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After being struck by a bug a few days before Christmas, when I saw these in Poundstretcher at a cost of £1 for 8 tablets, I figured I may as well stock up for over the festive period.
These tablets are designed to get to work faster than standard paracetamol and it is recommended that you take two of these as a dose, and that you take these on an empty stomach. As these contain 173mg of sodium in each tablet, it's best to avoid if you are on a sodium controlled diet, and avoid these if you have ever had an allergic reaction to paracetamol. These tablets can be taken by adults and those aged 12 years or over, and can be taken while breastfeeding. If you are pregnant, have kidney troubles or are on some medications, you should talk to your pharmacist before taking these.
The red and green used on the outer packaging means this is very eye catching. The back of the outer packaging is slightly chaotic, as it has all the important warnings, but I guess these things have to be put there!
The tablets come in a blister pack, which is perforated, so you can tear off a strip and keep in your handbag for emergencies. The tablets themselves are quite chunky (2cm side by .5cm depth) so if you have problems swallowing tablets, maybe these aren't for you! Each tablet is white, and has a P embossed on one side. They are also film coated, which helps with swallowing these tablets. To take the tablets, it is recommended that you swallow 2 tablets as a dose, and take these with 100ml of water. You can take up to 8 of these in any 24 hour period.
While I haven't suffered from any side effects while taking this medication, but side effects have been reported which include nausea, unexplained bruising, loss of appetite and allergic reactions (rashes, swelling, shortness of breath).
I have a low pain threshold, so I take these as soon as I feel pain coming on, and after about 10 minutes or so, I start to feel them working, so I think these are a great item to have around, just in case. These are available in many stores, in either packs of 8 or 16, and I would definitely recommend them, they are slightly more expensive than own brands, but they do help, and help quickly. I would especially recommend these for over the festive period, for when you need some quick relief.
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I usually buy a pack of 14 Panadol Actifast Tablets from my local Tesco Supermarket for £2.70. It is available to buy from most well known supermarkets such as Asda, Sainsburys etc as well as chemists and other drug stores. These also come in a pack of 8 which are usually priced from £1.20.
What Are They For?
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Paradol Actifast tablets are for relieving all around pain from the body, and mainly used to relief symptoms associated with menstrual periods, muscle aches and pains, fevers, flu, toothache and migraines.
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500 mg Paracetamol ,and Potassium Sorbate (E 202).
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Adults 2 tablets at 4 hour intervals and a maximum of 4 a day.
Children aged 11-15 1 tablet.
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One of the main reasons for using Panadol paracetomal tablets is to help relieve those dreaded menstrual cramps, which can be agonising. I also take these to help with relieve my frequent headaches, as well as muscle aches and pains.
The tablets come enclosed in a small cardboard box which is easy to open and close to the folded flaps. The paracetomal tablets are securely enclosed in a blister form with each section easy to divide apart so you can simply tear up sections if you want to just put a couple in your purse or pocket instead of the whole box. The tablets are easy to push out of the packaging, and just require a slight pressure to push once out.
The tablets are slightly bigger in size than I am used to; therefore I found them a little hard to swallow down. I could sometimes feel the tablet still in the back of my throat even after 20 seconds or so, therefore I usually have to have a good full glass of water on hand to help gulp the tablet down.
I find that they work pretty fast, and after around 15 minutes I could feel the painful stomach cramps starting to subside, the same with muscle pain and aches I find they work just as the name suggest Actifast! For mild headaches they also work fairly quick, however do take a little longer to start working, however for migraines I tend to use alternative choices as these didn't help that much for really bad migraines.
I usually have 2 tablets every 4 hours ( 8 max per day) for my period pains as I do get them really bad. However for mild headaches and aches and pains; two tablets seem to do the trick and are sufficient enough to provide lasting pain relief.
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This is a good all round painkiller, it works fast to relive mild pains and is long lasting. I tend to alternate between Asda, Tesco self branded pain killers and these Panadol tablets, and find these do work faster to relieve pain compared to the cheaper alternatives. Overall I would give these 4/5 losing a rating due the tablets being difficult to swallowing.
Most people have a particular brand of pain relief they like to take for many issues such as tooth ache or headaches and so on.
I have never really found one particular product which reliefs pain for me that quickly so I am always out looking around for a good deal and a good efficient product.
Panadol in the past has been a brand I was told to use but ignored the advice due to the huge price tag attached to them.
Inside this green pack which opens up very nicely like a book and inside is little section where 14 rather long tablets are situated and you just punch them out and take them when you need to.
These tablets due to being so long are hard to swallow at first and if people are like me and struggle to take tablets down try and break them in half like I do but even then they still feel bulky.
In my experience I used these on two different occasions one was for a headache which never seemed to budge and I thought I would experiment with these and see how they worked. In the first 15 minutes after taking two of these tablets the pain seemed to disappear and it did so in a way which was quite soothing.
Usually when I take tablets I sit and wait for it to work and take effect and this usually ends up making the headache much worse. These tablets seemed to help me relax might be just me but the headache went pretty quickly.
With regards to tooth ache which I get often due to a troublesome wisdom tooth the pain was not gone completely. The pain seemed to ease slightly for a few hours then service again but it worked very quickly.
So the claim they are faster is very accurate and for me that is a good thing to have. They are extremely chunky and in my view might trouble some people who do struggle to take tablets down.
They work fast but for the more intense pains they are average and just ease the ache down never completely getting rid of the problem which you might hope for.
The other thing which is good about this pack is you can close the tablets away in a book style and you can also see the instructions inside the pack written on the background. This for me is useful because sometimes I get little booklets inside tablets and either chuck them away or lose them accidentally.
With this item the instructions and important information are on the back and inside as well. They do recommend you do not exceed 8 tablets in a 24 hour period which is kind the same with most tablets.
I paid £2.90 for 14 tablets from a local supermarket and for me the price was expensive but if you have a headache just one of these seems to work. If you have more serious pains then you might need something else to eliminate it completely.
I usually stick to Ibuprofan tablets for my aches and pains, and find that they seem to work the best for me. I suppose everyone is different, and although I don't tend to use Aspirin much, I do have the odd Paracetomal tablet. The annoying thing is if you are taking any Cough Medicine and since most of the ones I use contain Paracetomal then you can't take any tablets that have the ingredients in it at the same time, and I think that is 1 of the main reasons why I tend to stay away from the medicine.
I got a little blister pack of this in Semi Chem for £1.29. This was for the 8 Tablet pack, and I think this comes in a larger pack, but not sure of the price of them. I don't think this pack was on a special offer, more just a good enough offer from this Discount Chemist.
This comes in the pack shown on the Dooyoo picture - as usual. Just open the cardboard sleeve part and you get access into the blister pack inside. The Tablets are slightly shaped and easy enough to swallow.
You can take 2 tablets every 4 hours up to a maximum of 8 tablets per day if you needed that level of pain relief.
So how do these do in regards to getting rid of the pain? I found that they do work fast, as the name would have suggested that anyway. I always found that Paracetomol products were a bit more of a slower release, and perhaps that is the case for the normal tablets and not the fast acting ones, but I found that these got to work pretty quick and seemed to keep the pain away well also. These tablets deal with all the usual kind of pains such as Headaches, Muscle pain, Toothache, Period Pain and so on.
I would say that I wouldn't go out of my way to track these down, as lots of Fast Acting pain killers seem to be the same, but these were a good product at a good price and they do exactly what they are meant to do.
Panadol is a brand that I've been using for a long time, mostly for headaches or period pains.
One of the things that I like about this pack is that when you open it, apart from looking like opening a book and finding two pages of panadols inside, is that the pages are perforated, so you can literally tear a page into strips, each strip containing two panadols, and you can put this into your purse or your pocket, if the whole pack doesn't fit. This makes it an easy portable product.
Everyone experiences pain in different levels, and I've used this for both mild and extreme pain, when I say mild it is actually quite bad but because I've experience pain that is horrendous, it makes the bad pain mild in comparison. It works for both mild and extreme pain, though a lot quicker for mild pain, so it can get rid of headaches/migraines within 25 minutes. With extreme pain it takes about an hour dulling it down to an ache rather than intense pain, so it does make you feel better, but doesn't kill the pain completely. It also makes me drowsy which if I'm at home and can't sleep because of the pain, this helps with sleeping. Depending on level of pain, it can again take between 20 to 60 minutes to fall asleep.
The tablet itself is kind of chunky, making it a bit more difficult to dry swallow, though I wouldn't recommend this in any case. I've found out that it works better if you drink a lot of water after you've taken the tablet, it helps it to work. I'd recommend two glasses of water. There have been times when I've taken the tablets with very little water and it hasn't helped at all. Water is important!
Because over the years I've used these tablets a lot, taking one tablet no matter the level of pain, does not work for me, I need to take two...ofcourse I'm aware that this may be psychological! But for younger people, those aged 11 to 15, one tablet will work, but again this depends on whether they've been taking painkillers even before this age.
Two tablets are allowed to be taken every four hours, but hopefully it shouldn't be necessary, if you take it correctly with a decent amount of water you should only need two per mild pain, works very well with bad headaches.
For period pains, I'd recommend taking two and having a hot water bottle for comfort and also to help ease the pain. Depending on the level of your period pain, it may or may not get rid of the pain completely, but it should dull it down enough so that you wouldn't need any more painkillers but just the hot water bottle. So far, I have to admit that in terms of painkillers for period pains, and I've tried A LOT of different ones, panadol actifast is the best one I've taken.
Overall this a good product worth purchasing. On the Boots website it has been advertised at £2.77.
Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline
Description: Pain Relief / Panadol ActiFast is based on a unique paracetamol formulation which gets to the source of pain at least twice as fast as standard paracetamol tablets.
These tablets come in a pack of 14 which are in a plastic green case with the brand name written across the front. They are available from most chemists and some supermarkets too. I paid £3.80 for them in a small local chemist, they could probably be found slightly cheaper in one of the big chains.
Take 2 tablets every 4 hours, and no more that 8 in a 24 hour period. There are certain people who this product is not suitable for so as with any medication, always read the label before taking and follow the instructions properly. If you are unsure or have any questions, ask your pharmacist or even NHS Direct (on 0845 46 47, they are there 24 hours a day) before taking this or any medication.
This product claims that it gets to work twice as fast as ordinary paracetamol. They are relatively easy to swallow too. I took them for a sore back and did find that they helped although they didn't work miracles. They seemed to work relatively quickly too (with around 20 to 25 minutes from taking) which is exactly what they claim.
My only issue with these is the price, they are more expensive than a lot of other brands and I was not convinced that they were particularly more effective. I would use them again but would be tempted to buy a cheaper brand, for example, paracetamol capsules which also work quickly. 3 stars for working quickly but they were no better than many other brands!
Recently whilst working at a computer all day, I have been getting really bad headaches. I usually use whatever is in the cupboard at home but we had run out one evening. I went to Tesco in search of some tablets that would get rid of the awful headache that I felt coming on as quickly as possible.
*What Are They?*
Panadol ActiFast are tablets that act rapidly and contain the active ingredient Paracetamol. They are manufactured and packed by GlaxoSmithKline.
*What Are They For?*
Panadol ActiFast are intended to treat headaches (migraine and tension), toothache, backache, neuralgia and rheumatic, muscle and period pains. They can also be used to alleviate sore throats and feverishness and symptoms of colds and flu.
*How Do They Work?*
Panadol ActiFast contains paracetamol which helps to reduce your body temperature and is an analgesic. The tablets have been devised so that the paracetamol is absorbed in to blood twice as fast as your standard paracetamol. This means that it gets to the cause of the pain quickly. They work most effectively when you take them on an empty stomach. I find this particularly true and try to take these tablets when I haven't eaten anything.
You must take the 2 tablets with half a glass of water. You ought to drink at least 100ml of water when you take these tablets for maximum speed of pain relief. You should take these every four hours until the pain has subsided. I personally push the tablets to the back of my mouth and swallow as soon I have water in my mouth.
No more than 8 tablets should be taken in 24 hours.
*Who Can't Use the Tablets?*
There are various people that Panadol ActiFast are not recommended for. These are:
- Children under the age of 12
- Sufferers of liver or kidney disease
- Anybody taking metoclopramide, domperidone or cholestyramine
- Anybody taking drugs to thin their blood
The majority of those who take Panadol ActiFast will not encounter any side effects. Although some people may find they get a skin rash. If you do come across this, stop using the tablets. I personally haven't encountered any side effects.
In the packet you get 14 tablets. The tablets are white and capsule shaped with a debossed P on one side. The size of the tablets is a bit of a negative for me. They are huge. This is probably due to the fact that they have more active ingredients in them in order to fulfil their promise of reaching the source of the pain faster. I struggle to take tablets but these were about the biggest I can swallow. This is due to its redeeming factor that they are film-coated and this makes them easier to swallow.
What I love about this product is its packaging. It is a bright green colour with the name of the product across the front. It comes in a compact, plastic case that opens and you have two blisters that are attached to the case inside and interlink in order to close.
All of the details you need to know about the product are detailed on the inside of the case so you don't have a folded piece of paper. I like this as the folded details tend to get thrown away but now if I want to know anything, I can refer to the compact.
The packaging is compact and great to have in your handbag as it is easy to locate, if like me your bag is full.
*How Much Are They? And Where Can You Buy Them?*
These tablets are expensive as they retail at £2.73, so more expensive than your normal paracetamol tablets. If you shop around, you could probably find them slightly cheaper. Also, in my opinion, that extra cost is worth every penny. They work so much fast and more effectively than any other tablets that I have used in the past.
These are available to buy from any large supermarket (Tesco, Asda, etc) or your nearest chemist. There can be purchased over the counter or are displayed on the shelf so you don't need to get a prescription for the doctor. You can also buy them on a variety of chemist websites online.
*Do They Work and Would I Recommend Them?*
They most certainly do work. And so rapidly. Any time I feel a bad headache coming on I reach for Panadol ActiFast. I don't use them very frequently, only for times when I feel that my headache is particularly bad. I find that when I take them for headaches and also period pains, the pain has eased approximately fifteen minutes to half an hour after use.
I would without doubt recommend Panadol ActiFast. I would much rather spend that little bit extra to alleviate my headaches. Although in the current economical climate, they are fairly expensive so it is your decision to make as to whether they are good value for money.
You must ensure that you do take two tablets as if you only take one, it will have the same effectiveness as a normal paracetamol tablet. They do get rid of the pain, but at the same speed so you are in effect wasting your money in buying the ActiFast version.
I have since found out that I need to wear glasses whilst working on a computer so my headaches are less frequent meaning I have to use these tablets less which is fantastic. Although on the occasions that I do need to use Panadol ActiFast for headaches they do exactly what they say they will and relieve the pain quickly. This is also true for you ladies who suffer from period pains. Two of these tablets makes the pain go away. For a while at least! I actually refer to them now as 'magic tablets' as they work so successfully.
Panadol ActiFast is based on a unique paracetamol formulation which gets to the source of pain at least twice as fast as standard paracetamol tablets.