Digestive health

Care has a range of products designed to deal with symptoms of constipation and diarrhoea. Care Senna Tablets is a herbal remedy traditionally used for the occasional relief of constipation and is suitable for use in children over 12 years, adults and the elderly, as well as during pregnancy or when breastfeeding, explains manufacturer Thornton & Ross. Care Glycerin Suppositories for adults and the elderly help stimulate a comfortable bowel movement for constipation sufferers and Care Loperamide capsules provide effective relief of sudden, acute cases of diarrhoea, the company adds. The suppositories and capsules should not be used during pregnancy.
Thornton & Ross: 01484 848200 

Dioraleze can help to stop the symptoms of diarrhoea in just one dose, says manufacturer Sanofi. Containing loperamide hydrochloride, which works by slowing down muscle movements in the gut leading to more water being absorbed from stools, the stools become firmer and are passed less frequently, the company explains. Also in the range is Dioralyte, which replaces essential body salts and fluid lost through diarrhoea to rehydrate faster and more effectively than with water alone, Sanofi adds.
Ceuta Healthcare: 01202 780558

Marketing activity around the Christmas period will cast the spotlight on Gaviscon Double Action, which provides relief from both heartburn and indigestion triggered by festive foods and lasts up to twice as long as antacids, says manufacturer RB. Available as tablets, liquids and sachets, the formulation works in two ways: it contains sodium alginate which forms a protective barrier on top of the stomach contents to help prevent reflux and an antacid to neutralise stomach acid relieving indigestion, the company adds. 
RB: 0500 455456 

Lepicol is a multi-fibre source product containing psyllium husk, which contributes to maintaining normal bowel transit, and inulin, which together can help achieve the recommended daily intake of fibre. It also contains five strains of live bacteria (probiotic) that are naturally present in a healthy person’s digestive system, explains manufacturer Probiotics International. Also in the range is Lepicol Plus+, which has the addition of digestive enzymes. Lepicol is suitable to take alongside antibiotics, for children and when pregnant, when travelling and for vegetarians, the company adds.
Probiotics International Ltd: 01460 243230

Nexium Control is now available in an innovative new mini capsule format – 53 per cent smaller in volume than standard Nexium Control tablets – providing an easier-to-swallow solution for those suffering with the oesophageal discomfort caused by acid reflux, says manufacturer Pfizer. In preparation for the key Christmas period, Nexium Control will be offering bespoke training to pharmacists and counter assistants so they can help customers better manage their symptoms, the company adds. 
Pfizer Careline: 0333 555 2526

Rennie Heartburn, Indigestion & Wind Relief is a triple combination tablet containing calcium and magnesium carbonate to create a neutralising action, which turns excess stomach acid into water, whilst simeticone, an anti-foaming agent, causes gas bubbles to join and disperse trapped gas, easing any wind, explains manufacturer Bayer. The chewable, mint flavoured tablet gives fast and effective relief from heartburn, indigestion and wind, and is being supported by a multi-channel marketing campaign this autumn and winter, the company adds.
Ceuta Healthcare: 0844 243 6661

Ear problems

The Earex range includes products to treat common ear problems and maintain optimum ear health. Suitable for adults and children over two years of age, Earex Advance Ear Drops has a dual-action formula to gently soften earwax, reduce the need for syringing and, when used regularly, help prevent the build up of hardened earwax, explains manufacturer Lanes Health. Earex Olive Oil Ear Drops contain high-quality medicinal grade olive oil, which gently softens and removes earwax and is suitable for children aged five years and over and children under five years with a medical diagnosis, the company adds.
Lanes Health: 01452 507458

Otex provide a comprehensive range of products for the effective treatment of problematic earwax. The pharmacy-only Otex Ear Drops contain a dual action formula including urea hydrogen peroxide, which helps break up the wax by reacting with moisture and releasing oxygen, and urea and glycerol help to soften the wax, explains manufacturer Dendron. Otex Express Combi Pack, which also includes a bulb syringe for earwax removal, and Otex Express Ear Drops contain the same formula but are available for self selection. Otex Olive Oil Ear Drops contain a gentler, more natural medicinal grade virgin olive oil, the company adds.
Dendron Ltd: 01923 208400

Weight management

Gaining extra pounds isn’t always down to over consumption or lack of exercise. In fact, the bacteria in the gut can have a huge influence on food cravings and weight gain. Lepicol Lighter is a scientifically developed, natural food supplement which could assist people in their weight loss journey, claims manufacturer Probiotics International. It contains glucomannan, which in the context of an energy-restricted diet can contribute to weight loss; chromium, which helps maintain blood glucose levels; and seven strains of live bacteria to keep the gut healthy, the company adds.
Probiotics International Ltd: 01460 243230

XLS-Medical Fat Binder is clinically proven to help people lose up to three times more weight versus dieting alone and is well tolerated by the body as it comes from an organic plant source, claims manufacturer Perrigo. The formula first binds to some dietary fat molecules to form a fat-fibre complex too large to be absorbed by the intestine therefore reducing calorie intake, before replenishing the body with vitamins A, D and E, the company explains. Also in the range is XLS-Medical Max Strength, the first product to reduce calorie intake from carbohydrates, sugar and fat, Perrigo adds.
Perrigo: UKLOCustomerService@perrigo.com



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