I normally buy the cheapest varieties of generic painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, as I've always found there wasn't much difference between those and the expensive, branded varieties. I can't remember how I first came to buy these Boots Ibuprofen Caplets, but I must have been in a small branch of Boots with a restricted choice, as these cost £1.59 for a pack of 16 caplets of 200mg each, which is a good deal more expensive than the cheaper ranges.
I tend to use ibuprofen for general pain relief purposes, including muscular aches and pains. I don't use this drug as much as I previously did, because I've become more aware that it can make me a little more likely to have an upset stomach. As with all painkillers, I tend to use the lowest dosage I can and for the shortest time. Ibuprofen should not be used by people who have certain pre-existing conditions such as stomach ulcers, and as with all medications it's important to check the enclosed information for directions and suitability.
When I do want to shift aches and pains quickly, however, this particular brand of ibuprofen has become my first choice. I don't know exactly why they work more efficiently than the other brands I had been buying, but they seem to be particularly fast-acting and effective. I'm not someone who would advocate paying through the nose for the big-name brands of painkillers as I don't generally think you get what you pay for with these products, but in my experience these Boots caplets are worth paying a little more for.
One difference I have noticed between these and other ibuprofen products is the coating on the drug. Most ibuprofen tablets come with a hard sugar shell on them, but these caplets have just got a thin film coating. I wonder if this is more quickly digested and this is why I have noticed a difference? The caplets are still smooth in texture and their small, slim shape makes them easy to swallow.
I tend to take one or two caplets with a drink of water. The water is important, because I have noticed that ibuprofen can leave me with an acidic after taste if I swallow it without a drink.
For someone who isn't usually at all brand-loyal with painkillers, these have become a staple in my house. Whatever the reason, they just work more efficiently and effectively than others I've tried.
I normally buy store branded ibuprofen as they are generally speaking a fraction of the price of name branded ones and do the same job. However when i ran out one day last week I had no choice but to pop into Boots as I couldn't get anywhere else.
I walked out with just one packet of their Boots Ibuprofen Caplets 200mg which contained just 16 caplets. At a whopping £1.59 I would have expected alot more than that especially as Neurofen prices are not far off.
Packaging wise they were not dissimilar to ones sold by Tesco in that both have a silver box, the word Ibuprofen across the packet and the store brand in the top left corner. They are probably made in the same place - but with Tesco selling theirs at a mere 32p - the same sold in Boots at an extortionate £1.59 almost had be walking out without any - were it not for the migraine threatening to take over my head. So they had me over a barrel.
The packet has clear concise text stating use, precautions, dosage, ingredients and storage instructions. The use states "Boots Ibuprofen Caplets for relief of headaches, cold and flu symptoms, rheumatic and muscular pain, backache, fever, migraine, dental pain, period pain and neuralgia" which is a pretty standard blurb for usage. Me personally I have taken them for headaches, backache, migraine and period pain, and unless the pain is pretty extreme the ibuprofen seems to work pretty great.
The instructions request that you check the foil is not broken before use and to discard if if it is. Although If I had just paid £1.60 for a packet the last thing i would be doing is discarding them - I may as well throw the money down the loo. No my reaction would be to go straight back to the store and if that wasn't possible then to call. For adults and children of over 12 years the pack advises to "Take 2 tablets with water". I take them with water but when I have been out an about will take them with any soft drink. Never a Hot drink! As the heat can effect the coating of the tablet and it can make a real mess. "Repeat dose: Take 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours, if required, up to a maximum of 6 tablets in any 24 hours". Basically as you can only take 6, I try and make them last longer than 4 hours apart otherwise you will have a 12 hour period tablet free. These tablets are not suitable for children under 12 - which is good to know
The packet also lists the ingredients which contain really big long words - That I'm not going to type out as I would still probably spell them wrong and they are meaningless to me anyway, I don't speak medic.
Overall the tablets - were very good. Same as any other ibuprofen caplet I've ever taken. I like the caplets as they are easy to swallow and these are no exception - the only thing that ruins them...is the price
Item: Boots Ibuprofen Caplets
Size: 16 caplets
Bought in: Boots
I was having a right nightmare on the way to work on Tue and as well as having forgotten my lip gloss, I also realised that I had run out of Ibuprofen. So when I was in Boots I picked up a pack of their own brand Ibuprofen caplets. These caplets cost way more than my regular choice of Ibuprofen (supermarket own brands) but as I was already nearly running late from picking my lip gloss, I just picked then up to save me popping in to the local mini supermarket too.
These caplets come in a grey, almost silver cardboard box with white and black text and bright orange stripes over it. The recognisable "Boots" name is written across the top of the box. The front of the box also advises you that these are "Ibuprofen Caplets. 200mg. Direct Pain relief" and also has a picture of the actual caplets on the front. I like it when medicines do that as it means you can get an idea of what they looks like as not everyone knows the difference between tablets, capsules and caplets. The back of the box has brail across it and in black text advises you how to take the medicine, the ingredients and what to be careful of before taking the caplets. The use by date is also on the end of the box. It is for 08/2015 so it looks like these have at least a 2 year shelf life so if you buy then and don't need them all straight away they can be stored until needed again for up to 2 years. There is also a leaflet in the box with further details on side effects, what to do if you take to many and what to take them for. The caplets come in a white plastic tray that has silver foil across the back of it. the words "Boots. Ibuprofen. Caplets. 200mg" are repeated over the silver foil.
These are slightly smaller than your average ibuprofen caplet. I measured them against a super market brand which came in at 1.5 x 0.5 x 0.5cm and these Boots ones were 1.2 x 0.5 x 0.2cm which is visibly a bit smaller. However as I don't have any issues taking the supermarket ones, I don't see this smaller size as an added extra worth nearly 4 times as much money. If you do have a major issue swallowing caplets then this may be worth it for you, but for me this was not. The caplets are plain white with no writing on, so you need to be careful with these and take them out of the packet (easily done by pressing the back of the tray) once you are ready to take them.
Results and pain relief:
I have been taking Ibuprofen (along with codeine as advised by my dentist) more regularly again these past few weeks owing to yet another bit of dental work I am having done. As the resulting pain has been quite severe so I have been taking them pretty much every 4 hours as recommended. On occasion, by the time I hit 3.5 hours between doses I am literally clock watching that last 30 mins. After taking these tablets I notice that the pain is manageable again after 20 mins and I can somewhat get back to what I was doing. They caplets are easy to swallow and the back of the pack advises you to take with a glass of water, which I do.
AS A STANDALONE PRODUCT - these are a good quality caplet. They are small and easy to swallow. The packaging is eye catching and informative and sturdy. They come in at around 20p a dose.
COMPARED TO OTHER "OWN" BRANDS - these are really expensive and I can't see why they cost so much more, especially as they are technically an "own" brand. They work at the same speed as other cheaper versions and I checked the box of Tesco's own make ibuprofen against these ones and they both simply state ingredients as "200mg Ibuprofen" so the Boots ones don't even have any extra healing ingredients in them. As I was in a hurry on Tue and my options were either don't get them and be in pain, get them from a supermarket and be late for work or get them from Boots, I chose to buy them in boots at the higher price, but that's a lesson learnt and I will be more organised in future.
If you need to get Ibuprofen and Boots is your only option I do recommend these as they definitely do the job, but if you have the time get them from a supermarket were they are much cheaper. 4 stars given as they do the job but I feel the price is unreasonable.
I have always bought named brands when I buy paracetamol and ibuprofen but they are so expensive!! I decided to try the boots own brand of ibuprofen and paracetamol recently after I had a c section.
The great thing about them is they are really cheap compared to the named brands. They say on the pack that they offer relief from all the usual things:- Headaches, cold and flu, muscle pain and fever.
I obviously needed something that was strong because after I had used up all the tablets the hospital had given me I still found out that I was in quite a bit of pain so wanted something strong to counteract this.
The tablets come in the normal sized box and each box has 16 in there. The tablets cost around £1.50 which is good as ive paid double that sometimes for other branded ones. The tablets are pretty strong there are 200mg in each one. The good thing about ibuprofen is that you can take it as well as the paracetamol.
As with normal pain killers it advises you to take them every 4 hours which is what I did.
When I first took the tablets I was surprised how easy they were to swallow as they seemed quite big when I first opened the box.
I think it is the shape of them that helps with this. I took them for quite a few days every four hours to keep the pain away and I found that they worked brilliantly. They seemed to start work within about 15mins which is quite quick and the pain was reduced for at least 3 hours I could tell when the 4 hours was nearly up as my pains did start to come back. The packs are the usual blister packs so they are great to just throw in your bag and have them with you when needed.
Overall I would definitely recommend these as they kept me pain free after what is quite a big operation so I would imagine they would work even better on something like a headache or general aches and pains. I certainly won't be paying for the expensive branded ones again!
I am always buying stores own brand pain relieving tablets. Most of the time they are very effective and are a fraction of branded products prices. One store brand I buy from is Boots, I prefer purchasing from supermarkets but when you can't get to one, Boots is ideal.
As these ibuprofen caplets are a Boots product, these ibuprofen caplets can only be purchased from Boots either in store or online. A packet of 16 caplets currently costs £1.58.
As it's a Boots branded product, the packaging isn't anything to shout about. It's mainly grey in colour with the Boots logo and features a picture of two of the caplets. The back of the packaging contains all of the normal information you get with medication, warnings, dosage information and such. Inside the box you will find an information leaflet that goes into more details about the product, what it can be used for, who can take it, warnings and such so you can be sure whether or not you can take it and how often. Also inside the packaging you will find two blister trays which home the individual caplets.
Each blister pack holds eight of the 200mg ibuprofen caplets. I find it easy to squeeze each of the caplets out of the trays and have only encountered one or two snapping on removal since buying these. The dosage information says that you can take 1 or 2 caplets every four hours and no more than 6 in a 24 hour period. It also tells you that you should take them with or after food. I find these caplets a lot easier to swallow than tablets as they have a sort of sugar coating on them making them smooth and easily to glide down. I usually swallow my caplets with a swig of water just to help them go down. They aren't very big so I would imagine most people should be able to swallow them without any problems.
After taking two of these caplets I find they take around 30 minutes to get to work and they do relieve pain and leave me pain free. They work just as well as branded ibuprofens and work for just as long too. I find after around the 3 hour mark it tends to wear off.
I'd definitely recommend these Boots ibuprofen caplets. They are effective on aches and pains and work for a good amount of time. They are quite a bit more expensive than supermarket brands ibuprofen but when you can't get to a supermarket these are ideal.
Everyone at work calls me a pharmacist as I have every kind of drug going! Nurofen express, Boots paracetemol and codeine tablets, nurofen migraine - you have it I name it. There is a Boots not too far from where I work so it is often the case I wander in there on my lunch break. At times when I am in a rush or I'm at home it's always good to be stocked up on some pain relief as theres nothing worse than having to leave the house when I have a banging headache!
Boots ibuprofen caplets are for the relief of "headaches, cold and flu symptoms, rheumatic and muscular pain, backache, fever, migraine, dental pain, period pain and neuralgia." Personally I only ever find the need for taking such pain relief with a headache or the occasional month for a tummy ache so I can only advise on my personal experience for this targeted relief.
The caplets come in a small box, with a basic silver design with some orange writing. In the box are 16 caplets which costs £1.59. The caplets are only 200mg which is quite the average content which usually helps for my pain, except about 2 weeks ago when I wanted something really strong and opted for a nurofen migraine with 326mg for more dosage!
Nevertheless these caplets are a decent size, and I find them easy to swallow with a glass of water (although I usually opt for juice as I am naughty with my water intake lol). The box recommends taking one or two every 4 hours, and no more than 6 in 24 hours. Personally, I have found these effective, although on first consumption I always take 2 but find this is more than sufficient to ease my headache dramatically. They are not as fast acting as nurofen in my opinion (hence the cheaper price I guess) and with me usually take a good 20 minutes or so to kick in whereas with nurofen I can feel the difference in 10 minutes or so. After taking the first 2, I have not had a need to take any more for the rest of the day so I rest assured that these last long so allowing the pack to have more value as 16 caplets can last me ages!
With all over the counter medicinal products it is always recommended to read the information sheet inside for full information on possible side effects and whether these can be taken e.g. for those with allergies, breastfeeding, etc. Personally I have not had any adverse reactions to these Boots caplets so they do a good job at a fraction of the price of the leading name brands.
Overall I would definitely recommend these as they have served me well in easing headache pain or tummy pains (usually associated with the time of the month.) I find there is a bit more delay in feeling the effects of these compared to nurofen but if you pop one as soon as you feel the pain creeping up these do the job fine!
I like to have some painkillers available at home in case I need them, as I do get headaches fairly regularly. I usually have a packet of these Boots ibuprofen caplets at home as I have found them to be very good and reliable.
I find ibuprofen better than paracetamol as it seems to be more effective on me and make me feel better more quickly. I have tried various brands and I think Nurofen branded tablets are good but can be quite expensive and some of the cheapest own brand products just don't seem to work very well or have a funny taste on the outer coating of the tablet. I first bought these Boots ibuprofen caplets a few years ago as I trust the Boots brand, but they were cheaper than Nurofen. I have bought them many times since. They are currently £1.45 for a pack of 16 200 mg caplets.
The caplets come in a small cardboard box containing two plastic sheets of tablets, covered in foil, to be pressed out. This format is the same as most painkillers. It also includes a short information sheet about how to use the caplets, what they are intended for any risks associated with them.
These tablets are intended to relieve pain and reduce swelling. It can be used for
Reumatic and muscular pain
Colds and flu
They are intended for people aged over 12. You can take one or two tablets every 4 hours, and should not take more than 6 caplets in 24 hours.
I usually take just one caplet as I find it is usually enough to get rid of a headache or any aches and pains. I find that I can feel it working quite quickly. Within about 10 minutes I feel a lot better.
The caplets are small in size and have a smooth surface. The box states that they are easy to swallow and I would agree. I usually take them with a glass of water but I can even manage to take these without any water if needs be. I don't have any difficulty swallowing tablets now but I did when I was younger. Compared to some tablets which are much larger and with a rougher surface, these would be much easier for someone to swallow who has difficulty with tablets. They do not have any taste to them, which is a plus as I used to find some of the overly sweet coatings on cheap tablets really off putting when I tried to swallow.
I have never suffered any kind of side effects or problems with these ibuprofen caplets, but you should refer to the information sheet for full information on possible effects.
I will continue to buy these tablets and would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants reliable, effective and good quality ibuprofen but wants to save a bit of money, as they are cheaper than Nurofen.
I enjoy using boots products because they are usually good quality and this applies to these definitely. These come in a smart silver packaging, and in many different sizes and mg. On the shelf available is 200mg in size 16s. In the pharmacy double strength 400mg are available to buy, which means only one needs to be taken every 6 hours. This is handy because they come in packs of 24 and 48, so a package lasts a long time.
The tablets themselves are white and capsule shaped, and coated. (although not sugar coated like Nurofen ones). The packaging has the boots logo in the left hand corner which is orange. The writing of the mg is written in bold white letters on the front of the box.
I always find them easy to swallow, and find that they work quickly. They are absorbed fast when taken with food, or just after. As they are ibuprofen they relieve pain, inflammation and also fever.
The cost -->
They are quite expensive, but less so than other brands like Nurofen.
200mg - 16 £1.32
400mg - 24 £4.07
400mg - 48 £6.29
I do recommend these because they work just like the others, and aren't a bad price. They aren't hard to swallow, and can also be broken in half quite easily too.
I will start by saying that I always go for the generic version of medicines where it is available - I always have done, even before there was all the talk in the media a few years ago.
One of the tablets that I do take regularly is Ibuprofen which not only relieves pain but reduce fever and inflammation too. Since I have regular problems with the base of my spine I find that Ibuprofen is the best thing to take to help with the pain.
Recently I have developed a sharp, stabbing pain in my side that the doctor hasn't, as yet, diagnosed although he has given me a course of strong antibiotics. The only thing that helps with the pain is Ibuprofen.
The tablets that I buy are the Boots Ibuprofen Caplets which are the 200mg ones and they come in a box of 48 tablets at a cost of £3.86 or a box of 24 which costs £1.93. There are also boxes of 48 x 400mg tablets for £6.12. There are various other sizes of packets available all of which are on the Boots website at www.boots.com if you want to take a look.
Incidentally the box of 48 x 200mg caplets made by Nurofen cost £5.10 so you are paying an extra £1.24 for the brand name. I have used Nurofen in the past and the effect is exactly the same as the cheaper Boots variety.
The white caplets are in a grey box with the name of the product and a picture of two caplets on the front. Inside the box the caplets are encased in the foil and plastic 'push through' sheets that we all know. There is also a leaflet explaining how to take the tablets and the various warnings about side effects and when to worry about them!
One or two of the caplets should be taken every four hours with water and you should take no more than six being taken in any twenty four hour period and I promise you that they are very easy to swallow. You are advised to take the least possible tablets for the shortest possible time in order to relive your symptoms. These tablets are not suitable for anyone under twelve years of age.
I find that, if I take two tablets, the pain begins to subside within about fifteen minutes and the effect lasts for a few hours - so I would recommend Boots Ibuprofen Caplets for pain relief to anyone - well anyone over twelve years of age anyway!
As my previous reviews the main things I need painkillers for are headaches and stomach pains at that time of the month. For my headaches I like to use Ibuprofen for pain relief. I am not sure why but these seem to work better for me than paracetomal.While I was in town a headache attacked so as I was waiting to get little ones photos taken I popped across and brought a packet in boots.For £3.99 I decided to buy the stronger tablets which contain 16 with 400mg in them. I usually would not pay this amount for Headache tablets I like to use the shop branded cheap type but as I was desperate and needed quick relief I gave them a go. You can also get the 200mg ones but I'm afraid I'm not sure on the price of them ones. I choose the 400 mg as they are stronger so rather than me having to take 2 I can just take the 1 400mg.
I am not one for taking tablets find it really hard to swallow them so I always look for small tablets and these were perfect. Once popped out the silver foil packet holding them I noticed they were lovely and small and found them so easy to swallow. The tablets should not be taken by anyone under twelve. One or two tablets can be taken every 4 hours with a maximum of 6 tablets in 24 hours. As always with medicine always read the labels and consult your doctor if you have underlying health problems as Ibuprofen are not suitable for all. I just took 1 as this is the amount i usually take but in 2 tablets and it does the job fine. So I sat waiting for them to work while holding little one as he posed for his photos. The Photos took around 20 minutes in total and by that time my headache had completely disappeared but after around 3 hours it returned.
I found these tablets worked just as fast as bigger named brands but most importantly took the pain away that I needed. I loved the fact they were 400mg as I only needed 1 tablet for them to work well and if I had taken the second the relief may have lasted a little longer. They were easy to take and did the job they were intended for. I Know they are hardly bank breaking but I still think I will stick with my 32p packs from tesco but I would buy these if I'm passing boots and need to stock up.
I personally have always been a paracetoml girl and while I realise that sounds slightly daft what I mean is that if I have ever needed a painkiller I have always used paractemol until I was suffering with a serve toothache and the emergency dentist suggested that I use ibuprofen.
The boots ibuprofen that I purchased comes in a sliver box with 16 caplets and they are 200mg.
The box claims that they "Are easy to swallow, relieves pain, inflammation and fever" and as I had an abscess under my tooth I needed them to be all that they claimed!
It also says that they can be used to treat rheumatic and muscular pain, migraine, period pain and dental pain.
Inside the pack are the two foil containers that contain the caplets and you just need to pop them out and they come out really easy, the caplets are really small and I suggest that you pop them out onto a table or bench as if they drop they are quite small and easy to overlook.
The caplets are white in colour and about half an inch long, they have a very smooth texture which really does make them easy to swallow.
I took two caplets and paced the floor waiting for them to work which took about 20 mins minutes before I started to notice that the edge had been taken off the pain and after another 10 minutes it really was a great deal easier to bear and I was finally able to relax a little bit.
I noticed that they did not seem to be any side effects from taking the caplets, I did not feel sick or queasy after talking them as I can do with certain tablets or medicine.
The effects of the ibuprofen lasted for about two hours and while they did not take the pain away completely they really did make it bearable and I would say that they took 90% the pain away for nearly two hours and after that they did start to wear off.
As the pain was rather bad with the abscess I have also tried this with period cramps and headaches and they worked for both of those really well and allowed me to carry on with everyday life with both my period aches and pains and headaches.
I now stick to this rather than paracetomol and because it's a small packet I can take them in my handbag so they are always there if I need them
The dosage for adults and children over 12 is one or two caplets every 4 hours if you need to, I do find that I need 2 to make a real difference.
I purchased these at boots the chemist although I ibuprofen can be purchased from other chemists and supermarkets.
I have recently been suffering from a cold with all the horrible associated symptoms. To help myself feel better to enable me to carry on with my life, I bought a packet of Boots Ibuprofen caplets. I could have opted for a more expensive branded pack, but decided that there was no difference between Boots own brand at £1.29 for 16 caplets, and the expensive brand other than the price tag!
Ibuprofen is usually sold in 200 mg or 400 mg strength tablets. It is a widely used pain killer that also helps to reduce inflammation. It works by reducing the effect of the chemicals that the body produces in response to a high temperature or inflammation. It is an excellent medicine to take for many minor injuries, such as sports injuries. The recommended dose is 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours, up to a maximum of 6 tablets in 24 hours. I find Ibuprofen gentle on my stomach and have never suffered any adverse side effects. There is a list of possible side effects that Ibuprofen may cause listed in the leaflet contained inside the box. Ibuprofen caplets are suitable for adults and children over 12 years old.
Boots Ibuprofen caplets are easy to swallow and I much prefer them to the round tablets you can buy. I find they work quickly and are especially good at bringing down a high temperature. The Boots version comes in a small cardboard box with the caplets contained in a foil bubble type wrapper inside. The caplets are easy to pop out and the pack is convenient to carry in my handbag. The caplets are recommended for treating minor to moderate pain such as dental pain, cold and flu symptoms, period pain, backache, muscular pain and headaches. Like any medicine it is not advised that you take Ibuprofen for any length of time without consulting a doctor.
Overall I am happy to use Ibuprofen and find it is one of the most effective medicines for many minor complaints. I also use it to help control the pain I suffer due to a back problem. I always buy the cheapest version available as I think there really is no difference between a stores own brand and the more expensive big brand names such as Anadin.
I had the boots inbuprofen caplets the other week again as I got a bad headache that I could not shift. I suffered with it for one day and when it came back the next one I went and picked up the caplets.
I don't like to take this kind of stuff unless I need it a lot. In this case I couldn't shift it at all and the boots ibuprofen were there for me. I got the 200mg ibuprofen caplets and got a pack of 24. Cost was £2.99
The boots caplets are a good shape that is ok for me to take without having problems swallowing on them. I took 2 caplets and waited to see if they would shift my headache like they have before.
The caplets are best taken with a drink but I have taken them and just swallowed them in the past with no problems other than that they were harder to swallow. I would say having a sip of water is the easier way to take them.
After about 15 minutes I thought I could detect a bit of easing of the pain across my fore head. It took about 40 minutes to get a better settling of my headache and I was able to get on with my day.
I have used the caplets since then and they have been fine. I have had no problems taking them and they work ok for about 4 hours. I can take 2 at a time and I stick to what it says on the pack, the limit is up to 8 in 24 hours.
I would recommend the caplets because they work as well as the big name for ibuprofen caplets but cost less. This is better than paying through the nose for a name that works just the same as the boots caplets can.
We all suffer with headaches and aches and pains from time-to-time, so I always try to make sure that I have a packet of Boots Ibuprofen in my handbag, just in case.
You buy Boots Ibuprofen tablets in packs of 16, 24 and 48 and they're available in two different strengths - 200mg and 400mg.
You can buy a packet of 16 200mg tablets for £1.29, or you can buy 16 400mg,extra strength tablets for £3.99. I have bought both 200mg and 400mg strengths in the past, depending on how bad my pain is at the time of purchase. If I have bad period pain or tooth ache then I usually opt for the stronger tablets.
The box is gray with orange writing on it and it's usually located behind the counter, so you have to ask an assistant for them, who will then ask you what strength of tablets you require. They'll also ask you a few simple questions to make sure that the tablets are suitable for you.
On the box it says that you can't take more than six tablets in a 24 hour period, they're not suitable for children under the age of 12 and you can't take them if you have liver problems. There's a list of paper instructions inside every box and I'd recommend that you give this a read over before you consume the tablets, just to double check that you're safe to take them.
I usually take two tablets with water when I'm suffering with a headache, tooth, back, period pain, or general aches. I find that they start to work after around half an hour and the effects last for up to four hours.
I think Boots Ibuprofen is just as effective as other branded ibuprofen products and I like the fact that you can purchase these tablets in two different strengths, so I'll continue to buy these tablets. Five stars!
Whilst lying in bed about an hour ago, wondering what I should write a review on during my rare morning off work, I suddenly realised that my ankle felt a whole lot better! Eureka.....Ibuprofen it is!
I had awoken from my sleep at 06:30 this morning, with pain in my left ankle, and as I got out of bed to let Arnold (see profile picture) out for an early morning play, the pain which I felt as I put my body weight onto my left foot was awful! I literally had to hop downstairs to let him out!
This is something that just seems to crop up every few months, but a couple of years ago it was quite bad, and after a visit to the doctors, and a visit to my local drop-in centre, all I was told was that it was probably just gout!! Anyway, that's another story, but the one useful thing that the drop in centre did say to me as I hobbled out of there in absolute agony was that it would help to reduce the swelling if I took some anti-inflammatory tablets such as Ibuprofen.
Up until that day, I had heard of Ibuprofen, but had never taken any. I'm the kind of person that hates to take anything, and I would much prefer to suffer in silence with a headache, or stomach ache, and just ride it out, rather than take anything to help it.
After stopping on the way home at my local boots store I purchased a pack of 16 Ibuprofen caplets dosed at 200mg. These are currently priced at around £1.30 in Boots. This is a middle of the range priced brand, as it is cheaper than the branded makes, but costs more than some supermarket own brands, which I have found to be a little ineffective
They come in a silver cardboard box, with the 'Boots' logo at the top, a picture of 2 of the caplets at the bottom, and the words 'Ibuprofen Caplets 200mg in the centre.
On the rear of the box are a few warnings, pretty standard things such as:
Do not take if:
you have a stomach ulcer
you have had perforation or a bleeding stomach
you have allergic reactions to Ibuprofen or Aspirin ingredients.
Inside the box are 2 foil strips, each containing 8 of the caplets, along with a user information sheet. The user information sheet contains some of the information from the back of the packet, along with a comprehensive list of warnings, which after just reading it for the first time, makes me think that almost anybody would have to talk to their their pharmacist before using these caplets!! This is pretty standard with most medications of this type, and is so comprehensive that I will not bother to repeat any of it on here, suffice to say that it is there to be read before taking the caplets.
After checking the foil is not broken around the caplet, before breaking them out, it is recommended that adults and children over 12 take one or two caplets every 4 hours, by swallowing them with water, and do not exceed 6 caplets within a 24 hour period. I almost always just take 1 caplet, as it usually does the trick for me, but if I am in severe pain, and need it to clear up quickly, perhaps if I need to go to work in a short while, then I will occasionally have 2. The caplets are white in colour, and are shaped in the shape of a capsule, and are quite small, but can be broken in half to make it easier to swallow them if required.
Do They Work??
Ibuprofen is suitable for the relief of a whole range of pain, inflammation, and fever conditions, such as:
rheumatic and muscular pain
reduction of fever
relief from the symptoms of colds and flu
I have only ever taken Ibuprofen for my swollen ankle, but I have found it to produce excellent results each time. This morning for example, I took one caplet at about 06:30 for an ankle that I could hardly walk on, and went back to bed. A few hours later I woke up, and the pain was hardly noticeable, and has now completely disappeared. If i was ever in the situation where I was suffering from any of the conditions in the list above (hopefully excluding period pain!) that Ibuprofen is suitable for, then I would not hesitate to take a caplet.
A pack of these usually lasts me all year, as I only take 1 caplet when I really need one. This keeps me on my feet, and reduces the pain considerably, allowing to get on with my daily activities, and all for the cost of about £1.30 a year, and I have never noticed any side effects when taking Ibuprofen.
When buying a box of these, there is usually a shelf life of about 3 years on them, and the expiry date and lot number can be found on the flap to the right hand side of the box.
Boots Ibuprofen caplets are also available in a higher dose of 400mg in packs of 24 and packs of 48, for anyone requiring a more frequent and higher dose.
These tablets should be stored in a dry place, out of the sight and reach of children.
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