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In the last few years I have started suffering from very bad migraines.
Travelling is tiring stuff, and I have to do a lot. Also, summer for us at work is crazy, there's no let up and thus it is that between these two things I often spend a lot of my time off absolutely wiped out - like I am right now. Often I'll accept the inevitable, stop fighting it and have a "sofa day", as I am now, with what I like to watch on TV and either a book or Dooyoo going on at the same time. Its the only way to make the most of the following days, when my body has caught up a bit.
But on worse days I get migraines. Increasingly painful ones, at that. Today I have been relaxed enough to not be so unlucky, but some of them are belters. Very often they'll be on the first day I have off, I'll have a fair idea that it will happen when I wake up and a few hours later the pain intensifies. Often there will be audio or visual effects as well, but mostly the thing I can't take is the pain.
I once had a friend who suffered from them - she said that one thing that does work sometimes is sitting in bed, with the curtains closed, the lights off and with sunglasses on. But she was a very stupid person, and I prefer to fight fire with fire. That said, I've never been organised enough to actually see a GP about the problem and get some proper weaponry against the condition. Enter the Nurofen.
***I LOVE MY OTHER HALF***
Mr Rarr does look after me. During one of my attacks he went out and returned with a packet of Nurofen Migraine Pain tablets. They're not perfect, they won't kill a migraine fully at 20 paces and they're sometimes ineffectual against a true mother-botherer of a 'graine, but they're pretty decent.
They come in packs of 12; unlike the picture on here, they are now in silver and purple packaging, a slim box with the Nurofen target logo and red branding, then black and white detail text.
Inside you have a sheet of blister-packed tablets. They are small, white and quite long with rounded ends, branded in black and smooth to the touch and to take.
I see from the Nurofen website there is a Maximum Strength version of these but this review is of the standard Migraine Pain tablets.
***THE TECHNICAL STUFF***
The basis of these painkillers is Ibuprofen Lysine. The reasoning is explained on the product page on the Nurofen website; that taking medicine to combat migraine pain quickly is essential, and that the effects of standard painkillers can be compromised if there is delay in getting them into the bloodstream. The use of Ibuprofen Lysine is meant to be easily absorbed into the body to hasten the relief.
The tablets are Gluten and Lactose free and suitable for vegetarians.
Boots charge £2.90 for a packet of 12 324mg tablets, so these aren't as cheap as standard off-the-shelf painkillers with stores-own branding.
Not suitable for use below the age of 12. Ibuprofen can cause an allergic reaction so if you suffer from that obviously this is out, and you have the standard warnings regarding these not being suitable if you are pregnant, breast feeding or trying to conceive, if you have ever had a stomach ulcer and similar - please read the details before taking these. Do not take with any other Ibuprofen-based products and leave at least 4 hours between doses - no more than six caplets in 24 hours and only take one or two at a time.
Anyone who suffers from them knows that migraines are hell to live through and even worse to get rid of. Sometimes these do the trick but if the migraine has taken hold there are times when all they can hope to do is dull the pain slightly and take some degree of the edge off.
There have been times with these that I have got in there quick enough, or had a migraine that is not a total skullsplitter, and these have done the job - within the hour I was in significantly less pain, although there might have been some residual symptoms such as light sensitivity, coupled with that weak-limbed, wiped-out feeling not dissimilar to the one you get after having a massive, soul-wrenching cry over something. You know the type - when you end up with deep, shuddery breaths and a wrung-out feeling of total exhaustion. But overcoming massive pain will do that to you - I'm not suggesting that is a side effect of the drugs themselves, merely of surviving the thing that required your taking them in the first place. And, sometimes these have helped me get to that stage.
But there are times when the migraine has taken hold and then, I'm afraid, these cannot do more than lightly dull the sharpest edges of the pain. Be they already established or just very strong episodes, this type of migraine is too strong for these and if you regularly suffer from these then I can only suggest, as I am unwillingly telling myself, that a visit to your GP for further discussion and alternative solutions is probably the only option.
When these do work I feel that they do so very, very quickly indeed; so for that, and with the understanding that widely-available painkillers are often inadequate in the face of a migraine attack, I won't rate them down too low for the ones that "got away" and proceeded to truly ruin my days. A little, but not a lot. I think realistically at £2.90 for 12, they're not actually too badly priced either; for just shy of three quid and about six throws of the dice as to whether they can relieve massive pain and sometimes coming out on top...well frankly just one of the six being relieved quickly is worth more than £3 in my book but you would have to make your own decisions on value based on whether they work for you or not. Apart from the pain relief qualities, however, these are pleasant to take, smoothly finished and easy to swallow with a swig of water, and when they do work, they get on with it quickly. Overall, without resorting to prescription treatments, these are pretty decent.
For some reason today I woke up with the worst headache and although I've never experienced a migraine before I just seemed to have a really sharp numb but pulsating vibe in my head which was driving me crazy! It was absolutely awful and after screaming into a pillow and sitting in a dark room I decided to venture out in the snow to seek some pain relief.
I popped into Boots and headed straight to the pain relief shelf and spotted a box of Nurofen Migraine on offer for £2.67 and having briefly chatted with the pharmacist it seemed the solution to my problem.
The box is quite updated as it is a shiny/metallic box with a purple trim. It is described as Migraine Pain, containing 342mg and has an active ingredient of Ibuprofen Lysine and is explained to give targeted rapid relief.
The pills are small in shape, a white colour and slightly semi-circle shaped. Unfortunately they are not coated, but nevertheless are easy to swallow.
I took a pill with juice (although advised to be taken with water!) and genuinely within 20 minutes or so I felt the pain subsiding....hoorah! The pain did not disappear completely but made my head feel 100 times better and allowed me to get on with regular day to day activity without me racking my head psychotically!
I took the pill over 5 hours ago now and it has definitely kept the pain to a minimum. The box advises to take 1 or 2 every 4 hours and a max of 6 in any 24 hours. In light of this I have not felt the need for any more but if so I have no qualms with taking another as the effect has been long lasting.
Overall these pills have been a life saver for me so I'd definitely recommend them. There are of course precautions to consider and I'd advise buyers to read the leaflet thoroughly first. Nevertheless I have to give it 5/5.
I don't think that I suffer with migraines, but I do get get headaches some days. I put it down to working at a computer for long hours or not getting enough sleep. I bought a packet of Nurofen migraine tablets as my friend recommended them and told me they would cure my banging head really quickly.
The tablets come in a 12 pack for £3.00.
Inside the box there is one popping pack of tablets that contains 8 caplets. To disperse the tablets you just push them through the plastic pack they are sitting in and through the foil covering.
Nurofen plus is a mix of 200mg Ibuprofen and Lysine. The tablets are quite small and are easy to swallow. They are smooth and torpedo shaped. They are not chalky like some tablets so you do not get that awful taste in your mouth.
==How they are supposed to work=
Ibuprofen is a type of medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It relieves pain and inflammation. The lysine salts help break down the ibuprofen so it can enter the bloodstream quicker.
The recommended dose for these is 2 capsules every 4 hours, you should not take any more than68 caplets in a 24 hour period and should stop taking them altogether after 3 days.
==Possible side effects==
Side effects of these caplets may include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, sweating, skin rashes and other allergic reactions. ***Please see the packet or a doctor for further information***
They are really easy to swallow due to the coating and shape which is good but at that price, I would look elsewhere. Regular supermarket brands contain the same amount of active ingredients at half the price. I never really rate ibuprofen alone as it does not seem powerful enough for me. It did take the edge of my headache but I do not think they are as good as they make out. If I had a really painful migraine, I doubt these would manage to sort it out. By saying they are for a migraine is quite misleading really as there is nothing different to other Nurofen products!
I probably would only buy these again if they were on offer.
The other day I woke up with a really awful, crippling migraine. I was quite literally climbing the walls. I couldn't sob or anything without making it worse then I couldn't stop puking.....all over the flat, all over a nurse and all over the ambulance (that came later!).
I was freezing, the lights were hurting my eyes I just felt dreadful and wanted to die. I took a couple of paracetamol's that didn't touch any pain and then ,my bestmate/flatmate rushed out to our local chemist and left me on the floor in the bathroom waiting for her return which of course seem to last a lifetime. I wanted to die at this point so much I've never felt searing pains in my head like it and I started to got very hot and cold.
She eventually came back with these from our local Boots chemist after describing my symptoms to a pharmacist who also told her if I wasn't showing any signs of improvement to call an ambulance.
Purple and silver oblong box which has a red, orange and yellow target shown on the front of it which is an emblem of course for the Nurofen brand and we are told of course that they are Nurofen Migraine Pain (342mg), Ibuprofen Lysine 'Targeted Rapid Relief' and we are also shown the caplet size on there too and told that there are 12 caplets in a box. On the back of the box other information listed includes warnings, dosage advice and contact details for Crookes (the manufacturer of Nurofen products). Inside of the box you get a white pamphlet telling you yet more information about the product and warnings etc and a white, foil backed tray to pop the pills out of which again, simply and clearly tells us what they are and they are very easy indeed to pop out of the tray.
Taking these is really straightforward of course. They are white in colour with NMP written on each one and oblongish in shape but really not very big and certainly not very wide and you just take them with a good drink as you would do most tablets.
the dosage is simple. Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years and over can simply take 1 or 2 caplets up to three times a day and we are not meant to take more caplets that 6 in any 24 hour period and they are not to be given to children under 12 years old at all.
So when my friend got back she put a wet flannel on my head and held me tight and gave me a couple of these. I washed them down with water and although ill I didn't struggle to take them at all, though keep them down I did to be honest.
I then tried to get through another hour but no banana these didn't shift it at all. I eventually after trying really hard not to, puked all over my bed before Trevor the ambulanceman turned up with a load of other people. He asked me what I had taken to try help the situation and I told him and he said they obviously wernt very good (my sentiments exactly!).
Eventually I was put on a drip in hospital, given intravenous pain killers, given chest x rays the lot and the conclusion was I had a migraine brought on by a viral infection.
In my hour of need these did not step up to the mark one bit. They were simple enough to take in an emergency and when I was struggling but thats where the praise stops from me about these. I felt absolutely felt no better after taking these whatsoever though saying that even the pain killing drip in hospital didn't completely take the pain away (and still hasn't taken it completely away!).
I have always suffered with migraines on and off and I simply can't recommend these sadly though if anyone knows of a great treatment could they please drop me a message because as I type my migraine is still with me! Thanks!
These caplets are available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc costing about £2.55 a box.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I normally buy supermarket own ibuprofen and paracetamol as it saves me a lot of money. However when I was stuck away from home with an absolute killer headache I just had to buy the first thing I could lay my hands on as I was desperate. I bought Nurofen, it wasn't just the standard one it advertised as being particularly effective for migranes.
Nurofen migrane relief costs around £3 for 12 tablets. They come in a cardboard box with paper instructions. That is good as all the packaging is recyclable. Inside is a plastic tab which keeps the tablets sealed and fresh until you need to break into them. They are quite hard to pop out which is good as it might put young children off trying them if they managed to get their hands on them.
Inside the plastic packaging are small rounded white tablets. They are sweet, hard coated, a bit like smarties but thicker and I have never bit into them. The idea is to swallow them whole. The coating makes them more pleasant and easier to swallow, although I would still recommend taking them with plenty of water, this will also aid any headaches.
I found the tablets quite fast acting and within twenty minutes the edge had been taken off my headache, allowing me to try and function again, without making me tired, out of control of dosey and I could still drive. However, the tablets did not completely cure my headache and therefore I question that they are a migrane fixer, and I doubt they compare to the prescription strength medication doctors would give.
I would take these again if they were the only thing around, but I find them no more effective than own brand ibuprofen (from Boots, Sainsbury's or Tescos), and they are much more expensive. I will be sticking to the cheaper brands!
As with all medical products I am not an expert and this consists entirely of my own opinion so please read the instructions carefully yourself or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
I get headaches quite a lot and the occasional migraine too and no normal Ibuprofen or painkillers seem to do anything to reduce or get rid of the pain. So when I saw these Migraine Pain tablets from Nurofen I thought I might as well give them a try.
These tablets are especially made to target migraine and headache pain. They contain Ibuprofen Lysine which is a type of Ibuprofen that is easily absorbed into the bloodstream, which means that it can stop the pain quickly and, if taken at the beginning of a migraine, can prevent it from developing any further.
The back of the pack says that you should take one or two tablets at a time, however, the first time I got a bad headache after buying these I thought I'd only take one to test them, as my headache wasn't as bad as it can sometimes get. After about 20 minutes I suddenly realised that my head wasn't hurting anymore - I'd actually forgotten that I had had a headache in the first place as it completely took the pain away.
Since then, I've taken these every time I've had either a migraine or a bad headache. I've only ever taken one at a time rather than two and they've worked perfectly well with just the one. I imagine that when I have an awful migraine and I take two for it, I'm sure that they would work brilliantly. I have taken one when I've only had a mild headache and they haven't worked so well then, so I guess they're better suited for more serious headaches.
A pack of 12 tablets costs around £2.40 and, although more expensive than normal Ibuprofen, they work so much better and, because they're especially made to target head pain, they're a lot more reliable and provide instant pain relief for that specific type of pain.
Every time I have a headache or migraine now I use these, as they've worked really well for me so far and I'd definitely recommend them for anyone else who gets bad headaches.
I don't suffer from migraines often - usually only 2 or 3 a year - but they come without warning, they have no trigger and they usually last most of the day. When the headache does wear off I'm left nauseous and exhausted until I go to bed, and I usually feel as if I have a hangover the following day. My usual attempt to divert the worst is to take 2 ibuprofen and 2 paracetamol as soon as the auras start but I remember a colleague telling me that Nurofen Migraine tablets were excellent so when I spotted them in the chemist I decided I would give them a go.
Nurofen Migraine tablets are white oblong tablets marked NMP, approx 1cm long. They come in blister packs of 12, which come in a cardboard box (design slightly different to picture above), along with a leaflet which has more info about the product.
Each tablet contains 200mg of Ibuprofen. Most people have probably heard of Ibuprofen but incase you haven't, or if you're not sure what it does, it belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They work by changing the body's response to pain, swelling and high temperature.
A pack of 12 cost me £2.69 from Boots.
Dosage instructions are 1 or 2 tablets with water, then if necessary 1 or 2 tablets every four hours, with no more than 6 tablets in 24 hours. They would probably not be suitable for anyone who cannot swallow tablets. I found them easy to swallow, and indeed managed to dry swallow them just outside the chemist!
This product is not suitable for children under 12.
As I said above, I took 2 tablets the moment I stepped outside the chemist as I always feel that the sooner I take medication for my migraines the quicker the symptoms disappear. By this point my auras were a lot more severe and the headache was beginning so I went back to my office and sat with my hands cupped over my open eyes to protect them from the light. After sitting like this for about 10 minutes I took my hands off my eyes and the auras didn't seem nearly so bad. I spent a while sipping water and covering my eyes every so often. After about half an hour the auras had almost completely gone and all I was left with was a slight pain behind my right eye.
I then went for a short walk before coming back to the office. The auras had gone although I look very pale and I still have a pain behind my right eye and right forehead. However it was more like a normal headache than a migraine, which can be excrutiating. I didnt feel sick and my sight wasn't distorted in any way. I have never, ever had such a rapid reprieve from a migraine. It could be the case that this migraine wasn't going to be that severe anyway, but as the auras were so strong at the start, I'm pretty sure that had I left it alone it would have escalated badly. I did have to go home from work as I felt that sitting in front of a computer screen for the rest of the day would do me no favours. I felt a bit groggy for the rest of the day but when I woke the next morning I felt absolutely fine, which is a first for me after a migraine.
I found that these tablets are the best I've tried for catching a migraine as it starts and preventing it from getting too bad. I found a noticeable change in my symptoms from taking this product, compared to taking a standard paracetamol/ibuprofen. As I don't have migraines often, one pack should last a while. I've now cut the pack up and have 2 tablets at home, 2 in my handbag and the remaining 4 at work so that I always have some at hand if needed!
As with all medication it won't work for everyone but if you suffer from migraines I would recommend giving it a try.
Provides rapid, effective relief from Migraine and headache pain / Targeted relief for Migraine pain / Migraine sufferers know that acting as fast as possible at the first sign of an attack is essential in order to provide maximum relief / If you delay taking pain relief, the ability of your stomach to absorb medicine may be reduced, so the migraine pain reliever you take could be less effective / Thats why we created Nurofen Migraine Pain our first ever migraine-only painkiller / It contains ibuprofen lysine, which is easily absorbed in the body, helping to stop the migrane developing.