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Feminax Express is a painkiller that claims to be more effective at dealing with period pains.
In my teens I suffered from incredibly bad period pains. I got terrible cramps and threw up, and I was often off school a couple of days a month. Normal generic paracetamol or ibuprofen didn’t do any good, so my mum bought me some Feminax to try, as they are meant to be gearing specifically towards targeting period pains. They didn’t work either – they had absolutely no effect - and it took prescription medication to control my period pains.
However, as I’ve got older I tend to get fewer very painful periods, and tend to get headaches, backaches and less painful (but still very uncomfortable!) cramps instead. I didn’t want to carry on taking such strong medication for less severe symptoms, so I decided to try Feminax again.
This time they were far more effective. The Feminax Express are meant to be fast acting than other painkillers, but they still worked much faster than I had expected and completely got rid of not only my cramps, but my backache and headache as well. They have become my go-to painkiller for period pains now.
So if you have very severe pain, don’t think these are going to work wonders just because they are designed towards helping period pain. But if your symptoms are mild to moderate, I would definitely recommend giving these a try as although they are a little more expensive, I think they are also more effective than a generic painkiller.
Unfortunately I am one who suffers continuously with cramps and nausea when it comes to that time of month and for ages I tried all kinds of tablets, medications & pain relief and nothing seemed to do much for me until I came across this Feminax express in my local Tesco's shop and decided to buy it and give it a try.. and I am so glad I invested in a packet because I have never found anything that had been as effective, I was so glad with the results.. with in 10 - 15 minutes I was fine, no pain or nausea at all. The tablets really work wonders! Completely astonishing. And for the price they are well worth it! There a bargain at under £2 from my local shop. I take these every time and I am right as rain in such a short period of time, and they have a lasting effect, I don't need to keep taking them like other medications and pain killers I have tried in the past and also don't leave a nasty taste in your mouth like other pills usually do and are so so easy to take down with a glass of water as I usually struggle to take down tablets. They are a god send for women and I would totally recommend to any woman who experiences bad period pains and nausea. I will continue to keep buying as they're so effective and kick in almost instantly and make life ten times easier.
Fortunately for me, not every period is a painful one. Every once in a while though, I will get terrible cramps that make it very difficult to carry on with my day to day activities. For years I have been taking general pain killers for period pain relief, with varying results-pain relief is usually minimal and short-lived. Then I came across this product during an online shop at Superdrug and decided to try it out as I thought that a product specifically aimed at relieving period pain might be more effective.
What is this for
Feminax express is meant for period pain and associated symptoms including cramps, muscular pain, backache and headache. The active ingredient, Ibuprofen Lysine, is meant to work faster than regular Ibuprofen, providing quicker relief.
The tablets come in a bright pink and purple cardboard box with the silhouette of a woman on it. Inside the cardboard box is an information leaflet and a strip of tablets. The text on the box tells you how many tablets you are getting and what they are meant for.
For oral use. Swallow the tablets whole with water. Do not chew. Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years: Initially take 1 or 2 tablets with water, then if necessary take 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours. Leave at least 4 hours between doses. Do not exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. Not suitable for children under 12 years.
Each film coated tablet contains 200mg ibuprofen (as ibuprofen lysine). The tablets are white in colour, not very big, and are smooth, making them easy to swallow. They don't taste nasty when you pop them into your mouth as some tablets do.
What I thought
Once the cramps start, I take 2 tablets with some water. Within 45 minutes, all the pain is gone for the rest of the day. Usually this is all I need as I only suffer from period pain on the first day. If the pain does return, I just take another tablet and that is really all I need. So I only need 2-3 tablets when I have a painful period. I sometimes suffer from a backache during my period as well, and this helps to relieve that too.
I have tried taking just one tablet to begin with, but this wasn't really effective for me so now I just take two.
Price and Availability
These tablets are available at most chemists and anywhere else you might buy medicines, as well as online, and I usually purchase them from Boots or Superdrug depending on where they are on offer. They come in a 16-tablet box and an 8-tablet box. The 16-tablet box is currently retailing at Boots for £4.20 and at Superdrug for £3.89 while the 8-tablet box is retailing at Superdrug for £2.49. You can occasionally find them on offer and that is when I buy them.
Bottom line is, my search is over. I find these tablets to be very effective and fast at relieving period pain and don't feel the need to look elsewhere. As I only need to use 2-3 tablets every couple of months, a box of 16 tends to last me a year, so I am more than happy to pay £3-ish for these once a year. If you need to use these more often and can afford them, I would definitely still recommend them as they are better than anything else I've ever used. I have had no side effects while using them.
Every since my periods came back after having my second baby the pain has been a lot worse. It was usually quite bad in the first place too but now for some reason it's even worse and so I need something a bit more than just regular paracetamol to deal with the cramps. After a quick search in Boots a few months ago when my periods first came back (it took about a year after my son was born, believe me, that time was bliss, too bad it couldn't have stayed away forever, anyway...) I found these Feminax tablets which are specifically for period pain and cramps. I liked the fact that they were medicine just for that because in this way I felt they would target these areas of pain more than just regular pain relievers would. For example on the box it says that these tablets provide fast relief from period pain and associated symptoms including cramps, muscular pain, backache and headache. I usually get quite bad bachache and so I was glad that these were one of the conditions included as that is my target area.
Feminax express come in tablet form and each tablet contains 200mg ibuprofen (as ibuprofen lysine). They are oblong size thin tablets so I find these quite easy to take and they go down well with a glass of water. What I like about these tablets is that I can decided when to take them and I can target when I know my pain is going to be. Usually I get quite bad back ache at night so I always take one before bed before the symptoms really kick in and usually this means I can have quite a good nights sleep. Plus if I know I am going to be doing a lot of running around with the kids all day I will take two to really get my through the day. However, sometimes I get caught out and the pain comes on really intensely without any warning. The nice thing about these tablets is that they really do work quite quickly and so I can take one when the pain starts, sit down for 15 minutes or so with a cup of tea and they have usually kicked in by then.
Now, there is actually a warning on the box to not take these tablets for more than 10 days in a row as they are intended for short term use only. That is not really a problem as my pain really only lasts five days max so I am fine with the amount I take during that time period. £4.09 for 16 tablets is quite expensive in my mind and maybe they only work because I think they are working specifically for periods but if you are only paying less than £5 per month for period pain relief it's well worth it in my opinion.
Well every now and again my monthly period brings me misery and nausea; I end up dizzy, feeling sick and have cramps plus a migraine and I want to curl up in bed despite having to get to work and doing the usual daily jobs. Most of the time I can get by with a few ibuprofen or mix them with paracetamol but sometimes these just don't seem to be strong enough. Feeling sorry for me my partner came back with these Feminax Express tablets apparently especially designed for period pain.
These tablets come in a box of 16 and were bought from Boots at £3.59; I find this price rather high and would not have bought them myself to try at this as I am quite tight :)
The box is pink and purple with the silhouette of a woman on the front. The tablets have 342mg ibuprofen lysine described as providing fast relief from period pain and associated symptoms including cramps, muscular pain, backache, headache and the tablets are also effective for any symptoms standard ibuprofen targets. Now as I have only used these tablets during my period I cannot comment on the effectiveness of their treatments for cold and flu or dental pain for example.
On the back of the pack there is dosage advice: swallow whole and do not chew. Over 12 years of age take 1 or 2 tablets with water (other liquids are acceptable and I take them with juice) and then take 1-2 every four hours where necessary. Do not exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours.
WARNINGS: Do not take if under 12.
Take lowest dose needed to relieve symptoms, short term use only.
Do not take with stomach ulcers.
Do not use with other NSAID products.
Ask your doctor before taking whilst pregnant.
Inside the pack there is an extensive instruction leaflet detailing contr-indications, usage, other information and warnings. There are also 2 blister pack strips of 8 tablets, the tablets are like caplets but are a nice size for swallowing and coated so they slip down nicely without getting caught.
I find these tablets are much faster working than standard ibuprofen but that will be because they are 142mg stronger per tablet. At first I took 2 tablets which was a mistake as they are strong and I felt quite sleepy and drowsy but at least my pain was taken away and I could rest! I do not have substantial pains often so have had the pack a few months but if you regularly have bad cramps the price is steep for something which could be essential to a lot of women. I would recommend these for the medicine cabinet in those times of emergency.
I am one of those women who, during my period, experience all the symptoms. I throw up, I faint, I suffer such a pain that I can't even walk and if I do I walk just like I had a bottle of vodka. I have tried lots of different things; some help, some don't. On my first day I never go anywhere but recently it happened that I went to work with the possibility that it would be the day of my period and it was once I felt the symptoms I took two Feminax Express tablets. I had one tablet the day before just in case. So I have to say I survived the day at work! I didn't felt great but two tablets to kill the pain were enough, but I did take them before the pain got strong. In my opinion Feminax Express is very strong medicine; it made me feel bit light headed and all I waned to do was sleep. I don't think I would take them every month because I do not really think it's good to pump the body every month with strong tablets, but on certain occasions when the pain is unbearable I would strongly recommend these painkillers but I would not recommend for any other pains even they do suggest so on the packet. Feminax Express mainly targets period pains, would work on headaches but it's better to take lighter painkiller which target headaches. Overall it's thumbs up from me!
It could be cheaper though. I paid £2.60 for 8 tablets but I would say it is worth every penny for taking away the horrible pain.
I know, I know... not a terribly exciting product to write a review on but this is honestly a great product so I hope you girls find it useful :) This is the only product I turn to when I start feeling pain during that time of the month!
(Boots) Feminax Express 342 mg Tablets are for period pain and cramps. Effective pain relief. Each film coated tablet contains 200mg ibuprofen (as ibuprofen lysine).
~~Current Price & Additional Information~~
They are priced at £3.59 right now due to a 50p off promotional offer online on Boots.com. Usually they sell them for around £4 for 16 tablets (342 mg). The information on the packaging says that it provides fast relief for symptoms associated with period pain that include cramps, muscular pain, backache and headache. "They are also suitable for relief of rheumatic pain, nerve pain, migraine, dental pain, fever and symptoms of cold and flu'' - I've not used these tablets to treat anything outside of period pain, so I can't comment.
The tablets are individually sealed in foil. The box contains two packs, 8 tablets in each. This means that if you are travelling it's easy to just take one set with you. The tablets are also spaced very nicely if you want to cut them up for easier portability for example. The spacing isn't actually regular with each pack (out of two) having the tablets split to be cut out as individuals or in pairs.
I never used to use pain relief, but during a particularly stressful time I began to experience a lot of pain and had to resort to these. Once pain occurs I take one of the tablets with water and the pain subsides minutes afterwards. The relief is quick and sustained. I've never experienced any side effects, although these of course vary from person to person. They have been especially great to have when I'm away from home since they're very easy to carry and take whenever. If I get pain, I'll only take the lowest dose possible to control it which is normally one tablet. I feel that £4 for 16 tablets is quite expensive especially for women that need to take more for pain relief. I typically only use this product on the first day of the period, so one packet of tablets actually does last me quite a long time. You take 1 or 2 tablets initially and then 1 or 2 again every 4 hours if necessary without exceeding 6 tablets in a 24 hour period. I would definitely look for cheaper alternatives if I used more tablets than I did at present, and would think twice if I had to use as many as 6 for a single day!
Even though I don't always suffer from pain, I do feel a lot better having them around for easy access just in case. It does exactly what it says on the box and despite feeling sceptical since it's aimed for period pain specifically, I found it to be very effective. Despite saying this I would be terribly tempted to look for cheaper alternatives.
I paid £3.95 for these tablets, that was for the 16 pack.
The tablets are easy to swallow and they go down well. They will last you for a few days as you take two initially, followed by one tablet as required.
The tablets work well to target period pain. I would say that they take around fifteen minutes to kick in but once they have kicked in they offer long lasting relief against period pain and/ or cramps. You can then get on with your day without having to worry about period pain bothering you.
You can also take the tablets for headaches and/ or migraines. They work well for headaches, taking around ten minutes (on average) to kick in. They offer long lasting relief when it comes to migraines, even the strongest of migrains won't survive with these.
They are expensive (at nearly £4 a pack) but they are excellent tablets that can be used for a wide variery of different aches and pains, not just period pains. They begin to work almost straight away and they are easy to take, simply swallow them whole with a glass of water. They aren't unpleasant to take at all and they are round in shape so they're easier for your throat to consume.
Unfortunately as women periods are just part and parcel of life and we have to just get on with life. The degree of discomfort we experience during our periods varies from woman to woman. Some of my friends are lucky enough to hardly even notice they are there. Some; myself falling well and truly in this category suffer from some of the agonizing symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms are:
* pains in the abdomen
* pains in the thighs and back area.
* pain in the vagina
* feeling nauseous and generally unwell
This list could go on and every women could add at least one other symptom. As a teenager I suffered horrendously and regularly every month I had to take a day off because I could not get out of bed the pain was that excruciating. After plucking up the courage to go and speak to the doctor and feeling rather embarrassed as a 15 year old girl; he recommended Feminax. I tried them and found that the relief was phenomenal and did not even compare with regular paracetamols or pain relief.
They were really strong and contained codeine which can addictive. I decided to try a different Feminax product and decided on Feminax Express.
A Feminax Express tablet contains 342mg of ibuprofen lysine, equivalent to 200mg ibuprofen. This is commonly used for the reduction of pain, fever, inflammation and stiffness.
They come in packets of 8 or 16. I paid £4.99 for a pack of 16 and both sizes are widely available at chemists.
I found that these were of a great help, but not as great as the regular feminax.I do not know why they are called express because there was nothing express about them. It took forever for the pain killers to kick in. for the price, they are a terrible waste of money and no different to a regular pack of ibuprofen!
I used to be so frightened of my periods and as soon as I started feeling the slightest menstrual because I knew what was coming. Luckily as I've got older my periods have been less and less of a trauma and now they pass with only a slight bit of discomfort.
Feminax Express is a pain relief that anyone over the age of 12 can take. I would recommend these to anyone suffering the same way as I did. I would also recommend that people read the instructions and how to use them safely before taking. On the first day take two tablets to start with, then take one tablet 6 to 8 hours later if needed. Then if needed on the second and third days take one tablet every 6 to 8 hours. Do not take more than 3 tablets a day. Do not take the tablets for more than 3 days in any period. The tablets are supposed to give at least 8 hours of relief; unfortunately I found that it was only ever half of this time. The tablets were just not as successful as other ones I have used. However the side effects are much less. With the codeine tablets I suffered from sickness and being lightheaded. I do not get side effects with these.
There are side effects and for this you should read the label. Also an overdose of ibuprofen can cause damage to your stomach or intestines. The maximum amount of ibuprofen for adults is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg per day (4 maximum doses). Use only the smallest amount of ibuprofen needed to get relief from your pain, swelling, or fever. Take ibuprofen with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.
I'd recommend anyone to give Feminax express a try, it won't work for everyone but it might just work for you. No one should have to put up with unnecessary period pain.
Since I started my periods at 12, I have been getting the very heavy ever since. When I turned 16, it became even worse and sometimes I would find myself rolling the floor crying at the pain of my periods. For any men reading this, period pains are those awful cramps that we get once a month in the womb because we are woman are you must just get it too easy. My period pains were much different from other girls because they would just give a whine and a moan. Wheras, I would actually start screaming in the middle of the classroom because my muscles were tightening to the extent that I could not longer handle it.
I used to take paracetamol upon paracetamol and nothing would ease the pain. I even tried placing a hot water bottle on my stomach, running around in a circle, massaging the area, and nothing I did worked. It become so bad that I used to take 5 days off school every month because I just couldn't walk with the level of pain I had.
Like very many woman, as soon as I turned old enough, I started taking contraception. For most people this would have been 16, but I managed to get put on them at 14 because I had parental permission and the doctors were aware of my inability to cope with the pain. This allowed me to get through my few years of GCSE's and A-levels and my important years that these pains would have effected. I then came off the pill due to religious reasons.
I have only been on feminax for about a year because I don't think it was available before then. I think they are fairly reasonably priced at £4 for a large pack of 16. This can last you maybe two periods depending on how bad the pain in.
I usually take two when the pain starts to get really bad. I don't like to take them too often as I need to get used to pain as I am constantly trying for children and need to prepare for childbirth. But if it becomes out of control I take two.
The tablets are small which is great as I find it very difficult to swallow tablets and I hate the feeling of it. I also need to keep the tablets in my mouth for a while before swallowing them, so it's great that it does have a powdery texture and it doesn't crumble up in your mouth, giving you a horrible aftertaste.
How effective is it?
Well when I take them when I have very sore cramps, it doesn't take away the pain, it only changes it from a severe pain to a moderate pain. It is very good at combating mild cramps and it helps you get on with your day when you have them. Although the tablets are nowhere near strong enough to target very severe pain in the way that I would like to. However, the tablets are a lot more effective than paracetamol and I'm glad that I gave them a shot.
For me Feminax Express was not combating the pain in a way that I would have needed. I am not using Feminax Ultra and it really helps target the strong pains that I have, and it is much more effective. I now no longer use feminax Express but I always keep some in my cupboard just incase.
Period pain can be a horrible thing to live with and something that can crop up far too often in the daily lives of women. Some women are lucky enough to escape the symptoms and then there are the women cursed with extreme symptoms. Unfortunately, I fall in with the later.
From the age of 10, I suffered with extreme pain for three weeks of the month, every month. I tried every remedy that the doctor could give me, returning month after month to try the next form of medication. I ended up burning my stomach from all the tablets that I needed to take. The pain would make me physically sick and unable to stand up straight, with intense cramps in my stomach and back. I used to curl up in a ball and cry more often that I walked around.
When I was well enough to go to school, I used to take a hot water bottle with me, tied around my middle with a rope to try and ease the pain. Tying a hot water bottle around my stomach actually made me come up with the idea of inventing a sticky heated pad to place on the stomach but at the time £20 to patent the idea seemed like too much. Oh how I regret that now... Nurofen beat me to it!!
Eventually the doctor gave up with the medication and put me on the pill at the age of 16 as a last resort and this calmed the pain down by a huge extent and allowed me to live a more normal teenage life. That was a very long time ago now but I still get very bad pains on my off days and need something extra to stop it. After having tried the normal painkillers which didn't touch it, the pharmacist suggested Feminax Express and then later Feminax Ultra.
Feminax Express works on period pain because it has been specifically designed for the purpose. It promises to give fast and effective relief by working its way straight to the source of pain and also targets the headaches and back aches that can come as part and parcel of period pain.
What causes period pain?
Period pain is caused by the contractions of the womb or uterus or sometimes both. With each contraction, the blood supply to the womb is stopped and the tissues are starved of oxygen. The body's response to this is to release chemicals that trigger pain.
At the same time, the body is releasing another chemical called Prostaglandins which cause even stronger contractions and therefore even stronger pain. The more Prostaglandins that your body produces, the more pain you will feel. This is why some women have bad periods while others don't.
How does Feminax help?
The tablets contain Ibuprofen Lysine which is an anti-inflammatory and pain killing drug. This drug blocks the actions caused by the Prostaglandins and therefore the pain is stopped.
How do you take them?
These tablets are only to be used by those over the age of 12. At the first sign of pain, I take two tablets with water, although if the pain is not too bad, you can choose to just take one.
If the pain is still present, you can take another one or two tablets four hours later but you can't take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours. You shouldn't be using these tablets as a daily medication and you shouldn't take it for longer than 10 consecutive days.
The tablets come in a hot pink packet as it is a product designed for females. You can choose to buy 16 tablets or 8 tablets and it costs around £4 for 16 tablets. You can buy them from most pharmacies including Boots and you can buy them from many online websites.
The small tablets are easily to swallow and have a smooth outer coating which is much better than a horrible powdery consistency that leaves a disgusting taste in your mouth. The size of the packet means it can easily be carried around with you as sometimes it's hard to know when the pain will start.
Do they work?
If I still suffered with pain in the way that I used to then this product wouldn't touch it, so if you suffer with very bad symptoms then I would say Feminax Ultra might be better. But if you suffer with mild to moderate pain then these are worth trying.
If I take these at the very first sign of pain, they are usually strong enough to stop it or to make it at least comfortable. I always take two tablets. If I forget to take them with me and I have to take them when it gets really bad then it can take a while to dumb down the pain. Within about half an hour, it gets the pain to a level that I can cope with.
Other little tips that I've figured out over the years are that heat in general helps, whether it is a warm bath, hot water bottle or a hot drink. Exercise never helps me, it makes the symptoms much worse but it can help some women.
And also taking your mind off the pain helps a lot, although this is difficult. I try to watch a really good film or use the time to have an awkward discussion that you've been avoiding having with someone. Anything that will get you thinking about something else!
If you find these tablets help you a little bit but not enough then also available is Feminax Ultra which is better for those who suffer more intense pain like me. These are only available from your pharmacist the first time you buy them. This one is a lot stronger and only suitable for those over 15. They are also more expensive which is why I buy these when the pains not so bad.
All in all, if your pain is mild to moderate then these tablets will be fantastic for you. If you pain is severe, then Feminax Ultra will be worth a go.
I have always used paracetamol or ibuprofen for my period pain, which does make it a bit more comfortable but never gets rid of the pain fully. I suffer from quite painful period cramps, and when I was out shopping the other day, I had really uncomfortable cramps and I kept having to sit down, they were so painful, I just couldn't get on with my shopping!
My friend told me to try these feminax express tablets, which she uses regularly, so I picked up a box of 16 tablets in boots for nearly £4, which I thought was very expensive! Usually I just try using Tesco paracetamol or ibuprofen for around 30p each! I was a bit put off buying them at first as they were so dear, but even though these were expensive, I thought I would give them a go as they are specifically designed for the pain I wanted to use them for. I am glad I bought these, as I am surprised to say they actually did work really well for me.
I took 2 tablets with a drink and within about 15 minutes I could feel them beginning to work, and within half an hour I had forgotten I had period pain! These made the pain go completely, which I was really surprised about, and they worked so fast!
I also suffer from heachaches around my period too, which do get really bad, and also a dull ache in my lower back occasionally, and these tablets got rid of any pain I had within half an hour of taking them, they don't just work for period cramps.
These tablets are just the same size as normal paracetamol so they are easy to take, and I like that the packaging is nice and bright. It is a deep pink colour, and so easy to find in the shops, as they really stand out.
You can take up to 6 tablets a day, with a four hour break inbetween each time you take them. I found that the effects of these tablets wore off after 3-4 hours and I needed to take some again, but if I took these every 4 hours each day I had period cramps I think I would go through about 2/3 boxes, which would end up being well to expensive, as you only get 16 in a pack.
I will definately use these again next month if I find my period pain too uncomfortable again, as paracetamol and ibuprofen are good, but no where near as effective and fast working as these feminax express. If they ever go on offer, I think I might stock up on these, as they were great and allowed me to get on with my day without feeling any pain at all for a few hours!
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Thanks for reading my review x
I suffer from extremely heavy periods, that can cause the worst cramps possible, sometimes I won't be able to stand up because of them, I will just rot in bed for at least 2 days.
I was sick of taking the 12p pain killer tablets from Wilkinson's, they didn't do anything for me, my OH decided to go out and get me some more 'expensive' ones because of the pain I was in.
The price of Feminax Express tablets is £2.49 from my local Superdrug, this is for 8 tablets.
I find this a reasonable price since they do help with my period pains.
The tablets come in a hot pink coloured cardboard box with a silhouette of a woman's body on the front, it has the name Feminax across the body, tells you how many tablets you get, and tells you that they are mainly for period pains and cramps.
The tablets are white and not hard to swallow, they feel smooth aswell so I think this helps with swallowing.
"Feminax has been helping women relieve period pain for many years. You told us that period pain feels unlike any other pain and that your busy lifestyle means you need a pain killer that can deliver relief fast so you can get on with your life"
( from the Feminax website. )
Along with helping with period pains, these can also help with other aches and pains, including:
- Muscular Pain.
- Dental Pain.
and more, men can use these but my OH says 'Oohhhh, there mean't for women! not for us men' pfft, what does he know! He's missing out on something great!
I usually take one of these when my period pains start to get quite sore, I find that these start to kick in around 20 minutes after taking them, the tablets kind of numb and ease the pain for around 2/3 hours, then the pain gets quite bad again, so I usually take another one then.
I never over do the maximum dose of 6 tablets in 24 hours, it is recommended you take 1 or 2 with your pains, then another 2 every 4 hours.
After taking the second tablet, my pain will go away completely for at least 2/3 hours, but it will always come back after that, kind of sad really as it is great having no pains, but I guess I can't moan because the pain I get after that is usually quite weak, it doesn't hurt that much and is not as uncomfortable as usual until the next day.
If I keep taking these tablets in the same pattern until my periods are over I find it really does make my periods a lot more bearable.
I recommend this to at least get some sort of relief if you do suffer with very sore, uncomfortable period pains.
Okay just to make clear to any men reading this these tablets are designed to help relieve the pain of period pains.
As far as period pains go I have been lucky since having my boys to 'get away' with just the odd dull ache the majority of the time. Now and again though I get some real humdingers which double me over in two almost and I have found when these strike that *regular* Ibuprofen just doesn't seem to last very long as far as pain killing is concerned.
On a recent 'girly' conversation with a friend she admitted she was exactly the same and gave me the last 2 of her Feminax Express tablets and told me these worked wonders.
After trying them when needed I founded these tablets DID work wonders and off to my local chemists - Lloyds - I went to stock up for future needs..
What are they?~
This is the thing that has always put me off buying these in the past as at the end of the day they have good old Ibuprofen in the title. Because of this I have always avoided trying them as I feared they were just marketed at naive young ladies in pain every month when in actual fact they were just plain old Ibuprofen. How wrong I was because these actually contain Ibuprofen Lysine which after a quick google tells me this form of pain killers actually absorbs far quicker into the blood stream therefor easing symptoms and pain more rapidly than the *regular* stuff.
Price, packaging and availability~
The feminax brand also boasts standard Ibuprofen based tablets but this particular one is the one with Lysine and comes in tablet form. A single pack features just 8 tablets and comes housed in the generic blister style packaging which is encased in a bright pink (supposedly feminine) cardboard box.
These are available from all chemists and some large supermarkets and cost anywhere from the £2.50 mark upwards for the 8 pack. These are also available to buy in a 16 pack though I have only ever bought in packs of 8.
My experience of using these~
For years I have steered well clear of these sorts of products as I have just assumed they were some gimmick and how on earth would they vary from regular doses of Ibuprofen. Until I actually tried the ones my friend gave me I would have said these were a waste of money..how wrong I was.
As mentioned the Lysine contained in these absorb faster than the *normal* painkilling form so after suffering for about half an hour of increasingly worsening cramps and backache I took the full dosage of 2 tablets in one go.
Within about 10 minutes my pains were definitely dulled down to a acceptable degree and the ache in my back was almost completely diminished.
Any female will understand what I mean when I say my legs felt like they were literally 'dropping off' and my lower abdomen and back felt hot with pain. This is all very well but being a wife and mum of two boys I cannot simply take to my bed nor lay on the couch with hot water bottles till it passes as this just isn't convenient so something like Feminax Express has been a god send for those very occasions.
I wouldn't rule out using cheap Ibuprofen if I didn't have any Feminax in the house but I have made sure that I always have at least a few tablets left per strip in my cupboard as I do genuinely feel they are effective. I wouldn't say they completely eradicate the pain but they do definitely seem the most effective form of pain killer I have tried for period pains without a doubt.
These are very good at doing what they are supposed to - easing pain.
As they contain Ibuprofen it does state on the pack that they can also be used for relieving pain from colds, coughs, flu and toothache etc but at the price they sell for I wouldn't dream of 'wasting' them on other forms of pain when a cheap pack of supermarket pain killers would probably suffice.
As for that time of the month when that little bit extra boost of pain killing is required I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these as they really do work.
*Contains 200mg of Ibuprofen
*Read enclosed information leaflet for recommended dosage
I don't normally suffer too badly when my time of the month comes aound and normlly make do with some paracetamol and a hot water bottle but ocassionally some months the pain is intensified and it knocks me a bit for six. I honestly don't know how women who get these pains every month cope with normal day to day living as when my cramps kick in I am usually to be found in bed in agony.
I usually keep some feminax express in my medicine cabinet for those times when the pain is a little bit much to grin and bare it and I find that in those times they are life savers for me.
You can buy them in chemists and the usual high street shops such as boots and superdrug and a packet containing 16 tablets will cost in the region of £4.
Feminax exprress are just basically ibupofen but in a different formulation which means that they are absorbed in to the body much quicker than traditional ibuprofen which when cramps strike me I greatly appreciate.
I find that when I am having a bad period my stomach is in agony but I also get severe pain in my back where it feels like I have been lifiting heavy objects for the day. The pain is so bad that it makes it difficult for me to get on with my usual daily routine.
I can vouch for the fact that these tablets really do get to work quickly and within about 15 minutes I start to notice the pain significantly reducing. My cramps actually feel as though they are lessening and my stomach actually feels soothed and my back pain is virtually eliminated.
The relief also seems to last a good amount of time and I find that with taking a couple of tablets I am able to return to normality for a few hours.
As they conain ibuprofen you need to make sure that you stick to the recommended dosage which is 1 or 2 tablets taken evey four hours but not exceeding 6 in a 24 hour period.
Bizarely as they are a period product they also say that along with using them for period pains and aches they can also be used for migraines, dental pin and colds and flus which I suppose does make sense considering the ingredients but it is just strnge to see this written on a box of tablets designed for period pain.
I would highly recommend these tablets. Yes some normal ibuprofen would probably do the same job but not as quickly or effectively in my experience and for me they are an indespensible product for those times when I really feel the need for some quick pain relief.
Active ingredient: Ibuprofen lysine.
Other ingedients: Crospovidone, Copovidon, Microcrystalline cellulose, Magnesium stearate, Opadry II White (contains polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide E171, Macrogol and talc)
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