“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Heartburn, Acid, Indigestion relief / Dosage Form: Tablets „
So apparently I am officially getting old, because I have started to experience the delights of indigestion and heartburn when I eat a big or spicy meal, starting with Christmas dinner 2013! Oh for the days when I could tuck into an all you can eat Chinese buffet, or a huge Indian takeaway banquet and feel no ill effects, but those days are gone, and now I need to keep some indigestion tablets in my handbag just in case, ah well.
Tesco peppermint flavour indigestion tablets come in a pack of 48 for £1.98, which is pretty good value compared to the brand names such as Rennie, but I think you could probably get cheaper ones from places like Home Bargains or pound shops if you wanted to take the time to try. I don't think that price is too bad, for the convenience of picking them up with the food shopping, or getting them delivered as I do sometimes.
The tablets are chewable, obviously they aren't as pleasant tasting as an actual mint that you'd eat just for fun, but they're not bad at all considering they're a medicine. Not too chalky, no aftertaste and the mint flavour is pleasant enough, reminiscent of toothpaste. They're fairly big, about the size of a 5p coin, but as these are to be chewed or sucked rather than swallowed whole that's not an issue.
Do they work? Well yes, they do. I find that if I'm feeling a bit 'acid-ey' after a big meal two of these will pretty much completely relieve that feeling. If two don't do it for you, you can take up to 16 in a 24 hour period, and there are no warnings on the pack about taking them too closely together, you can take them to suit you pretty much as long as you don't go bananas with them.
The active ingredient is calcium carbonate, this is also in other indigestion remedies such as Rennie and Gaviscon, but some of the more expensive versions have other ingredients too. If this one drug isn't working for you, it may be wise to try a more 'premium' brand, but if these work for you, why pay more? The pack size of 48 is great, because they last for ages, you can just pop half into your medicine cupboard and half into your handbag and relax knowing that you've got them if you need them.
I have suffered with bouts of indigestion and heartburn for a good many years and I had associated it with the food I was eating. Whilst I have never been one to eat anything spicy, I was of the opinion that my symptoms were caused by the acidity in tomatoes; an ingredient that I was using in quite a few of my dishes.
After considerably reducing my intake of tomatoes, the symptoms weren't as severe, but over the past few months they have returned. A visit to my GP ruled out anything sinister and I was given the diagnosis that my indigestion and heartburn were being caused by stress.
As I am unable to eliminate the stress in my life due to a demanding job, I was advised to use indigestion remedies as and when the symptoms occur. I had previously been using Tesco Fruit Flavoured Indigestion Tablets, but for some unknown reason our nearest store no longer sells them, so my second choice is their Peppermint Flavoured Indigestion Tablets with this review discussing my experience.
The tablets are provided in a sturdy brightly coloured cardboard box, which contains 48 tablets and we are advised that they can be used to treat indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia, acidity and flatulence. The front of the box contains Braille, which I feel is a necessity with this type of product and I am surprised that it isn't a requirement for all manufacturers of medicine.
As with all types of medication, the accompanying instruction leaflet lists those people for whom the medicine is unsuitable with diabetics and pregnant women being included. Whilst the tablets are available without prescription it is important that the leaflet is fully read prior to using, as there are a number of side effects; one of which I found a little odd with it being heartburn!
Contained inside the box are four strips, which are protected with a foil covering with the recommended dosage being one to two tablets for those over the age of twelve years and a maximum dosage of sixteen tablets in one twenty four hour period. The tablets are not suitable for children under the age of twelve years.
The white coloured tablets are easily removed from the foil and despite being large in size (slightly bigger than a 5p coin), they melt quite quickly when placed into the mouth. The mint flavour is nowhere near as strong as that of a Polo, but it is pleasant and you can either suck or chew the tablet. Unlike one of the leading brands that I tried a few years ago, the tablet doesn't transform into goo and subsequently stick onto the teeth, as every last trace disappears as soon as it has been fully chewed or sucked.
There is no lingering nasty taste and I find that within minutes of taking just one tablet, my symptoms begin to disappear with them being totally gone in around five minutes. It is only on the rare occasion that I need to take an additional tablet, which always does the trick. The active ingredients in each of the tablets are 500 mg of calcium carbonate, sucrose, maize starch, calcium stearate, peppermint oil and sodium saccharin.
I always ensure that I carry some of these tablets in my handbag, but I have discovered that the foil easily breaks open especially when it has knocked against other items in my bag. As a result, I use a small container and pop a few inside, so they are readily available should the symptoms strike.
I have looked at the ingredients in some of the products from the leading brands and have learned that they include a higher level of calcium carbonate as well as magnesium carbonate. In addition, their price is well over double the cost of Tesco Peppermint Flavoured Indigestion Tablets, which will set you back just £1.98 for a pack of 48. I'm all for saving money where I can and these certainly eliminate my symptoms and as a result, they receive my highest recommendation together with five stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I have tried a variety of heartburn relief over the years, and my preference is usually for Rennie. Once when I was looking to buy some in Tesco, I spotted their own brand version alongside them working out at less than half the cost (these were around £2 for 48, whereas Rennies were more than that for 24 at the time) I thought they had to be worth a try.
The tablets are in blister strips which are easy to pop through and they're white button-shaped tablets, about 1cm across, so very easy to take. The box says that they can be sucked or chewed, but as with all indigestion tablets my preference is just to crunch them up as quickly as possible, as I don't really like the sensation. These do have the familiar chalky texture but they are soon gone and for me, taking indigestion tablets is a necessary evil. The box is clearly labelled as peppermint, which is important for me as I can't stand spearmint, and the flavour is a pleasant fresh mint. The dosage is to take one or two as required, but in the main I always take two.
I found these tablets to work quickly, taking them for heartburn, but I really noticed a difference from my usual brand in that the heartburn came back. This happened quite often when taking these, and it came back quickly too - within half an hour or so. It's for that reason that I've never tried these again, preferring the added reliability I get from the branded version. By the same token, looking at my analysis of them, for the cost, I guess they would be good to keep to hand for mild symptoms of heartburn or indigestion, but in my personal case it's more of when I get heartburn I get it quite badly and want a more lasting effect.
Tesco have rebranded since the dooyoo image here, they now come in a bright red box with a slight hint of the look of a box Rennie about them!
Looking to summarise, I'd say that I don't feel like I wasted my money, but I won't be buying again.
I suffer more from heartburn and indigestion particularly at night which stops me from sleeping. Tesco often do alternative medicines generally cheaper in price to the leading brands and I tend to try and buy those. Their indigestion tablet's are around £1.98 for 48 which works out about a pound cheaper- not a fortune but a pound is a pound.
The tablets come in an- upgraded from the above- now red box and are themselves in a blister pack which keeps them fresh. The box states they're 'For the relief of indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia, acidity and flatulence'. Each tablet contains calcium carbonate 500mg also sucrose and is the same size as a 5p piece. They smell pepperminty, I prefer spearmint but peppermint tends to be stronger and fresher.
To take adults, the elderly and children over 12 years can suck or chew 1 or 2 tablets as required, but not more than 16 tablets in any 24 hour period. I usually chew one or two at a time of these if I've overindulged and find this effective, with these sort of chalky indigestion tablets the effect is more or less instant.
The tablets are nicely flavoured and 'chalky' in feeling, not unpleasant to suck or chew though. They aren't too 'hot' pepperminty and have the added benefit of fresh breath. My problem is with heartburn/ indigestion especially after chocolate which surprises me but hey ho. Once sucked or even chewed up and swallowed they calm the burn and discomfort straight away. My stomach settles and it stays that way for a while. I rarely have to take a repeat dose later on.
Tesco Peppermint Antacids help alleviate the discomfort of mild heartburn, indigestion and trapped wind- however if I have bad heartburn then these aren't really enough and I take ranitidine instead.
I've had no side effects from taking them.
I recommend these for mild heartburn and indigestion
4 Stars from me.
Every now and again I suffer from bouts of heartburn and acid indigestion. I buy a lot of my household medical stuff from Tesco's own range, and my heartburn and dyspepsia treatments are no different. I find that Tesco products are far cheaper and just as good (if not a lot better) than the more heavily branded goods and higher priced medical treatments available to buy.
I buy the fruit flavoured indigestion tablets as from Tesco's but I also buy their own brand of peppermint flavoured tablets too. They both come packaged very much the same and cost the same in price for the same mount of tablets. I pay £1.90 for 48 peppermint indigestion tablets which come I a foil blister pack, which in turn is inside a cardboard box. My husband actually prefers these peppermint tablets to the fruit flavoured ones as he thinks they get to work quicker but personally, I feel there is no difference in how quickly they work - they are both very good.
The directions recommend i take one or two of these round flat chalky white little disc shaped tablets if you are suffering from acid, heartburn and dyspepsia. The idea is that they are chewed and not sucked. I find that two tablets will work very well for me personally and they really do get to work extremely quickly, in my opinion. I would say that within approximately 10 minutes of taking two of these tablets that my symptoms are beginning to ease, and what's more , they prevent the heartburn from returning.
They taste really good, too,. They taste strongly of lovely peppermint and are almost like a sweet rather than a medicinal product. They also don't' taste quite as chalky as some of the other shop's own brands antacid tablets can taste and they certainly work just as quickly and just as effectively as the likes of Rennies chewable tablets.
They work well, so why pay more. I highly recommend these.
~Say good bye to indigestion~
I often think that I might have tried almost every form of indigestion remedy known to man with varying degrees of success, with these Tesco Peppermint Indigestion Relief Tablets being amongst those remedies that I have turned to on more than one occasion for a little relief from indigestion and heartburn problems. I suggested these tablets as a review subject, as not long ago I had been using them on and off and wanted to share my thoughts about them as I found them to be reasonably effective when taken according to the directions given.
Having had a quick look in my medicine cabinet earlier whilst hunting for some thing else, I found that I still have a half used box of these tablets left, as well as some from both Morrisons and Boots whose antacid tablets are both very similar in terms of how effective they are when in use, although the Morrisons ones seem a little lighter on the mint and a little heavier on the powdery taste. I have found that Tescos own brand of Peppermint Indigestion Relief Tablets are easy to take, come well packed and work with a good degree of effect when needed and although they are sometimes not quite as effective as leading brands such as Rennies, they do offer considerable value for money and have a fairly pleasant minty taste.
~Presentation and ease of use~
Having suggested these as a review subject I have noticed that the picture shown here is slightly different to that of the box I have with me now, which is in a bright and easy to spot on the shelves pillar box red, with a wave of minty green underneath and a white rear panel. The text on the front of the box is clearly written and shows exactly what the product is, with there being a short summary of what you can use the tablets for such as indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia, acidity and flatulence and I feel the presentation is neat and easy to understand.
The pack I have being a 48 tablet pack, has a number of blister type strips inside that hold the tablets safe and secure prior to use. Each of the blister strips has a foil backing that is thin enough to push through with a finger and thumb when wanting to take one of the tablets , yet is strong enough to keep each tablet sealed in place before use. There were 4 strips each holding 12 tablets in the pack I bought, with each strip having directions on how to take the tablets out printed onto the foil along with the product name and contents which states there is 500mg of calcium carbonate in each tablet. I felt that these extra directions were of help as they re-inforced my thoughts about how to take out one of the tablets as required.
The back of the pack has a set of useful instructions printed onto it that I found very helpful when taking these for the first time, with there being a white background that made the black text clear for me to see and understand. The product is geared towards helping ease the symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, acidity and excess or trapped wind etc and it clearly states that these tablets are classed as being an antacid/ indigestion type product. This is the first thing that you read when looking at the back of the pack which I feel makes it more than clear what these are, thus avoiding anyone taking the tablets by mistake.
Once you have read through the easy to understand instructions on the pack, checked through the contraindications listed and found out if they apply to you, you are ready to go on and take your tablets according to the instructions on the pack. Another positive point about the pack that I can see is that there is an indication for those with limited sight on these packs as to what the product is, as there are braille characters on the front of the packing that I feel it may be very helfpul.
~Taking the tablets~
When taking these you can pop up to 2 tablets into your mouth and either suck or chew them as wanted to benefit from the relief the tablets can give from uncomfortable acid indigestion symptoms. There seems to be no restriction on how often or how close together each set of two tablets can be taken other than the 16 tablets in 24 hours limitation, which means that should 2 tablets prove to be ineffective you can take more as needed without worrying about timing the periods between taking them as strictly as you do with some other tablets such as pain killers etc.
When I have taken one or two of the tablets I find that the effects are quick acting and work well enough in most cases to help reduce acid indigestion problems and ease heartburn and although in my honest opinion these do not work quite as well as Rennies, they do work to a good standard and are very helpful at reducing if not completely eliminating indigestion and heartburn symptoms. Rennies have a further ingredient in them that these don't have so I did expect that I may need to take an extra one or two of these to get the same effects, however I was pleasantly surprised as I have never had to take any where near the full 16 tablets per day you are able to have if needed.
~Price and rating~
The last time I bought some of these indigestion tablets in store they were on sale for £1.84 per box. I feel this is good value as the cost per tablet works out as being just just under 4p which is cheaper than rival branded products that offer similar properties and abilities. As I have found that these tablets work well enough when I have taken them, with a fairly pleasant slightly chalky taste and reasonably fast working action, I feel they ought to get a 4 star product rating, with them being slightly less effective than Rennies yet still worth buying.
The slightly chalky taste of these tablets is masked a little by the light peppermint flavour they have, making these much more palatable than you might think and I feel the Tescos tablets are less chalky than the Morrisons branded antacid tablets and about the same as the Boots ones in terms of refreshing mintyness. Over all I feel that these tablets work well and are easy to take as needed with them having a fairly fast acting ability that works well when used with light to moderate indigestion or heartburn.