“ Brand: Boots / Medicine Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu / Dosage Form: Drops „
WHY I BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT:-
I started suffering with a sore throat the other day which is something that I don't get on a regular basis. There were no signs of a cold, just a strong discomfort in my throat, so I went to Boots to get something that would give a bit of relief. I have bought Strepsils in the past, but they didn't have the ones that I normally use - the extra strength ones. There were a variety of different brands of lozenges but I decided to try the Boots Black Cherry ones as I find that Boots own label products are often just as effective as more expensive brands and these seemed to be very similar to Strepsils.
They're actually called Boots Sore Throat Relief Dual Action Lozenges and they come in a cherry coloured box containing 24 lozenges. It explains on the front that they have an antiseptic and local anaesthetic action to fight infection and relieve pain. The reverse of the box tells you how to take the medicine - adults and children over 6 years of age can take one lozenge every three hours or when needed, but no more than 12 in any 24 hour period. There is a warning that each box contains 2.5g of glucose and sucrose and that anyone with diabetes should take that into account. Interestingly, there are no separate printed instructions inside the box which usually come with medicines.
They are packaged in two plastic trays of 12 lozenges with foil seals. These trays are perforated in multiples of 3 lozenges so that they're more easy to carry around in a bag or your pocket. The lozenges are easy to get out by just pushing them up from underneath through the foil seal. Because they're sealed, it's more hygienic and also it's not as easy for children to accidentally eat them thinking they're sweets.
The main active ingredient is Hexylresorcinol, but they also contain sucrose, glucose syrup, levomenthol, propylene glycol, carmoisine (E122) and cherry flavour.
MY EXPERIENCE USING THESE LOZENGES:-
I think these lozenges are very pleasant to take. They're very similar to what I would call a cherry flavoured boiled sweet. I just simply let it slowly dissolve in the mouth and immediately I started to feel the relief of the anaesthetic effect. I was surprised how much it numbed my throat and after about a minute the discomfort from the soreness was almost gone - I wouldn't say that it disappeared completely, but it was enough to be able to carry on life as normal. The effect does seem to last a long time as well. I didn't have to take another for a couple of hours, but I have to admit that by then the soreness was as strong as it was before. I just kept popping one of these into my mouth when the pain became too distracting and it eased off for another couple of hours. Gradually the soreness started to dissipate and after 24 hours it was almost gone. Now I don't know if this was as a result of taking the lozenges or if it was just natural healing. The only other thing that I took were a couple of Ibuprofen before bedtime, so it would appear that the lozenges did go some way to curing the sore throat - certainly they enabled me to carry on my daily life as normal.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-
These are, of course, available at Boots and can be bought over the counter - you don't need to go to the pharmacy section unless you have any doubts about their suitability to take with other medication. If I remember correctly they cost in the region of £2.40, which is about £1.50 cheaper than similar branded sore throat lozenges, and because they are so effective I think this is a very reasonable price to pay.
I found Boots Sore Throat Relief Dual Action Lozenges to work very well, they relieved the soreness in my throat and enabled me to carry on as normal. I will certainly buy these again in preference to the more expensive brands.
I use a lot of different types of lozenges for sore throats, coughs and colds for myself and my family, especially over the winter months. One of these has been Boot's own brand Sore Throat Relief Lozenge in cherry flavour. Last time I bought these I managed to get them on a three for two offer and I ought them with the points I already had on my Advantage card. To buy them, I'd have to pay £1.99 for a pack of 24 tablets. This compares very favourably with the likes of Strepsils Lozenges and Boots is a brand I trust so I'm happy to pay the price.
Looks-wise, they actually do look very similar t the Strepsils boxes of throat lozenges, I also buy. The come in a cardboard box and inside there are two foil strips, each with 12 rounded deep red cherry coloured throat lozenges inside. I really do prefer these to the ones I recently bought from Tesco's which were a complete waste of time, as they made no difference at all to my poor sore throat.
The active ingredient in these Boots Lozenges is amylmetacresol, which is apparently the antiseptic part, and also the ingredient which helps to slightly anaesthetize the back of my throat and helps with the symptoms. I take one of these lozenges about every four hours or so and I suck slowly. They actually start to work pretty quickly, I find, and I soon begin to feel a slight numbing sensation at the back of my tongue. The idea is that you suck these lozenges very slowly until they have all bit disappeared. There is no runny centre, they are hard al the way through.
Taste wise, they are really good. I love the taste of cherry anyway, and though these lozenges are antiseptic, I don't actually feel like I am taking a lozenge, so much as eating a really tasty cherry sweet. They are not too sweet to taste and I am pleased to report that these lozenges, unlike Tesco's throat lozenges, actually do work well for me. They do help to relieve the nasty symptoms of a sore throat and they numb the back of the throat so that it doesn't feel so raw or hot.
It's not advisable to take more than 8 lozenges in any 24-hour period, but really, you don't feel the need to anyway, as they are very effective. One of the better non-branded throat lozenges in my opinion, and definitely recommended.
I have been suffering with a bit of a cold recently and along with the usual symptoms of a runny nose, headache and the sniffles, I have had a sore throat with it feeling tender, dry and inflamed. I wanted to buy some sort of soothing medication, so headed off to my local branch of Boots to see what was available.
I made several purchases, one of which was the "Boots Sore Throat Relief Dual Action Lozenges" which were available to buy in a choice of three or so flavours, including Honey & Lemon. I selected the Cherry flavour, and this review outlines my experiences of using the product.
I paid around £2.50 for the oblong box of lozenges, a price that I thought offered reasonable value for money, especially considering there are 24 lozenges in the pack. The packaging for the product is pretty standard, comprising of a bright red-coloured box made of thin cardboard. Inside, the red lozenges are packaged individually in little plastic 'bubble' shaped compartments, a design that is commonly known as a "Blister Pack." These 'bubble' compartments are formed together to make two individual 'sheets' of lozenges in the box, with these sheets being foil- backed which offers a hygienic seal.
To remove one lozenge from its compartment, you simply need to push it through from the other side, which is made of thin, clear plastic. I have not encountered any problems with doing this for myself, even though I have some mobility issues. The packaging is pretty standard for an item like this one in my experience, although this is not a criticism. I did like the way the 'sheets' were perforated along the middle, which allowed me to remove a small section from one sheet and pop it in my pocket or handbag, making the lozenges convenient to carry with me when out and about, rather than having to carry the whole box. I also felt that the packaging was hygienic, keeping the enclosed lozenges free from any dust or dirt, in addition to keeping them dry and free from moisture of course.
There was no instruction leaflet enclosed in the box along with the lozenges, but there was specific advice given on the reverse of the box to allow consumers to make an informed choice about the suitability of this particular medication. Suitable advice is also given regarding the correct 'dosage' of this medication, as only a handful of these lozenges are to be consumed within any one 24 hour period. I found the advice to be very straight-forward and concise.
The Boots Lozenges are of course marketed as being a "Dual Action" product, as they have been designed to cope with the symptoms of a sore throat in two ways. The Lozenges contain "Antiseptic & Local Anaesthetic" which, apparently, helps "Fight Infection." There are certainly plenty of impressive claims made on the product's box, and I felt confident they would ease some of the symptoms I was suffering from, as a result.
Firstly, I found the taste and flavour of the lozenges to be very pleasant. With a rich, cherry-like taste, I found there was nothing remotely sickly about the flavouring at all, which is not always the case with products like this one, I have found. It is true to say that the fruity cherry taste is rather sweet, but not to the extent of being off-putting for my own tastes. There was nothing remotely unpleasant about the flavour of the Boots Cherry Lozenges and I found them to be surprisingly tasty!
As a result of their pleasant flavour, I found the lozenges to be very palatable, making them ideal when feeling under the weather. I simply had to pop one of the lozenges into my mouth and keep it there until it 'dissolved' in my mouth. This took a while, as their texture is very hard, too hard to crunch immediately. Whilst the lozenge was in my mouth, I felt it begin to work quite quickly - surprisingly so, and the subsequent relief I felt was extremely welcome.
Firstly, my throat did not feel nearly as dry and 'scratchy' as it had previously, and I felt this relief was as a result of the tablets containing antiseptic, as per the claim made on the packaging. I did feel that the aggravating 'scratchy' feeling I had felt at my throat previously was significantly 'dulled down' and somewhat calmed by the use of the Boots Lozenges, and it is fair to say that I noticed this improvement almost immediately - an impressive enough result really, especially when the low purchase price and economical pack is considered.
I found too that the Boots lozenges were true to their claims in respect of the local anaesthetic contained in them working to help ease the pain and discomfort associated with a sore throat. I found the discomfort I had been experiencing began to subside quite quickly, and certainly this feeling was evident even before the lozenge had completely dissolved in my mouth. I noticed too that a sort of 'numbing' sensation developed at the back of my throat which offered a little relief to the tenderness I had been experiencing, and I found it easier to talk too, with the annoying 'tickling' sensation I had been suffering with being apparently calmed.
I will admit that this effect was rather short-lived, and the unpleasant feeling and discomfort did return only a short while afterwards. To be fair however, I find this result to be on a par with most other brands of throat lozenge that I have used in the past - and this result includes big-branded names too - so really, I don't feel I have much cause for complaint
I continued to take the Boots Dual Action Lozenges for around three days, until my symptoms started to subside significantly, and I no longer felt they were required to the same extent. I did feel that these lozenges helped my sore throat and associated symptoms to move on slightly and they certainly made a difference to how my throat felt and performed during the time I was unwell.
For these reasons, and as a result of my positive experiences, I would definitely recommend giving the Boots Lozenges a try out for the treatment of minor sore throats, and in particular those symptoms that are more associated with a dry 'tickly' type of throat complaint. I found they worked well, albeit only on the short-term, and felt they offered an affordable, convenient purchase for treating this type of symptom. I will buy them again, and feel they are deserving of full marks in the product rating score, as a result.
With colds come sore throats and if I had to choose the worst symptom of a cold I would pick a sore throat any day. They are incredibly uncomfortable and actually quite frustrating and when I have a sore throat I head straight towards my medicine cabinet or medicine aisle to find the throat lozenges in order to have a little relief.
I have tried various brands in a variety of flavours but whilst in Boots stocking up a few months ago I opted for their own version which are known as the Boots Sore Throat Relief Lozenges. I opted for the cherry flavour being a favourite flavour of mine. They can be found in the medicine aisle in Boots next to the other leading brands of throat lozenges probably the only difference is the price!
They come in a rectangular box which is exactly the same shape and size as a Strepsils box. It is red in colour and really stands out on the shelf. On the front there is the Boots logo, product name and an image of a red lozenge. On the back there are the dosage instructions as well as all the other information you would expect to see including the warning information. The key ingredient is amylmetacresol which acts as an antiseptic.
The lozenges come in foil trays and are individual. All you need to do is press the foil gently and out pops the lozenge. Each lozenge is a deep red colour and is about the same size as a £1 coin with a similar thickness. The foil trays should be intact when you purchase them, if you buy a packet with lozenges missing or open then just take them back to Boots to get them replaced. As soon as you take a lozenge out of the foiled packet you do get a whiff of a sweet but medicinal scent.
The lozenge should be sucked until it has fully dissolved although it is hard not to crunch it before it has disappeared although as soon as it becomes paper thin I do find myself crunching it so I can swallow it and let the healing process begin! Although it takes a few minutes for the antiseptic properties kick in, you can certainly tell when they have as your mouth, tongue and throat start to go a bit tingly and then the numbness starts to set in.
It doesn't take long for the lozenge to be completely dissolved which is great as although the medicinal cherry flavour is fine for a while afterwards I found that I started to dislike the flavour so as soon as I could crunch the remaining thin lozenge I found myself reaching for a glass of water to take the taste away. Now although not horrible it was a taste that wasn't particularly nice but I don't think the numbness helped as it does feel a little tingly and weird to start off with.
Overall, it doesn't take long for the numbness to disappear and I found with these lozenges that once the antiseptic had stopped working you are back to square one of your throat being sore. Now, I wasn't expecting my sore throat to disappear as soon as I'd had the first lozenge but I expected to at least be a little soothed but unfortunately not. It may just be that these lozenges just don't suit me but I was very disappointed and although I had the majority of the lozenges I always ended up with the same result.
Would I recommend? No, not really unless all other brands have completely sold out! 2 Stars for me.
~ Useful Info ~
Brand - Boots
Amount - 24 per pack
Price - £1.99
Dosage - 12 years + no more than 8 in 24 hours and 5 - 12 years no more than 4 in 24 hours
I suffer from seasonal sore throats at least twice a year and also regularly during the summer due to my hayfever. I've used a variety of cough sweets and lozenges to try and make my throat more comfortable, but I find these so expensive for what they are. I decided to opt with a box of Boots own brand sore throat relief lozenges as I felt that they would be just as good as any better known brand but at a cheaper price. I was also drawn to the fact that these came in cherry flavour - a particular favourite of mine.
The lozenges come in a small purple-red box, with two plastic foil sealed trays within. Each separate throat sweet can then be popped through the foil when you wish to take it. The box carries the usual warnings of possible side effects and states that the key ingredient in the lozenges is Amylmetacresol. The box cost £1.99 for 24 lozenges, which I felt was a reasonable price to pay. The lozenges contain an antiseptic to provide relief from sore throats. Each sweet is a deep maroon in appearance and round, about the size of a pound coin. For those that liked boiled sweets when they were younger, they are similar in appearance to cherry drops.
One lozenge should be sucked when required. For adults and children over 12, no more than 8 should be taken in 24 hours, for children aged 5-12, no more than 4. The lozenges taste really good, sweet and very much of cherries (as I would hope!). They last about five minutes if you suck them as you should, and resist the urge to crunch! There is no immediate effect on your throat as soon as you pop a lozenge in your mouth, but as you suck it does begin to have an effect. As well as moistening your throat by drawing saliva into your mouth and bringing relief to a dry, tickly throat in this way, the antiseptic works to numb your throat. This has the effect of relieving the pain of a sore throat. Whilst sucking the sweet, the relief is very good, but unfortunately this is not a long lasting effect. I would say that the relief from the sore throat lasts only 10-20 minutes from when you finishing sucking the sweet, when it begins to start reappearing again. Within an hour, the pain is back to the level it was pre-lozenge. Therefore, this is not a long-term solution to the problem and, as dosage is limited to a maximum of 8 lozenges a day, you should expect some pain throughout the day. However, this is something I have found to be true of all throat sweets so it is a limitation of the type of product rather than this specific brand.
I will definitely purchase this product again because of the temporary relief from a sore throat that it gave me. I also enjoy the flavour and find these pleasant to suck on throughout the day. The antiseptic effect helps to numb my throat and takes the pain away, at least in short bursts.
I am reviewing the Boots Sore Throat Relief Lozenges standard pack rather than the also available dual action (I haven't tried these yet)
I recently had a flu and sore throat that was like cut glass, nothing i had used previously was working and I was not a happy bunny. My brother who had been suffereing as well suggested I try the Boots Sore Throat Lozenges as he had found that they were pretty effective. I live close to a Boots so i pulled myself out of bed and went on a supplies run. As I was feeling really lousy i was stocking up as I didn't want to be going out again any time soon, so I bought a couple of packs of the cherry flavour, although they also come in blackcurrant, lemon and orange & menthol.
There are 24 lozenges in each pack and they come in 2 packs of twelve which can also be broken down into small packs of three, perfect for your pocket or bag when you are on the go and in need of some throat tlc.
Each lozenge is round and red and about the size of a penny. The instructions for taking this medicine was to suck one lozenge slowly, up to a maximum of 8 lozenges in 24 hours. I took one of lozenges and after a while my throat felt better still not back to its karaoke best but a far sight better than it had been. The lozenges contain an antiseptic (amylmetacresol) which helps numb off the throat, however when the antiseptic wears off my throat was back to being painful, this is where the 8 lozenges a day can help. I found the lozenges were a great help and helped to ease my throat pain giving effective relief.
Children between the ages of 5 and 12 can also take a maximum of 4 lozenges in a 24 hour period, children under 5 should not take these.
They cost £1.36 per pack and you can receive Boots advantage points on the purchase.
While this is not a product you hope to need if you have a sore throat make sure you have a pack handy to keep those sore throats at bay!