We all love reviews – and no matter what they’re for, in whatever industry, they all have a way of changing what we think about a product.
But in the pharmaceutical sector, we have to take a lot of care has to be taken when following review websites. Most of these websites also work as eCommerce stores that are more intent on selling the products than actually giving honest reviews, and when it comes to medication and your health, you need honesty and trust more than ever.
This isn’t to say that all pharmaceutical review websites are bad or negatively biased. It just means that you have to look a little deeper into the reviews, especially regarding a muscular pain relief medicine like Syndol.
More than ten million people in the UK and the world suffer from migraines and headaches, and some medications can claim to do things they’re not capable of.
We collected and analysed review data from multiple sites, enabling us to give a proper review of Syndol. So, if you’re interested in seeing whether there are biases involved in the reviews, keep reading.
This article will discuss different Syndol reviews from multiple websites. Let’s get right to it.
Does Syndol live up to the hype?
Unlike other pain medications with numerous false testimonies, the analysed data shows that Syndol does exactly what it advertises.
Because most of the review sites analysed (like Travelpharm, My Pharmacy, and the Independent Pharmacy) also double as online pharmacies, we discovered that many reviews on these websites are legitimate.
Also, it’s important to note that these websites are verified and highly rated on Trustpilot.
From a combined 497 reviews spanning the different websites, Syndol got an average rating of 4.9 over five ratings.
Unlike certain review analyses, where we can find anomalies or disparities between the websites, all the different Syndol reviews tell one clear story – that Syndol lives up to its hype.
What most of the customer reviews are saying about Syndol
Again, most customer reviews on the different pharmaceutical sites have things in common. Some customers claimed that Syndol helped with their occasional headaches, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and recurring headaches.
So, now that we’ve analysed and discovered the legitimacy of some of these pharmaceutical review sites, let’s discuss all that Syndol has to offer.
What exactly is Syndol?
Syndol is a pain relief tablet popularly used to treat headaches and acute to moderate body pain. You can also use Syndol to effectively relieve migraines, toothaches, tension headaches, neuralgia, rheumatic pains, period pain, and muscle pain that isn’t relieved by ibuprofen or other traditional painkillers.
This drug is a muscle relaxant that contains Paracetamol, caffeine, and codeine – meaning that patients can only use it for a maximum of 3 days. Syndol tablets can also treat post-op pain after surgical procedures.
There are different Syndol tablets. Some require a prescription, and some don't. As an example, Syndol headache relief tablets are used to treat moderate pain and don’t require a prescription. The headache relief tablets are ideal for people that suffer from headaches and migraines, and as we’ve already found, customers have reported that they definitely work.
Types of Syndol tablets
As we said previously, there are different types of Syndol tablets, with some covering specific areas of the body. Highlighted below are a few of them.
Syndol ingredients and how they work
There are four active ingredients in every Syndol tablet – caffeine, codeine phosphate, doxylamine succinate, and Paracetamol. Each of these ingredients has specific uses, but they help with instant pain relief when combined.
Caffeine works as a stimulant to speed up the messages between the brain and the body. It’s a vital ingredient in treating headaches and body pains.
The next ingredient is codeine. This is an opioid that works as a painkiller by mimicking endorphins and blocking the transmission of pain to the brain. With this ingredient, discomfort and pain levels are dramatically decreased.
Doxylamine succinate is an antihistamine that has a sedative effect. It’s normally used to reduce allergy symptoms but is an efficient muscle relaxant when combined with other ingredients.
The last ingredient in this drug is Paracetamol.
This ingredient reduces the hormones that help to signal problems from your body to your brain and spinal cord, leading to decreased pain sensations.
Other ingredients include water, talc, magnesium stearate, povidone, pre-gelatinised maise starch, talc, and croscarmellose sodium.
All four of the active ingredients are powerful, which is why they can be addictive. That’s why you can’t take Syndol for more than three days, and you’ll likely need to have a consultation before you’re approved to buy it.
What is the required Syndol dosage?
Most patients that are prescribed Syndol have to take the doses based on their doctor's advice. But the recommended dosage for others is outlined below.
- Teens aged between 16 and 18 should take one to two Syndol tablets every six hours, with a maximum of eight tablets in total within a day.
- Children between the ages of 12 to 15 should take one Syndol tablet every six hours, with a maximum of four tablets in total within a day.
- Children below the age of 12 should not take Syndol tablets, as they have higher risks of developing critical breathing issues.
- Adults and elderly people above 18 should take one or two Syndol tablets every four to six hours, but should wait at least four hours between doses. They can have a maximum of eight tablets in total in a day.
Because this drug contains codeine that can cause addiction, you must not take it continuously for more than three days. Taking it constantly for more than three days can lead to withdrawal symptoms when you eventually stop taking it. Syndol is only recommended when other pain relief medicines do not work, so you’ll need to try other pain relief first.
Syndol Tablets and other drugs
You shouldn’t take Syndol Original or Syndol Headache Relief tablets with other Paracetamol drugs. This can lead to an overdose and cause serious kidney and liver issues. You must check the ingredients of any drugs you buy over the counter and make sure to ask a medical professional's advice first (that’s why you can always contact our pharmacists). Also, alcohol should not be taken with this drug as it already contains codeine which can leave you impaired.
Effects of Syndol
Codeine is transformed in the liver into morphine, which can affect different people in various ways. For some people, morphine is produced in small quantities and will not help relieve the pain; for others, a high amount of produced morphine can cause serious side effects.
Some of the side effects include:
- Slow breathing
- Lack of appetite
- Feeling sick
It’s recommended that patients don’t operate machinery or drive after taking this drug because it can affect their ability to do these things effectively. Syndol contains lactose, so patients with lactose intolerance may experience some severe effects.
There are a few people that are not recommended to take Syndol Tablets:
- People that are allergic to any of the ingredients
- People with severe breathing issues
- People who have had their liver, gall bladder or bile duct recently operated on
- Breastfeeding mothers
- People with high blood pressure
- People that have liver, heart, kidney, or thyroid issues.
Syndol Tablets alternatives
Some alternative pain relief treatments you can use include:
- Topical treatments
Now that we have reviewed Syndol and its multiple online reviews from different sources, we can sum up that although Syndol is an effective pain relief drug, it should be taken with caution. This is because it contains codeine, which can be addictive. Also, even though none of the reviews mentioned any severe effects of these drugs, people should take care and seek their doctor's or one of our pharmacist’s advice before taking it.