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Nothing un-settling here except the taste!
Member Name: supersonic75
Advantages: Works at relieving pain and upset stomachs
Disadvantages: Tastes horrible
I don't take pain killers very often, but when I do my preference is for something of the effervescent kind and as a rule I'm quite happy to tick to Superdrug's own brand. On a recent trip to my local store though I found that they were out of stock so had to opt for the nearest thing which in this case was a box of Alka Seltzer Original..
*~*What are they?*~*
Alka Seltzer's pain killing ingredient is aspirin so if you are allergic to this then they are a must to avoid. I prefer paracetamol based products myself as I find they work that little bit quicker, but my husband has always been a fan of Alka Seltzer for upset stomachs and does prefer these over the Superdrug brand that I normally buy. These give effect pain relief from:
* Period pains
* Rheumatic and muscular pain
* Sore throat
* Nerve pain
* Aches and pains associated with colds and flu
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
These effervescent tablets come in different formats but the ones I am reviewing are the original and come in a pack of 20. As you get 2 tablets paired up together in a separate wrapping this equates to 10 sachets. These individual sachets come housed in a thin but sturdy enough cardboard box which is rectangular in shape. Predominantly sky blue in colour with white lettering for the logo and relevant information this is eye catching yet as there are many similar products by different brands that all sport a blue and white uniform I wouldn't say it automatically stands out on the shelves.
Price wise this will obviously vary depending on where you choose to shop, but as I tend to buy these types of products from Superdrug just for the convenience of the locality I paid £2.19 which I deemed to be a very reasonable price. As I don't buy them myself frequently I don't know if this is the regular price or not as there was no mention of them being on offer or reduced.
Alka Seltzer is a well known brand and these tablets can be picked up from chemists, Supermarkets and most places that stock these type of items.
*~*How to take*~*
Each tablet must be dissolved in water before taking and are suitable for adults and children over 16 years old. The tablets can be taken every 4 hours (2 tablets) if necessary and no more than 8 in total in 24 hours.
I wont go into great detail about anything else as all the relevant information can be found on either the side of the packaging or with the accompanying leaflet inside the box.
*~*My experience of using these*~*
As I previously mentioned I much prefer Superdrug's own branded effervescent sachets as they get to work fast and taste almost pleasant with a lemon/ orange hint. When I saw that the shelve was empty and all they had in stock instead was Original Alka Seltzer I was less than pleased but thought better to have something in 'just to be on the safe side' I opted to buy a box.
The thing that has always put me off taking these in the past is the horrid taste that accompanies that 'clunk fizz' of the effervescent tablets getting to work and it always reminds me of a much more disgusting version of soda water (which I detest). My husband has only just recently shared with me the fact that he adds a tiny squeeze of lemon juice which helps to distract from the bitter taste, so having tried this myself I am incline to agree it does help somewhat.
I suffer from a lot of sore throats and find that regular paracetamol can upset my stomach sometimes so prefer an effervescent variety. Having had a nasty sore throat the past few days I found myself reaching for these rather than tablet form as my throat has felt too sore to swallow even liquids.
After letting the tablets dissolve in tap water, which takes less than one minute, and adding a squirt of lemon juice, I drink the bubbling formula rather quickly in a 'down in one' scenario just to get it over with. Within around 15 to 20 minutes I have noticed an improvement on my throat and though it has not cured it, it has eased with the pain even for a temporary period of time.
I have taken this on many occasions for upset stomachs and find the formula does help to settle my stomach whether it has been caused by a tummy bug, over eating or over drinking - it brings rapid relief and that's all that matters!
My husband suffers with migraines and says these are very effective though as they are something I have never suffered with myself I cannot comment, but for upset stomachs or sore throats I can highly recommend them as they seem to get to work within a short time of taking a dose.
Recommended pain killers - especially after adding a dash of lemon juice!
Summary: A good pain relieving product
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