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09/05/2013 at 12:23
Did anyone see watchdog last night? There was a bit on there about own branded hayfever tablets vs more expensive branded medicines. The doctor said that we shouldn't bother with branded medicines, they contain the same ingredients as non branded, and that all NHS prescription medicines are non descript own brand.
I've always bought own branded medicines; paracetamol in tablet or liquid form, 16p a pack vs a couple of quid, £1.50 a bottle instead of £3 for Calpol. Similar prices for Ibuprofen. The only thing I used to buy branded was hayfever tablets which I shall now be purchasing for 99p.
09/05/2013 at 12:28
I use Asda paracetamol and Ibuprofen. I use Calpol ad Calprofen only because its free from the Chemist.
09/05/2013 at 12:31
How do you get it free?
09/05/2013 at 12:32
I used work in a chemist the difference in price between branded and unbranded is shocking. I knew all the drug names so could check the active ingredients were the same. I try and buy unbranded medicines.
09/05/2013 at 12:33
I saw that too Belle - how disgusting that the 99p ones and the £8.99 ones were the same!
You can get liquid paracetemol for kids in the £1 shop!
09/05/2013 at 12:34
I also buy unbranded, don't see the point of paying more, especially when you compare and the active ingredients are the same.
SW I've got paracetamol for M on minor ailments before and they give own brand stuff in my pharmacy
09/05/2013 at 12:41
How do you get it free?
How do you get it free?
Kids medicine's are free on something called Care of the Chemist here. You take your child in, tell them what's wrong with them, fill in a form and get a bottle of calpol etc free, no need for a prescription.
i always but unbranded coz i'm a cheap skate.
09/05/2013 at 12:42
If only it were that easy down here. I've been calling my doctors since 8am and still can't get through. Then it's an appt then prescription.
09/05/2013 at 12:46
Always buy unbranded - didn't see the programme last night. It annoys me when there are different variations as well. So for example I use co-codamol a lot and there are three different shaped tablets at our chemist and the woman behind the counter asks which do I want. I always say the cheapest one and she then starts waffling on about how x one is easier to swallow. I then repeat I want the cheapest one and she starts showing me the other packet. Nope def just want the cheapest one. Okay it is 'only' 20p differenece but it all adds up!
09/05/2013 at 12:54
I have bought unbranded since C was little.
My friend works in a pharmacy, and told me I was better off buying the cheaper meds, so I do.
If H buys medicine, he'll buy Calpol. I buy Calpol when it is in poundland though.
09/05/2013 at 12:56
I've always bought unbranded too, the price difference is crazy. Whenever we go back to the UK we stock up on paracetamol as ibuprofen as they both cost about £4 a pack here!
09/05/2013 at 13:34
I always buy unbranded, there is no point spending over £2 on a box of Nurofen when you can buy Ibuprofen for about 30p.
We don't use branded meds in hospital.
The only exception is we buy Calpol for N as its the only type of paracetamol we can vaguely get into him. Our chemist does free medicines too, it's a scheme to stop you going to your GP.
09/05/2013 at 14:08
I only ever buy unbranded. It's great that you can get it in the £shop and home bargains etc. The only time i ever get branded is if we've run out as it's the only one that they stock in our small local shop. Then i'm annoyed that i've had to pay full price for it.
09/05/2013 at 15:04
My dad has worked for a pharmaceutical company his whole working life and goes mental if he sees me with a branded product. Biggest con going.
Hayfever tabs from aldi have the same level of active ingredient as the branded. Also tesco pregnancy vitamin pills are £3 and have the same stuff as the pregnacare ones that are 3 or 4 times the amount.
09/05/2013 at 15:08
I'm pleased to hear others too, and the professionals like LP's dad agree! I justwish I could find non brand Olbas oil and the like.
09/05/2013 at 16:17
Have you tried poundland or home bargains??? I bought Olbas oil in poundland, along with the olbas difuser things. Always worth checking, as they have proper Vicks sometimes, too.
09/05/2013 at 16:20
I paid £5.99 for 7 hayfever tablets, I was gutted when I saw watchdog!! Never again
09/05/2013 at 16:28
AK I rarely get into town to go to the poundshops, but will take a look next time I'm there.
09/05/2013 at 16:29
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