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Boots Sore Throat Relief Dual Action Lozenges

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      04.05.2013 16:37
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      There are much better products out there for sore throat relief.

      I have been quiet on here and in meat-space all week. The cause for both being the Head Cold From Hell, though unusually for me it started with a very sore throat. Not having been afflicted with those since having my tonsils out in my late twenties - and can I say, that is one seriously embarassing reason for your forthcoming abscene to have to give out to clients - my normally capacious first aid cabinet could not sort me out. As I was beginning to feel feverish and achey, I went to the nearer but smaller of the two Boots near me. I nearly bought the brand leader, as I should have done, but at this point I was still well enough for my Inner Skinflint to win on two falls and a knockout in its conflict with Inner Sense. Besides, the Boots brand were much, much cheaper and I didn't have that much left on the Boots Gift Card I would be using and if I got these I could snag some Halls Smoothers for later on it the sore throat's course. So I bought these. Boots Sore Throat Relief claim to be Dual Action, with an antiseptic and anaesthetic componant to help with both the infection and the pain. At this point in the illness, it was clear I needed something to clear the pain and the infection was also starting to show up big time. These seemed to be a good call and while not cheap, at £2.39 for 24 lozenges, still cheaper than the brand leader. I, therefore, squandered the last of the gift card on this and the yummier Halls for later and stumbled home, mainlined a pot of tea, for the mainline liquids part of the treatment and opened the box. The lozenges come in a foil-backed blister pack, which makes it easy to see which you have already taken. This is good, as you are not allowed to take more than twelve over twenty-four hours. I took them every three hours, as per instruction. They did take the edge off the pain, but did pretty much nothing for the infection, which stayed put and managed to head off into my sinuses and lungs, where they are now encamped. I could have lived with this, with a trip to the doctor and the existing medical cabinet stash if it had done a good job with the throat pain. It did not. The effect did not last an hour, let alone three. Even after sucking on the lozenge, my throat was still scratchy and swollen and definitely sore. As I bought this product to deal with 'Sore', as it claims to on the packet, I am not a happy customer. The taste is okay, especially as I opted for the usually tastier blackcurrent flavour. It does contain some menthol, so did help a bit on the cold portion of the developing condition. But there much better tasting menthol cough sweets which do a better job at helping with the symptoms on the market and they are also much cheaper. The cardboard box they come in looks the part, and is sleeker in design than that shown above. It is also recyclable, though the same cannot be said for the blister pack the actual lozenges come in. This is product with glucose and sugar, so diabetics need to take care with these lozenges. As does everyone looking for an effective product to help their sore throat, or that of their over six child. This will help a little, but there are much better products out there.

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      10.07.2012 21:53
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      Great stuff, really recommended

      I often get a sore throat and cold during the summer months and that is when I reach for my tried and trusted Boots Sore Throat relief Dual Action throat tablets. I buy these when I am at work as I am right next to a Boots so it's very handy. I buy these in a box of 24 lozenges, which are housed in a foil blister pack. I just pop one out when I need one and they are a pleasant tasting lozenge that quickly gets to work at relieving my throat or soreness and discomfort. The ones I buy are the blackcurrant flavour and they come in a purple cardboard box. They look a lot like the Strepsils lozenges do and are about the same size and thickness. They are a lozenge to be slowly sucked rather than chewed. As I suck I can really feel the lozenge getting to work at the back of my throat and making it feel much more bearable. I usually suck about one every five to six hours or so. It's important not to have any more than 8 lozenges in any 24 hour period, as stated on the back of the box. These throat lozenges leave a pleasant, mild warm feeling on the back of the throat and I think they have a very slight numbing effect. This feeling doesn't seem to last for log though, and pretty soon after finishing the lozenge, the feeling of numbness subsides and I can feel the back of my throat once more, though I have to say, my throat usually feels a lot more bearable and I am able to swallow without being in too much pain. These are a great tasting lozenge and not too strong. The flavour is good and the lozenge tastes sweet and tasty. They are a good price at only £2.39 for the pack of 24 and are made by Boots, who are a brand I really trust. Really recommended.

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      26.06.2012 14:24
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      A decent priced sore throat lozenge

      It is the time of year where I suffer with hay fever. I normally just have itchy eyes which is quickly relieved with the aid of taking some sort of antihistamine but for some reason this year my hay fever has come on quite strong. Itchy eyes teamed with either a blocked or streaming nose and a sore throat. May be I am finally acclimatising to the Lincolnshire weather but waking up and having to go through the working day feeling like I do is not pleasant so I am all for trying out products in order to keep things at bay. Waking up with a sore throat is never pleasant especially when you have a blocked nose so you find that you have slept with your mouth open as you can't breath through your nose and not only do you have a sore throat but you also have a very dry throat. For the past few weeks I have been heading straight for the sore throat lozenges in order to give my throat a little bit of relief and comfort. Currently in my house we have a variety of sore throat sweets/lozenges but the ones that I have readily available I at work are the Boots Sore Throat Relief Dual Action Lozenges. The lozenges from Boots are incredibly similar to the Strepsils branded lozenges but quite a bit cheaper. I currently have the blackcurrant variety although I am aware that they do a honey and lemon variety but I prefer the taste of blackcurrant so this is what I opted for. We have all heard of Boots, the pharmaceuticals company which provides a whole host of health care products so I wasn't too hesitant in buying this product a few months back. Apart from the branded neighbours on the shelf being more expensive I do find that Boots provide a good range of cheaper alternatives so I didn't have any concern that they wouldn't be effective. The lozenges have been specifically designed to give effective relief of sore throats as they contain Hexylresorcinol which is an effective antiseptic which helps to combat bacteria which is the main cause of having a sore throat. Not just do they contain an antiseptic but they also have a local anesthetic action which is the ingredient to help sooth the pain and offer a little relief against the discomfort. So even though I don't have a cold or the flu I do have discomfort due to my hay fever so these were exactly what I was looking for, something a little stronger which could do the job. The lozenges come in a rectangular cardboard box which is purple in colour - keeping with the blackcurrant theme! If you didn't look carefully enough the packaging is very similar to Strepsils. On the front there is the Boots logo together with an image of the lozenges together with the product name. On the reserve of the box there is a wealth of information such as how to use them, dosage, who should and shouldn't use them. As with any health product it is important to abide by the rules. The handy thing with Boots is, most stores have a pharmacist so you can always ask just in case. Inside the box there is a more informative leaflet should you need to read up more on the product itself. The lozenges are pretty straight forward to use but they can only be taken by adults and children but they have to be over the age of 6 years. The recommended dose is one lozenge every three hours or as required but it is important that you don't exceed the stated dose and that you don't take more than 12 lozenges in a 245 hour period. The lozenges themselves come in foil trays and you can simply bend the packet for the foil to break and out pops a deep purple coloured lozenge about the size of a 20p piece. It is recommend to let the lozenge dissolve rather than to actually chew it. Despite the lozenges being blackcurrant flavoured you don't get the impression that they are when you have one in your mouth. Yes, they are quite sweet with a fruity taste but most notably they do taste like a health product but not unpleasant and perfectly tolerable. No problems here! I do notice that it doesn't take long for the lozenge to dissolve quickly and easily but you are left with the tiniest piece left in your mouth which is incredibly thin and just can't dissolve so it is much easier just to chew the last tiny bit although I am sure if you persevered this would dissolve but for me it's just a little annoying so would rather get rid of it quickly. Of course should you want to chew them then it is just like having a boiled sweet in your mouth. You can instantly tell the lozenges get to work within a few seconds of having the lozenge in your mouth as you get an ever so slight tingling feeling with has a numbing effect. It doesn't take long for the lozenge to actually do what it is supposed to and my sore throat which is more irritated than sore has been soothed so it isn't as raw as it was. This numbing effect lasts for around an hour or so but despite its short life span it does provide some much needed relief which of course is great. My only problem I find is that the numbing sensation can feel a little odd on the throat and mouth which although isn't uncomfortable in any way it does feel a little weird but may be that is me being a little picky. I've been using these lozenges on and off few a few weeks and generally only take them when my throat is really irritable and sore as I don't like constantly using them. The lozenges do provide some comfort especially in the mornings when my throat is like sandpaper. They do come incredibly useful at times and I really can't find fault with them at all apart from the odd sensation that I get but that is perfectly manageable. Overall, a definite recommendation from me as they are just as good as the leading brand and are slightly better on the bank balance which is definitely a plus. Just to point out that the blackcurrant variety are not available online but just in store. 5 stars from me. ~ Useful Information ~ Brand: Boots Price: £2.39 Misc: Each lozenge contains a total of 2.4 g of sugar and glucose Hazards and Cautions Do not take if * You are allergic to any of the ingredients * You suffer from fructose intolerance or arelated metabolic disorder * You are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless advised by your doctor ~ This review will also appear on Ciao under my username PerfectPeaches01 ~

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        29.08.2011 00:48
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        Not brilliant but not awful either!

        Of late I have had a really sore throat. It hurts to swallow and I'm a bit sniffly making me believe I'm coming down with something not too good. I don't feel too ill or anything like that but my throat is really sore and dry all the time. So when I was passing Boots a few days ago I decided to try find some things to help me out and I came across these Sore Throat Lozenges. Please note that I am not reviewing the Dual Action ones but Dooyoo have told me they are the same product and to review them here! So for the record these are Boots Sore Throat Relief Lozenges. The Packaging: The box mine came in is yellow and on the front of it we are shown a picture of one of the lozenges and told that they are Boots Sore Throat Relief Lozenges and that they are Lemon in flavour and contain Amylmetecresol and that they provide relief from sore throats and there are 24 lozenges in the box. Other information on the box includes being given dosage advice and being told what they are meant to do, the ingredients of them are listed as are warnings and contact details for Boots are given. Inside the box you get two see-through and foil backed trays of which the lozenges pop out of with ease and we are told on the foil part clearly what they are. The Lozenges: Small, round, and reasonably thick and look like hard boiled sweets these are meant to be sucked as they are hard though you can crunch them up if so desire. My lemon flavoured ones are sweet, slightly zesty and refreshing and rather sweet and very soothing indeed if sucked and they melt into the throat slightly numbing down pain as they go and refreshing the mouth. These are suitable for children 5-11 years to suck no more than 4 lozenges in a 24 hour period and any older than that can suck 8 of them in a 24 hours. Because they contain glucose they may not be suitable for all diabetics to take. I like the way they numb pain slightly though that effect only lasts a few minutes after you have finished sucking it but that relief is welcomed if you have a sore throat even for a while. One negative with these though is they do leave a slight tinny taste in the mouth after consuming them. They are pleasant tasting if not a bit on the sweet side and work partly and I can recommend them for temporary relief though they are not a cure! Only available in Boots stores and in a few different flavours.

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          02.04.2011 11:25
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          They helped my sore throat and discomfort and I would buy them again!

          I have had a lot of colds and sore throats this year and have been trying out a variety of different products and over-the-counter remedies to try and combat the symptoms, which have left me feeling pretty miserable for the most part. I had asked my husband to pick me up a box of 'Strepsils' which are hard medicated lozenge type sweets, which can be used in combating sore throats. My husband bought me the Boots own-branded version of the lozenges instead, which are obviously only available from Boots stores and are supplied in boxes containing 24 lozenges. I believe there are a few different flavours of the Boots sore throat lozenges available, but the ones I had are the Blackcurrant flavour. The box is made of cardboard and is a bright purple colour, so it shouldn't be too difficult to miss if you are looking for the product on a busy shelf in store. The box contains two 'sheets' of lozenges, each with 12 on, and for this box my husband paid the sum of £1.69 from a local Boots store. The full name of the product is Boots Sore Throat Relief Dual Action Lozenges, and the dual action is in reference to the two main areas of help that these lozenges can provide to your sore throat. The first is the antiseptic that the Boots lozenges contain, which according to the packaging "combats the bacteria that causes a sore throat". The second helpful element that these lozenges claim to contain is '"a local anaesthetic effect, which brings soothing relief of pain and discomfort". At the time of getting the Boots lozenges, I was suffering from a very sore throat and an ear infection. I also had a runny nose and was starting to lose my voice, so was feeling pretty down and miserable. The first thing that I noticed about the Boots lozenges was that they tasted very nice, when compared to other sore throat tablets or lozenges I had been taking up to that point. I really liked the blackcurrant flavour and thought it was quite refreshing and not overly sweet or at all sickly, which was an irritating trait I had been finding with some alternative lozenges I had been using. The packaging for the Boots lozenges warns that one lozenge should be taken every three hours, with no more than 12 taken in any 24 hour period. I stuck to the one-every-three-hours rule, and found that from the first time I took one of the Boots lozenges, there was a marked improvement in how my throat felt. Firstly, my throat did not feel nearly as dry and 'scratchy' as it had previously, which I felt was coming from the claims about the tablets containing antiseptic, as made on the packaging. I did feel that the aggravating 'scratchy' feeling my throat had had was dulled down by the use of these tablets, and it is fair to say that I noticed this improvement almost immediately. I found the Boots lozenges were also true to their word in respect of the claims about the local anaesthetic contained in them to help ease the pain and discomfort associated with sore throat. I will be honest here though and say that I have used similar lozenge products in the past which helped this problem a LOT more than the Boots lozenges did. Perhaps the alternative brands of lozenge that I have used before have contained a higher level of anaesthetic or something? To be fair, they did help, and they did dull the pain I was experiencing, but only very slightly. If I am being honest though I have never had complete relief from a sore throat from solely using lozenges, and find that it is usually one of those things that just takes a little time to pass and clear up completely. This is only my experience though and of course everybody is different and can suffer from a variety of symptoms and so what works for one person will not always be the most effective remedy for the next person. The overall use of the Boots throat lozenges did help my throat a little, as with the use of any product like this one, they can really make a difference to the dry uncomfortable feeling that is associated with sore throats. I think this relief can be obtained from a packet of Lockets or Halls Soothers though, so I wouldn't recommend the Boots throat Lozenges to overcome this symptom alone. If your throat is slightly worse than this though, and is causing something more akin to pain than just discomfort, then the Boots lozenges are a good choice, in my opinion, as they did help the symptoms I was experiencing at the time and I would buy them again as a result. As with all medications and over-the-counter remedies, you should read all instructions and care advice that is given before you take the medicine, to make sure it is suitable for you and will not cause any ill-effects. In addition, this medication should not be given to children under the age of six years old. There is a choice of flavours of the Boots 'dual action' lozenges which include the blackcurrant ones I had, as well as Black Cherry flavour and Honey and Lemon Flavour. In addition, 'plain' sore throat lozenges that do not have the 'dual action' properties contained in them are also available from Boots, and these include flavours such as Cherry or Lemon. All of these lozenges can be purchased online at www.boots.com or a selection will be available in your local Boots pharmacy department. I would recommend the Boots Sore Throat Relief dual action lozenges and thought they were a reasonable price considering the level of relief that they gave to me. I would buy them again as a result and I do not think they deserve anything other than full marks!

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            18.12.2009 01:06
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            Try them for temporary relief

            These little lozenges come in a sqaure box with the Boots symbol on the left hand corner , the words "Sore Throat Relief dual action" emblazoned on the front and in the colour of the flavour you choose. I usually have honey and lemon and the box colour for this is reddy orange. Other flavours include: Black Cherry, Cherry, Blackcurrant and Orange & Menthol. Inside the box are blister packs which make these appear to be very medicine like. A good thing i think as you can then tell they arent sweets! I know that sounds silly but Halls Soothers for example look suspiciously like Werther's Original tofees and kids need to see obvious differences (not that I leave any lying around for my little one to grab and stuff in his mouth!) They come in large boxes full of 24 lozenges at a price of £1.65, which works out to just under 7p a lozenge. The lozenges are called dual action because they contain both antiseptic and local anaesthetic. The anaesthetic is supposed to numb the throat (sounds great when you have a painful sore throat). But I find that it just numbs my tongue instead! These little golden gems are also supposed to help by fighting infection which comes from the antibac which kills germs. Ingredients: They contain hexylresorcinol as well as sucrose, glucose, flavouring, menthrol and carmoisine (E122). You should take one dose every 3 hours and let it dissolve in your mouth. I think another reason these work is because they encourage the production of saliva and that eases sore throats. Alterntaively, some lukewarm water would also do the trick! And then a tablespoon of honey! These start off like sweets with a harder shell coating then they crack open and the liquid inside soothes your throat (like Halls soothers). I like them when i have sore throats and i do get sore throats often. However, they only give temporary relief and i wonder if honey and lemon mixed into a glass would do the same job! I guess when you're ill you cant be bothered to make up a drink like that for yourself so if like me you're lazy, try these!

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            06.09.2009 20:24
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            Great little lozenges which help to make you feel better with a sore throat

            I have been using a packet of these, which are black cherry flavour but you can also buy these in other flavours. They have done a fairly good job but don't seem to be anything special. They come in large boxes full of 24 lozenges at a price of £1.65, which isn't too bad as it works out at under 7p a lozenge. They are antiseptics and local anaesthetics for the throat. They help by fighting infection and giving relief from sore throat pain. They do a pretty good job but I wouldn't rate them too highly. You can get them in several flavorus: Black Cherry Honey & Lemon Cherry Blackcurrant Orange & Menthol I have only ever tried the Black Cherry and Blackcurrant ones, which both have a nice flavour and seem to do the same job. They contain hexylresorcinol as well as sucrose, glucose, flavouring, menthrol and carmoisine (E122). You should take one dose every 3 hours and suck it fully until it dissolves. They come in the box in drug trays and you can easily pop them out from underneath through the foil. The black cherry flavour I currently have taste quite nice but the menthol flavour is quite overpowering too. They are hard on the outside with a smooth texture and they don't contain any liquid inside so you slowly dissolve them down to nothing. They do help to soothe your throat and make it feel better but the effects aren't perfect. They help to clear your nose a bit too, which is a good bonus so I'd recommend them for the price they come at. Thanks for reading, Dan ©

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            30.09.2008 15:46
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            Don't bother, ask the pharmacy for something else!

            I have just finished writing a review on Day & Night Nurse and went to my inbox to find that my product suggestion for this had been approved...needless to say, the reason I bought Day & Night Nurse in the first place was because this product was so shi...rubbish. This will be a very quick review, as there isn't much to say on this product! **What is it?** Sunday when I felt like I was swallowing razor blades my boyfriend very kindly nipped out to boots to get my something to ease my throat. I thought he might come back with honey or something similar, instead he came back with these. They are lozenges (blackcurrant flavour) which according to the packet, fight infection and are a effective relief from sore throat pain. It also states that it "contains an antiseptic which combats the bacteria that can cause sore throats and has a local anaesthetic action which brings soothing relief of pain and discomfort". There are 24 lozenges included and like day and night nurse these are in two packs. The lozenges itself are thick penny sized and purple, the pack tells me to suck one lozenge until it disolves slowly in the mouth and to repeat this dose every 3 hours if needed. The maximum of 12 lozenges are allowed in a 24 hour period. **Did it work?** Well, I did as it said and popped one of these purple things in my mouth. Firstly, they taste awful, yes it does sort of taste like blackcurrent, but with a whiff of something minty, and medicinal..I can't quite describe it! The hard shell is quite tough to suck anyway, and even worse when you have a sore throat and cant really swallow easily! It took me a while to get through it but eventually it dissolved. After 1 hour, my hopes of having a pain-free throat had also dissolved however. There is nothing else I can say but these just dont work! At all. Full stop. No pain relief, they taste nasty, they arent good if you cant swallow....errr yes they just arent great. They are cheap though...Id give that one star, but Id like to take it away again as they are so ineffective that even spending a couple of quid on this is a waste!

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            An effective relief of sore throats, the dual action lozenges contain an antiseptic which fights against bacteria causing a sore throat and a local anaesthetic action which brings soothing relief of pain and discomfort.