Product Type: Boots Coughs, Colds & Flus
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Blackcurrants to the rescue
Boots Sore Throat Relief Dual Action Lozenges
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Boots Sore Throat Relief Dual Action Lozenges
Advantages: Cheap but effective
Disadvantages: Can give the throat bit of an odd sensation
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 ~
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 ~
Summary: A decent priced sore throat lozenge
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