I have a vile cold at the moment, I'm still on day one so am hoping it stays as a cold but have a sinking feeling that this is going to develop into flu as I've started feeling so rough so quickly. The first thing I noticed when I realised I was becoming ill was that my joints started to ache - and I mean EVERY joint; knees, elbows, ankles, hips and even my finger joints are aching like buggers tonight. I've taken Paracetamol as I'm burning up, and these Anadin Joint Pain tablets which were left over from when Mark damaged his knee at work.
They contain 200mg of Ibuprofen and are small reddish brown tablets, you're advised to take two every four hours to relieve and keep on top of joint pain. I like to live dangerously (and feel bloody awful) so took four at 10am, then continued with the recommended two tablets every few hours. The tablets themselves are lightly sugar coated for ease of swallowing, something that is helped by the fact that they are much smaller than other painkiller tablets I'm taking at the moment.
They're quite effective - not amazingly so, an opinion that Mark backed up when he said they barely touched the pain in his knee, but did rid me of the awful nagging pain that was so present in (seemingly) every joint in my body. The effects aren't particularly long lasting; I'd say varying degrees of pain relief is provided to the different pains I was experiencing, with the aching in my shoulders not being helped at all but the pain all but evaporating from my legs and fingers. When relief is given it only lasts for two hours, so I'd suggest taking something non-Ibuprofen based mid-way between doses of Anadin to ensure you're as free from pain as possible, for as long as possible.
I had no side effects from these Anadin Joint Pain tablets, although there are (as ever) certain groups of people who they may not be suitable for. Pregnant women need to seek medical advice before taking them (especially those within the last trimester), and obviously if you have an allergy to Ibuprofen or any of the ingredients in the tablets you should steer clear. Also, if you suffer from various ailments (kidney disease, asthma etc..) you should seek medical advice before taking them - although if you have any of these serious conditions I'm sure you know what is and isn't suitable for you!
I'm undecided whether to recommend these or not. I know my usual Nurofen Express Liquid Capsules would have been far more effective and I'd have taken those if I'd had any in the house - these Anadin tablets did make me feel better and did help with the aches and pains in my joints, but to be honest it's 10pm now and these pains have come back with a vengeance so I'm not sure how well they're going to get me through the night until I get run to Boots in the morning for a stock of Nurofen!
(Note: I'm not ill now, I'm hunkey dorey - this was written for Ciao in 2012)
When it comes to back pain and muscle pain in my upper arms and neck, sadly I am no stranger to it at all. I have back ache all of the time and a diagnosed condition in my spine and therefore do take a lot of painkillers either from the Dr or take paracetamol and Ibuprofen as he also said to use that instead if I wanted to. However looking back on the past few years I haven't really felt a lot of relief except from something the Dr prescribed for me that did work but doped me up and made me sleep which in the short term was wonderful....long term.....well just not appropriate or convenient at all lol!
So the other day whilst browsing in my local Boots store (I try allsorts of natural remedies and Vitamins and the likes for my ailments) I spotted these costing £1.55 for 16 tablets. On the front of the box were the words Back & Muscle Pain and from a brand I know of so I decided that they had to be wroth a try!
The box is mainly yellow in colour with a picture of the tablets on the front of it and we are told that they are Back & Muscle Pain, Anadin, Ibuprofen '200mg' tablets. On the aback of the box other information listed includes being told what they can be used to treat, dosage advice is listed along with lots of warnings and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Inside the box I got two plastic and white back trays of which the tablets are easy to get into and are told all over the packaging what they are and inside the box a leaflet again telling us yet more information and warnings.
What Can These Tablets Be taken For?:
Cold and flu symptoms
Only suitable for children and adults over the age of 12 years old, you can take 1-2 tablets with a drink up to 3 times a day as required with the dose not being repeated more frequently than every 4 hours and to not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours.
The tablets are small, oblong but rounded off at the corners with a line indentation in the middle of each one so you can use a pill cutter or whatever if you want to, to make them smaller. Personally I find these easy to take with a large gulp or water and the white pills vanish, leave no aftertaste at all and thats it job done!
Do They Work?:
Well depends what pain we're talking about them shifting to me honest. Yes to a migraine, yes to period pain and yep to helping with a cold/flu all in a none drowsy way. They take a while to kick in of course, like most tablets do but only about half an hour and that is that they work pretty good in those cases to be fair to them!
However on aches and pains, no...not for me at all. I really wanted them to help relieve my sore neck and painful back but they didn't at all sadly in any way shape or form even with me taking the maximum dose of two every four hours I felt no effect, not even a little!
All In All Then....:
I expected them to be more effective with tackling back and muscle pain than they did to be honest and found them disappointing and overpriced. They are more effective on small problems than larger ones and me, well I won't be buying them again as they really are not anything special at all!
Available in all good chemists, these are currently on sale in Boots at £1.55 for 16 tablets.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Review of Anadin Joint Pain tablets
My partner occasionally suffers back and shoulder pain as a result of an old injury. The pain comes on very suddenly and is fairly severe. He doesn't suffer regularly as such, but when he does, it is very unpleasant for him. As a rule, he takes ordinary Ibuprofen tablets which seem to ease his discomfort, however he recently found himself in more discomfort than usual and having seen some magazine advertising for Anadin Joint Pain tablets, asked me to pick up a pack for him.
Anadin Joint Pain tablets come in a bright yellow cardboard box, with a purple flash and the Anadin logo in a green font. The box I am reviewing contains 16 red 200mg tablets which are presented in two blister packs, each holding 8 pills.
There is a very detailed and comprehensive information leaflet inside the box and brief details and warnings printed on the outside of the packaging, along with the use by date and company information.
The box also has information in Braille, the characteristic raised dots can be located on the back of the packaging.
The tablets are a mix of Ibuprofen and sucrose. I can see no 'magic' ingredients or anything different to supermarket own branded ibuprofen tablets on the enclosed information leaflet.
Anadin recommend Joint Pain tablets for the following symptoms:-
~~Dosage, Ingredients and General Warnings~~
For oral administration only and for short term use only. The minimum effective dose should be taken for the shortest time necessary to relieve symptoms
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
1 or 2 tablets to be taken up to 3 times per day. The tablets should be taken with water and swallowed whole, not chewed. When 2 tablets are taken, pain relief can be effective for up to 8 hours.
Do not take more than 1 dose in any 4 hour period and no more than 6 tablets in any 24 hour period. Anadin recommend that medical advice should be sought if symptoms persist for more than 10 days, or worsen during use of Joint Pain tablets.
Each tablet contains 200mg Ibuprofen, sucrose and Lactose.
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Do not give to children under the age of 12 years.
Do not use if you have a stomach ulcer, are allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen or any of the ingredients, are taking any other non steroidal drug or are taking a daily aspirin dose of below 75mg, or you are pregnant.
GP or Pharmacist advice should be sought if you are aged 75 or over, have asthma, liver, kidney, bowel or heart problems, or suspect you may be pregnant or are breast feeding.
As with any medicine, there is a risk of side effects and the tablets are not suitable for everyone. Anadin's information sheet is a very detailed guide to the drug and there is a long list of medical conditions sufferers of which should avoid Anadin joint Pain tablets.
There is also a list of possible side effects users MAY encounter, these include stomach upsets, wheezing, increased heart rate and skin reactions. The makers of Anadin Joint Pain do stress that Ibuprofen is generally well tolerated and as with all medicines there is a risk, albeit rare, of suffering an adverse side effect.
Obviously any user experiencing severe side effects should discontinue using the tablets and seek medical advice.
~~More About Ibuprofen~~
Ibuprofen is a non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drug, known as a NSAID, widely used as an 'over the counter' painkiller.
Ibuprofen works by changing the body's response to pain, swelling and high temperature, making it useful for the relief of headaches, Rheumatic and muscular pain, migraine, dental pain, period pain, feverishness and for the relief of the symptoms associated with colds and 'flu.
Ibuprofen was first made available under prescription in the United Kingdom in 1969. In the years since, the good tolerability profile, has resulted in the availability of small packages of ibuprofen to be sold over the counter in pharmacies worldwide, as well as in supermarkets and other general retailers.
Currently there is a limit on the amount that can be bought over the counter in a single transaction in the UK. Non-Pharmacy retail outlets, such as supermarkets are only allowed to stock 200mg tablets in pack sizes of up to 16 tablets.
The rules for behind the counter pharmacy sales of Ibuprofen are different but as the product being reviewed does not fall into that category, I will not cover these here. Readers who would like to know more, can see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibuprofen for further information. *
*My source for above information was the leaflet enclosed with Anadin Joint Pain tablets and the wikipedia website.
~~Availability and Price~~
Anadin Joint Pain tablets are widely available from chemists, supermarkets and other retailers. The price I paid was £2.40 for 16 tablets from Boots the Chemist. I have also seen these tablets in Asda for £2.00 for the same size pack. The tablets can also be obtained in a larger pack of 48 tablets from www.amazon.co.uk at a cost of £5.95 + £2.99 P&P.
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
I do not think that this product was any more effective than our usual supermarket own brand Ibuprofen tablets. The cost is so very much higher than the 35p for 16 own brand tablets which seems to be pretty universal across the major supermarkets.
My feeling is that you are paying for the trade name of Anadin and although the tablets work, the product is simply not worth the extra expense.
I would recommend these as an effective pain relief with the proviso that they are very expensive.
I am rating Anadin Joint Relief tablets as 3* to reflect the cost.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 February 2010
N.B. My reviews may be posted on other review sites under the same user name.
Anadin Joint Pain Tablets contain 200mg of the active ingredient Ibuprofen / It helps to provide relief of mild to moderate muscular and joint pain / Provide effective relief from: -Stiffness -Backache -Neuralgia -Also, for the relief of the pain of non-serious arthritic conditions