“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Pain Relief / Dosage Form: Caplets „
**Introduction and reason for purchase**
A few weeks ago I was struck down with a nasty kidney infection then a few days later tonsillitis, so it's pretty safe to say that I was feeling very rough indeed. I visited my doctor on both occasions as my infections required antibiotics to clear them up and because my temperature was quite raised combined with chills I was advised that regular doses of painkillers would help with my fever. I'm not one for taking tablets unless I really need to, but I made sure I stocked up on both paracetamol and ibuprofen on my way at home and called into my local Superdrug store which is in a close proximity to my home.
I could have bought some painkillers from the pharmacy attached to the doctors surgery whilst getting my antibiotics, but I know they are double the price there and as I wanted some other non medical related items from Superdrug anyway it seemed the obvious choice to purchase them from there.
I picked up a box of Superdrug's own branded Paracetamol 500mg Caplets which I used over the course of my illness and now which I will discuss in my review..
I purchased these whilst under a fever induced 'away with the fairies' stupor, but as I recall I think I only paid around the 40p mark, 39p to be specific, which for a box containing 16 tablets is a reasonable amount to pay. The tablets - sorry caplets - are 500mg and are housed in a thin cardboard box which is predominantly white with a bold blue font for the logo.
Decoration is minimum but at the end of the day I really don't care what packaging something as trivial as cheap paracetamol is in as long as the product does the job that's the main thing. Inside the box there are two blister strips, each containing two rows of 4 caplets which are approximately one centimetre in length.
The caplets are a bright white in colour and have a smooth coating, which I do prefer as opposed to the more chalkier variety of tablets that seem to lodge themselves in my throat regardless of the amount of water they are taken with.
As these are Superdrug's own brand they can be purchased in store and are found on the medicine aisle amongst the other painkillers. As mentioned the packaging is quite minimal so doesn't grab attention, but I tend to just scour the prices and search for whatever is cheapest anyway.
When it comes to pain relief - or medicines in general - I refuse to pay over the odds, ridiculous prices for something just because it has a brand name attached to it and especially so for paracetamol or ibuprofen. I never buy branded painkillers and am quite happy to buy the cheapest possible, with the Galpharm brand generally taking up residency in my medicine cabinet in the form of painkillers and antihistamines and it was this brand I was on the hunt for originally in Superdrug as their paracetamol packs are only 19p, but at that price were understandably sold out and out of stock so these caplets took their place in my shopping basket instead.
I rarely take painkillers unless I really *have* to, but with feeling so incredibly poorly and the fever driving me insane with burning and chills I was needing to take medication regularly. I decided to alternate these with ibuprofen and took 2 roughly every 5/6 hours though the directions do state you can take up to 8 in a 24 hour period. My doctor advised me to alternate and whilst I do find ibuprofen helps when I have a throat infection the paracetamol helps bring my temperature down and eased the discomfort in my back from my kidney infection.
Do they work? Well although I felt very poorly indeed for 4 days, to the point of being in bed I felt so rotten, I do feel that these paracetamol helped to ease any discomfort from my infections. They definitely helped with my temperature and for the price of 39p for 16 they are an essential item to keep in the medicine cupboard. I like the fact these are caplets and not chalky tablets as when swallowed with water they instantly slide down the throat with ease, though do leave that generic 'aftertaste' that paracetamols tend to leave behind though this disappears quickly enough after a few more gulps of water.
The caplets get to work pretty fast and within 10 to 15 minutes they have started to relieve my pain, though I can only comment on my own experience of taking these for my recent illnesses, as obviously it depends on the level of pain you are taking these for as to how effective they work but for me they were more than satisfactory.
I wont go greatly into detail about the 'how to take' etc or even the uses, as information like this can be found on the back of the packaging but they are effective for reducing pain in the usual symptoms associated with the likes of headaches, fever, toothache, period pain etc and should be taken as directed.
Would I recommend them? For 39p these are cheap and effective plus easy to take so why pay over the odds for a branded name and fancy packaging?
I paid 99p for this box of Superdrug Paracetamol Caplets and they are 500mg per caplet, they come in a pack of 16 and are packaged in strips that you push the caplet out of to take with water.
I find the shape of these easy to swallow as I'm not too good at taking tablets, but in some cases you just have to get rid of that annoying headache fast so that you can carry on with your day.
Price wise these are great value as some of the better known brand names are double the price and why pay more than you should after all the strength of these is enough to shift any headache and they work just as fast as the other brand named tablets.
These are suitable for headaches and migraines and can also be taken for period pains, joint ache, back ache, lumbago and sprains as well as for flu and cold symptoms.
They come with a leaflet inside which tells you the correct dosage and how often you can take then, as you cannot exceed the daily amount and they are not suitable for small children to take.
If symptoms persist then go to the doctors and get checked out as self medication may not be the answer.
I like to have these in my medicine cabinet which is on the wall of the bathroom locked and in a high enough place that little fingers cannot get into it, as all medicines should be out of childrens reach.
Don't leave these in a damp place and use by the date it states on the pack or they might not be as efficient at taking the pain away.
All in all I think these are good value for money, they work within 10 minutes of taking them and are easy to swallow.
I will be buying them again.
When it comes to aches and pains I'm no stranger to them at all sadly. I get awful back pain daily and suffer with headaches/migraines far too often for my liking ta boot!
This is why I always buy paracetamol's on a regular basis to pop all over the place in case of emergencies which as I have just said is rather often!
Silver and light blue box and on the front I'm told that they are Superdrug Paracetamol Caplets and that they are 500mg in dosage and that they are fast acting 'For fast effective pain relief'. On the back of the box other information given includes being told what they are suitable to be used for, warnings and dosage instructions are given and of course contact details for Superdrug are listed. Inside you get 2 white plastic packets that you pop the pills out of and that's incredibly easy to do.
The relief of mild to moderate pain including headache, migraine, neuralgia, toothache, sore throat, period pains, symptomatic relief of sprains and strains, rheumatic pain, sciatica, lumbago, fibrositis, muscular aches and pains, joint swelling and stiffness, influenza, feverishness and feverish colds
Well these do work and they long and white pills that are coated so easy to swallow. They do take time (over half an hour) but they do on light aches and pains. Depending on how bad a headache is they work on that too though they may take more than one dose of two tablets to get completely rid of it. Migraines on me they don't fix to be honest but then I never expected them to! They are not bad tablets. Easy to take (with a glass of water) and sure they could work quicker but your not paying a fortune for them!
Only available in Superdrug stores costing 39p a box.