stickywicket Member Posts: 27,719
edited 3. Sep 2019, 09:32 in Living with arthritis
It sounds dramatic but it is very important.

I've just taken delivery of my weekly Sainsbury groceries. As usual, they sent an email earlier telling me of two products which were substitutes. What this email did not mention, and what could be highly dangerous for some, is that the paracetamol, which I'd ordered, was also substituted for ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen is definitely not a substitute for paracetamol. Paracetamol is a simple pain reliever: ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication and can cause stomach bleeds in susceptible people, one of whom is me. It also comes under many different trade names so that anyone already taking ibuprofen in the form of 'naproxen', 'voltarol' 'neurofen' and many more, could, overdose on it by believing that the Sainsbury ibuprofen tablets were different from these. Not everyone knows that the active ingredient in all of these is ibuprofen.

I've just sent off a letter to Sainsbury but I also wanted to warn everyone on here. Don't accept medical 'substitutes'. If in doubt reject them.
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