Many months ago, it seems like years ago now, when my youngest son (19yr) was very ill he was prescribed Difflam before his symptons got worse and he was rushed to hospital ( suspected Glandular Fever or Meningitis). Now I had never heard of this before in this form, we had tried last year some of the Difflam Throat Spray, which to be honest is good, but trying to get it down to the back of your throat without gagging was the only problem with this particular spray.
After visiting several chemists before I could get any ( It seemed to be very much in demand back in May!) I finally tracked some down in Sainsburys Pharmacy. This comes in a 200ml glass bottle with a white metal screw on lid that has to have the seal broken with a good turn. Now I didn't know this until reading the bottle for this review, but this bottle should be kept in it's cardboard box and keep away from sunlight. It comes with it's own little measuring cup that sits neatly on the lid, ready so you can pour some of the sore throat rinse into it, for a good gargle.
Difflam is made up of;
~~~Benzydamine Hydrochloride 0.15%w/v~~~
The ingredient Benzydamine Hydrochloride is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug the helps to reduce the inflammation and pain in the throat. Which I can say really does work, I've not known any other sore throat rinses to act as quick as this does. In fact we keep a bottle on the shelf all the time for future sore throats, as soon as you start to ge that tickle at the back of your throat a quick gargle with this and the next morning you will find that it will be gone.
The two E colours E104 (quinoline yellow) and E131 (patent blue) give this rinse it's lovely green colour. on unscrewing the lid and pouring some into the measuring cup provided you will instantly notice how the slight smell of aniseed seems to come through. Once poured into the mouth ready for gargling you will notice that it doesn't have an unpleasant taste and is quite fresh (unlike some of the Listeren mouthwashes that burn like crazy!). The measuring cup has lines going around it for 5, 10, 15 and 20ml measures ( mind you, you will need a magnifing glass to read them as they are so small!) so just count the lines is the best bet!.
This leaves a pleasant and refreshing taste in your mouth after you have gargled or rinsed your mouth, under no circumstances must you swallow this solution. This can only be repeated one and half hours - three hours after as needed for pain relief.
Now this is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years. Also you can only use this for up to seven days and if this has made know difference then you should go and see your Doctor or you could go to your local chemist and seek the advice of the Pharmacist ( this may be best as you might have to wait a week to get a Doctors appointment!).
As we all know this must be kept in a high place away from the hands of small children as it has no child proof lid on this bottle. This is a very good Sore Throat Rinse to always have on standby in your cupboard, although it costs around the £5-£6 mark it is worth it's weight in gold.This can only be bought over the counter at the pharmacy part of the chemist. So a big 5 stars for a great medicine.
Difflam Sore Throat Rinse is a gargle for the treatment of painful and inflamed sore throats. Difflam Sore Throat Rinse helps to reduce pain and inflammation from sore throats and mouth pain. The active ingredient, Benzydamine Hydrochloride is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works to reduce inflammation and pain. Each 15ml Difflam Sore Throat Rinse contains: The active ingredient: Benzydamine hydrochloride, 22.5 mg. Other ingredients: Ethanol, glycerol, saccharin sodium, mouthwash flavour 52 503/T firmenich, polysorbate 20, methylhydroxybenzoate, E104 (quinoline yellow), E131 (patent blue), purified water. Each 15ml of Difflam Sore Throat Rinse contains: Alcohol, 1.5ml.