about what dishes I choose as I always know that these will work well for me and won't let me down.
Whenever I feel that I have indigestion, Rennie is always the product that I will use to try and help sort it out. I have only been using Rennie for the last few years after being introduced to it during my fresher year at university. It is used to provide "Fast effective relief from indigestion and heartburn".
--- The Box ---
I ave bought the pack that contains 24 spearmint tablets as I find that they are very useful. The box is red all over with the brand name in white and a picture of the tablet on the front. The rear contains all the information about the product. The box reminds of the box that Oxo beef stock cubes come in. The box is 7cm x 5cm x 2cm, which makes it small enough to fit neatly in a bag without being too obtrusive.
Inside the pack there is a piece of paper that has a lot of extra information about the product. There is also 4 trays of the tablets, each containing 6 tablets each. It is good that they are packaged this way as it allows you to only keep a few at a time in your bag, or have a few in many different places.
--- The Tablets ---
Each tablet is 1.5cm x 1.5cm x 0.3cm in size and has word Rennie printed into the tablet. The tablets are white and have a slightly chalky texture to them. The tablets are designed to be eaten and chewed before being swallowed and digested, hence the flavours added. These tablets are spearmint flavour, which I find is really nice and has a lovely minty taste to it.
The tablets are really easy to chew as they are quite soft. This makes them suitable for all ages as you won't break your teeth on them.
Once digested, I do feel that it helps with the problems associated with indigestion as the symptoms do seem to ease after a short while. I normally take two at a time which I feel helps ease the indigestion quite quickly. This is very good as the tablets do exactly what they are meant to do.
Aside from indigestion, they can be used to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, gastritis, nervous indigestion, flatulence and upset stomachs. It cannot be used if you have kidney disease, high calcium in urine, kidney stones, low phosphate levels in the bloodor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. There is a big list of possible side effects that can be produced by the tablets, however I have never experienced any.
--- Where to buy ---
Rennie can be bought from any good shop or chemist. For a pack of 24, I paid £2 from my local supermarket which I think is good value as one box will last me quite a while.
--- The Verdict ---
As it does exactly what I wanted it to do, it tastes very nice and it is well priced, I am going to give it 5/5. I have been using these for a few years now and I have had no problems with them so far.
As with any form of medication, please always read the labels and information provided before using and if you are unsure then please ALWAYS consult a medical professional.
Rennie can be bought in many forms. You can also get peppermint tablets, sugarfree tablets, freshmint soft chews, Rennie "ICE", Rennie Extra and Rennie Deflatine.
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Rennie Spearmint is an antacid tablet which relieves indigestion, heartburn, acid indigestion, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, gastritis, nervous indigestion, flatulence, upset stomach, indigestion during pregnancy and biliousness. Suitable for adults and children 6 years and over.