Another Gaviscon near-identical cheapy: Essential Waitrose Heartburn and Indigestion oral suspension now down to £3.50 for 500ml
232°Expired

Another Gaviscon near-identical cheapy: Essential Waitrose Heartburn and Indigestion oral suspension now down to £3.50 for 500ml

29
Found 21st Mar 2016
Gaviscon is the big well-known brand - and very expensive because people will pay more for a brand.

This is made by the company that makes Peptac (posted last week). It's almost identical, works just as well, treats exactly the same symptoms - but it's less than half the price because it's a generic equivalent.

Peptac may be a little cheaper, depening on where you buy it, but you can buy this from your local Waitrose - it's rather cheaper than the versions sold by other supermarkets, and about half the price of the Boots one.

Ingredients

Each 5ml of this medicine contains: 133.5mg Sodium Bicarbonate, 250mg Sodium Alginte, 80mg Calcium Carbonate. It also contains carbomer, sodium hydroxide, saccharin sodium, ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E214), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), butyl parahydroxybenzoate, isopropyl alcohol, erythrosine colour (E127), aniseed oil, purified water.
Community Updates

Groups

29 Comments
Original Poster
This is the Peptac post if you want to look for Peptac:

hotukdeals.com/dea…924
Get some Omeprazole or lansoprezole; one tablet per day, completely eliminates heartburn.
Have to agree, Mr W. I was astounded by them after suffering for years.

Trouble is the main proprietary brand - Nexium - costs a pound a tablet.

As your doctor for a generic.
wilkos do one for around 5 quid. its got magnesium alginate instead of sodium alginate.. hope thats useful.....
I take Omeprazole but luckily for me my boyfriend buys them in Spain for me. 28 tablets, 20mg for only 2 euros 42cents. Don't know why they have to cost so much more here And I still need to take Gaviscon type sometimes as well. Usually buy Asdas but it's £4.50 so will try to find the Peptac. Don't have waitrose here.
Edited by: "nandito" 21st Mar 2016
Heat added op, but wondering if you have a new job at the chemist....
Original Poster
juggler1

Heat added op, but wondering if you have a new job at the chemist....


Looking that way, isn't it.
But no - just an active interest in avoiding being ripped off by drug companies and brands generally.
Newbold

Looking that way, isn't it. ;)But no - just an active interest in … Looking that way, isn't it. ;)But no - just an active interest in avoiding being ripped off by drug companies and brands generally.



Hahaha, see, I was thinking... You'd only need to work there for half a day.. Once you've got your white coat- well, the worlds your oyster, isn't it? I have a friend who worked in a chemist, years ago.. ( they gave her a white coat) .. She used to say ' stop asking me about medical things, I advise ppl which dandruff shampoo to buy!' See, the white coat made her only one step away from being a doctor
heat from me
blnkbonny

Have to agree, Mr W. I was astounded by them after suffering for … Have to agree, Mr W. I was astounded by them after suffering for years.Trouble is the main proprietary brand - Nexium - costs a pound a tablet.As your doctor for a generic.



Proton-pump inhibitors such as Omeprazole are available on prescription so if you ask your doctor I don't see why you couldn't get them if you had genuine need, I used to get them when I was taking a NSAID's which required stomach protection.

As I have a medical condition which requires regular medication I have a prescription prepayment certificate so I usually just put in requests for other medication in with my usual repeats such as Co-Codamol or Paracetamol.

you save a small fortune over the year.

Edited by: "dreamsofubuntu" 22nd Mar 2016
Newbold

Looking that way, isn't it. ;)But no - just an active interest in … Looking that way, isn't it. ;)But no - just an active interest in avoiding being ripped off by drug companies and brands generally.



It drives me up the wall seeing people buy Nurofen or Imodium, I've lost count at the amount of times I have tried to explain to people that there is almost no difference (and it some cases none) between these name brand shysters and generic medication containing the same active ingredient.

and don't even get me started on the lady I used to work with who swore blind that the Nurofen she had for period pain worked but the standard Nurofen for headaches didn't help with her period pain she just would not accept that it was exactly the same drug in a different box...
Edited by: "dreamsofubuntu" 22nd Mar 2016
Don't know about this one but Peptac is not as effective as gaviscon.and it really tastes horrible.
MrWanger

Get some Omeprazole or lansoprezole; one tablet per day, completely … Get some Omeprazole or lansoprezole; one tablet per day, completely eliminates heartburn.


Omeprazole or Lansoprazole and other similar drugs have many side effects;including bone ache,and there are some recent concerns even about increased stomach cancer risk,also they don't work for everyone.whereas these anti acids like gaviscon are very safe.
Wow,gaviscon is about as much use as bayleys! Have tryed all heart burn treatments and omeprazole is the best.I have had " Gerd" since me early thirtys,started with gav/pepto/ranitidine.Then came across omeprazole.I take 20mg x 2 a day for 1 month,it lasts 6 months before i get another attack of gerd.Stay off the energy drinks/pastries/red meat/spirits.Get them off ebay 200 20mg for £5.50 free delivery,never had problem with them as there sealed caps with tiny white balls in them,same as doctors.£15 in boots for 28 10mg(solid form).Gaviscon is for basic heartburn,which can be sorted with Bicarbonate of Soda, half a teaspoon in 50ml of water,its £1 at most supermarkets.If that dont work,hit the ranitidine ,6 for a £1 at home bargins or poundland last 24 hours.If thats not working your stomach is bad and you best see doctor for tests or your diet is bad.I have had omeprazole in liquid through a drip and oral.It works fast to rebuild and stop ulcers.If you have hit the pain killers hard/i.e :tramadol/nsaids/
then gaviscons no good.You need omeprazole for a month.
Edited by: "cheesybeanzz74" 22nd Mar 2016
I used to use this a lot, then I tried Peppermint Oil instead. I've found it very effective and gentle, also cheaper and natural. It's about £12 for 240 capsules, when on the Penny Sale (April?) at H&B. It might work for some: hollandandbarrett.com/sho…010
Edited by: "Haggle" 22nd Mar 2016
blnkbonny

Have to agree, Mr W. I was astounded by them after suffering for … Have to agree, Mr W. I was astounded by them after suffering for years.Trouble is the main proprietary brand - Nexium - costs a pound a tablet.As your doctor for a generic.



There be an even more expensive one, beguns with e and i forget name.

Anyway ive been taking them for 2 years since i had an ulcer rupture. I still need gaviscon sometimes, once a month or so will get rapid onset of stomach acid.
Original Poster
cheesybeanzz74

Wow,gaviscon is about as much use as bayleys! Have tryed all heart burn … Wow,gaviscon is about as much use as bayleys! Have tryed all heart burn treatments and omeprazole is the best.I have had " Gerd" since me early thirtys,started with gav/pepto/ranitidine.Then came across omeprazole.I take 20mg x 2 a day for 1 month,it lasts 6 months before i get another attack of gerd.Stay off the energy drinks/pastries/red meat/spirits.Get them off ebay 200 20mg for £5.50 free delivery,never had problem with them as there sealed caps with tiny white balls in them,same as doctors.£15 in boots for 28 10mg(solid form).Gaviscon is for basic heartburn,which can be sorted with Bicarbonate of Soda, half a teaspoon in 50ml of water,its £1 at most supermarkets.If that dont work,hit the ranitidine ,6 for a £1 at home bargins or poundland last 24 hours.If thats not working your stomach is bad and you best see doctor for tests or your diet is bad.I have had omeprazole in liquid through a drip and oral.It works fast to rebuild and stop ulcers.If you have hit the pain killers hard/i.e :tramadol/nsaids/then gaviscons no good.You need omeprazole for a month.


Horses for courses. What you say makes some sense, for some people. But when a Consultant Gastroenterologist takes someone suffering from reflux (incredibly common) off Esomeprazole and Ranitidine, and replaces them altogether with Gaviscon (which works in an entirely different way from Bicarb), and the patient finds that it works, you realise that Gaviscon (or a generic) does actually do the job it's supposed to do. And without the side effects associated with some of the other drugs.
Tequila

Omeprazole or Lansoprazole and other similar drugs have many side … Omeprazole or Lansoprazole and other similar drugs have many side effects;including bone ache,and there are some recent concerns even about increased stomach cancer risk,also they don't work for everyone.whereas these anti acids like gaviscon are very safe.


Not completely true - if you are on a low sodium diet for high blood pressure you need to be careful as these antacids contain a lot of sodium.
Do we need one of these threads for all things of common sense then?

Generic ibuprofen is cheaper yet the same...
Paracetamol with caffine in is cheap amd awesomeibuprofen wuth caffine is about 60pence and the same as a five pound branded box.

And a biggy for me is that cheap immodims 59pence in home bargains and that is literally the exact same chem makeup.
Always found peppermint tablets a superior and cheaper alternative
Booze aggravates acid problems a lot.
Proton pump inhibitors work far better than all the others - but were only intended for short term use ??
Each of us has a unique eco-system in our stomach, so everyone is different.

I had a stomach ulcer, gastritis, bad IBS and a large hiatus hernia (which I didn't know about at the time), so they gave me omeprazole.

I hated it, and changed my diet, and found I didn't need it for several months whilst I waited for endoscopy.

I discovered the low FODMAP diet and that worked (and still does) wonders. Basically cut out all lactose, wheat, onions, porcessed foods, alcohol, stone based fruit like apples, etc ...and I haven't looked back since.

I would worry about taking omeprazole long term as it's stopping the stomach from producing acid naturally, something the stomach starts to do naturally with age anyway. I figure it's better to change diet now, rather than perhaps have worse problems in older age.


all free in Scotland! on the NHS which is nice.

so cold from me.!
My mate Gavin passed away recently due to an over dose of these heatburn tablets.

I can't believe Gav-is-gone.......;)
Original Poster
misterboumsong

all free in Scotland! on the NHS which is nice.so cold from me.!


So nice, in fact, that higher earning Scots will soon be paying more than their English counterparts - no such thing as a free lunch, or prescription.

" But by refusing to pass on in full the Budget tax cuts announced by George Osborne, who raised the 40p threshold to £45,000, the decision also means higher earners will pay significantly more income tax in Scotland than the rest of the UK.

The gap will grow from £323 in 2017/18 to £817 in 2021/2, a total of more than £3000 over the the five year period.
"
misterboumsong

all free in Scotland! on the NHS which is nice.so cold from me.!



And free on prescription in Wales (although I pay for my Gaviscon).
Bicarbonate of soda in warm cost nearly nothing
Original Poster
kreames

Bicarbonate of soda in warm cost nearly nothing


Indeed so. And warm water on its own costs even less.
Shame neither works for the people who need Gaviscon-type remedies, but there we go. Can't have everything.
Newbold

Indeed so. And warm water on its own costs even less.Shame neither works … Indeed so. And warm water on its own costs even less.Shame neither works for the people who need Gaviscon-type remedies, but there we go. Can't have everything.


Well it stops my heart burn everytime without fail. Maybe u av never tried
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text