“ Dosage Form: Drops / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu „
This product is different to traditional throat sweets in that it also numbs the area, giving some added relief.
I find the lozenges do numb your throat to some extent, but primarily numb what it comes into contact with i.e. with a sweet you suck, mainly your tongue and mouth, as opposed to your throat. I personally find that they are useful and do offer some relief to those with a sore throat during a cold, but the lack of ability to target where it numbs makes it somewhat inefficient. I prefer Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray (also reviewed) which has a similar effect but in a spray format so it can be targeted at the back of your throat, rather than your mouth in general.
I also find that, as many people do, I get mouth ulcers when I have a cold and I'm run down. I find the sugars in the throat sweet irritate any ulcers I have.
In summary, if there was nothing else available, I would use this product and I would be thankful for it, however I do believe that are more efficient alternatives.
This is a review about Dequacaine lozenges which contain 10mg Benzoncaine and 0.25 Deqaulinium Chloride per lozenge.
I recently had surgery on my nose under general anaesthetic during which my mouth had to be kept open for me to breathe. As I was out of it I had no idea what they had inserted into my mouth to hold it open but I was advised after the surgery that it was a clamp. This had caused my throat to be stretched and upon my release from hospital the following day I found that my throat was rather sore. Initially I thought that I'd managed to catch a throat infection whilst in hospital but thinking about it properly I realised of course it was due to my throat being stretched wide open to help me breathe during surgery.
Speaking to the staff at a local chemist they recommended Dequacaine which is specifically for severe sore throats. I had used these lozenges in the past but had forgotten all about them. So with a pack of 23 lozenges in my mitts I left the chemist a happy bunny, why 23 you may ask? Well I opened the packet as soon as I'd handed over my cash and popped a lozenge into my mouth as I needed some pain relief urgently.
I found within minutes of starting to suck the lozenge that my throat was starting to feel numb and the relief this gave was very welcome! I had been feeling more and more uneasy about how much my throat was actually hurting so this fast relief made me feel much better as I had other things to worry about such as using the various nose drops, sprays and saline douches the hospital had provided me with.
The lozenges have a very strong menthol taste, they're not unpleasant tasting but you definitely won't mistake these for regular mints. Within moments of popping one of these in your mouth, the lozenge seems to start acting. If you suck these against your cheek you will find your cheek feeling numb very quickly. Each lozenge lasts probably 15-30 minutes depending on whether you suck fast or just try to leave resting on your tongue.
I found that the symptoms disappeared fully within 24 hours of first taking Dequacaine - now I can't guarantee that the pain went away because of using Dequacaine or would have just gone away within that time period anyway but at least by using Dequacaine I didn't have to put up with the pain, so for me these get a 5 out 5 rating!
Dequacaine has a dual action formula:
*it has a local anaesthetic to numb your pain
*it contains an anti-bacterial agent to fight throat infections
The recommended dosage for Dequacaine lozenges is to slowly suck one every two hours or as needed. I wasn't too keen on the "as needed" part of the instructions as some people could easily misconstrue that as "have as many as you want" or "pop them like Tic Tacs"! These are NOT sweets and are actually quite strong lozenges so I do suggest if you use these that you read the instructions carefully and definitely don't take more than 8 lozenges in a 24 hour period.I'm not planning on copying out the warnings about who should and shouldn't take Dequacaine lozenges from the packet but the main ones are that these shouldn't be taken by children under 12, diabetics (such as myself) need to take account of the sugar content (a detailed leaflet is available inside each pack with information about ingredients, etc), pregnant or breast feeding women should consult their doctor before taking these or those taking other medications.
As with any medication you are also advised to consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any adverse reactions, feel unwell or if the symptoms persist. These are most definitely to be avoided if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Dequacaine lozenges range in price from £2.00 to £3.50 per pack of 24.
10mg Benzoncaine and 0.25 Deqaulinium Chloride, sucrose, sorbitol (E420), gloucose syrup, levomenthol, peppermint oil, benzyl alcohol, sodium saccharin, racemic camphor. Each lozenge contains 2.6g sugar base.
p.s. I do realise that references to sucking and throat stretching might want to bring out the adolescent in some of you but please try to restrain yourselves when commenting on the review *grin*
I contracted a cold last week, and I always struggle with the first few days of a cold, as that is when I have a severe sore throat. This happens everytime I get a cold and lasts for at least 24 hours. I cannot eat, drink, breathe, swallow or do anything without it hurting, it drives me crazy!!
I used to use own brand throat lozenges from my local Chemist to help relieve the pain but I have become increasingly frustrated with these. The anaesthetic in them doesn't even numb my tongue, let alone my throat, and the fact that I can only take one in 3 hours is also frustrating, because it only helps for the duration of which I am sucking them.
In my pain I went to Boots and spoke to the pharmacy and asked for the best that she had! She gave me a pack of Dequacaine. There were 24 throat lozenges and it cost me £3.25. At first I was a bit apprehensive about taking them, as the packet looks quite intimidating, and I wondered if it was too strong a medicine for me to take!!
It says FOR SEVERE SORE THROATS on the packet and the chemist told me that it was the strongest throat lozenges you could buy over the counter.
Dequacaine contains a local anaesthetic which helps to numb the pain of the sore throat, and it also contains an anti-bacterial agent which helps to prevent any infections forming, and also helps kill the infection if you have already contracted one. The packet states that it contains 10mg Benzocaine and 0.25mg of Dequalinium Chloride.
Dequacaine should only be used by Adults and children over 12 years old. The dosage is one lozenge every two hours. You should not take more than 8 lozenges in 24 hours.
The tablets don't have a particularly nice taste, but it isn't hideously bad either. It's a bizarre taste that I am struggling to describe but it's a bit minty, which makes sense as there is peppermint oil listed in the ingredients.
It took about 20 minutes for me to suck a lozenge until it dissolved. After about 2 minutes my tongue and the side of my cheek started to feel quite numb, and I knew that it was starting to work. This does get a bit annoying if you leave the lozenge in the same place in your mouth like I did, and it takes ages for the feeling to get back to it!
It really helped my sore throat however. The anaesthetic really helped with the pain. It allowed me to get on with my day without wincing everytime I wanted to swallow. The anaesthetic effect lasted for me, about 30 minutes after the lozenge had dissolved. The fact that you can only take one tablet every 2 hours was then a bit annoying, because I had to then struggle with a sore throat for an hour, but it had definitely decreased in intensity.
The best throat lozenges I've used and I will definitely be using these everytime I get a sore throat.
Dequacaine lozenges are a pharmacy formula lozenge for the relief of moderate to severe sore throats. They contain a antiseptic and anaesthetic and can be used in conjunction with painkillers such as ibruprofen and paracetamol. They contain sugar and sweetners so diabetics must consult with their pharmacist first. Children under twelve should not use these.
Unlike some other lozenges these taste quite mild and pleasant. The anaesthetic action is strong and fast acting so it is better to pop them into the side of your mouth and let them dissolve slowly. They do help the pain of a sore throat very well and can help you get through the day. One side effect of all this good action is that your tongue can become a little dead too so keeping it to one side of the mouth can keep this to a minimum.
The maxmum dose per day for an adult is 8 lozenges. I used six in one day last time and I felt a little bit sick at the end but this may have been due to the bug I had rather than the lozenges themselves. The benefits outweighed the drawbacks and I would definately recommend these alongside regular pain relief medication.
My sore throat has continued and unfortunately decided to turn into a nasty chest infection so I am now taking some antibiotics having visited the doctors this morning. Previous to it turning into this infection I had just popped on to my local Lloyds pharmacy; as I had run out of strepsils so needed something a little more powerful to ease the discomfort of my sore throat. I asked for a box of Dequacaine lozenges and the young girl behind the counter proceeded to scan a box of Immodium! I explained she had got the wrong item and after her picking up 4 other very different items she eventually picked the right one (I was practically screaming and pointing at the box like a mad woman by this point though!).
So what are they?~
Dequacaine are lozenges aimed at soothing severe sore throats. They are have a very strong numbing effect and make strepsils seem like jelly tots in comparison.
The main active ingredients are Benzocaine (10mg) and Dequalinium Chloride (0.25mg). That may as well be written in japanese as I have absolutely no idea what they are, but I know they work and that's good enough for me!
Price and packaging~
The packaging is nothing too eye catching - a small white box (similar size to Strepsils) with shades of red on one side and the logo in blue and red lettering. There are 24 lozenges inside and come in two foil blisters cointaining 12 each. The lozenge itself is about a centremetre in diameter (same size as..yes you guessed it a strepsil!) and are a lemony/white colour. These are quite reasonable to buy as they are normally under £3.50 in most of the chemists I have bought them in, and this particular pack was a bargain £3.26.
How to take~
Suck one lozenge slowly every two hours, or as needed. Do not take more than 8 in a 24 hour period. On opening the box and popping out a lozenge from the blister pack there is a distinctive medicinal smell that is quite strong. That's nothing compared to when you actually get one of these in your mouth..your tongue, mouth and throat goes numb almost instantly!
These are very effective when you have a sore throat as they are very strong and certainly do take the edge of even the sorest of throats. I find that after one has dissolved in your mouth the numbing feeling tends to last for at least 20 to 30 minutes later which is good (well it does on me anyway).
If you suffer from severe sore throats these are worth their weight in gold. No they don't take it away completely as do any pastilles or lozenges (though these contain local anaesthetic and an anti-bacterial agent).
The usual applies here with if symptoms persist see your doctor, consult a doctor also if you are pregnant/breast feeding etc.
5 pain numbing stars from me!
Sore throats are, for me, one of the worst of the common ailments. I hate the dry feeling, the not being able to swallow, and of course the pain. I've been using Dequacaine for a few years now as they're the best treatment I've found.
I discovered them when I went into a chemist's during a particularly bad sore throat 'episode' and asked the girl on the counter for the strongest sore throat medicine they had (I must have been ill, since I never even asked the price. People who know me would be amazed at that!).
She sold me a 24 capsule packet of Dequacaine lozenges and proceeded to warn me not to drink hot drinks whilst taking them since I could burn myself without realising it due to the anaesthetic effect they have, they sounded just the thing!
Dequacaine is an extremely effective treatment for sore throats, much more effective than Strepsils, for example. Its secret ingredient is benzocaine, a local anaesthetic. This works on the nerve endings in the throat, numbing them and preventing you feeling the pain of the infection. Each lozenge contains 10mg of benzocaine as well as 0.25mg of dequalinium chloride, an anti-bacterial agent to fight the infection.
Taste wise, the lozenges are OK, but not great. They're sort of minty but taste a bit medicinal too (well they would, wouldn't they). I guess what I'm saying is that you wouldn't take them as a sweet, but they're not too unpleasant to eat when you have a sore throat.
The main disadvantage reported about dequacaine is that, not only do they numb your throat as they're supposed to; the act of sucking on the lozenge also numbs your tongue giving a slightly weird feeling. It doesn't bother me in the slightest, but some of the people I've recommended Dequacaine to (and they're been lots, as I am very impressed with this product), have found this not to their liking.
Dequacaine is not good for your diet, or your teeth, each lozenge contains 2.6g of sugar. There are no other medicines in it, however, so nothing to prevent you taking other treatments (although, as usual, I'd consult the list of do's and don'ts and who should take Dequacaine on the back of the packet before using it).
The recommended dose is to take one every two hours. I've found this to be a bit long between treatments when I feel as if my throat is full of broken glass! With a really bad sore throat, I've upped the dose a bit (although I don't recommend anyone else does this), but I've always stuck to the recommendation never to exceed 8 tablets in a 24 hour period.
I find Dequacaine is perfect for me when I have a sore throat. It's not nasty to take, it numbs my throat, it has anti-bacterial properties, and it definitely makes me feel better. I've never found a sore throat treatment that's got as much going for it as Dequacaine and can recommend it, if you can get past the downside of your tongue going numb. I now always keep a box handy at work and at home in case a nasty sore throat virus attacks. A box of 24 lozenges costs about £3.00, not bad value for money.
After all the gluttony of Christmas and the chocolates that we all scoffed, now comes the harsh weather of January and February, colds, flus, soar throats, coughs, chest infections, what a lovely thought eh. I found this product quite by accident as I had always used strepsils which now I am on my third packet of these for the colds and throats I have had since Christmas and they work every time and seem to settle things down with 2/3 days. After all the rushing around today, I think I have picked up a bug or something. I wish people would not come and visit us when they have throats or colds or anything as all I have to do is be in the same room as some one for about 1 second and the following day I will come out with the symptoms. Mum gladly passed this on to me and said it is her Easter Pressie to me and started to laugh. I can feel my throat coming up so today when I was Shopping, I popped into Superdrug and asked them for the best thing they could give me, they asked me how much do you want to spend. The reply was I don't care, it is on its way and it needs to be sorted and quick. She offered me something called Dequacain which is something that I have never heard of. The cost was £2.59 and after commenting on how nice my perfume was I totted off on my way. The Packaging ============ 5 inches by 3 inches predominantly white car board box with the words Dequacaine written in red and black on the front. It says it is for severe soar throats. In very small writing it states it is containing Benzocaine and Dequalinium chloride and that it is a local anaesthetic and numbs throat pain with works together with an anti-bacterial agent which attacks soar throats. It also states that it has 24 lozenges. On the back there are directions and some useful advice which I will go into later and also customer service details. The Lozenge ========== When you ope
n the box there is two strips of plastic and metal foiled fronts and back and you pop them out. The sweets are milky coloured about the size of a penny. Each strip holds 12 lozenges. You take one lozenge and suck it to death and within seconds it releases a anaesthetic and believe me they work straight away. At this very moment I am sucking one and my tongue and throat is numb. They are very pleasant tasting and it does leave a funny but not horrible after taste in your mouth. The tablets take about 5 mins to disappear. The effects I find last about 30mins before I can feel my throat coming back with vengeance but they do work in the short term. How to use ========= Read the carton on the back before taking anything. These are only for people over the age of 12 years old. Suck one lozenge every 2 hours not taking more than 8 in any 24 hour period. Do not take if =========== You are under 12. Have any allergies to the ingredients. If you are diabetic, do not just presume they are ok. If you have blood disorders. Check before use if ================ You are diabetic, you can have them but check with doctor or pharmacist first. If you are pregnant. If you have a condition called myasthenia gravis. Side Effects ========== Occasionally with any products there are people who are allergic to them and also very rarely their is a blood disorder you can get which gives a blue tinge to you lips and nails. The Ingredients are listed as they are important to this opinion ====================================== Benzocaine ph Eur 10mg Dequalinium Chloride BP .25mg Contains different sugars, such as glucose, sucrose, syrups. Each Lozenge contains 2.2g of sugars Benzyl Alcohol may cause allergic reactions. My Own Warnings ============== Keep out of reach of Children, locked away not just out of reach as
these taste quite pleasant and could be mistaken for sweets. Whilst writing this opinion, several times I have had to refrain from calling them sweets. Be careful of drinking straight afterwards as a cold drink will taste awful and a hot drink could burn your mouth. Would I recommend them? ====================== Yes certainly I would as they do work for short periods of time and I would definatley buy them again. The only comment I would make to the supplier is that it would be easier to do 3 strips of 8 so that I can keep a check on how many I have taken quite easily. Where and how much are they? ========================= As I said I bought these from Superdrug, for £2.59 but they are readily available at most chemists. They are bought over the counter. **** Now with all illnesses and drugs, this is my opinion only, what suits me might not suit you so check with doctor or pharmacist before taking anything like this ****** Customer Service Details ==================== Crookes Healthcare Nottingham NG2 3AA Expiry Date ========= On this product it is two years in 2005. The date is on the opening end of the box and is quite hard to see as it is only impressed on the lid and not in a different colour. Hope this is of help to anyone, Karen xxxx
I have always found Dequacaine lozenges very effective. I used to work in an advertising sales office when I had to talk on the phone all day and a sore throat could mean not being able to do the job. A friend recommended these lozenges and since then I always keep them handy. The benzocaine in these pleasant tasting lozenges acts as a local anaesthetic and the dequaliniun chroride is a strong antiseptic. The effect lasts about two hours but be careful about the number of tablets you use as these aren't sweets, they are a strong medication. Follow the directions on the box. The only problem I found was that they made my mouth and throat a bit numb and I had to be careful about drinking hot drinks. I did actually swallow some tea and then realise that it was too hot once I'd swallowed it. You can use these for a couple of days as a measure to soothe a moderately sore throat but they aren't a cure even though they do contain an antiseptic. If your throat is very sore for more than a couple of days you should stop taking these and see a doctor.
Having tried Strepsils and the multitude of other sore-throat thingmies,which work or work to a small degree,my throat remained a stubborn ass and refused to be sedated a few years ago. I was recommended Dequacaine by some work colleagues.Having looked at them in a "I-don't-want-any-illegal-things" type of look,they assured me that it was a lozenge suitable for very sore-throats that you could buy over the counter at the local pharmacy. It's name comes from the fact that it contains Benzocaine (a powerful local anaesthetic),and Dequalinium Chloride (a strong antiseptic.)It has a strong action and really works fast and numbs the back of the throat for a good couple of hours.It seems to be the most effective throat treatment I have used,it really does work well. The ironic thing is that it is made by Crookes Healthcare (owned by Boots!)There is one word of warning that I can offer with this lozenge and that is that it is so effective that if you were to have a very hot drink,there is a risk that you may scald your mouth...so be warned.Wait until the numbness has subsided or test the drink first before drinking it!
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