Covonia is now my go to cough and cold medicine. I think it tastes absolutely vile but it seems to do the trick. I only discovered the cough lozenges last time I had the cold as previously I thought they just did the liquid medicine. I bought a pack not really sure what I was expecting as a lot of medicine brands also do cough lozenges and to be frank most of them are pretty rubbish when it comes to actually doing anything to help. In fact most of them now just taste like sweets and do as much use when it comes to soothing coughs and sore throats.
I do think these are different. For one they are vile so I doubt most people would use them unless they worked. I like Halls soothers but that's mainly just because they taste nice and I can go through a packet in a day just eating them like boiled sweets. These are different because I don't like the taste I only use them when I need to and I personally think they work well.
These cough lozenges have a double action to sooth the throat and clear your airwaves when they are blocked from the cold.
They do this because the ingredients used to make them include menthol and Squill extract. The menthol works to clear your airwaves and the Squill extract is an expectorant which means that it works to break up phlegm making it easier to be coughed up so it doesn't just sit in your chest and throat.
I thought these worked really well and are a cut above the normal cough lozenges. Although I didn't like the taste that is mainly because I don't really like menthol and these have a high concentration of menthol in them. They also have a warming effect which soothes the throat and you can actually feel this as you suck on the lozenge.
I took these when I was in the full throws of a bad cold and I think they helped. They didn't just sooth my throat like a lot of lozenges but they helped clear my nose a little bit and y coughing was definitely noticeably improved and not as severe. I wouldn't say that these actually helped with making me better but they definitely helped with relieving the symptoms even if it was just for short periods of time.
Although I wouldn't use these for a soothing effect if I just had a tickly throat and chest I would definitely buy them again for those times when I have a really bad cold and need something to help me get through it at least until it is time for my next dose of medicine. They are fairly expensive at £1.35 a packet but I think they are well worth this price.
Unfortunately, like quite a few people, I seem to pick up every single cough and cold out there.
As an Asthma sufferer, I tend to get quite bad coughs with any normal cold, and they usually tend to linger on long after the cold has cleared up.
Whilst out shopping I found these cough lozenges in the pound shop.
They come in a lemon flavouyr or this flavour, Berry blast. I'm not a great fan of lemon so went for the berry flavour.
The product comes in a small box. Inside the box is a plastic packet/bag. The lozenges' are all loose inside the inner bag, which I wasn't too keen on. I much prefer a blister strip, particularly for something you may not use for quite a while.
I would say you get between 10 and 15 lozenges per pack. Each lozenge is about the size of a womans thumb nail and is white on one side and purple on the other.
These lozenges do have quite a strong flavour but they do work fast. I have to say they didn't help too much with my cough but they really did work well on my sore throat, which ws driving me mad.
Obvisouly if you use these try to make sure you drink before you take them and try to avoiud drinking for a while after as it seems to wash the effects away.
These are quite a good little product for the price and certainly helped me feel slightly more human
After I have had a cold it is almost a certainty that it will end in a horrible, annoying, dry, tickly cough. This was exactly the case a few weeks ago and the most irritating part of having the cough was that it was waking me up in the night leaving me feeling frustrated and tired. I have tried many cough medicines before but never find the effects to last very long so I thought I would look for some lozenges instead to provide me with some relief.
I found the Covonia Berry Blast double action cough lozenges in Boots priced at £1.60. Personally I thought that this was a little expensive as it was rather a small box but as I was getting desperate I thought they were worth a try.
The Covonia lozenges come in a small rectangular box, I opted to purchase the Berry Blast flavour so this box is a purple colour to reflect the flavour. On the front of the box you can find a picture of the Covonia bull and a description of the lozenges 'warming flavour, soothes mouth and throat, clears airways'. Also on the box you can find full ingredients listings, nutritional information, and some information about how the lozenges work. It also states that the lozenges are suitable for vegetarians and are gluten free. Inside the box I was surprised to find that the lozenges come packed in a single purple plastic wrapper. I did think this was a little disappointing as it meant that once opened it didn't take long before the lozenges started to go a little sticky. Personally I think these would be better packaged in blister packs to allow you just to remove one lozenge at a time and to keep the rest fresh.
The lozenges themselves are oval in shape and around an inch long, they are made up of two layers the brown side which is warming while the white side is meant to help clear your airways. The lozenges contain menthol which you can certainly taste as soon as you pop one into your mouth as they are rather strong. Within a few seconds of letting the lozenge dissolve in my mouth I could feel it working, soothing my throat and sending a lovely cooling feeling up towards my nose leaving me able to breath clearly. I would not say that the berry flavouring is very noticeable and the menthol taste definitely dominates.
Overall I was extremely impressed with these lozenges they worked fantastically to leave my throat feeling soothed and airways much clearer making breathing easier. Although not good for my teeth whilst my cough cleared I was having a lozenge just before going to sleep and found that it really did help and I was able to have a much less interrupted night's sleep. Personally I will certainly be purchasing these lozenges again at the first sign of a cough or sore throat, I just hope they decide to redesign the packaging so they stay fresher for longer.
Ingredients - Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Citric Acid, Menthol Crystals, Squill Extract, Flavourings, Colour E150a.
Having woken up a few days ago with a cold, sore throat and earache I wasn't impressed - especially as I had gone to bed feeling fine with no hint whatsoever about my oncoming cold. As I normally have several remedies in my bathroom cupboard to try and counteract the ill effects of being..well ill I went into the bathroom to see what I could have.
Though I had the obligatory paracetamol and Ibuprofen there was nothing to soothe my throat (which I was positive I had some Strepsils but hubby admitted taking them all a few weeks previous - no doubt to fight off a case of man flu that was threatening his well being). To cut a long story short I popped into my local Superdrug which is handily located less than 10 minutes walk away from my home and decided to stock up.
As I only had limited funds on me at the time I decided against buying any Strepsils as the cheapest variety they had cost almost £3 and as I was wanting to buy other items on my visit I perused the shelves until I came across these - Double Action Cough Lozenges by Covonia at a mere £1.
I bought a box and hurried home with my shopping to test them out fully and here is my opinion..
These are 'Berry Blast' flavoured lozenges which are made by Covonia and are claim they are so powerful that you can feel them working. I never take these claims seriously as at the end of the day these companies will say whatever it takes to promote and sell their product, but having being not only impressed by their linctus that I have tried on several occasions in the past but also by the low selling price of these I presumed I had nothing to lose.
These are are mentioned lozenges and come in a small (ish) box which features the Covonia Bull logo against a pale purple drop. The logo is also present on the front of the box and is in a bold black font so is very noticeable. Inside the box there is a sealed foil bag which when torn open e are presented with approximately 8 to 9 of said lozenges. In my particular pack there were 8 and half of a broken one but even so for the money seemed good value.
My experience of taking these~
These are actually aimed at people with coughs and though I had a slight irritation of the throat it was mainly the soreness I was wishing to address with these. As stated I decided for £1 they were at least worth trying and it does state that these ease the throat whilst simultaneously clearing the airways.
Having removed one of the lozenges from the bag I was surprised at how large they were, for some reason I expected them to be more smaller and more disc like whereas these are approximately just under 1 inch (sorry but I haven't measured them) in length and are an oval rugby ball like shape - not what I imagined at all.
These are double action lozenges which is evident on appearance as one side is white whilst the underside is predominately brown. The white side claims it helps to clear the airways whilst the darker side is warming and soothing on the throat.
On placing one of these into my mouth I could instantly taste the menthol and as this particular flavour is called 'Berry Blast' I was wondering when the the berry would kick in. My first impressions were they were strong tasting and after a few minutes of sucking these lozenges they were really starting to work and I could not only taste the warming sensation on my throat but I could also breathe easier.
Each lozenge seemed to take on average of only 5 minutes each to fully dissolve in the mouth though in that time they really got to work. My throat seemed soothed almost instantly and though it wasn't permanent, any reprieve from suffering is surely a good thing. Though the main taste here is strong menthol, there is an aftertaste of berry which is more noticeable as the sweet starts to dissolve and though it has quite a tang to it it's not unpleasant.
Would I recommend them?~
Oh yes definitely! These are very effective at relieving sore throats and certainly eased the silly irritation that accompanied the soreness. I was very impressed with how they did help clear my airways as after sucking one lozenge I could breathe easier (for a while anyway). For the price these are certainly worth every penny and though you only get approx 9 in each pack (each box is 30g) they do the trick and the sizing of the box means they are very handy for keeping in your bag/pocket.
I don't list ingredients though I will say these contain sugar and glucose so may not be ideal if you have problems with your blood sugars for example. They also contain menthol crystals which isn't a surprise and something called squill extract though I'm not sure what that is they do state they are suitable for vegetarians and are gluten free.
These are the best throat lozenges I have tried in a long while and unlike some similar products they don't leave your mouth or tongue feeling sore after they have dissolved. The warm soothing flavour lingers especially at the back of my throat for a good 10 minutes after the sweet has fully dissolved, whilst the menthol made breathing easier for quite a while longer. These are something I will be stocking up on again in the future as though they don't cure they are very effective at relieving symptoms associated with coughs/colds and I can't endorse them enough.
A fantastic product that does what it says and at a very low cost as well.
Highly recommended from me and fully deserving of 5 stars.
I am a big fan of Covonia cough syrup so when I found out that they now also did a cough sweet I decided to give them a try. I bought them from boots and they cost me £1.62 for a box that probably contained around 15 or so lozenges.
They come in a little box like most lozenges seem to and inside the box they are contained in a little plastic bag.
The lozneges themselves are double sided with a brown and white side. The brown side is supposed to war your mouth and throat whilst the white side is what clears your airwaves. The first time I bought them I didn't have a cold just a sore throat from the air conditioning at work so I thought these would help soothe it.
They can be bought in two flavours being original and berry. The first time I bought them I chose the strong and that was a mistake as I hated the flavour and just found them to be too strong. They actually numbed my mouth and throat which was good because it meant that there was no pain and the feeling lasted a good hour.
They also cleared my nose airways to the point where it actually hurt to breathe through my nose.
The second time I bought them I had a slight cold and I went for the berry flavour which was much nicer though it was still strong but it just felt more soothing than the original. This time I appreciated the effects it had on my airways as they had been slightly blocked for a couple of days by this point. The numbing effect that they give also travelled further into my chest and it definately made me feel like I didn't need to cough as much.
In my opinion these lozenges might be more expensive than others but then again the level of relief they give is so much better than say tunes or lockets that if you have a bad cold it is definately worth shelling out the extra for them.
Just before Christmas I got the dreaded winter cold, the one that's bad enough that you start thinking is this flu but you still have to carry on with day to day life so I was desperate to find something to help. One of the things that was driving me mad was the cough as I kept waking the children through the night. I had a rare trip into town and decided to look in Savers as didn't want to spend loads on something that may not work, along with other things I bought I picked up some Covonia Cough Lozenges. The lozenges were available in two flavours, Original and Berry Blast and were £1 for a 30g box.
The box in small enough to carry in your handbag or tuck in a pocket, it has the Covonia name and bull on the front of it and the claims that they smooth mouth and throat and clear airways. On one side of the box there is a list of ingredients, the instructions to store under 25 degrees, the address details for Covonia and then the fact that these are gluten free and suitable for Vegetarians. The rear of the box states that these have been specially formulated to be powerful, you are given the nutritional information - the pack has 23.7g of sugar in it, there is also the statement that these are hand made in a traditional way in Yorkshire which I think is quite nice to know they have been made quite local to me.
Inside the box is a Purple plastic packet containing the lozenges, you get about ten of them in a pack so it does seem that they have a lot of sugar in them. Each lozenge has a brown layer and a white layer, the brown layer contains the warming flavour and the white side helps to clear the airways.
Well personally I thought they were awful, the flavour didn't really taste like it should be something you are eating and I certainly couldn't taste any berries, the lozenge made my mouth not far from numb and tainted everything I ate or drank for at least an hour if not more. When you compare to buying a pack of lockets which have around 10 lozenges in they are also more than 30% more expensive. So did they help my cough, not a chance no difference what so ever, I would not be buying these again and they quickly headed for the bin.
Well, it's that time of year again when the changeable weather brings on coughs and colds galore. I thought I'd escaped the worst of it after three of my children and my partner had pretty bad colds last week (obviously, Mark's being so much worse than anyone elses!), but then a couple of days ago I woke up with *that* tickle in the back of my throat which I knew from experience would quickly turn to soreness.
With an eight week old baby to care for (as well as the rest of my growing brood) I wanted to nip whatever was coming in the bud. Normally I'd simply neck as many tablets and potions as I needed to in order to feel better, but the problem this time is that little David doesn't sleep well at night so I had to ensure that the medication I chose to use would not cause me to become so drowsy that (in my present sleep deprived state) I might not hear him if he woke. Not that there's much chance of that happening, he has the cry (read: bellow) of a demon escaping the realms of hell when he starts.
So, the sore throat arrived and with it came a cough. One hell of a cough, actually. Covonia Cough Lozenges have single-handedly restored me back to health, working to soothe my throat and stop the irritating cough that make me feel so ill.
They are two-tone lozenges with a brown and white layer, mine are in a yellow and red box which is very much like the design of Covonia bottled cough medicine. These are the Original version, the purple box you can see above are a Berry flavour which are apparently much tastier although do not seem to soothe as well as the ones I have.
The idea of these is to suck the lozenge instead of crunching it, this allows you to constantly swallow the melting lozenge which will coat and soothe the sore and inflamed throat area. I must say, I personally think the lozenges work much better as a throat treatment than as something to stop a cough but in fairness they do stop the tickly feeling which often leads to a coughing fit.
They have an extremely strong taste, which some people may not be able to tolerate. I can taste the menthol in them very strongly and there's also the same harsh tar flavour as I can always detect in the bottled Covonia. They release a warming sensation which is excellent when you have a sore throat and as I swallow I can feel the lozenges working their magic. From the very first lozenge my throat started to feel slightly better and although this effect isn't particularly long lasting, sucking another lozenge will back up the soothed feeling and over a few hours I could literally feel my throat returning to a more normal state.
The menthol within the lozenge will also help to unblock your pipes, I always get a horrible bunged up feeling whenever I have a cold but as soon as I started sucking the first lozenge I could feel my nose and general airways becoming less congested.
Obviously, these are not a miracle cure. As far as lozenges go they rank up there with the best in my opinion and they really did help me to feel much better, but my cold never actually materialised as a full-blown sickness so it's debatable how well they would function if you had a more severe flu-type illness.
£1.89 (or thereabouts) from Boots and most other chemists.
I've been feeling a little under the weather over the past few days, with the worst of my symptoms being a really painful sore throat. I've tried numerous different brands of throat sweets over the years, including the usual brandleaders such as Halls and Tunes and the likes, and find them all to be pretty ineffectual at relieving the symptoms for any length of time so I was looking for an alternative.
Browsing the medicine aisle at Morrisons, these Covonia Double Action Cough Lozenges leapt out at me, so the designers of the packaging have obviously done their work well! I also remembered reading a positive review of these and thought they would be worth a try as they claim to soothe mouth and throat as well as clearing the airways.
The lozenges come enclosed in a purple box and are then loose inside a plastic wrapper, making them easy to access without any fiddly packets to pop. The boxes contain 30g, with equates to around 10 individual lozenges. These proudly claim to be handmade and they certainly look the part - very higgledly piggedly and rugged! The lozenges come in two differently coloured halves, haphazardly welded together, with the brown side 'warming' and the white half supposedly cleaning the airways.
I found these lozenges to be a decent size to suck. They're not too large to be comfortable but not too small that they disappear to nothing within seconds. The supposed 'berry blast' fragrance wasn't particularly identifiable, but the taste isn't too strong or unpleasant with the predominant flavour being the menthol - which would no doubt be helpful if taking these for a cold. With the main ingredients being sugar and then glucose syrup, it's no surprise that these are fairly sweet tasting - essentially being mentholated boiled sweets! There is also something called 'squill extract' within the (relatively small) ingredients list, but I'm reluctant to google it in case it turns out to be something unpleasant.These are suitable for vegetarians, fortunately, so I can be reassured that it won't be some gross animal derivative!
I found the sensation of sucking these was quite pleasant and soothing and they did provide temporary relief from the pain of my sore throat. Unfortunately, I didn't find the effects to be all that longlasting and the relief quickly faded once the lozenge had dissolved. These are not, sadly, a miracle cure from the effects of a sore throat.
Despite that, the lozenges were easy to take and did offer a temporary reprieve from the pain so I would probably take them again, if needed. I suspect I would benefit more from the dual benefits they offer if I also had a blocked and stuffy nose. They are also relatively inexpensive costing £1.32 from Morrisons so well worth giving a try for some short-term relief.
Just before Christmas I had a really bad chest infection which resulted in me having the most annoying and irritating cough known to man. I was in agony from it, I wasn't sleeping and even my asthma inhalers weren't touching it so I was in a pretty bad way. I tried every cough medicine I could, and nothing worked so when I saw these in the supermarket on one of my shopping trips, I thought they would be worth a try for £1.50, I was so desperate I was at the point of trying anything!
These Covonia lozenges are a relatively new product, only being available from this winter, and are available in both Berry Blast and Original flavours. I will be reviewing the Berry Blast variety seeing as they are the ones that I have tried. They comes in a purple cardboard box, with the red Covonia Bull on the front, and it's a pretty distinctive packet. When you open the box, the lozenges are located in a small plastic bag, and all look quite rough - they are actually hand made and certainly look it! The bag is easy to open, but I did notice a few of the lozenges were stuck together but a quick pull apart was all they needed to separate them.
The lozenges have quite a distinct appearance to them. They are split horizontally into 2 different layers. One half is white and the other is a dark purple/brown, and this is part of the "double action" of the lozenges. The brown side of the lozenges is the warming part with the real flavour, and the white side is the side which helps to clear out your airways with its strong menthol. You can actually taste the difference when you flip the lozenge around in your mouth, the white side does feel cooler and stronger than the brown side, from which you can definitely taste more flavour.
Now the important question is do they actually work? Well as I mentioned, I was on anti-biotics, my inhalers for asthma and nothing else seemed to help so I was pleasantly surprised when I found that these lozenges really did offer me some relief from my horrid cough. I found that almost straight away my airways, especially my nose, felt much clearer and I could get in some good breaths which helps ease the cough symptoms straight away. The lozenge takes around 5 minutes to dissolve in your mouth, and after that the taste does linger for a while, but it's pleasant and the after taste wasn't at all horrible.
I found that my cough was most definitely subdued for around half an hour to 45 minutes after the lozenge had completely dissolved, and I was really pleased with the effects of them. If you had a tickly or dry cough that you just can't seem to get rid of despite many methods of trying, then I would highly recommend trying these. I only bought them as a last resort, but now they will remain a staple part of my medical cabinet in case I ever get an awful cough! The berry flavour is very pleasant - yes the lozenges are strong but this means they do what they are supposed to do, and I'd definitely recommend you have a box of these around, especially at this time of year!
Ingredients: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Citric Acid, Menthol Crystals, Squill Extract, Flavourings, Colour :E150a.
Not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
Available from Boots, Supermarkets and other pharmacies.
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Covonia / cough lozenges