“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Bowel Relief / Dosage Form: Tablets „
Last time I had to take anything for diarrhoea was about three months ago when I had been out with some friends and we went to a pretty dodgy Chinese place. The pains started that same night and by about four o'clock in the morning I was in pain, feeling sick and also had the runs. I sat on the loo for so long that I started to hallucinate and felt shivery and very weak and my legs went into cramps and when I phoned my dad he said that it was probably because I was dehydrated from losing so much water and to drink plenty.
My friend in the flat next to me gave me some of her Sainsbury's diarrhoea Relief Tablets and they worked really well and quite quickly though I am told that it's best not to stop it and just to let nature take its course. These tiny little pink tablets have active ingredients of kaolin as well as calcium carbonate and they work together by getting rid of all the nasty poisons which cause the symptoms. When I get diarrhoea I also get an acid burning in my chest wall and at the top of my tummy but these pills helps with excess acid at the same time as preventing the diarrhoea from getting any worse so it's a bit of a double whammy.
I have bought my own since then and they come in packs of twenty for and cost only £2 so it's worth having some in just in case you're going to use them and they have a long shelf life anyway so it's not like they are going to go off any time soon.
I can't say that these tablets totally worked at getting rid of the problem of my diarrhoea but they definitely helped to ease the symptoms and stopped it from being as bad as it could have been. My friend also had the same problem as we had eaten the same food though she had no pills and was much worse than I was and her problems lasted into the second day, whereas mine didn't so I attribute this to the tablets.
I would recommend them and I think they are really useful to have in the house in case you get a nasty bout of the runs. It's not pleasant to have this and these tablets really do help and don't' cost a lot of money.
I've always been affllicted with a grumpy tummy. Even as a child I would frequently suffer from tummy bug-like symptoms for no obvious reason. Back then, in the 1980's, my family would feed me kaolin and morphine tablets. I think they were pink and chewable, and they tasted nice. They usually eased my gut cramps too - not surprising considering they contained morphine!
These days, of course, morphine is a lot more regulated. The modern equivalent of this medicine still contains kaolin, but morphine has been replaced with calcium carbonate.
I tried these Sainsbury's diarrhoea tablets a few years ago when I'd run out of my normal medications.
Sainsbury's diarrhoea tablets are pink (still!) and contain kaolin which absorbs toxins that may be kicking around your gut. The other active ingredient, calcium carbonate, is an antacid, so is included to neutralise excessive acid. The NHS website also states that calcium carbonate has a constipating effect.
The tablets come in a blister pack containing 24 tablets and usually cost around £2.
I remember that these worked fairly well when I was a child. Since then of course, the active ingredients in this medicine have changed and my gut has got a LOT worse. My doctor has been prescribing loperamide for me for years and I made the mistake of assuming these tablets contained the same active ingredient. Wrong! No loperamide in these! Loperamide is a specific anti-diarrhoea ingredient that slows down the gut in a very different way to calcium carbonate.
These tablets certainly taste pleasant enough but they had no effect whatsoever on my bout of tummy troubles. In fairness, the instructions do say they're for 'mild' diarrhoea, and mine is industrial strength these days!
The problem is that diarrhoea can have many causes. If you have a 'holiday tummy' or an unsettled tum from too much fun the night before, these may well do the trick. But if, like me, you have a chronic gut condition like IBS, these probably won't touch it.
In addition I couldn't take these tablets now even if I wanted to as calcium carbonate can interact with other antacids, including a medication I'm on. Drug interactions can pop up in the most surprising places and it's always essential to read the leaflet enclosed with all medicines carefully. If in any doubt you should always talk to the pharmacist or your doctor.
These may well be effective for an unsettled or delicate tummy, but I'll stick with loperamide-based medications to deal with the diarrhoea I suffer from.
Picture this if you will. Wednesday night is curry night in our village. Shall I go on? Yes, well, anyway, curry night, meaning you get a good deal at the curry takeaway. I adore curries, my tummy does not. Usually two hours afterwards it starts to mumble, mutter and then splutter, causing a hurried trip to the bathroom. I know it is not the most pleasant thing to discuss, but we all have to deal with this every now and then and we need to sort it as soon as possible.
I have a cupboard full of pills and a box of Sainsbury's Diarrohea tablets in there somewhere. Thankfully, I have not had to dip into them for a while. The last time though was indeed on a wednesday night some months back. I had obviously ordered something dodgy, because an hour or so in, my tummy gave in and cramps set about, causing me to stoop and dash upstairs. I took a few of these, you can take up to five in one sitting. There was not an immediate relief, but after an hour or two, the cramps had subsided and I was less gurgly in the stomach area.
The tablets are small, chewy and taste alright actually. Easy to swallow with a fresh minty allure about them. No powdery taste and no nasty medicine flavour, making them ideal for the whiole family, should you all go down with the runs on the same evening. Each pack contains 24 tablets, which should see you through for a camping trip or a holiday to Tunisia! I am pleased to say I have never needed more than five tablets to sort my pains. They do work, providing relief for pains and I guess they also stop the other symptoms that come with tummy upsets. I shall leave that bit to the imagination!
For under two pounds a pack, they offer a solution to delicate tummies and I would definitely buy again.
Please don't get me wrong and think I suffer from diarrohea on a regular basis...I don't lol. I did think twice about writing this review actually.... I mean it's not really something we want to be talking about is it! However I see it as my public duty to, to make you see you are not alone and that there is help out there lol.
I had a dodgy stomach a couple of times whilst on holiday recently. Late nights, spicy foods, curry for breakfast...ok I let myself go big time. Luckily I had purchased these and had them in my 'kit' for emergencies!
White and dark green square box. On the front of the box I'm told that they are Sainsbury's Diarrhoea Relief Tablets 'Effective relief from mild diarrohea and upset stomachs' and that in the box there are 24 tablets and a picture of the tablets is also shown. On the back of the box other information given includes dosage advice as well as storage, ingredients and warnings are given and contact details for Sainsbury's are listed. Inside the box there are two plastic white trays in there which are foil backed of which you push the pills out of with total ease of course
The tablets should be chewed before swallowing.
Adults and children over 12 years: 5 tablets.
Children between 6-12 years: 2 tablets
The dose may need to be taken up to 4 times a day if necessary.
Do not give to to children under 6 years of age
Me Taking Them:
I had such a bad belly ache and couldn't get off caravan loo much to my mate who had to empty it's disgust! Moaning I was literally dying and dehydrated I was glued to the toilet with my mate hunting these out of my suitcase screaming at me to stop lol!
Of course the dosage of these is high with it being 5 tablets for an adult up to 4 times a day of course means you could end up eating almost a whole pack, however my take on it is if they work it's worth it....
and work they do!
Bear in mind that these are only meant for moderate symptoms and mine were rather severe for starters. I believe these would of worked after taking one dose of 5 tablets if I hadn't of eaten something so upsetting or whatever. I did end up taking 3 doses with plenty of water and did feel they helped a hell of a lot!
They are small pink pills, smell highly minty and fresh and taste the same really. Not unpleasant or chalky or anything like that, I shoved all 5 tablets in my mouth and chomped away on them in one go lol. Simply after the first dose I started to feel less doubled over and by the third dose I was absolutely fit as fiddle and ready to party again.
They got me off the toilet and I believe faster than if I hadn't of taken them as I really felt so awful. They seemed to simply coat my tummy insides and make me feel less bloated from the first dose and things just took time to get better! Recommended from me highly!
Only available in Sainsbury's stores costing £1.88 a packet of 24 tablets.