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Night Nurse Liquid
Member Name: jodiestokes
Night Nurse Liquid
Date: 23/10/09, updated on 01/04/12 (1694 review reads)
"Night Nurse is a non prescription medicine used to relive the symptoms of colds and flu, including tickly, unproductive coughs, runny nose, fever, headache, aches and pains and sore throats." If there's one thing I hate more than liver and onion gravy, that's being Ill. It's amazing how we always just forget how bad flu really is but Tuesday morning there was simply no escape, Mr Flu had come to visit and was in no hurry to leave. I soon felt myself wondering around like a comatosed zombie unable to see, speak, hear or think past the basics.
I think that flu is similar to climbing the tallest mountain in the world, half way through the day you find it almost impossible to breathe like you had just hit high altitude, every now and then comes with its very own mini panic attack as you find yourself gasping for air. Your lungs feel like they might implode as they rattle away and your head spins with the lack of oxygen. Eyes gaze at a mist of imaginary white flies as the snow virous pelts down and the infection enevitably takes over. Your body is tired and aching from head to foot like you had been climbing for days, only to end up having a fist fight with a pre-menstrual Pola bear half way up the mountain of flu. Your skin feels every touch comes with a tear, like frost bite without the chill. Within hours you're staring down at smaller tissue mountains all around you where you didn't have the strength to find a bin, and there you are sat at the top of the tallest mountain burning hot one minute and freezing cold the next wishing you had just picked a normal hobby. You want to cry but you just don't have the strength. Like a snow drift the mucus takes hold and just when you think you can't take anymore, you do.
Tuesday night was hell; I awoke half an hour on the dot for around four hours and that is all the sleep I had. When you're ill all you want is a good night's rest to calm the body and to sleep through the nightmare, so not much luck on that front. Wednesday morning I begged my wonderfully attentive fiancée to please buy me some night nurse. Now it has to be said I don't recall ever thinking night nurse was a top product, maybe it's the rather attractive name that had me pining, I'm not sure, I just wanted some decent sleep and the title sounded like it might aid me in my plight.
==Use and Ingredients from product detailing==
Night Nurse uses three main active ingredients which are Paracetamol, promethazine and dextromethorphan.
Paracetamol works to relieve pain and reduce fever.
Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant which helps to reduce tickly, dry and unproductive coughs.
Promethazine is a type of sedating antihistamine. Essentially it causes drowsiness, and this sedative effect may also help to reduce a cough as well as reduce dry nasal secretions.
==Packaging, cost and availability==
Night Nurse comes in a cardboard box with a brown glass 160ml bottle inside that has a child proof white lid which can be fairly tricky to get into once you have been zapped of the usual strength. Inside the box there's the usual user leaflet as well as a measuring cup to deliver the correct dosage. The liquid medcine looks fairly toxic and is fluorescent green in colour, it doesn't taste very nice, but tastes as though it might just do the job due to its potency.
You should expect to pay around the £5 mark for this product from most pharmacists as well as online.
Aches and pains:
Before taking the medicine, my ears hurt, my head was thick and painful and my body felt as though I had had been spun in a tumble dryer. After about half an hour of taking the mixture you will find it start to kick in. I noticed that my headache had completely gone in this time frame, meaning that the thickness had subsided with it which enabled me to think clearer and negotiate the kettle for a well earned cup of tea. My ears were still troublesome but not quite as much as they had been and my body felt as though it had done a hard day's work rather than ten rounds with Mike Tyson. All in all I felt so much more at ease.
Coughing and sneezing:
I'd say I still coughed alot but with far more ease. My breathing was so difficult prior to taking the medicine which obviously made any attempts at rest impossible, so I was incredibly relived just to be able to breathe without gasping for air. I found my nose was still blocked and the mucus (I hate that word and all that it stands for) about the same but blowing my nose was far less painful. The tickleyness of my cough had certainly subsided which made me feel far more comfortable. I found that tissue mountain could be reduced to tissue pile which eased frustration and meant the need to cough and blow my nose had reduced as well.
I hate the hot and cold flushes of flu, one minute you have enough clothing on to hike around the Antarctic, the next you're wrestling to pull it all off like you just sat on the sun. Night nurse really did help just to balance the temperature and keep me feeling warm and cosy.
I really felt that this product had very little chance of sending me to sleep feeling as bad as I did. I was totally amazed to find myself feeling so relaxed with my head nodding in front of the TV and my eyes gently closing to the rhythm of my new found breath. Before I could say "What a rubbish day" I was fast a kip in front of the box. I did wake up once but soon drifted back which was absolute heaven after feeling so awful.
Of all the flu remedies I have tried, Night Nurse has to be my favourite. It does have a couple of flaws but not all that many, the fact that it doesn't put a superman cape on and fly to your door is one of them. The child proof lid is fiddly and awkard to open when your arms and hands are less than helpful when the flu ache is in full swing. It doesn't cure your cold or flu, plus it tastes pretty vile.There are also a million and one do's and don't's in the warnings section of this product and obviously a must read before buying.
It strikes me as bizarre in this day and age of medical advances that we still don't have a cure for flu or the common cold but there are ways to relive the symptoms and in my opinion Night Nurse is an absolute must have for illness. All those aches and pains dulled, the nightmare of coughing, spluttering and sneezing reduced and a sleep made for a king. Just the best nights sleep I have had in a long time.
To check out the do's and don'ts for this product or just further information you can visit the superliving pharmacey website which lists all the information in full.
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Summary: Super duper!
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