It has been said that the average person spends £8,500 on over the counter medicines in their lifetime! That's an awful lot of money and I suspect that many of us feel we should always buy the big name brand as it's somehow "better" or is the "correct" one to use - no, it just has more advertising, fancy packaging and higher prices.
It's fairly easy to compare - just check on the packet that the "active ingredient" is the same (and the same strength) as that is the important factor.
So here's some suggestions for you to have a look at (prices correct at 9.12.2013) and save some money!
- Hay fever remedies - Clarityn (Loratadine, 7 tablets) £3.15- own brand Boots equivalent is 99p, Clarityn Zirtek (cetrizine hydrochloride 10mg, 7 tablets) £3.29 - own brand Tesco equivalent is £1.
- Indigestion remedies - Zantac relief £3.20 for 12, own brand Asda Indigestion relief £1, Gaviscon Liquid 500ml £7.20, own brand Tesco equivalent £4.25.
- Pain killers - Nurofen (Ibuprofen) £2.10 for 16 tablets, own brand Tesco Ibuprofen 32p, Anadin (Aspirin, 32 tablets), Boots own brand 32 Aspirin is 50p.
- Diarrhoea remedies - 12 Imodium Capsules £6.39, own brand Lloyds Pharmacy DiaFix £3.89, 6 Dioralyte sachets £3.99, own brand 6 Lloyds Pharmacy rehydration sachets £2.49.
- Cold and 'flu remedies - 10 sachets Lemsip Max Strength, Tesco own brand Max Strength £1.80.
Remember the cheaper alternatives may not be so easy to spot on the shelves, so do ask! There is no reason at all to pay the higher prices.