Product Type: Tesco Oral Health & Digestion
Newest Review: ... 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 probabl... more
No more acid indigestion!
Tesco Peppermint Indigestion Tablets
Member Name: SoadFan
Tesco Peppermint Indigestion Tablets
Advantages: Reasonably effective
Disadvantages: Not quite as good as Rennies
~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.
Summary: A useful healthcare product