* Prices may differ from that shownMore Offers
I'm of the opinion that if something has a brand name, and is charging three, four or even five times the price of similar products with no brand name, then it had better have some pretty neat tricks up its sleeve. In best case scenario, it would be performing three, four or five times better than its non-branded rivals.
Unfortunately, this is most definitely not the case with these Nurofen tablets.
Nurofen is simply a brand name for a type of ibuprofen tablet. The ones I purchased was a pack of 16 for £2.25 - although I was in a petrol station, where there's not much to choose from and the prices are pretty hefty. At the moment in Boots these cost £1.95. In comparison, a brand I buy quite often is Galpharm Ibuprofen, which is 35p for 16 tablets. Both brands contain 200mg of ibuprofen in each tablet, so there's no difference in the active ingredient.
The tablets are sugar coated, which makes them smooth and easy to swallow. They are clearly labelled Nurofen, which is handy in preventing any kind of pill based mishap, of course. There's no unpleasant taste when swallowing: I don't let them linger in my mouth too long, but if there is any flavour then it's a sweet one.
I've taken these for various things including toothache, stomach cramps and headache. In each case they usually take around 30 to 40 minutes to kick in, which is fairly average for any ibuprofen tablet. When it comes to how long they last, today I took two tablets at 9am and I needed to take some more at 3pm as I could feel the pain again. That was with toothache though and I've found with headache or period pain that for me two tablets is enough, and the pain is usually gone anyway by the time the tablets' effects have worn off. These are also pretty decent at easing cold and flu symptoms - I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had the vicious cold that seems to have been going round for the last couple of months!
Overall I just don't think these are worth the money. Like a lot of people I feel like I always want to have some tablets on hand. I do try to fight things off naturally when I can (for example, I would take them for a mild headache just before bed, I'd try to sleep it off) but if pain is keeping me awake or stopping me form doing my job properly then I like a helping hand. These do the job perfectly well, but they don't do it any better than other brands at a fraction of the price. I know it's only natural that some brands will charge more but this really annoyed me because I felt they were actively trying to mislead me into thinking they would be better. If it had been their double strength range or a fast-acting formula then fair enough, charge more for those benefits. But these are just bog standard pills in fancy packaging. For this reason I'm docking 2 stars; the whole thing smacks of greed to me. Go for the cheapest you can find: my extensive research on the subject over the last ten years suggests they'll be every bit as good as the Nurofen.
Obviously I have no kind of medical training or anything, so I'll just say make sure you read the leaflet thoroughly before using them. I've never had any side effects using them, but there is always a small risk.
Recommended if: paying over the odds gives you some sort of placebo healing effect; you really like pretty packaging; you've tried the brand before and it genuinely works better than other brands for your problem.
Not recommended if: paying over the odds makes you feel worse; you just want an emergency packet of pills in your handbag.
Last year I had a prolapsed spinal lumbar disk which I needed surgery for after being on ridiculous amounts of prescribed pain killers for about 6 months. Once the operation was done, I was told by my surgeon that I should carry on taking the prescribed pain killers (Tramadol, Voltarol, Morphine....all manner of things) for at least another six weeks until I was well on my way towards healing. However, having been on these pills for so long - and suffering the awful side effects - I decided to come off them. However, I decided to start taking Nurofen regularly because I was aware that
Ibuprofen, which is the active ingredient in Nurofen, was an analgesic and also an anti-inflammatory.
The packet I bought had 24 tablets in it that were foil wrapped. They cost me £3.69 from Lloyds Pharmacy and were very readily accessible without prescription. Each tablet contained 200mg of Ibuprofen and so it is recommended that the adult dose is 2 tablets no more than every six hours.
The tablets are quite thin and narrow, measuring 1.5cm x 0.5cm. They have an enteric coating which is made of sugar and so they actually taste quite pleasant. I found their size and pleasant taste makes them easy to swallow, even for someone like me that really struggles with taking pills.
I found the pain relieving effect of them to be fairly effective. The maximum pain relieving quality probably kicked in after about 30 minutes and lasted for about 4 hours. By the end of the 4 hours the effects were starting to wear off. I got around this by also taking paracetamol (1g) about 4 hours after the dose of Nurofen, which is perfectly safe as they are in a different family of drugs. I found that the Nurofen and the Paracetamol worked very well together. I would say that using the Nurofen and Paracetamol together made my pain go from a 7/10 to a 3/10 - which made the pain level manageable.
I had no ill effects from taking the Nurofen, unlike the other pain killers I'd been taking previously! There is an information leaflet inside the packet to tell you about potential side effects and contraindications.
So I've established that Nurofen are easy to get hold of, their easy to take, they're effective and I didn't have any ill effects from taking them. So why won't I use Nurofen anymore??
Well, Nurofen is a brand name. The active ingredient within them is Ibuprofen and its that part which is the medication. Ibuprofen is manufactured from a standard chemical formulation - and as such, if you buy any Ibuprofen 200mg tablets you will be getting the same medication for a fraction of the cost. For example, I recently bought a chemist own brand of 20 tablets for just 39p! Thats a saving of about 13p per tablet. The size and shape of the tablets may vary slightly, but the effect will be the same. So, it really isn't worth buying a brand product when the non-brand product really is just as good.
Overall, Nurofen works. It's effective, easy to take and accessible - but there is no reason to pay the extra money for the Nurofen name.
I am normally not one for being ill but sometimes I'll get the odd situation where I get a headache due to stress like most people. The other night I was suffering from really bad stomach pain, I had tried taking normal Ibuprofen but it only ended up making me sick and took no effect whatsoever. This is when I had to end up going out to my local 24 in agony to get something as I was desperate to get rid of the pain as there is nothing worse in the middle of the night. I normally don't bother buying more expensive brands but this night I decided to get Nurofen as it was the only option.
Nurofen is quite distinct to spot on the shelf as it comes in a silver rectangular shapes box with the red Nurofen logo. It also has an image of the tablets on the front with the Nurofen circle icon. It includes 12 tablets in the box and is Ibuprofen 200mg and is targeted relief for pain.
The Nurofen tablets are for specific pain relief: Headaches, Period Pain, Dental Pain, Migraine, Backache, Muscular Pain, Rheumatic Pain, Neuralgia, Cold & Flu Symptoms, and Feverishness. The tablets claim to relieve pain quickly and reduce inflammation and lower temperature. They are also not to be stored over 25 degrees Celsius.
WARNINGS & DOSAGE
Now, when it comes to taking the tablets adults, the elderly and children 12 years and older are to swallow 2 tablets with water and then if they need to they can take 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours. You are not to exceed 6 tablets in a 24 hour period. These are also not suitable for children under 12 years old. They recommend that if symptoms still persist that you should contact your doctor or pharmacist.
More warnings are that you should not take if you have ever had or have a stomach ulcer or perforation or bleeding of the stomach. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients or to aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If you are taking other NSAID pain killers, or aspirin with a daily dose of above 75mg. Are in the last 3 months of pregnancy or are under 12 years old.
Ok, so now for my personal experience in using Nurofen. I had awful stomach pain as I stated before so I took 2 tablets and swallowed them down with a glass of water, they are small circles so are easy to swallow compared to come of the bigger capsule I've had to take in the past. I then lay down and waited for the tablets to take effect which at the time seemed to feel like forever, I would say they took about 20 minutes to really take effect and get rid of the pain completely so that I literally didn't feel anything anymore.
Once the pain had been relieved, I felt so much better and then in the morning didn't feel like I had ever been in pain. They did act quite quickly because 20 minutes is long when in pain but when you think of it getting rid of pain it is actually quite a good time.
Having used many different brands of Aspirin, Paracetemol and Ibuprofen, I would definitely say that Nurofen is one of the best in terms of quick and effective pain relief. I have now used it when having stomach pain, headaches and dental pain and it has worked well on all of these which is always a good thing.
I bought my Nurofen at my local garage but they sell this in all pharmacies, supermarkets, small shops and the 16 pack costs £1.96 and the 8 tablet pack costs £1 but I cannot seem to find the price for the 12 tablet pack. Either way they are more than supermarket own brand but they are worth it like I said.
Lately I have been suffering with toothache, this is a pain which I just cant stand, I am like a bear with a sore head which my hubby and kids will definately vouch for lol, although I am in the process of getting work done to my teeth, I couldn't get an appointment with my dentist straight away, I have to wait for another three days, which I dont think I could manage to do without the help of some decent painkillers.
Where to purchase
The problem that is causing the pain is that I need a filling, I have a tempory tooth repair kit, so I used that which helped the pain a great deal although there was still some pain there, so I went to Tesco and I came across Nurofen Express painkillers, having used Nurofen before I knew that they relieved pain quite quickly, so at an expensive price of £3.53 I purchased a packet.
The tablets come in a silver cardboard box, inside there are two strips of tablets, each strip holding eight painkillers which are 200mg each, the tablets are a bright red color and to be honest I found them quite hard to swallow, so lots of water needed when taking these tablets, also inside the box the instruction leaflet can be found, it is advisable to read this before taking the tablets.
The box holds the usual warnings, not suitable for children under twelve, do not take if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, dont take more than six tablets in 24 hours and keep out of the reach of children.
What these painkillers are suitable for
Nurofen is suitable for several types of pain, which are as follows:
headaches, period pain, dental pain, migraines backache, muscular pain, rheumatic pain, neuralgia, cold and flu symptoms and feverishness.
I have found these painkillers to be a godsend, they have really eased the pain and I would recommend them to anyone who has a toothache or any other pain for that matter.
Thanks for reading
Since I was around 13, I have once a month got terrible stomach pains, headache, and generally feeling rubbish and just not wanting to do anything...for the obvious reason! I had always used Paracetamol to rid me of these pains, but it never really worked all that well, it would relieve the headache but the rest of the pain would remain making it very uncomfortable to do anything.
But one day when I was in school, my friend gave me two of these as I had none of my own with me and I was in pain, and I was surpised that round 15 minutes later my stomach was feeling much much better, and I could get on with the rest of my day. For months I paid £3 for a small pack of Nurofen which wouldn't last all that long when you have them in your school blazer pocket and are constantly giving them out to friends with headaches, stomach ache, back ache whatever else they might have!! So the price was something which put me off the pills, but I thought they were the only thing to rid me of my period pains so I kept giving the money. Until one day I decided enough was enough, I was fed up of paying a stupid amount of money for 8-16 pills, and so decided to buy 32p Ibuporphen, not really expecting too much but wanting to try them anyway. A couple of weeks later the pains came around and I took two of the ibuporphen, and low and behold, the pains went. Turns out it was nothing to do with the name brand Nurophen, but the Ibuporphen within the pills which was easing the pain.
Nurophen is a brand name pain relief which contains analgestic ibuporphen, there are many different types of Nurofen, these are: Nurofen Plus, Nurofen Zavance, Nurofen Forte, Nurofen Cold & Flu, Nurofen for Children, and Nurofen Tension Headache, all of these contain the same Ibuporphen whilst some contain other active ingredients alongside (i.e. the cold and flu contains non-sedating decongestant pseudoephedrine.
Nurophen is for pain relief such as: headache, period pain, toothache, aches and pains, and arthritic pain. And each pack contains around 12 pills for £2.50 depending on where you buy it from.
If your a big "fan" of nurophen, I really do recommend you try Ibuporphen whcih is 32p for 16 pills from the likes of Asda and Tesco. For me they worked in the same way as Nurophen and did the trick of relieving my pain!
Nurophen is a great pain relief, and it does work in the way its supposed to work, but the price is what puts me off!!!!!!!!!!!
For the last week I have been suffering from a sore throat. No big deal, you might think. But that was until last night.... Without hardly any warning, I went from having a sore throat to what felt like a severe throat infection. I was in agony and could barely swallow. Of course, I had taken pain killers (paracetamol mostly) but nothing seemed to dull the pain. The doctor had already put me on a course of penicillin (the same day, in fact), but it takes a while for it to get to work anyway. Out of desperation, I rang NHS Direct and spoke to a nurse who suggested I use Ibuprofen. Typically, we had none in the house, but then I remembered that Sainsbury's was open until 10pm. Thank God for late-night supermarkets! I took a taxi to my local store and, after a little deliberation, opted for a packet of Nurofen Caplets.
The box was similar to that pictured above, but with a few differences. The main difference is that the packet I bought contains 16 tablets - or 'caplets' as they like to call them - not 12 as the picture above shows. The box also looks a bit different. Rather than a pattern of white lines, there is a silver tick-like mark which runs diagonally across the box and through the ring of coloured, concentric circles. Some of the wording on the box is also different.
The box of 16 Caplets cost me £1.95, which is a lot more than you would expect to pay for a box of paracetamol or Anadin, but not surprising because Nurofen contains the stronger, pain killing ingredient, Ibuprofen.
Other varieties of Nurofen you can buy are:
Nurofen Pain Killer (16 Tablets) = £1.59*
Nurofen Pain Killer (12 Tablets) = £1.25*
Nurofen Liquid Capsules (16) = £2.59*
Nurofen For Kids (16 capsules) = £3.99*
Nurofen Meltlets (12) = £2.55*
* Sainsbury's price
WHAT CAN NUROFEN CAPLETS TREAT?
Nurofen Caplets work at the site of pain. This means that they can quickly relieve pain, as well as reduce inflammation and lower temperature. According to the box, Nurofen Caplets can treat a variety of different pains, including:
* Period Pain
* Dental Pain
* Muscular Pain
* Rheumatic Pain
* Cold & Flu Symptoms (e.g sore throats and aching muscles)
SUITABILITY & DOSAGE
Nurofen Caplets are suitable for adults, the elderly and children over 12 years of age. Children under the age of 12 should use Nurofen for Kids or other pain killing products. It is recommended that you take 2 caplets with water and, if necessary, 1 or 2 caplets every 4 hours. However, you should NOT exceed 6 caplets in 24 hours.
As with any pain killer, there are also certain health warnings. If you have or have had a stomach ulcer in the past, it is recommended that you do not take Nurofen. Furthermore, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, do not take Nurofen. And finally, Nurofen Caplets are not recommended for women in the last 3 months of pregnancy.
The individual caplets are around 1.5cm in length, 0.5cm in width and shaped like capsules. They are sugar-coated which makes them easy to swallow, and each caplet contains 200mg of Ibuprofen as well as other pain killing ingredients.
As recommended, I took 2 caplets with a glass of water. Because I was in so much pain, it seemed like an age for the tablets to kick in, but in actual fact, it was probably only around 30 minutes. Compared to the paracetamol which I had taken previously, the pain killing ingredients seemed to get to work very quickly and I was surprised at just how effective the pain relief was. The pain I had swallowing went completely and stayed away for at least 3 hours afterwards. In fact, it might have been longer than that, but I wasn't timing it!
In addition, I did not suffer any side-effects from taking Nurofen Caplets. The paracetamol that I had previously taken seemed to upset my stomach, but Nurofen seemed a lot more gentle and did not cause me any problems. However, even though I found the tablets quite gentle, it is important to bear in mind that some people may have reactions to them. If you develop stomach pains, bleeding, fever or allergic reactions, like asthma or a skin rash, it is best to stop taking the tablets and consult a doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
Overall, I am very impressed by Nurofen Caplets, and despite the price, will definitely be buying them again. They certainly get to the source of pain quickly and beat pain fast, keeping it away for longer than most other pain killers. Admittedly, they are more potent than other pain killing drugs, like paracetamol, but from my experience, they also seem gentler on the stomach. I am just waiting for the penicillin to kick in now so I can get rid of this horrible infection!
I have a problem. I do find it difficult to swallow tablets. However big or small it has always been a problem for me. I’m sure it’s all in the mind but it is a problem I have always had. Secondly, a majority of my headaches are at work so I need something convenient to take. Thirdly, and most important, it has to work! Step forward ‘Nurofen Recovery’. I had never seen this product before on the shelves (but then again it could be ten years old) so decided to experiment on something new. It sure beats chewing tablets (yeah, I know). Nurofen Recovery comes in a silver and blue box with the recognisable Nurofen text and logo. You get 12 in a box and priced at £2.25 (Sainsbury’s Pharmacy). The big difference is that they are self-dissolving which means no water and no whole swallowing. Yeah! On closer inspection I realised they were mint flavoured. Had these been specially made for me? So as soon as I purchased them I had a couple(I did have a headache at the time, I'm not some Ibuprofen junkie). They are about the size of a 5p coin and look more like a Trebor Mint than a tablet. You get two sheets with six on each and these can be individually separated as the sheets have perforations, which would make it easier if you wanted to just put a couple in your bag etc. You put them on your tongue and wait for them to dissolve. This takes about 30 seconds. They do taste of mint for the first 10 seconds or so but it soon wears off although they become tasteless which sure is better than the normal awful taste you get (that’s if you chew and don’t swallow, just me then?!). As most people will tell you, Nurofen is the best when it comes to relieving headaches/pain. My headache was gone very quickly. If interested, here
’s the little science bit. Nurofen Recovery contains Ibuprofen 200mg. Most companies now use this ingredient as originally it was patented by Nurofen and was only available from them. Ibuprofen is a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), which change your body’s response to pain by providing relief. Basically what it does is block a substance called cyclo-oxgenase, which in turn can produce prostagladins, which go on to produce pain. Ibuprofen relieves this and that’s how it works. (Any scientists/pharmacists out there please accept my apologies if this isn’t 100% correct). I am unaware of any other self-dissolving tablets for headaches on the market. I have seen those ones where you basically just have a sachet and swallow the tablet powder but they are stupidly expensive. I think they are made by Nurofen as well (?). Price wise they are not cheap and I have been told paracetomal and ibuprofen can be picked up for a few pence if you buy it non branded from supermarkets and shops like Savers and Superdrug. In that sense you may find it expensive at over £2 but you are paying for the convenience and the well-known pain relief you get from Nurofen. So can you take them? Unsuitable for under 12s, people who had/had a stomach ulcer, phenlketonuria, you are allergic to asprin, ibuprofen or intolerant to phenylalanine. You can take up to two tablets every 4 hours, but no more than 6 in a 24hr period. Like most drugs there are side effects. Most people never get any of these but do include nausea, stomach ulcer, rashes, worsening of asthma and so on. Nurofen is made by Crookes Healthcare Nottingham NG2 3AA From a personal point of view I highly recommend these, as they are ideal for me. Thank you for reading :)
~ ~ I'm a great believer in the beneficial effects of Aspirin.
This marvellous wee 'wonder drug' has been a fixture in my medicine cabinet for as far back as I can remember. I take a tablet every morning to help thin my blood, and thus aid my circulation, as being a smoker I worry about the dangers of blood clotting and possible stroke.
I find that it also helps the arthritis that I have in my hands, most probably as a result of too many cold mornings spent on golf courses over the years.
~ ~ But sometimes Aspirin just can't cut it, especially when it comes to severe pain, and then something a bit stronger is called for.
Nurofen Plus is a painkiller manufactured by a Nottingham company called Crooke's Healthcare, and distributed (at least here in Ireland) by Boot's Healthcare, based here in Clonskeagh, Dublin.
Its main ingredient is a drug called Ibuprofen, with a small amount of codeine thrown in.
It comes in tablet form, and is (as far as I'm aware) the strongest non-prescription painkiller that you can buy over the counter in your local chemist.
~ ~ The two main ingredients are both powerful painkillers.
Ibuprofen relieves the swelling, tenderness and pain associated with advanced arthritis, and also helps to alleviate the aches and pains caused by a cold or flu.
Its also commonly given to patients who have undergone surgery to help ease post-operative pain, and is useful as a painkiller for folks who suffer from back pain such as lumbago or sciatica.
Other uses include the relief of migraine headaches, period pain in women, and to help relieve pain after dental treatment.
Each tablet of Nurofen Plus contains 200mg of Ibuprofen.
~ ~ Codeine is a derivative of morphine, and is the most commonly used narcotic in the world. Each tablet of Nurofen Plus contains 12.5mg of codeine, and because of
this great care must be taken not to take it for prolonged periods, as codeine is highly addictive. Three days is the recommended maximum period of usage without consultation with your doctor.
Just a little aside. I read a report in the newspaper recently that heroin addicts here in Ireland have been buying Nurofen Plus, as eight tablets is reckoned to give them as big a "hit" as a standard dose of heroin. (Whatever a standard dose of heroin is?!)
I should mention that Nurofen is NOT a cure for any of the ailments I've mentioned, but purely a way of relieving the pain symptoms by blocking the body's pain receptors.
~ ~ I find Nurofen great if I have a particularly bad bout of arthritis in my hands, which thankfully isn't that often. I also use it to relieve "stress" headaches, which unfortunately I get on a more regular basis, probably brought about by driving my taxi for prolonged periods in the jungle that is Dublin city traffic these days.
I've also witnessed it working very effectively in the case of post-operative pain with friends and family, although severe post-operative pain is probably relieved more effectively with a prescription drug called Ponstan.
~ ~ There are all sorts of dire warnings given about taking this painkiller.
It's not suitable for children under 12 years of age, and the maximum dosage is six tablets in a 24-hour period.
It's also not to be taken if you suffer from a stomach ulcer, or any other form of tummy complaint, or if you are allergic to aspirin or any other form of NSAID. (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)
I'm not going to list all the warnings here, (I'd probably miss a few anyway) because it would take forever, and bore the pants of everyone in sight. (Myself included) And I have no medical qualifications, so all I am doing here is giving my OPINION and advice on the product.
Your pharmacist will give you advice if you're un
sure of whether it's suitable for you or not, or you can look up the Nurofen website at "http://www.nurofen.co.uk."
~ ~ Nurofen Plus comes in packets of either 12 or 24 tablets. For safety reasons your chemist will not sell you more than one large packet at a time.
Here in Ireland the cost is around ?6.50 for the 24 tablet pack, and ?3.50 for the smaller 12 tablet pack.
Highly recommended for pain relief by the mad cabbie.
But *DO* take care to follow the instructions for use very carefully, and never to exceed the recommended dosage.
Copyright KenJ November 2003
I'm on something of a mission at the moment, and that mission is to do what I can about RIP-OFF BRITAIN. And my targets of choice are drug companies, and in particular the astronomical charges they make for their brand name over-the-counter medicines when there are non-branded varieties available which are exactly the same but cost much, much less. Sadly, however, lots of people don't know about these generic remedies you can get from the pharmacist because very often they are not on display or are far less prominent than the big brand products. So on to Nurofen? Nurofen is one of the biggest selling pain relievers around. It is made by Crookes Healthcare, who are owned by The Boots Company. After being prescription-only for some 20+ years, it became available as an over-the-counter remedy in the early 1980s. Nurofen is used to relieve pain and bring down inflammation. It is classed as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID for short). NSAIDs are known to reduce inflammation, reduce feverish temperatures and bring down swelling. As such, they are widely used for arthritis, muscle pain, joint pain and swelling, headache, period pain, dental pain and cold/flu symptoms. The recommended dosage of Nurofen is 1 or 2 tablets per time, with another dose not less than 4 hours later, and no more than 6 tablets should be taken in one day. It is not recommended for children under 12. Nurofen is very effective. It is powerful and acts fast. Many people find that it brings relief where other painkillers have failed. As with all powerful drugs, though, Nurofen can have pretty powerful side effects, including stomach pain, nausea, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, rashes and bruising. It should not be used if you are intolerant to aspirin or any of the listed ingredients, you experience worsening of asthma, you get an allergic rash, or if you have stomach ulcers. Also, y
ou should consult your doctor before taking it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you suffer from asthma, you have liver, kidney or heart problems or you are taking other medication. I know that sounds like a lot of side-effects, and it is, but most other drugs we buy and take without a second thought can have just as many unwanted repercussions if we care to read the labels properly. On the whole, Nurofen is considered a safe, reliable and effective preparation. So what am I complaining about then? Well, the active ingredient in Nurofen is Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen can be purchased as a generic (i.e. non branded) drug from any chemist. It will have exactly the same active ingredients as the branded drug (this is a legal requirement), but will be much, much easier on your pocket. Last week, a pack of 12 Nurofen tablets from Boots would cost you £2.49. Alternatively you could have gone to Tesco and bought 16 of their non-branded Ibuprofen tablets for 37 pence. That's right, 37 pence!! If my meager maths serves me correctly, that's 4 more tablets for a total sixth of the price. How do the drug companies get away with it? Basically, when a drug company invents a drug, they have a patent on that drug for several years. I don't object to that - it gives the drug company time to recoup the amount they spent on researching and developing the drug in the first place, and to make a profit. However, I think it's disgusting that these companies continue charging so much long after the patent has expired. It's a free market of course, and they're at liberty to do it, but it drives me mad. What happens is, so few people know about generics because pharmacies half-hide them away and don't tell you about them, whilst at the same time having giant promotions in their windows for the brand names (who give them specials and freebies for doing so - just look a
t the pen the assistant in the chemist is writing with and the pad she makes notes on next time you're in there, they'll be giveaways from a drug company emblazoned with their name and logo). Unlike say, supermarkets, where Heinz beans are displayed next to several other varieties, pharmacies do not give the buyer the opportunity of an informed choice. (Obviously some pharmacists are more customer orientated than this and will tell you about the generics, which is how I found about them several years ago, so please don't think I'm attacking pharmacists themselves). Do your bit to end this blatant rip-off and stop buying branded drugs wherever possible. Always ask the pharmacy to see if they have a cheaper alternative to what you're about to buy over the counter, and nine times out of ten the answer will be yes. Caveat emptor indeed .
I’m currently in desperate need of a dentist and have the most excruciating toothache so to try and combat the pain I bought myself a packet of Nurofen. No matter what kind of pain I’m in, Paracetamol never seem to even touch it so looking for another option, Nurofen seemed as good as any to try. Nurofen are painkillers available to buy over the counter, they are said to ‘…. work where it’s needed – at the site of pain. It quickly relieves pain, reduces inflammation and lowers temperature’. The active ingredient contained is called Ibuprofen BP and in this box of tablets was in each at 200mg. Ibuprofen belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and these apparently provide relief by changing the body’s response to pain, swelling and high temperature. Nurofen come in a silver box with red writing and on the box they state that Nurofen gives fast, effective relief from headaches, period pain, dental pain (ouch), migraine, backache, muscular pain, rheumatic pain, neuralgia, cold and flu symptoms and feverishness. The packet I bought contains 12 tablets and cost me £1.79 from a local petrol station but they are also available in packs of 4, 8, 12, 16, 24, 48 and 96. The Nurofen tablets themselves are white in colour, moderately sized, have a smooth easy to swallow coating and have ‘Nurofen’ stamped on in black. I found the Nurofen seemed to take quite a while to work on me but it was worth waiting. Around 30 minutes after taking the tablet I recall looking at the clock and thinking that they weren’t working but then around an hour later I realised that I’d forgotten all about the toothache because it had gone! Three hours later and it still hasn’t come back yet. Not a problem though because if it does, I’ll be able to take some more. Adults, the elderly and children 12 yrs and older sho
uld swallow 2 tablets with water and if necessary afterwards, 1 or 2 tablets can be taken every 4 hours. The pack states that you must not exceed 6 tablets in 24hours and that the tablets are NOT suitable for children under 12 years of age. The pack of Nurofen contains an information leaflet, which should of course be read thoroughly before proceeding to take the medicine.
I am lucky enough to not suffer much with pain. I hardly get headaches, stomache or toothache, but always have an array of tablets to combat pain. I tend to try a lot of different ones and weed out the good from the bad. I bought Nurofen in the 12 pack after I saw adverts on the tv about how effective it was on pain and basically you take 2 tablets, wait 5 minutes and you are back to normal. Now maybe it was just me but they didn't work. The tablets cost me £1.59 I think. Well around that for the 12 and you are meant to take 2 at a time. On this particular occasion I had a killer headache and dodgy stomach as I had had a curry a few hours earlier. I wasn't feeling my normal self. So I took these tablets with some water and waited for the result to happen - which didn't. After all that money I would have expected something. In fact I took 2 asprins from a pack of 24 that cost me 59p and they done the job. Sometimes the cheap tablets are even better than the "real thing".
- and among them I include myself. For a while, at least, before I wised up. It was a godsend to me because for some weird medical reason paracetamol has no effect on my system whatsoever and I don't like taking heaps of aspirin because it does odd things to your stomach lining. The main thing you need to know about nurofen is that it contains neither of these. It's main painkilling ingredient is a third compound called Ibuprofen, and this is the stuff that does the business. And boy does it work. Period pains, headaches, unspecified feeling-crapness, they will all disappear. Once I discovered this stuff, I took them like smarties, knocking them back at the slightest hint of pain, and they never failed me. However, I was spending a lot of money, cos Nurofen ain't cheap. And this is why I now don't take it any more. I got sick of spending so much money, and my sister informed me of something that I'm sure a lot of you know: since nurofen's patent ran out, ibuprofen has been available in generic form at a fraction of the price. You can buy Boots own brand for a third of what neurofen would cost and it works just as well, and you can buy in bulk (100 at a time) which reduces the cost still further - although you might have to assure them that you don't want to commit suicide (they always ask me in concerned-counsellor tones why I want so many). So now I take that instead, and I recommend you do too. Oh, and while I'm at it, I'll pass on another warning from my sister: DO NOT take aspirin and ibuprofen at the same time - be especially careful if you're mixing cold and flu medication with pills - because they work the same way and it can be dangerous. Mixing either with paracetamol is fine because they have different effects on the body.
There are so many over the counter painkillers available today, but in my opinion, nothing gets better than Nurofen. The main active ingredient is ibuprofen which doubles up as a very effective anti-inflammatory and reduces fever and high temperatures. I get a lot of muscle and nerve pain, and although most painkillers are effective against the muscle aches, nothing has been able to even touch the nerve pain, apart from Nurofens! They are also particularly effective at lessening period pains and the aches you get from flu and colds etc, and an absolute must for anybody suffering from toothache! Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers will also find these very effective, as the ingredients will help to reduce joint inflammation over time. One of the biggest plus points with Nurofen is that you should feel considerable relief from your discomfort after no more than 30 minutes approx after your first dose. The anti-inflammatory effects can take considerably longer, a few days up to a fortnight in some cases. The tablets are small round capsules, which make them very easy to swallow with water. The recommended dose for adults and children over 12 is 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours, not exceeding 6 per 24-hour period. This medication is not suitable for younger children. However, some of you will need to apply caution if taking this painkiller for the first time. Ibuprofen is well known for causing stomach problems, and if you did what my daft husband did and exceed the maximum dose, you may end up with a nasty stomach bleed. Similar to aspirin, anybody who suffers from stomach lining disorders, ulcers and so on should avoid anti-inflammatory type painkillers and stick to distilgesic type painkillers instead. And you should always ensure that you never take them on an empty stomach, to prevent potential problems from developing later. Anybody who is pregnant or suffers from asthma or bronchitis should consult his or her doctor
before taking this drug. In addition, anybody who cannot tolerate caffeine may well want to take extra care, as Neurofens seem loaded with the stuff as I find to my cost. After two doses, I’m climbing the walls or in dire need of being peeled off the ceiling! They make me incredibly giddy and hyper, as my poor hard done by friends can testify! They suggest after two doses I should be locked away in a quiet room somewhere until the effects wear off! There can be some nasty contra-indications for some people, in addition to the stomach problems mentioned above. Some users will find they suffer from dizziness and bad headaches although this is fairly rare. Other rare side effects include skin rashes, tinnitus and fluid retention. Most of these are clearly mentioned in the leaflet supplied with the tablets. They are sadly, one of the most expensive painkillers you can purchase over the counter, but if you buy a simple packet of say Boots Ibuprofen tablets, not only will you save yourself an awful lot of money, but the effects should be the same. Not me though, I don’t know whether it’s because I trust the brand name, but I always find that Nurofen are better for me, possibly because they are absorbed into the bloodstream faster than other Ibuprofen tablets I have tried. Also, they’re easy to swallow; some other forms of Ibuprofen tablets seem to be huge! Overall, Nurofens are one of the most effective painkillers, with the benefit of helping to reduce inflammation. I always keep a plentiful supply at home and have had no problems with side effects at all, other than a slightly embarrassing intolerance to the caffeine contained within them!
Nurofen rapidly relieves pain, reduces inflammation and lowers temperature / Fast and effective in the relief of headaches, dental pain, period pain, migraine, backache, rheumatic pain, muscular pain, neuralgia, cold and flu symptoms, and feverishness.