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I am lucky that I don't really suffer severe cramps and pains every month but like most women I get the odd day when I am on my period where I do suffer some discomfort and having a low threshold for pain especially when I am not feeling my best anyway I usually take something for it.
I used to always but Feminax express for my periods to help me when cramps and pains struck until I saw a documentary on television that showed me just how much of a waste of money they were. Basically all they are is ibuprofen which I can buy in Tesco for only 50p a pack as opposed to £4.00.
Although I swore I wouldn't waste money buying them again cramps struck me once when I was at my sisters and she gave me some Feminax Ultra and I was surprised that as well as helping relieve the pain these ones actually also helped ease the cramps in my stomach. I checked the box and saw that they had a different ingredient and I was impressed enough that I bought myself some.
You take two Feminax Ultra tablets as soon as cramps start and then another one 6 to 8 hours later if needed and then another one every day until the cramps stop.
I find that these really do help with the cramps by reducing the amount of spasms that I have and by really stopping my stomach from hurting so much. If I only have a little pain I stick with ibuprofen but for sore stomach cramps I use these as they are much stronger and better for the actual cramps. They are quite expensive at £4 for a pack of 9 but as I only need to take them occasionally they tend to last me for a month or two.
Like all medicine there are loads of things you should consider before taking Feminax Ultra so make sure and read the enclosed pamphlet to make sure that you are safe to take them.
I can say that I get the dreaded Stomach Cramps around the time of the month, and although I usually just use up normal Pain relief tablets, I tried these a few months ago when the pain seemed to be that bit worse than usual, and although I thought that this done a good enough job it is a bit more expensive than a pack of normal kind of Tablets.
I got a pack of these from behind the counter in my local Asda. This comes in a pack of 9 tablets - bit of a strange number, and I paid £2.95 for them. You take 1 of these at a time and can take a maximum of 3 tablets in a day, so this little box will do you 3 days, which should be enough to deal with the annoying pains.
The box looks like the Dooyoo picture and the pack inside is the usual blister style pack which you can pop the Tablets out easy enough.
So what's the difference between this pack and the original ones? Well the box colour is different. Also these ones have the same ingredients as the original ones, but a few different pain killers in it as well. The main ingredient is Naproxen, which i'm not sure what that is, but the Pharmasist said that this gets to work quite quickly, and I would say that whatever started working seemed to do it quite quick.
So how do these do? They get to work quick and seems to be a good strenght of Tablets. You can take these with other Medicine's but not Paracetamol products.
I will continue to use these as they are effective, but due to the price of these then I will probably stick to taking these for the 1 full day when the Cramps are the worst, and sticking to cheaper Tablets for the rest of the time if the pain isn't so bad obviously.
A good product that does what it is meant to do.
I have always suffered with terrible period cramps from being a teenager and Paracetemol had very little effect for me, i would be in agony with the pain. So i had to find a type of medication that would help me with the pain so i bought Feminax which at the time only had 1 type available and it was in a pink/purple box. I didn't really think it had any better effect than what regular Paracetemol had.
A little while after they released Feminax 'Ultra' which comes in a blue box, but i didn't really think about buying it since the last ones i'd tried weren't very good. That was until i was talking to the Pharmacist about some pain relief for my period pain and he again suggested Feminax, i told him about the little effect the original Feminax in the pink/purple box had and he informed me that the reason for this is because that type of Feminax contains little more than just regular Paracetemol! So when buying the standard Feminax you are basically just paying for glorified Paracetemol.
The pharmacist reccomended that i give the 'Ultra' type a try and told me that they had several extra things in them that the original ones didn't which makes them work better, in particular something called Naproxen. I can safely say he was right and Feminax Ultra worked wonders for the pain. It only took about 15 minutes to start working after taking the tablet and then the pain relief lasted for hours.
You can only take up to 3 Feminax Ultra tablets in 24 hours but i think you'll find it unlikely that you'll need anymore anyway because of their strength. These tablets are reccomended for women between the ages of 15 to 50.
A pack of 9 tablets costs around £3.10 from most pharmacists and chemists.
This product works for me. I have only suffered from severe period pains over the last few years ( I am in my mid forties) but now realise what an affliction they can be when you are trying to work and function normally. As a school teacher, my period was really beginning to be something I dreaded as along with pain and bleeding I also felt like my head was in another county at times! My doc had prescribed mefanemic acid but it had no effect at all for me. Ordinary painkillers equally useless. I tried Feminax Ultra and I now know that within a couple of hours of taking the first dose (2 tabs) I can control my symptoms. It does have a different ingredient to ordinary painkillers so I guess that's the thing which works well for me. Do try it and don't suffer.
I took Feminax Ultra 1 hour ago. This morning the pain hit me like a ton of bricks. I was in the office and searched for my normal feminax but the pack was empty. I walked, half bent, to the Boots next door. I asked for feminax and the male assistant said "Have you tried these before" I saw the packaging was different to the pink one I usually take but I was unable to talk so I said "yes". I sequestered myself in the toilet. Took two pills (not reading the instructions) and waited. After 45 minutes (I think the pink ones work quicker), I feel a relief I havent felt before. My mouth does not feel so dry nor do I feel like a robot. Not to be taken with any other pills as I think there are risks.Read the instructions quite carefully.
As a young girl I learnt to rely on Feminax during the early years of my periods as my body painfully adjusted to my menstrual cycle. Nowadays as a young woman I only take them as and when the pain is really bad, which isn't often, as it is controlled by my contraceptive pill.
However, one month last year was extremely painful and I decided that as I was out of Feminax and had seen Feminax Ultra advertised on the television that this would be a fantastic and stronger substitute for my period pain. Feminax Ultra is designed to give "Maximum strength pain relief from period pain and menstrual cramps". They were a new form of painkillers designed specifically to relieve this sort of pain and I hadn't seen them in the shop before.
I was expecting just a stronger version of the normal Feminax which treats headaches, stomach cramps, backache and many other symptoms associated with that time of the month; however this medication is completely different. After shelling out nearly £5 for the normal sized blue box which boasted maximum strength, I read the instructions - something I am normally very bad at doing.
**The Packaging **
The box is designed for maximum attention as with the normal Feminax packaging, though the box is blue with the contour of a female breast embedded in the design. The word "new" is in large red letters with a yellow background in the corner meaning you cannot fail to stop it is a new product. The other very noticeable thing about this box is that it has brail on the back of it. Obviously I cannot tell you what it says but I think it's a very good idea and not something I have come across before on the back of my painkiller packets.
Unlike the normal Feminax which comes in a pink box, each tablet of Feminax Ultra is 250mg of Naproxen in a gastro-resistant coating preventing the tablets from dissolving before they are required to do so. It also contains Lactose as one of its inactive ingredients and so if an intolerance has been diagnosed it is advised to contact a doctor before taking Feminax Ultra.
**What is Naproxen?**
Naproxen, like Ibuprofen and Aspirin belongs to the group of painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. As a result it should not be taken in conjunction with Ibuprofen, Aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It should also not be taken if you have suffered an allergic reaction to any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the past.
**How to take Feminax Ultra!**
Please read this carefully if you are considering substituting your Feminax tablets for Feminax Ultra. The whole process of taking these tablets is completely different and definitely a good job I read the leaflet.
These tablets are broken down into 3 days worth. Each box contains 9 tablets.
Day 1: When the pain starts take 2 tablets if needed and after 6 - 8 hours take 1 more that day if needed.
Day 2: Take 1 tablets every 6-8 hours if needed
Day 3: Take 1 tablet every 6-8 hours if needed.
The instructions state very clearly not to take any more than 3 tablets in one day (which I assume to be a 24 hour period). The instructions also state in bold never to take the tablets for more than 3 days in any 1 month.
As with most medication there is a list of examples when you should not take this medication without consulting a doctor, they include:
When breast feeding, or pregnant, if you started having period pain more than a year after your first period, if you suffer from heart problems, have had a stroke or have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or smoke. A doctor should be consulted prior to taking Feminax Ultra if you suffer kidney or liver problems, blood clotting problems, asthma or allergies which cause breathing problems, stomach disorders such as ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease.
It categorically states that if you suffer from bleeding in the stomach or stomach pain which does not go away and if you have or have ever had a stomach ulcer you should not take these tablets.
There is also an extensive list of other medications which if you are taking your should consult a doctor before taking Feminax Ultra. They include many anti-depressants, tablets for high blood pressure and medication for blood clots and epilepsy. It is very important than anybody considering taking this medication for menstrual cramps reads this list of other medications.
As will all medication the instructions also list possible side effects, these differ no more than other painkillers (but the instructions do stress that when driving and using machinery that if dizziness, drowsiness, lack of concentration or sleepiness become a problem then to not drive or use machinery) and come with the standard warning to consult a doctor if you believe you are experiencing any abnormal effects from the medication.
**Why am I writing this review? **
Because I found these tablets to be completely ineffective and made me quite ill. I have never experienced any of the listed ailments which required a consultation with my GP prior to taking this form of painkiller. I found that my quite painful cramps and period pain was not relieved by taking this medication, it appeared to have no effect on me what so ever, however it made a mild headache turn into a migraine, something which the normal Feminax tablets have never done before, as they made to combat other pains as well as menstrual pain. My migraine got so bad I had to cancel my evening out and go to bed. After my 6 hours had passed having taken Feminax Ultra I took Ibuprofen which combated the migraine and the period pain within an hour of taking it.
**Would I use Feminax Ultra again? **
No I wouldn't I have decided that these tablets made me worse and did not treat my period pain and menstrual cramps as they claim to do. I also have to be honest and say whilst I took the initial two tablets I took no more due to how ill I felt and the belief that it was these tablets which cause my migraine. I now have a nearly full box of tablets which I will be disposing of carefully. I wouldn't recommend this painkiller and would recommend the normal Feminax painkillers if you were trying to weigh up the benefits of the two.
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I appreciate that Feminax Ultra has helped a lot of other reviewers, and I have no doubt that it will help many others. However, I had really bad cramps today and took Feminax Ultra. I waited for it to kick in but after 2 and a half hours the pain had not subsided but got worse, and I was feeling pretty sick (this sometimes happens to me - it wasn't the feminax). I ended up ringing up NHS Direct and had to talk with the GP. As I knew that feminax ultra had various drugs in, I was unsure if I could take anything else to try and hit the pain. I was informed that I could still take paracetemol but not ibuprofen. It was only and hour or so after taking the paracetamol (this was approximately 4 hours after taking th feminax ultra) that the pain was dampened. I am on citalopram and I don't know if this would have an effect, but in my case I did find that feminax ultra did not help me at all. I don't think however it made it any worse, so it may be worth a try.
I suffer really badly with period cramp pain. I had a coil fitted some years ago, which in the process has left me with cramps so bad at my time of the month that I feel like I am having contractions. It makes it impossible to sit, stand, drive or focus on anything but the pain and i end up just curled up with a hot water bottle. I have tried everything, including a slight overdose of ibruprofen alongside paracetomol. Neither of these worked and only offered a slight improvement although a dull pain was still present. Then a friend recommended me Feminax ultra.
Feminax Ultra contains;
Naproxen which reduces the production of prostrandins, this helps lessen contractions of the uterus.
It is recommended for those between 15 - 50 years.
Side effects - see the instruction leaflet for the side effects
Price is £4.50 for 9 tablets and it is available from pretty much all chemists.
The ingredients are;
Each tablet contains 250mg of naproxen, lactose, maize starch, polyvidone, sodium starch glycollate and magnesium stearate. Also the coating contains colloidal silicon dioxide, polvinyl acetate phthalate, polyethylene glycol, stearic acid, hydroxypropyl methycellulose, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, purified talc, triethyl citrate, the colour titanium dioxide (E171)
Although £4.50 is a little more than i would normally like to pay for a simple painkiller, this was definitely worth every penny!! The Naproxen in feminax really calms down the cramps and the tablets make it possible for me to be able to get on with daily life. Once you start feeling pain, just take two and after around 20-30 mins you are back to your normal self!
Worth every penny for any woman out there that suffers on a monthly basis!
I have suffered from menstrual cramps during my period for years now, and no amount of paracetomol or Ibuprofen has had any real effect. Because of this, I was quite sceptical as to whether this would work either, but after seeing an advert on the television, I decided to try it anyway.
The product contains Naproxen, which is quite a strong painkiller. When you first take it, you can take up to two tablets, but after that, you can only take one tablet every six to nine hours. Each pack contains 9 tablets, which I usually find lasts for three periods, as I rarely need to take more than three tablets per period. Considering the fact that I would take 3-4 paracetomol or Ibuprofen tablets every day of my period before discovering this product, you can understand the difference that Feminax Ultra has made to my life!
I tend to find that the first tablet(s) only dull the pain - even if I take the recommended two tablets when the pain first strikes. I will often go back to bed at this point, and the pain is much less intense when I wake up a couple of hours later. It usually then disappears without me needing to take a second tablet that day. All in all, I probably take two tablets per period (both on the first day), but this will differ depending on your cycle.
For any woman who suffers from considerable menstrual pain, I would recommend trying out Feminax Ultra. I was convinced that nothing would work for me, but I was very pleasantly surprised that this actually did!
Feminax Ultra - simple pain relief for women.
For years I have experienced menstrual cramps during my period. I would regularly buy boxes of paracetamol and neurofen curl up on the sofa with a hot water bottle and a pot of tea feeling pretty crap. It did get to a stage when I started taking time off work due to the pain and when I was at work I would be overemotional, unable to concentrate because of the pain. The hubby would recognise the signs and say 'oh the painters are in I am going to play football'. Oh yes I was that bad to be around.
During a trip to the chemist, I started chatting to the pharmacist who suggested that I tried Feminax. I ended up buying Feminax Ultra, which contains Naproxen. To be honest I chucked them in a draw thinking I had brought another product, which would not be any good.
Three weeks later, I was looking for something to ease my period pains with no paracetamol or neurofen in the house I took two Feminax Ultra. I was amazed that within an hour the cramping and pains had subsided and did not have the 'I want to be alone' feeling, which I usually get at that time of the month. With with the pain subsiding my emotional state was better and I could concentrate better and carried on with my daily chores as usual.
It was not until I woke up the following day that I found I needed a third tablet and was surprised at the longevity of this painkiller as I needed no more than three tablets in total during my period. Whereas, with other painkillers I had taken upto 8 tablets a day for three or four days. But recongise that everyone is different and you should read the instructions for the recommended doseages.
I have now been using Feminax Ultra for four months, the hubby has mentioned that I am better to be around 'when the painters are in!'. This little blue box now has a place reserved in my medicine cabinet, and at that time of the month I will not be without it.
For me this product has worked well and I hope it does for you. I would recommend that you read the instructions to ensure that it is suited to you.
So a little bit about it .....
Feminax Ultra is gastro-resistant to help it prevent stomach side-effects.
Naproxen reduces the production of prostrandins, this helps lessen contractions of the uterus.
It is recommended for those between 15 - 50 years.
Side effects - see the instruction leaflet for the side effects
Price £4.50 for 9 tablets
Each tablet contains 250mg of naproxen, lactose, maize starch, polyvidone, sodium starch glycollate and magnesium stearate. Also the coating contains colloidal silicon dioxide, polvinyl acetate phthalate, polyethylene glycol, stearic acid, hydroxypropyl methycellulose, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, purified talc, triethyl citrate, the colour titanium dioxide (E171).
For more about this product visit http://www.feminax.co.uk/range/feminax-ultra.htm
This review can be seen on both Dooyoo at dooyoo .co.uk (Trish70) and Ciao at ciao.co.uk (Yocal)
Years ago, there used to be a very effective product for period pain relief called Feminax. It was effective because, as well as the pain-killing ingredients of Paracetomol and Codeine, it contained the antispasmodic Hyoscine. Okay, so the pain was dampened rather than cured, and the pills made you sleepy as hell despite the added caffeine ingredient; but since all you want to do for those 5 days of the month is sleep anyway this wasn't a problem.
Then along came the government health czars, who decided that having two narcotic ingredients (hyoscine and codeine) in the same medicine was A Very Bad Thing Indeed, and promptly turned Feminax into an upmarket form of Co-codamol. As anyone who has tried this later version can testify, this was totally ineffective. You got just as sleepy, only you couldn't get any relief because the cramps kept you awake. And the new formulation was no safer if, like me you discovered you could replace the old tablets with a cunning mix of generic Co-codamol, Pro-plus and Kwells. (Hyoscine is the staple ingredient of most travel sickness cures, for some reason. Mystifying.) My pharmacist suggested Ibuprofen, but even Nurofen Plus - which contain codeine - gave me very limited relief.
Ibubrofen, along with aspirin, is an anti-inflammatory agent. It's also one of a class of drugs known as Prostoglandin inhibitors, or PGIs. Period cramps are caused by a release of prostoglandins from the womb, causing the muscle to contract (It helps to have a background in pharmacology, sometimes). Unfortunately, up till recently only the weaker, non-specific PGIs were deemed suitable for over-the-counter use. Others, like Mefenamic acid, were only available on prescription. Like many women, I'd been prescribed this but found it innefective; plus, there were a lot of side-effects - among them, the kind of "acid tum" you get with aspirin if, like me, you have a weak stomach. I found out this was because the pills get broken down and released into the gut, where the acid denatures them before they have a chance to get to where they are needed.
Naproxen is a relatively new drug, very similar to Mefenamic acid but better tolerated and more pain-specific. Because there was such a lot of information already available regarding its safety etc, it wasn't long before it was released onto the open market. Thus it was that, earlier this year, Beyer's Feminax Ultra Naprofen was released for general sale.
Sorry for the biology lecture, but I thought it was important you know why this product is so damn good. Especially if, like me, you avoided it initially because it wasn't the same formulation as the original. The only ingredient in this new package is the one replacing the anti-spasmodic of old. There's no paracetamol, codeine or caffeine. But it's a hundred times better as a result.
I just wish I'd found out earlier. My daughter is even more of a misery guts than me, come period time. I tried out Feminax Naprofen by pinching one off her, one month when we had both 'come on' together, and I was curled up in agony on the sofa while she was out doing rollerblading somersaults with two Afghan hounds.
Ten minutes later, I was hunting for my skateboard to join her.
Quite simply, I cannot rate this product high enough. Anything that cheers my daughter up gets my vote straight away, but in my case it has put an end to years of misery, which were only slightly assuaged by buying the best that was available then. The pills come in packs of ten, enough for up to 5 days supply. They are relatively expensive, but I rarely need to take more than one a day so one pack lasts a long time.
I get none of the dry-mouthed drowsiness I used to, and since the cause of period pain is completely annhialated at source there is no need for any other pain relief. The gastric-resistant coating ensures the active ingredient bypasses the stomach and is delivered straight to where it is needed (I imagine the final breakdown takes place in the part of the gut nearest the womb, so once the drug is released into the bloodstream it has the shortest possible distance to travel - cunning) This also means that any aspirin-like side-effects are avoided. I feel alert and alive even on my heaviest days, rather than feeling like the washed-out dish rag I used to be.
Like most OTC medicines there is a worrying check list of do's-and-don'ts and side-effects, so it's wise to check with your doctor if you have any doubts. And they're a bit on the big side too - the gastro-resistant element means they shouldn't be broken, so anyone who finds it hard to swallow tablets is probably better going to their doctor for advice. But anything that can do a better job than its predecessor (which had just as long a check list!) with just one active ingredient has to be good.
I've used regular Feminax in the past and didn't get any pain relief from it, so when my husband pointed out Feminax Ultra I was sceptical. However, I was also in a lot of pain, so I decided to give them a go.
I actually only took one pill (rather than the suggested two) at lunch time today. Within 15 minutes I thought the pain seemed to be subsiding but figured maybe I was just being hopeful, within an hour I was completely pain free, that is to say not the slightest twinge at all - 12 hours later I'm still pain free! After days of severe pain this is bliss.
At last a painkiller that really works! I've used paracetamol, cocodamol, codeine and ibuprofen to no avail. I've even found morphine (controlled hospital dose) doesn't touch pain.
I would have said it's a shame that you can only take Feminax Ultra for short periods (no pun intended) of time, but given how long the pain relief lasts then I don't think it should be a problem at all.
Honestly Feminax is a god sent! I had never heard of it up untill a few years ago and just figured period pains were something you had to put up with, my mum would always give me paracetamol, but everyone knows they never make a difference! Then i found out alot of my friends used Feminax, One of them gave me one as i was in excrusiating pain, and ever since i have made sure i am stocked up well before i am due.
Honestly dont put up with period pains as there are things out there that can help. If they are that bad and Feminax doesnt work id suggest going to the doctors and requesting going on the pill as that can stop your period pains completely if they put you on one which suits you and your body, if it doesnt they can keep changing it till they get it right.
This is the only product I have found that helped me through my period pains.
I actually was in Boots to get my prescription for something stronger then nurofen plus as I hadn't slept more then 3 hours in 3 days as a result of having the cramps and my doctor wrote me out a prescription for something beginning with M (cant recall the name, you may be able to!). After travelling to my 3rd branch of boots, I was again told "sorry we are out." At that point, in a store full of people, I burst into tears (I was on a lot of pain and was very tired!). I think the staff were very taken a back- this was a store in the City part of London- people don't usually crack up like I did!
The member of staff at the pharmacy suggested I try the new Feminax Ultra. Its not the same as the last one, its got more in it, nanoproxin -I am not about to explain what this is as I don't really know, but I know its not paracetamol, codeine or ibuprofen, all of which I had tried, all of which had proven useless to me.
I was a bit dubious about it, it seemed to much of a coincidence- it was apparently just released that week, and why hadn't I heard of it sooner if it was so wonderful? But in that moment, I really didn't have much choice. I was in agony, I couldn't walk with my back straight and I needed to be able to sleep. The pack of 9 pills was £4.99 and to me, was worth the money.
I think that it needs to be explained that you MUST read the information that comes with the tablets- its not like regular take two with water pills. You take two at the first dose- before the pain actually starts, so in this case I guess you really have to listen to your body for signs if your period is irregular. After these 2 pills, its 1 pill every 8 hours, and your not supposed to take these for more then 3 days in a row. Hence the pack having only 9 pills in it. And you cant get bigger packs.
I have to admit not reading any of this at the first box, I just took 2, 4 hours later, took 2, then I wasn't feeling any pain at all, just slightly tight and bruised which I would imagine is more to do with having so many muscle spasms at the time of the cramp. The third day they came back, I took 2 more pills, it went away.
I read the instructions the next time I bought a box. Whoops. I had been taking too many. I am still as far as I can tell, alive, but this was just one month, I think that the instructions should be made clearer as it is so different from taking many other pain killing pills.
I will be buying these again, one because they are the only thing I have found that really does something- it doesn't take the pains away 100% but it reduces them so I can sleep and eat and go to the gym. And also I was informed by the next pharmacist I bought them from that by taking them, things like nurofen and normal feminax will no longer work. It does something to your pain receptors or something- not sure I understood really, but did understand that normal pills for period pain will no longer work for me. (Not that they did in the first place last time I tried!)
Feminax Ultra / Maximum Strength / Many women suffer from severe menstrual cramping during and around their monthly periods / Feminax Ultra has been designed to offer maximum strength pain relief for women between the ages of 15 to 50 / Gastro-resistant tablets (enteric coated) / For the symptomatic relief from period pains; and menstrual cramps; / Contains Naproxen 250mg.3 tablets per day (maximum).Naproxen works by reducing the production of prostaglandins, which in turn reduce the contractions of the uterus / the cause of period pain.