24 Oct 2019

Getting Winter Ready

With winter just around the corner and the days getting shorter, you are probably thinking about Christmas shopping, mulled wine and digging out your hat and scarf. But have you thought about stocking up medicine essentials before any winter bugs strike? It’s a good idea to check your medicine cabinet to see if you have the following basics:

  • Cold and flu remedies

  • Oral rehydration sachets

  • Indigestion remedies

  • Hand gel

  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen

The common cold, sore throat, winter vomiting bug (norovirus) and cold sores all become more prevalent at this time of year. Adding probiotics and multivitamins to your daily routine such as Udo’s Super 8 and Revive Active helps boost your immune system, combat feeling rundown and helps you stay fighting fit at this time of year.

Winter time also brings with it outbreaks of the flu almost every year. The influenza virus is highly contagious and can keep you out of action for a full week with fever, aches and pains and a feeling of being completely drained of energy. The Flu Vaccination service at Hickey’s Pharmacy is available to everyone over the age of 10. It’s particularly important for anyone in an at risk group (e.g. over 65, long term illness or pregnant women) to get vaccinated. Administration of the flu vaccine is free to Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card, 2015a Card & HAA Card holders who belong in one fo the at-risk groups. To see if you qualify for a free vaccine, see here.

Here are some of our top products to stay fighting fit this winter
Revive Active

Revive Active helps to boost energy levels and reduce tiredness and fatigue. This supplement combines an amino acid, vitamin and mineral complex. With a formulation of 26 active ingredients, it offers natural energy all day long. It’s also suitable if you are coeliac, diabetic or vegetarian. It contains Co Q 10 to maintain energy levels and increase muscle function. Revive Active strengthens the immune system (Vitamin C and E), supports heart health (L-Arginine and Citrulline) and general wellbeing.

Udo’s Choice Super 8

Udo’s Choice Super 8 is a high strength probiotic blend that contains eight strains of friendly bacteria designed to keep your digestive system in balance. Each daily capsule contains 42 billion “good bacteria” that are essential for proper digestion, strong immune function and over-all health. Amongst other strains, Udo’s Choice contains Lactobacillus Rhamnosus which prevents harmful toxins and viruses entering the blood. It is one of the most extensively studied probiotics and has been shown to boost your immune response, making it perfect for preventing cold and flu this winter.

Benylin 4Flu

Benylin 4Flu tablets contain a combination of ingredients to provide effective relief from the four main symptoms of flu: fever, nasal congestion, coughing and body aches and pains. Benylin 4Flu contains three active ingredients. Paracetamol helps bring down fever and provide relief from headaches or body aches and pains. Pseudoephedrine is used to reduce congestion but also prevents the production of excess mucus. Diphenhydramine helps to relieve a cough and a runny nose.


Echinaforce is a licensed traditional herbal remedy for colds and flu. It helps the body fight the symptoms of these infections by supporting the immune system, helping to maintains the body’s resistance.


Lemlift containing Vitamin C (which helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue) and Zinc (an essential trace element that is vital for several biological functions in the body). Lemlift Immune Support is available in chewable and effervescent tablets (Lemon or Orange flavour). Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps boost the immune system. Whilst helping to prevent the cold and flu. It may also help reduce the duration of cold and flu symptoms. Taking zinc at the first signs of cold and flu can help you get over the cold sooner. Zinc also may possibly destroy the virus itself and has been shown to block the replication of rhinovirus. It also has been suggested that zinc can reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract which may help reduce the symptoms of cold and flu such as a runny nose and sore throat. Zinc also supports the immune system and keeps it strong.