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      13.02.2013 17:54
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      stick to ibruprofen/normal paracetemol as they work better in my opinion

      When I was younger I always suffered really bad pains on the first day of the time of the month. The actual period would last a good week or so, so by the time I was 18 and on the pill it was a welcome relief. Since having my daughter 3 years ago, I have had the coil fitted which means I do still have periods but they are annoying as they are really irregular. Some months are heavy, some are light and the pain varies accordingly. One of my friends recommended Feminax to me as it is designed specifically for relieving period pains so it sounded like the answer to my prayers!

      I bought a pack of 8 tablets from superdrug which costs about £2.50. The box is rather updated, although still with the pinky/purplish swirl design around a womanly figure and the words whizzing around her abdomen so it still maintains the advertising essence of being designed just for females.

      The tablets inside are in blister packs and a tablet is really easy to extract and save the rest for later. The directions on the box for taking them is 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours and a maximum of 8 tablets in a day. Knowing how immune to most pain relief I am I always start with taking the higher dosafe so popped 2 with some juice (advised to take with water!) and hoped for the best.

      Well after about an hour of waiting for these pills to kick in I realised they were no good for me. I may have well popped two tic tacs for all the difference they made! Each tablet contains 500mg Paracetamol and Codeine phosphate 8mg. I thought this would be a strong enough dosage to ease my stomach cramps but they were absolutely pointless. Since these contain paracetamol I couldn't take any other paracetamol products but since the pain was enough for me to hardly want to move let alone do anything a few hours later I took some Ibuprofen which kicked in as usual within about 10 minutes!

      To sum up I felt really let down by this product. For all the hype about being fast acting and relieving period pains (although the box also states it is good for rheumatic pains, headaches etc) it was absolutely pointless. It was a waste of money and had no effect on me so I cannot recommend this in the slightest!

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        18.02.2012 16:44
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        Period pain capsules that do not work

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        During my extreme period pain days, my search for a cure brought me across Feminax. At the time this brand was well established, and well known for its magical abilities of providing period pain relief, the box stating that 'Feminax period pain capsules provide strong relief from period pain...' My experience of Feminax came out with somewhat disappointing results.


        The tablet is not a tablet, but a white capsule which is smaller than a panadol tablet and easier to swallow even if you dry swallow it. The capsules come in boxes of 20, and as with Panadols are contained in plastic covers, where you just push the tablet out. The plastic cover has perforated edges, so that you can tear them and keep a couple in your purse or pocket.


        The capsule has the word Feminax written across it twice in teeny letters which looks very cute, of course if you're in pain this probably wouldn't make a difference to your life. The fact that this is a capsule means it has no real taste to it, it just feels like soft plastic. Panadols tend to make me feel a little nauseous at first because of the taste, but the lack of taste from a Feminax capsule eliminates this problem.


        I tried these capsules at different points during my period pain, the hour or so leading upto the severe pain, and during the severe pain. I found these capsules ineffective, they did not stop the pain nor did they reduce the pain, and I found that the hot water bottle was more effective as I allowed it to burn my skin.


        I took two capsules in one go, swallowed with water. As mentioned previously, due to its size and feel, it is very easy to swallow, and is tasteless. I did not suffer any side-effects. During times when I have had mild headaches, and no Panadols lying around, Feminax has helped in curing these aches.


        Each tablet contains 500mg paracetamol. There is the usual warning of do not exceed 8 capsules a day, and take them every 4 to 6 hours.


        In conclusion, these tablets provide some relief from mild aches, but do not do the job that they are advertised to do, and that is relieve period pain. Panadols are more effective with the severe aches and pains. I give Feminax 2 stars.


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          20.05.2011 11:15
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          500mg of paracetamol and 8mg of codeine makes a powerful pain relief tablet.

          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; my self falling well and truely in this catregory suffer from some of the agonizing symptoms. Some of the most common symptons are:

          * pains in the abdomen
          * pains in the thighs and back area.
          * pain in the vagina
          * feeling nauseous and generally unwell
          * diarrhoea
          * sweating
          * fatigue

          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. The main ingredients are 500mg of paracetamol and 8mg of codeine. The paracetamol relieves pain and reduces fever. Codeine is a little cleverer and mimics the body's natural endorphins and blocks the transmission of pain signals sent by the nerves to the brain. Therefore even if your lower abdomen is throbbing and painful the brain doesn't recognise it and less pain is actually felt. Feminax an also help to relieve the symptoms of cold and flu, muscular and rheumatic pain and dental pain.
          I found that these were a great cure and ultimately made me more equipped to deal with periods and not have to take days off in order to cope. I used to be so frightened 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. However, eleven years on I still have a packet of feminax in my medicine draw; just in case.

          Overall

          Feminax 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 find codeine is the best source of pain relief however it taking it for long periods of time can be addictive. There are other brands of Feminax containing different ingredients for you to try if this is a source of concern.

          I would also recommend that people read the instructions and how to use them safely before taking. I used to take one tablet as soon as I felt a slight twinge and then as soon as my pain was in full swing I would take one every four hours for a maximum of three days.

          You can buy 20 tablets for £3.28 over the internet but they are found in fewer and fewer places as I believe they have been discontinued in the U.K. Watch out for those shipping taxes though as you could end up paying over the odds. for availability reasons I give this 4 stars.

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            26.04.2011 02:29
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            maybe talk to your doctor about other ways of helping cramps before spending all your money on these

            I suffer from terrible stomach cramps and I had very high hopes for this cocktail of drugs aimed to help out people just like me. Sadly, no such luck. I found that even when taking the maximum dose I was not really noticing any difference in my pains.

            The main active ingredient of this medicine is paracetamol, which means it can be very dangerous if you exceed the limit. I could say that I am considerably smaller and lighter than most women so I did feel a little uncomfortable taking Feminax so regularly.

            As well as the 'pink pills' shown in the picture here, which are available over the counter in any pharmacists as well as in most good supermarkets, Feminax also manufacture a 'blue pill' which is not based on paracetamol as the main pain relief. It is a gastro-resistant anti-inflamitary which means it takes a little while longer to notice any effects but the pain relief is more targeted. This is only available after you've had a good grilling from the pharmacist and with very strict instructions on when you may and may not take it. I found these 'blue pills' much much more effective and would recommend them highly to any ladies suffering from stomach cramps.

            Although Feminax does contain a mixture of pain relief and anti-inflmaitaries, I think it is overpriced. You could probably get the same drugs for much cheaper if they were non-branded; you are slightly paying to buy into the Feminax image

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              24.04.2011 20:03
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              Quick pain relief

              Hands up all you women out there who suffer from painful periods! I'm guessing quite a lot of you. I used to be in agony every month, often passing out and being sick with the pain. Cramps in my stomach and thighs, sore boobs, backache, headaches, fatigue, diarrhoea. You name it I had it. All I was fit for for a week a month was lying in bed with a hot water bottle feeling sorry for myself and getting my boyfriend to make me tea and bring me choccies!

              At work about 7 months ago, I felt the first signs of cramp, and asked the girls if anyone had any painkillers. Even though I thought I had tried everything and knew nothing worked for me, I was still hoping to be able to take the edge off it and stop the pain coming full force, at least until I got through my shift and got home. One of my workmates produced the Feminax, told me they were lifesavers and asked me why I'd never tried them. Although I had seen them in the chemists, I always just bypassed them as someone else had told me they were useless. Anyway, I gave them a go and lo and behold half an hour later I was fine! Not a bit of cramp, backache, or any of the other symptoms I usually got.
              Went into chemist on my way home and bought a packet, praying that this wasnt just a one off and that finally I had found a cure for my problems. I paid £2.99 for a box of 20, which I think is reasonable enough, although I have seen them cheaper elsewhere. When I feel like that though, I would pay any price for a product that actually works! When I got home, I took two more tablets, as the last two were starting to wear off, and went to bed. Woke up the next morning right as rain, and was fine the whole day. This was a first for me as usually I am floored for at least two days. I didnt even need to take any more pills.

              Anyway, I think you get the picture about how helpful they were too me, and as I have since found out, to most of my mates as well, so some info about the product.
              Dosage: Children under 12 shouldnt take these tablets. Adults and children over 12 should take 2 tablets at first sign of symptoms, then can take another 2 every 4 hours if needed. Do not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours. I usually only need to take 4 on my first day, then find that I have no problems after that.

              You shouldnt take this medication if you have glaucoma or kidney or liver problems unless you speak to your dr first.
              Some side effects are as follows: dry mouth, blurred vision, tremors, palpitations, bruising or bleeding more easily than normal, tiredness. These side effects are stated on the box. There may be more added as every time I buy it the information on the box is different. The only side effects I have had is dry mouth, which you can live with, and tiredness, which may not be a side effect but a symptom of my period which the Feminax isnt helping.

              The tablets contain paracetamol and codeine so you do need to be careful not to take anything else containing these. It also has caffeine in it, although I dont notice it. It certainly doesnt give me any more energy at this time of the month! Also contains Hyoscine Hydrobromide, which I think is to help with the nausea some people suffer from.
              You can buy Feminax from any chemist and from most supermarkets, and like I said prices vary from place to place.

              Anyway if you suffer like I did, give it a shot. Nearly everyone I've spoken to that have tried Feminax swear by it and I for one wouldn't look back. I have endometriosis and thought that I would never get relief from my pain, but this one does it for me!!!

              Also posted on Ciao

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                24.03.2011 12:28
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                worth trying

                Period pains, ugh .. every womans nightmare and the constant search for something to help ease the pain sometimes can take a lifetime.
                My periods started when I was thirteen and I used to pass out with the pain, which was a embarassing at times depending on where I was especially if I was out in town as people would call the ambulance and then when I came round I had the embarrassment of explaining to the ambulance men or woman that it was just my period and that I had to go home and get a hot water bottle and painkillers and go to bed.
                As the years have gone on things have got little. I still have the bad pains but don't pass out any more. Going to bed with a hot water bottle , indian brandy and painkillers is usually the answer.

                I found that I have tried lots of painkillers for period pains over the years too and some work for a while then suddenly the pain changes or gets worse and I have to change to something else. Being a woman isn't as glamourous as it's cracked up to be sometimes.
                I have recently come across Feminax as I was recommended them by a friend who swears by them and so I bought a pack from Lloyds chemist to try. They cost me £3.79.
                When it was time to take them I took two capsules and waited to see if they would work and even though they diddn't take away all the pain I could still feel it in the back ground with the cramps the feminax dulled the pain enough for me to get to sleep until the worst was over.
                I have always found that when the pain goes the period starts and then it's just a case of getting through the next few days dealing with the mood swings, until it's over. Feminax helped with the pain a little so I think I'll use them again.

                The capsules are white and you can take two every four hours, they contain paracetamol and codiene which is a strong conbination, the codiene however may leave you drowsey but I like to get my head down and try and sleep if I can when it's period pain time.
                The tablets have Feminax written on them so you if you drop them or they come out of the packet you can tell what they are, which is a good idea as sometimes tablets get mixed up.

                Feminax can be used from the age of twelve which I thought was a little young as they are strong painkillers, but do follow the recommended doseage if your young daughter has to take these. Do not exceed more than eight capsules in 24 hours and you can't take these if you are pregnant.
                There is also Feminax Ultra and Feminax Express to choose from but I take the capsules as they dull the pain for now.
                If you have nothing to do and get period pains then Feminax will help if you can go and lay down, but I find that if your at work and get period pains taking paracetamol helps as the feminax make me a little drowsey so I can't take them then drive home, as they space you out a bit but for at home they are good to take.

                I'd give them 8 out of 10 for helping with period pain as it works just as good as other painkillers, after all in my 50 years of life I'm still trying to find something that will take it all away.
                Maybe one day a wonder drug for women will come out.

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                  29.06.2010 14:22

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                  Feminax express saved my life !

                  Feminax express saved me ! I considered having a hystorectomy due to the unbearable pain i used to suffer... the pain was so bad it would make me pass out and i would have to phone in sick at least once a month.
                  I was diagnosed with endometriosis when i was 18 - with the diagnosis i though "yes they'll give me tablets and i'll be fine" but nothing the doc gave me worked, i even had intense biro pen injections into my stomach once a month for 6 months.

                  My friend suggested these and i took two while saying "trust me nothing works!" it was like a miracle ! 5 months on and they still work wonder .. i buy a back every time i'm in town and have some in my handbag, at work, home, friends houses, etc !!

                  I cannot thank the makers of these tablets enough for what they have done - completely changed my life and i don't have to rearrange meetings for outwith "that time" !!!

                  THANK YOU !! :)

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                  29.11.2009 02:51
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                  You might like them a bit too much,

                  Before I went on the injection I used to suffer with the worst period pains imaginable. I would often be found in tears, with my legs up against the wall (one of the only comfortable positions) and a hot water bottle on my tummy.

                  I know that a lot of women suffer with period pain, but if I was to describe the pains I used to get I'd say that it feels like a heavyweight boxer is thumping you repeatedly in the stomach (ouch).

                  My mum used to moan that I would never take a pain killer quickly enough and that I shouldn't wait until I was in agony to take something. While I see where she's coming from I never wanted to dose myself up unless I really needed to so I would always wait.

                  I can't remember how I stumbled across Feminax, but the relief those tablets gave me was immense. It was like somebody had magically taken the pain away.

                  They come in packs of 20, you can take one or two tablets every four to six hours, but you have to make sure that you don't take more than eight tablets in a 24 hour period and you can only take them for up to three days.

                  I used to pay around £3.50 for a pack, which is a bit steep considering they are just a mixture of paracetamol and codeine. I think you are probably paying for the brand.

                  Now although I found these effective when I used to suffer with period pains (thank God those days are over), I did find them rather addictive. I loved the feeling they gave me and how numb they made my tummy. I have never felt this way about any other tablets, so for that reason I'd say that you should try and find another method to combat period pain.

                  These are too good, and you might find that you like them a little too much, so steer clear if you can.

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                  03.09.2009 14:03
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                  Use if nothing else works!

                  Every month, for about three days, I used to suffer from heavy bleeding, and some of the worst pain imaginable, until I went on the Pill a while back.

                  I don't like to make sweeping statements like this but I think a lot of women would agree with me that unless you're a woman you wouldn't fully be able to appreciate what it's like.

                  For me, it was like someone was reaching into my lower abdomen and setting fire to my organs, whilst simultaneously attempting to break my back. I got excrutiating pains in my stomach and my back. When I was at school I used to have to go home early or sit in the nurse's office because it totally disabled me. I couldn't move or talk.

                  A hot water bottle, herbal remedies and generic painkillers would relieve the brunt of the pain but I'd still be left with aching and discomfort.

                  I hate to sound like I'm giving one of those cheesy made-up testimonials you see on infomercials, but all of the above was until I found Feminax.

                  The best way to use it is to administer yourself a dose of two tablets as soon as you feel the first twinges in your stomach. Do NOT wait until it escalates. Feminax took about half an hour to work on me. Once you've had your first dose, take it every four hours until you are confident you won't be in any more pain.

                  When I first started taking it I'd crawl back home in agony from where ever I'd been, drag myself over to the medicine cabinet and then down the pills. I'd then crawl up the stairs, get into bed, writhe for half an hour, and then all of a sudden it was like the angels themselves had come to visit me, lifted me up to heaven and let me float on a cloud for a little while. Sometimes I'd drift off for a refreshing nap afterwards. I'm convinced they made me a little high, which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view.

                  If you take Feminax straight away, like you're supposed to, you won't have to go through all that silly crawling/writhing around.

                  I went on the Pill eventually because I decided it would be easier just to take one tiny pill every day. Also, I had other problems associated with the time of the month, such as I had to visit the ladies' every hour and it would keep me up in the night.

                  When I used them, Feminax were quite chunky tablets and they could be a bit of a nuisance to swallow, but on the whole I found them to be an absolute godsend.

                  Feminax are made by Bayer HealthCare, and just looking at their website now it appears that Feminax now comes in capsules with a double-action formula of codeine and paracetamol, and Feminax Ultra comes in tablets.

                  One drawback is they are quite expensive, with the capsules coming in at £3.39 on amazon. I'd recommend that anyone experiencing pain once a month try each supermarket's own brand painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, before trying Feminax.

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                    30.12.2008 03:59
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                    not as good as i had heard they were

                    I had always been one of the lucky ones and had never realy suffered any discomfort with my periods untill my second child was born that was, after then my periods got heavier and longer, there was cramping pains in my stomach, my breasts were sore and i suffered severe head aches, after a few months of this i went to see my doctor who recomended these tablets to me so i got them on prescription although they are available to buy over the counter retailing between £2.50 and £5

                    They come in packs of 20 tablets, you can take 1 to 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours but no more than 8 tablets in 24 hours and you can only take them for 3 days.

                    I wasnt impressed with the directions for taking them but began taking them any way, i took the two initially and have to say that they did reduce the cramping pains in my stomach quite a lot but they did very little for my head ache and other symptoms, after 3 days of taking these i had to stop as the box stated but then there were at least 3 more days of my period left, useless realy.

                    I went back to the chemist and asked her advice, she sold me codine tablets and paracetamol to take together which worked fantastically at a cost of just £2.29p, i wouldnt use feminax again as they are just not strong enough for me and i am only small built so i expect everyone will find these too weak.

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                      28.12.2008 19:00
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                      possibly worth a try, just doesn't always help.

                      Each capsule of Feminax contains 500mg of Paracetamol and 8mg of Codeine Phosphate

                      The packet I have has 20 capsules in it, and the recommeneded dose is 1 - 2 capsules every 4-6 hours when necessary, taking no more than 8 day.

                      I can't recall exactly how much it cost, but I would say around £5 possibly.

                      I am extremely unlucky when it comes to periods, I always have been. My aunt was one who fainted when on her period and would sometimes be violently sick, and I seem to take after her and can get very bad at times.

                      I've got a mixed view on Feminax, as there are times when I've taken it and have felt the pain melt away, and there are times where I've been left frustrated as to why I'm still in pain and not able to move! This can be an issue because if it's one of the times where it doesn't work, you cannot take anything else paracetamol based until the tablets have worn off, so you're left in pain.

                      I've had a mixture of good and bad experiences, but I know people who swear by Feminax tablets, so maybe I'm just not completely suited for it.

                      I'd say in general though it is worth a try, as there are times when it has been a life saver. Maybe it's just one of those things which doesn't work for everyone, or doesn't work past a certain degree of pain.. Who knows!

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                        I had never felt the need to take tablets for Period Pain, as I found that normal Ibuprofen worked fine for me. However having been on the Injection for the last 8 years I had never had a Period, so no worries there then, but 15 months ago I came off it and what a nice Christmas present yesterday, I got my first period in 8 years - aaah!

                        Was the pain really ever that bad? I can't remember, but I felt the need to buy something to try and take the ache away.

                        I bought these from Asda and they were sold behind the chemist counter. They cost £2.54 for 20 tablets, which I though was quite expensive, but these things normally are I guess.

                        The box is a swirly purple colour, which I didn't like to be honest, but it's not about the design of the box, more so the contents inside.

                        The tablets are in blister packs and are in 2 packs of 10. You can snap them off in strips of 2, so you can pop a couple in your bag if need be

                        The directions for taking them are take 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours. A maximum of 8 tablets in a day. Also it has a warning on the back of the box that says "If you need to use this medicine for mor than 3 days at a time see your doctor or pharmacist. Taking codine regularly for a long time can lead to addictio. Taking a painkiller for headaches too often or for too long can make them worse."

                        Each tablet contains Paracetamol 500mg and Codine phosphate 8mg. Since they contain Paracetamol then you can't take with any other Paracetamol product.

                        So did they work? Well I took 2 and they didn't shift my pain, even when it was 4 hours later. I've took 2 more and it's hard to say if they worked, as the pain wasn't that bad by then anyway.

                        I don't think I will buy these again, and I probably will stick to some stronger standard painkillers.

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                          15.08.2008 19:11
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                          Pointless exercise - but you have to keep trying these things.

                          I am one of the severely unlucky ones for period pain. In fact I don't actually know anyone who gets them as bad as me. I've had them since I was 11 and it is/was always bad.

                          I get stomach cramps you wouldn't believe, in fact they are so painful that I throw up because I can't cope with the pain. My dcctor once told me that basically my body was going into mini-labour every time!

                          The only thing that sems to help is Ibuprofen - Nurofen to be precise, which are wonderful, but I can still get really bad cramps - not enough to throw up, but it still incapacitates me, so when I heard about Feminax I thought it would be worth a try!

                          I have to say it didn't do a thing and what's worse you are not allowed to take pain killers while on those tablets so I couldn't take any Nurofen to relieve the usual pain, which meant I spent half a day in front of the TV throwing up into a bowl. Not a pretty site and embarrasing in front of the boyfriend since he hasn't seen me that ill before (I found out about Nureofen years ago.)

                          So there you have it, if you have severe period pains - it may not work for you - but that was just my own experience. It's probably really rare to get it as bad as my family.

                          Best of luck trying it!

                          Ceri

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                            06.07.2008 20:05
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                            A tablet for women at their 'special time' of the month!

                            Contrary to popular belief, I am a woman. Quite a womanly woman in fact with a BIG womanly problem, one that I am unfortunate enough to share with thousands of women world wide. Every month, an aunty of mine drops by, an aunty who I hate very, very much. She's not warm and cuddly, or even pretty. In fact, she's sinfully hideous, annoying and painful. She has been known to make me cry.

                            Does it ring a bell, ladies?

                            That thing is aunty flow - well, it's not physically a person. It's the dreaded 'P' - nope, not pain in the butt, although it is that as well. I'm talking about the period or menstruation if you want to be less crass about it.

                            I would like to apologise to the faint hearted - or the blokes - out there right now; nothing about this review is going to be pleasant. It's the nature of the beast. But, if you do stick with me on this one, you might learn just what being a woman's like. Well, for two to three days of the month anyway!

                            WHY I TURNED TO (prescription) DRUGS
                            I can't say that 'the time of the month' had always been an issue for me. In fact, it fluctuated a bit, going from a little bit painful every once in a while to being a full blown explosion of indescribable, unpleasant trauma. I would say that I have a fairly high pain threshold, sure I haven't gone out of my way to challenge it but I don't exactly start screaming when I stub a toe or something! Every month however, it felt like Satan was stabbing at my stomach (which indicates that it must clearly be a man - or at least a woman who doesn't suffer the same problem!)

                            But when I had finally made up my mind that enough was enough, when it came to the issues of a female kind, and I was tired of the erratic, excruciating monthly outbreaks, I ventured off to the doctors who originally gave me tablets called Mefenamic acid, to be taken in conjunction with paracetamol tablets, the best known pain relieving, over the counter drug.

                            For the first 12 to 18 months of me taking them, they worked wonders. They were quite effective in a relatively short space of time, and I found that I didn't have to almost stop my life entirely during the days of menstruation. However, the honeymoon period didn't last long. Soon, the terrible side effects of vomiting and fevers started and once again I was on the search for a different brand that wouldn't make me feel even worse than ever.

                            To be honest, I didn't want to go back to the Doctors; in hindsight, I don't think those Mefenamic acids were the right tablets for me anyway as they cut blood by 60% after I'd already had tests that showed I wasn't anaemic. We'd already had conversations about injections (which I certainly wasn't in favour of as I was worried about the long terms effects on my body) and the Pill but I wasn't ready to take that step just yet. I wanted something that I could take as and when I needed to, something that was accessible but not quite as final as the other two options.

                            That's when I discovered Feminax the most unextreme medicine for women that there is!

                            WHAT IS FEMINAX?
                            Feminax are part codeine, part paracetamol tablets which actively work together as a way to combat pain and feverish symptoms which many women do experience during their period. These ingredients are used mainly for mild to moderate pain; both sources have many key features that help to reduce a woman's worse nightmare.

                            The paracetamol increases the pain threshold. This means that, whilst they also send signals to the area of the brain that allows us to regulate our body temperature, that it reduces any feverish symptoms and help make us feel a little more comfortable.

                            However, in the past, I have found that paracetamol on its own doesn't quite get the job done; I have almost always wanted to try and exceed the recommended dosage because it isn't quite strong enough. That's where the codeine steps in.

                            Codeine is an opiate, which is a narcotic alkaloid. It impersonates natural endorphins by connecting with the opiate receptors which are found in the brain and the spinal cord. Basically, the pain remains but the effects of this are made somewhat more tolerable so you can function a little better than normal! However, there are still many drawbacks to this, as you will discover later on.

                            As well as period pain, Feminax can be used against other ailments, including headaches and migraines, cold and flu symptoms such as sore throats and even dental pain. Personally, I have solely used it for the benefits during menstruation so can't comment on the other types of illnesses it can help.

                            DOSAGE AND THE TABLETS
                            As this product contains 500mg of Paracetamol and 8mg Codeine, it is crucial to remember that you shouldn't take any other product containing either ingredient whilst using Feminax. Other issues such as kidney conditions, pregnancy and if you are taking any other prescription medication need to be addressed with a doctor before you go out and buy these.

                            The tablets themselves are of an average size; I'm not too bad with taking tablets (thankfully!) but these can sometimes be a struggle to swallow. They aren't that big, being just shy of 2.5cm's long and are white. They have the name of the product on them so that, if they did get separated from their packaging, you wouldn't mistake them for something else.

                            The reason why I say it is a struggle to get them down sometimes is due to a number of reasons. If you already feel nauseous, then trying to pluck up the courage to swallow some of these is a bit of a trial. They have a fairly slippery, plastic type coating but if haven't taken enough water before hand and during taking them, then you could still be faced with the problem of not being able to swallow them easily.

                            You must be over 12 years of age to take these which I think is fairly acceptable; most women don't gain this 'rite of passage' much before then and Feminax could be viewed as quite a strong, over the counter drug. The dosage is one or two capsules every 4 - 6 hours and you can't take over 8 in one day.

                            I'd recommend taking them with lots of water and food; they don't taste nasty but if your body isn't prepared for the dosage then you may find yourself more susceptible to some of the side effects.

                            Each pack contains 20 tablets in two blister slides of 10. This is usually more than enough for me during my monthly sessions but for some who are less fortunate, they may need another pack.

                            As they contain codeine, there is also a stern warning included that you cannot take them for more than 3 days at a time as this ingredient is said to be very addictive or even stop the tablets working at all. This can lead to several problems as you have to be quite selective as to when you begin to take these capsules. If you do need them before your 'aunty' arrives, then it is a major drawback as you may not be sure as to how long the pain will last for and when to exactly begin taking them.

                            MY EXPERIENCES WITH FEMINAX
                            On many occasions, these babies have been life savers; I have managed to carry on with my day better than I ever could have on other supplements. They are fairly fast and effective and I am relatively reassured that by lunch time on the first day of my period, I will begin to feel more like me rather than a raving, ill lunatic (ok, so there may not be too much difference here, but I do feel like my old self again!)

                            However, this time frame still has a massive impact on my day to day life; because of school, I use to eat my breakfast around 7 o'clock so considering I had to wait another five hours before I would begin to feel a little better seems to last for days rather than hours. On many occasions I have found myself pacing up and down hallways in hope of easing the congestion in my stomach. This has gotten worse over the years due to one vital reason...one of the key ingredients is now missing in Feminax.

                            Hyoscine has been removed by the company after studies reported that it was a sedative and could be dangerous if women were doing tasks such as driving or heavy manual work. However, instead of scrapping the Codeine, they have kept it and made Feminax into an ordinary Paracetamol/Codeine tablet. In terms of the drowsiness, I haven't noticed that much difference; I'm as dopey with or without the hyoscine being included in these tablets but have found that the muscle relaxing properties are no where near as strong or quick as they use to be.

                            But, once I have taken more than one dosage, I have found that these tablets do begin to work significantly better. Until that time though, I am still stuck with the pain that plagued most of my early teenage years.

                            The main issue that I really have with the tablets is due to the codeine property and its said addictiveness. Usually, the pain associated with 'that time of the month' begins roughly a week in advance. Fair enough but it can be a bit unpredictable which means that I can't begin taking Feminax as soon as I feel the first twinges. Instead, I have to wait until things are in full motion which can mean more days of pain beforehand without any gain. These tablets are vital to be taken during the time but, until that point, it is a case of suffering.

                            INGREDIENTS AND SIDE EFFECTS
                            With the exception of the paracetamol and codeine, Feminax host the following ingredients:

                            Inside the capsule: pregelatinised maize starch, colloidal silicon dioxide and magnesium stearate.

                            The capsule: gelatin, shellac, soya lecithin, antifoam, titanium dioxide and red iron oxide.

                            It's important to consult your Doctor beforehand if you believe you are allergic to any of the above ingredients and if you bruise or bleed more easily whilst taking the tablets. This is also applied to any infections such as sore throats and mouth ulcers, or any other ill feelings. I am fortunate enough not to have suffered any of the side effects but then again, if you are feeling genuienly unwell anyway, you would put it down to being 'that time of the month' perhaps rather than the tablets.

                            Also, it's a good idea not to drink alcohol with these; they are still quite a strong over the counter drug and, by hitting the booze, it will not only make you feel incredibly sick but in addition cancel out any effects that the ingredients like paracetamol and codeine may have that are any good. Shame that I always feel like a nice Strongbow more often when taking these!

                            PACKAGING
                            As you can imagine, being a product for women, the box is decorated in bright, cheery pinks and purples - as if a girls reflecting that kind of image if she's desperate enough to resort to these! It's quite a good size though and is small enough to pop into most handbags, if you feel you'd need more than a couple during the day.

                            However, the blister packs also come with perforated edges around each tablet. You'll still need scissors for this one though in case you want the tablets to spill out all over the place. The foil tells you what's behind them though, including the value of both the paracetamol and codeine and has the use by date embedded into the plastic.

                            Like all medicines, Feminax comes with a little insert that tells you the basics about the product and what you can and can not do whilst taking them. Of course, it's advisable that you read all of that information before you begin taking the tablets or contact your local medical facility if you are unsure.

                            PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
                            Feminax is an over the counter brand that can be found and purchased in your local pharmacy or high street shops. I will warn you know though that it isn't particularly cheap and, considering they have taken the main muscle relaxer out of the mixture, you may want to consider buying pure paracetamol/codeine tablets instead.

                            However, if you fancy giving Feminax a go, you can find it available in the following shops:

                            Boots - £2.54 (normally £3.18)
                            Chemistdirect.co.uk - £3.39
                            Expresschemist.co.uk - £3.20

                            If my memory is correct, it retails from my Doctors for about £3.30 as well.

                            OVERALL
                            The final question should really be - are Feminax worth the buy? I don't really think there is an overly simple answer to this because it depends on what your needs are.

                            Before they took the Hyoscine away, I would have recommended these in a heartbeat; they were faster and certainly more effective tablets than my previous choice and really did begin to make me feel a little better within a couple of hours. However, now that stuff's been taken out, I would recommend trying a different formula. The chances are that you could get regular Paracetamol/Codeine pills for about half the price and, if they are dissolvable ones, they may even work quicker.

                            The disadvantage with the dissolvable tablets are that they are not very easy to take if you aren't at home. The taste of them is ten times worse than Feminax so it isn't always pleasant watching someone trying to swallow them without the urge to hurl! So, Feminax are good if you are on the go but don't be tempted to toss them back like Dr. House does with his vicodin - people give you amazingly funny looks as if you really are an addict!

                            Overall, I think Feminax are a good buy for quite mild pain. They are more suitable for me after the first day and another good thing is that you don't have to take them for as long as the three days if you don't want to. If you do, you most more than likely not will need something stronger than the type of medication that this version of Feminax has to offer.

                            However, for those completely insufferable days? Cancel all plans, eat as much junk (because lets face it - who really feels like throwing a salad party at that time of the month?) and watch as much mind numbing, spirit crushing TV as humanly possible. Then, you'll not only begin to feel better but get the sympathy vote too!

                            (Note: Previously written and displayed on Ciao by myself, MizzMolko).

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                              31.08.2006 16:10
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                              pain relief for more than just your period

                              Its not always fun being a woman. When you look at it we have a lot to put up with with our dear monthly friend..
                              He comes to visit with out fail even if you are not in the mood..Some of us are lucky and get the visit over and done with without any problems ( pain ) , where as others really suffer .


                              My daughter has been one of the unlucky ones so i gave her a product that i used to use..Feminax worked wonders for mewhen i was younger so i never gave it a second thought to try any thing else..Off i trotted to my local Boots store to get them. I was shocked when they were opened , They were huge it was like looking at a horse tranquliser..Reluctantly my daughter took them and was pleasantly surprised that they actually relieved the ache she had.The only down side is they didnt seem to last the period of time until she was safe to take another one..I enquired at my local chemist about any other product that may do the same relief but was told that feminax is the only single product that relieves pain and the cramps in one.
                              So we are stuck. They are a reliable product but you need to be aware that if you suffer really bad this may not be the answer for you these now seem to be designed for people who only have a slight cramping.
                              Im afraid this is all i can buy at the moment until the health market makes some other wonder drug that helps our little friend be a bit more pleasant when he comes to stay..

                              These tablets may cause constipation this is one of the side effects that may occur also if you bruise or bleed more easily then you are advised to see a doctor.
                              You are advised to take 2 tablets with your first dose then 1 - 2 every 4 - 6 hours depending on how severe your pain is..Remember do not take more than 8 tablets in any 24 hour period. They are not to be taken by anyone under the age of 12.

                              Each tablet contains :
                              paracetamol
                              codeine

                              They come in packs of 20 and you are advised to speak to a pharmacist if you take any other prescription medicines.

                              You may not be aware but did you know that Feminax can also be used for
                              headaches
                              cold and flu symptoms ( including temperature and sore throats )
                              muscle pain
                              rheumatic pain
                              back pain
                              neuralgia and dental pain..

                              Just remember do not take if you
                              are already using any product that contains paracetamol , Or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients..

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                              For period pain.