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I have the misfortune of suffering terribly with mouth ulcers to the point where every few weeks I get several in once go. On many an occasion they have also got infected and I have had to have antibiotics. I think I must just be unfortunate as I have had various tests carried out by my GP and they can't find any cause for my ulcers. I have tried nearly every product out there. My personal favourite is the once treatments you can get but they are very expensive and on some occasions I can't get at the ulcer I want to treat.
I came across these a number of years back in Boots. The cost around £3. They come in a box containing 24 pastilles which are inside a blister pack.
The pastilles are sugar free and are not only for the treatment of mouth ulcers but also sore spots in the mouth.
The pastilles contain two main ingredients which are menthol and cetylpyridinium chloride. Both of these are active ingredients.
Menthol provides a cooling and soothing effect that helps to relieve the discomfort of mouth ulcers and other sore conditions in the mouth.
Cetylpyridinium chloride is a mild antiseptic. It is an active ingredient against a wide range of micro-organisms that might infect sore or broken skin in the mouth.
The main purpose of these pastilles is to help to numb the sore area preventing pain and discomfort whilst also killing bacteria and preventing infections.
There are a few warnings on the packet the main one being that these are not suitable for children under the age of 12. The only listed side effects are possible irritation and an allergic reaction.
To use these pastilles you simply dissolve one in the mouth ever 2 hours as necessary. You are also advised to hold the pastille against the affected area of the mouth.
The pastilles are red in colour and about the size of a small button. They have a firm but jelly like consistency. The first time I tried these I was expecting a horrible antiseptic taste but these actually don't taste of much. The pastille provides relief fast to affected areas. Some of the mouth ulcers I get are in the soft fleshy bit under my tongue so I can't use the once treatments as they need you to dry the affected area first and this is almost impossible in that area of your mouth. Immediately I can feel that the stinging associated with mouth ulcers has gone. These pastilles are also really long lasting it takes ages for one to dissolve particularly if you just keep it on the affected area and don't suck it too much.
I always carry a pack of these with me now in case I get a dreaded mouth ulcer, they are really good at stopping the pain and they can be used several times a day. I would give these 4 out of 5 I only wish they could rid me of the ulcer straight away.
Anyone who has had a mouth ulcer will know how painful they can be and you can bet your bottom dollar that if you have one every time you open your mouth to speak as you close your mouth or eat something you will bite on it causing excruciating pain and soreness in the mouth. They can also be sore when you are drinking hot drinks or eating spicy food as these irritate the already inflamed ulcers. Rinstead pastilles are ideal for helping ease the pain and discomfort.
Every so often when I am run down feeling under par or stressed at work one of these little blighters pops up to say hello, so not only are you not feeling your best these tiny little monsters make you feel even more miserable.
Causes of mouth ulcers!
Mouth Ulcers can be caused by certain foods for example coffee, peanuts, Almonds, strawberries, cheese, chocolate or tomatoes. They can also be caused by loose fitting dentures or sudden changes to your teeth for example constant rubbing against the inner cheeks of your mouth. It can also be caused by excess stress and general feeling of being run down. However if you have recurrent mouth ulcers that are being difficult to heal then you should seek advice from your GP or Dental practitioner to rule out underlying physical health problems.
How to treat mouth ulcers?
Mouth ulcers are generally self-limiting and usually clear up on their own in ten to fourteen days however there are some things you can do to help ease the pain and discomfort.
Try not to eat hard food such as toast or crisps.
Maintain good oral hygiene by using a soft tooth brush and a mouth wash twice a day.
Use Rinstead pastilles which helps reduce the pain and discomfort.
Rinstead Pastilles come enclosed in a plastic pop out sheet which are in a box containing 24 of these little red sugar free hard jelly like pastilles. They used to be oval shaped but now they are round although I must say I much preferred the oval shaped pastilles as they seemed to settle in the side of your mouth much better.They contain two active ingredients the first being Menthol which helps by cooling the area and Cetylpridinium chloride which acts as an antiseptic.
It is recommended that you take them placing one in the side of your mouth near to the ulcer and gently sucking it until it dissolves. They are not particularly tasty in fact I would go as far as saying they are not pleasant at all but if you can bear with it as it is worthwhile as it seems to help ease the pain quite quickly. You can take them every two hours which really does help ease the pain. They should only be given to people over the age of 12.
Using Rinstead Pastilles does seem to help get rid of the mouth ulcers and I would recommend them. I would also advise you that if you keep getting recurrent of very slow healing mouth ulcers then you should really get checked out by your GP as it could be an indication of an underlying problem.
Where to buy Rinstead Pastilles?
Rinstead pastilles are available from most chemists shops such as Boots or Superdrug and some supermarkets either in the Dental care aisle or in the medicines aisle. They are currently being sold for £3.89 and in my opinion that is a fair price to pay for the relief that they give you.
Do I recommend Rinstead Pastilles?
Yes I do as they help reduce the discomfort of irritating mouth ulcers fast. They also help the healing process alongside other oral hygiene methods. Excellent product but does not taste that nice.
When I have a cold or I am run down I tend to develop mouth ulcers. They can be really painful and last several days. I've tried a variety of things to try to help them to heal and these pastilles are one of these things that I have tried.
A friend of mine recommended them. She said they really helped her when she suffered from ulcers.
They come in a cardboard box and inside they are in a blister packet and you get 24 in total. They look like little sweets, they are slightly bigger than a paracetamol and are red. They are soft like jelly sweets. Because of this I always keep them out of reach of my grandchildren and don't let them see when I'm having one as I would hate for them to think of them as sweets.
You suck them when you have an ulcer and try to keep the pastille as close to the area of the ulcer as possible. As the pastille melts away on the tongue I find that it helps to numb the area slightly. It doesn't make a huge difference but for a short period of time the area where the ulcer is is slightly numb and so the pain is less obvious. It has a bit of a funny taste, slightly sweet but not in a very enjoyable way, you won't be eating these like sweets that's for sure!
Although these help a little I don't think they make a huge difference. Because they are soft they don't hurt when sucking them which is good and it will help to numb but in terms of actually curing the ulcers I don't think that they speed up the healing process.
When I have an ulcer, I usually try and buy these Rinstead tablets, though sometimes they can be hard to find and I have no other choice than to buy Bonjella cream. I find that Rinstead tablets get rid of ulcers much quicker and are easier to take than Bonjella cream which in my opinion tastes disgusting.
To take Rinstead you simply allow the tablet to dissolve in your mouth, it takes about 5 minutes usually and doesn't make your ulcer sting like other ulcer treatments such as Bonjella does. You can take these tablets every 2 hours, and it usually takes two or three days to get rid of the ulcer altogether. These tablets are suitable for children aged 12 and up.
These tablets taste quite nice, they do not have a very strong taste to them, but they do remind me of fruity sweets, though they are not that strong of flavour. They are very easy taken and taste much better in my opinion, than Bonjella.
These tablets calm the pain that you get when you have a mouth ulcer and make them much easier to deal with in my opinion, they do not remove the pain completely, but they definitely take the edge away from it.
I found that when I used these tablets that they quickly got rid of the pain of my ulcer, I didn't really find that I needed another one within the 2 hours that you are allowed to take them within, I seem to take theses around every 3-4 hours when I have an ulcer, though when I have a really bad one, I do tend to take them more often.
These tablets are sugar free meaning they can be used by diabetics.
Rinstead tablets come in boxes of 24 and cost around £3.50, which I think is a great price, as it takes much less than a packet usually to get rid of an ulcer in my mouth, so I get a lot of use out of a packet.
Overall I think that these are great little tablets to get rid of mouth ulcers, they are sugar free, so diabetics can use them and they get to work quite quickly and taste much nicer than Bonjella in my opinion. Overall I would give these 5 out of 5 stars.
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When I was younger I went through a phase of having mouth ulcers on a regular basis, sometimes I'd have one the size of half my lip and other times a few dotted round my mouth but regardless of how many I had or what size they were they really hurt! I tried Bonjela and that kind of treatments but just couldn't get it to stay put and it didn't help one bit so decided to give Rinstead Pastilles a try and I've never looked back!
Rinstead Pastilles are sugar free which is a good idea as they are held in the mouth until they dissolve which can take ages because they are like hard wine gums. They can also be used for denture sore spots whatever they are, I assume these are sore areas caused by dentures rubbing. The active ingredient is Cetylpyridinium Chloride which is an antiseptic. The other ingredients include sorbitol and menthol. Anyone with a known sensitivity to Cetylpyridinium Chloride or any of the other ingredients should not take these pastilles and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist before use. They are not suitable for under 12s and it does say in the leaflet if you overdose on Rinstead Pastilles you should contact your doctor, it did make me wonder if anyone has indeed overdosed on these!
The pastilles come in a blister pack and are small red/orange sweets that look a bit like midget gems. The pack contains 24 and prices vary from about £3 to £4.50 so it really does depend where you buy these from but they are readily available in chemists and various places online. To use, the instructions say to allow one pastille to dissolve in the mouth slowly, I actually take it a step further than that and wedge the pastille at the side of my mouth ulcers if I can feasibly manage it, that way it gets the active ingredient exactly where I want it. Then you just go about your business with a small pastille in your mouth. To me they taste like a cross between wine gums and mouthwash and it's actually a very pleasant taste, I really like the flavour and these are definitely not a hardship for me!
The most important thing though is do they work? Yes they do, they have never failed to rid me of my mouth ulcers, sometimes it takes a mere 2 days and other times when I've had huge ones it's taken 4 days but they do decrease the pain as you go so you can really feel the ulcers getting better. If they don't do the job in 7 days you are advised to see you GP because it could be something more sinister. Unlike gels and liquids these pastilles are really convenient and stay where you need them rather than sliding off and being swallowed within 30 seconds of application. The pastilles can take up to 20 minutes or so to dissolve, depending how enthusiastically you suck them I suppose. I never did find out why I had lots of mouth ulcers at that point in my life and I now get them very occasionally but I always make sure I have some Rinstead Pastilles in the cupboard for those occasions, I wouldn't use anything else.
Overall these pastilles are tasty, convenient and quick to work. I recommend them over any other mouth ulcer medication and they deserve the full 5 star rating.
~Sugar free Rinstead Pastilles~
Rinstead pastilles are amongst the tried and tested health care products I have bought and used in the past to help deal with mouth ulcers etc. I have found it is wise to keep a pack of these handy little pastilles in my medicine cabinet as a 'just in case' item, as you really never know when you may need them. I have found that when I have had to use the pastilles they have proven to be fairly effective at helping ease the soreness and pain that an unwanted mouth ulcer can cause, with them being easy to take when required which is why I tend to keep a pack of these, as a trusted stand by type of health care product.
I have a pack of the pastilles with me now so that I can describe the packing and directions that come with the pastilles as this may prove helpful to anyone thinking of buying these. Having looked at my pack which I have had put away for sometime it appears that the design of the packing is still the same when I compare it to newer packs of the product, with my box being mainly in white with a pale blue band at the bottom of the pack. The small rectangular box that the pastilles come in is made from card yet is strong enough to keep all 24 pastilles safe for some time until they are required, with the box being easy to open and close when needed.
~Presentation and ease of use~
The front of the pack has the Rinstead name displayed in a vivid pillar box red shade which makes it stand out well on the box, with a royal blue panel under that that tells you these are 'sugar free pastilles'. I feel that the presentation of the pastilles and their box is good with the text used being unfussy and easy to read, making it easy for a buyer to spot the product when looking for it in store. There is some text on the front of the pack that tells you the pastilles may help to give 'temporary relief of pain/ discomfort caused by mouth ulcers and denture sore spots' which makes it very clear what the aims of the product are. In use I have found the pastilles to be effective when suffering from a mouth ulcer with them being easy to take when needed.
Once out of the pack you get a set of 2 blister strips which each have 12 pastilles set into clear plastic, with each blister pack having a thin foil covering to it which is strong enough to keep each pastille sealed and fresh ready for use when needed, yet is easily pierced when wanting to take out a pastille for use. There is some text printed onto the foil that is highlighted in bright red with diagonal stripes which carries the Rinstead branding, this is purely cosmetic and carries no instructions as to how to break open the foil seals when wanting to use one of the pastilles, although to be fair I feel this is easy enough to work out without any instructions being present.
~How the pastilles work~
Each of the pastilles that come in the pack have a bright red colour to them, with them being small in size with a diameter of far less than 1 cm. The small size of the pastilles makes them easy to place onto the area that needs help and although the pastilles appear quite small when placed in your hand they perform well once in contact with a mouth ulcer, helping to provide some degree of relief. The pastilles have a solid yet slightly flexible feel to them once you pop one into your mouth and they soon soften further as they dissolve very slowly over time.
As the pastilles soften and dissolve you can taste them a little more and they begin to have a slight tingly effect on the area of the mouth that they come into contact with which is what eases the pain of a nasty mouth ulcer. As the pastilles are small and compact I find them easy to move about so that they can be set to work on the area that needs help, which means that should you find yourself with an ulcer on the gums or tongue you can still use one of the pastilles to help offer some relief. The taste of the pastilles is rather odd with each one having a hint of cherry flavour that is slightly medicated yet not unpleasant when you place one into your mouth.
The active ingredients within Rinstead Pastiles are menthol that I find gives a cooling and soothing effect, which is blended with a mild antiseptic called cetylpyridinium chloride that should help to fight off possible infection. I find the combination of the two ingredients can give a slight numbing effect after the tingly sensation eases and when a pastille is placed against an ulcer this helps ease any pain and discomfort a little, although the effects are short lived once the pastille has dissolved fully. The directions for use state that you can take another pastille after 2 hours, with there being no information on the box to say whether there is a limit to the total number of pastilles you can take in any 24 period, which leads me to assume you can take a total of 12 pastilles with a 2 hour gap.
~Price and rating~
The pastilles are sugar free although they do contain sorbitol so should not be over used and the directions state that the use of the pastilles should be limited to 7 days, after which time you should seek advice if the ulcer shows no sign of shifting or improving. The pastilles may be taken by adults and children over 12 years old and I find them easy to take when needed with them being a useful health care product that I have found works fairly well. Last time I bought a pack of these they cost just under £3, making each pastille just under 13p which may seem rather high although I have found when using these I never use as many as the possible 12 pastilles in 24 hours that it appears I could take. This means that a box of Rinstead pastilles should last some time making them far better value for money than they may appear at first. As I have found the pastilles effective when I have used them I feel they are a helpful product which I want to give a 4 star rating to.
I first found Rinstead Pastilles from my Nan. My Nan has a pharmacy in her kitchen, so it was no surprise when she "prescribed" me these for a mouth ulcer I had. I was expecting her to pull out a tube of Bonjela, as I had no idea anything else was even available for the treatment of mouth ulcers.
The pastilles themselves are small, and a deep red in colour. I wasn't expecting much of them to be honest, and I was not expecting them to taste nice at all. The pastilles come in blister backs inside a box, and they are sugar free, so they are good for your teeth as well as your waist line.
I popped a pastille into my mouth under the instruction of my Nan, and the first thing I noticed was the fact that these actually don't taste too bad. In fact I would go so far as to say they taste quite nice!! The pastille is very thick, and it takes a long while for it to dissolve completley. I found the best way to get them to work is to pop the pastille near to the ulcer but not on top of it!
I found that the Rinstead Pastille helped almost instantly. It soothed away the burning pain of the ulcer and soon I could not feel the ulcer at all. It didn't even hurt when I pushed at it with my tounge. I also found that after sucking on a few of these a day, the ulcer was gone within 2 to 3 days! Usuall ulcers lasts me at least a week, so this was very impressive to me!
My Nan also tells me these are good for relieving the pain of sore spots from dentures, and she has given them to the grandchildren when they were suffering from the pain of teeth coming through. My nan swears by these and she always has a box of them in the kitchen cupboard (or the pharmacy as it is known to us!) I also now keep a box of these handy!
You can buy these in Boots and Superdrug and in some Pharmacies. Depending on where you buy them, these should cost you around £4 a box, but this does vary in different places.
I totally recommend Rinstead Pastilles 100% and I give them a 5 out of 5 as I can find nothing to fault them on.
I am prone to reoccurring mouth ulcers because of certain side effects related to some prescribed medication I'm on. When I have these mouth ulcers, I have a number of remedies I use in order to alleviate the symptoms associated with them, and one of these remedies is Rinstead Pastilles. One pack of Rinstead Pastilles contains 24 pastilles and it costs £2.99 from Boots - which equates to 12.5p per pastille.
These Rinstead Pastilles are sugar free which is really great because in order to work you need to suck them and therefore they are in your mouth for a long time. Because they are sugar free, I also do not find that my mouth is coated in stickiness which I have found with other pastille type lozenges.
The pastilles have two active ingredients, namely Menthol and Cetylpyridinium chloride - and these ingredients combine to relieve the pain and discomfort caused from mouth ulcers (and denture discomfort I'm told!). Menthol is used to cool and sooth, whereas Cetylpyridinium chloride is an antiseptic that will help keep any broken ulcerated areas free from infection.
The idea is to take one Rinstead Pastille every 2 hours (or less) as long as symptoms persist - although they recommend that if symptoms last longer than a week then you should seek medical attention. The pastilles taste yummy....more like gummy fruit sweets than medicated....and they do taste slightly aniseedy - which I actually like. They are supposed to be sucked so that they dissolve in the mouth, although I do have to admit that I do struggle to suck them as I am prone to wanting to chew them....like I do with Wine Gums and Fruit Pastilles!
I do find that these pastilles work to numb the pain in my mouth and provide me with some alleviation from discomfort. However, I also find that my tongue also goes numb and on more than one occasion I have ended up biting my tongue! I have also found that they affect my taste for about an hour after I've taken one - but I assume this is a small price to play. I'm not sure I would take as much one every two hours because I don't think it is necessary as the effects seem to last longer than that anyway. I usually end up taking one pastille every 4 -5 hours or so.
Overall, I do recommend these pastilles to anyone who suffers with mouth ulcers and would be a must to keep in your medicine cabinet.
Being a fussy little madam when it comes to medicines, I quite often won't take anything when ill unless it is in tablet form. The same goes for mouth ulcer remedies.
I can't stand the taste of the gels such as Bonjella etc, and would rather just suffer the pain until the ulcer goes away.
A while back, mother dearest introduced me to Rinstead Pastilles, and I haven't unnecessarily suffered since - I love these things!
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Each box contains 24 pastilles; individually wrapped in a blister pack, and an information leaflet.
Although the packaging looks a little dated (see dooyoo item picture), it is fairly easy to find on the chemists shelves (expect to pay around £2.79 per pack).
These pastilles are sugar free (excellent), and are "for temporary relief of pain and discomfort caused by mouth ulcers and denture sore spots".
They are a deep, (almost blood) red colour, and are about the size of a 5 pence piece (but obviously thicker). They are firm, but chewable (think Rowntrees Fruit Gums, but without the gluing-your-teeth together effect).
They are however designed to dissolve slowly in the mouth, (rather than being chewed); releasing an antiseptic [Cetylpyridinium chloride] to help heal the sore, but also Menthol to help soothe the discomfort.
The best thing about these pastilles for me is the fact that not only do they work, but they also taste quite pleasant!
It is a strange taste - the easiest way to describe it I suppose would be like a milder version of something like fruity menthol cough sweets.
They are recommended for use by those aged 12 and over, & to "allow one pastille to dissolve slowly in the mouth about every 2 hours".
I find this works best by holding the pastille on or around the ulcer for maximum numbing effect.
For treatment of an 'average' (i.e not a hugely nasty) ulcer, I tend to only need 2-4 pastilles tops, so with 24 in a pack this does give you good longevity from each box (which is where the long use-by date comes in handy).
Pregnant women can take this medicine, but are (as always) recommended to consult their GP first.
At just under £3, they aren't the cheapest (you can find store own-brand versions of these), but for Little Miss Fussy here (and her Mr Fussy!), the taste of Rinstead (and excellent results) is much preferred.
I'm sure a lot of people prefer the 'one application & done' approach to mouth ulcer medicine, but for those who can't stand the stuff, I think these are a great alternative.
For temporary relief of pain and discomfort caused by mouth ulcers and denture sore spots.