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I haven't bought Lockets for ages, but last time I had a cold I was looking for pregnancy-friendly menthol sweets and was surprised to see that Lockets came in different varieties compared to the traditional honey and lemon I was used to having as a child. These extra strong ones came in a pack of 10, costing around 55p, so they're not an expensive remedy for blocked noses and sore throats. The packaging looks like they mean business, being black and green instead of the more gentle yellow colour I am used to.
The active ingredients in these are menthol and eucalyptus, so they are a natural solution which are safe to use in pregnancy and alongside other cold remedies containing paracetamol or such like. They help to clear a blocked nose and soothe sore throats, with the menthol and eucalyptus clearing the sinuses, and the liquid centre soothing your throat.
I wasn't too sure what to expect taste wise, with these being extra strong, but needless to say they are strong enough to knock your block off! They do taste purely menthol, with no other real flavour coming through, and this does give your sinuses a good clearout. They're not overly pleasant tasting to be honest, even the liquid centre doesn't taste of anything nice such as honey, it's just strongly medicinal tasting. They also taste quite sweet, and I wouldn't really like to know how much sugar is in each one as I doubt it would make pretty reading.
The sweets did provide some short term relief from my cold, with the menthol hit making it easier to breathe for a short while, and the liquid centre did soothe my throat which was tickly and dry. The annoying thing about these is that the liquid centre does a good job of soothing, but then you have to chew what's left of the outside to swallow it, and this does the opposite job of scratching your sore throat!
I didn't find these a particularly pleasant way of alleviating symptoms, but I was happy to finish the pack because they did give a short term helping hand. I guess the fact they are so strong is what makes them more effective than some other alternatives, so I can't be too aggrieved about the strong taste. The scratchy exterior is a bit annoying when you're trying to calm a sore throat, but the fact they are individually wrapped makes them convenient to carry round. Four stars from me.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
I have been trying a variety of throat lozenge and cough sweets recently to try and alleviate the symptoms of a dry and tickly throat. One product that I bought this week is a package of "Medicated Lozenges" from the well known "Lockets" brand.
The "Extra Strong" lozenges appealed to me as I could see from the description on the packaging that they contain eucalyptus and menthol. I had felt a slight 'sniffle' in my nasal passages, and wondered if my tickly throat would perhaps develop into a bit of a head cold, so I felt reassured that the menthol and eucalyptus contained in the product would go some way to helping these symptoms if they developed further.
Paying only 57 pence from a local (independent) pharmacy for the package of Lockets, I was impressed to note that there were ten individually wrapped sweets within the foil-backed outer wrapper. In an attractive - albeit quite masculine-looking - black, white and green package, the packet of lozenges had caught my eye whilst browsing for lozenge items in the chemist, and I felt they were a reasonably-priced product that may offer a quick and fuss-free solution to the discomfort in my throat.
Unwrapping one of the sweets from its white paper wrapper, I am presented with a hard, oval-shaped sweet that is a clear, or off-white colour. I am told on the packet that the Lockets contain a "Soothing Liquid Centre" but this is not evident at first.
When I place the hard lozenge into my mouth the taste is not particularly strong at first, but this soon develops and the strong eucalyptus flavouring is quickly in full force allowing a minty, and very refreshing strong menthol flavour to envelop my mouth and throat. Whilst I find the flavour is not particularly unpleasant, I would stress that it is quite strong - in my opinion, at least - although this had not come as a complete surprise given the "Extra Strong" element to the product. For anyone with an aversion to strong menthol flavoured products, I would highly suggest giving this product a miss.
I found that the strong menthol flavouring within the Lockets felt quite pleasant at my throat, which at the time felt dry and very hot, resulting in a ticklish cough. The cool menthol seemed to 'calm' these unpleasant symptoms and the discomfort seemed to subside as a result.
I was extremely impressed at how quickly the Extra Strong Lockets seemed to kick in too... before the first lozenge had even disintegrated, my throat felt a LOT better than it had. The dry, scratchy feeling had subsided quite a lot and the hot 'clammy' feeling had been cooled greatly thanks to the Lockets' refreshing menthol. I was dubious about the amount of time this relief would last, however, as past experience had led me to believe that any relief is relatively short-lived. Would the Lockets fare any better...?
Unfortunately, no. I felt that as soon as the cool, 'mintyness' of the menthol and eucalyptus had died down in my mouth, so too did the cooling and slightly 'calming' effect that I had first experienced. This was a slight disappointment, as I had hoped the fact that the Lockets were "Extra Strong" would have resulted in a more long-lasting result than other brands of lozenge and throat sweet that I had tried out before. Sadly, this was not the case and I found that the effects were relatively short-lived.
In saying that, I would purchase the Extra Strong Lockets again in the future as I did think they performed quite well in terms of the relief and coolness to my sore, dry throat, certainly more than other brands of throat lozenge that I have purchased before. I would have been more impressed if this had lasted longer than it did however, so will be deducting one star from the product rating to reflect my disappointment.
The reverse of the packaging has some printed advice in relation to how the Lozenges should be taken, including dosage instructions and suitability, and there are also warnings in connection with sugar intolerance and stomach upset, so consumers can make an informed choice about whether the product is suitable for them.
As at the time of writing (April 2012), the Lockets Extra Strong can be purchased in all good pharmacy shops, as well as in drugstores, and some supermarkets such as Tesco. The price for the pack in Tesco at this time is only 30 pence, but the usual price is nearer 60 pence.
Lockets Extra Strong Lozenges are a mighty strong throat lozenge which my other half gave to me recently when I was suffering from a really ticklish cough and a horrible sore throat. In a pack you get twenty little individually wrapped lozenges for 59p and mine were honey flavoured. Each tablet I would personally say is 'medium' sized - neither too large nor too strong.
They strength does not hit you as soona s you start to suck but after a few minutes the depth of the strength of these takes hold and they actually made me cough as they caught at the back of my throat.
They are immensly strong but they soon helped my throat feel a lot better - I think they numbed it to be honest, it was like I could temporarily not feel my throat, never mind the soreness.
They last a long time and they have a lovely honey inner that oozes out as you suck through to the middle of the lozenge. It is briliant at making your throat feel less sore and easing the horrible symptoms.
You only need to take about one every hour as I never feel I have to suck them more frequently than this in order for them to work effectively. They do have a very high menthol content and you have to be very careful that you don't take too many. I personaly don't use more than one packet in any twenty four hour period and you cannot give them to children under six year sof age.
I do like them. They work and are not too expensive at all. They are widley available and I would recommend them.
review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
~Lockets Extra Strong Lozenges~
Having bought a pack of these when I saw them on the shelves in store I suggested them as a review subject here earlier today and to my amazement they have now been added to the database allowing me to share my thoughts about them. When I bought my Lockets Extra Strong Lozenges I also bought a pack of the Cranberry and Blueberry flavoured Lockets at the same time as I felt they would make a change from the Halls, Jakemans and Strepsils products that I have been taking to help with my recent cold, cough and sore throat. I also thought it would be good to buy both the Lockets product together, as I would be able to compare the two and see which worked best for me.
My pack of Lockets Extra Strong Lozenges stood out on the shelves in their distinctive white, black and vivid green coloured paper tube and as soon as I saw them I knew they were something I had not tried. Having not found the Honey and Lemon flavoured Lockets very palatable and not being a fan of Halls Soothers, I knew I was taking a chance with buying 2 packs of Lockets as the same time. Thankfully I have found both flavours I bought are much better than the other flavours mentioned here and the Extra Strong Lockets are a throat sweet that I found offered a nice strong mentho-lyptus vapor, combined with the soft liquid centre that all Lockets sweets have yet in a much less sickly sweet formula than previously.
~Presentation and ease of use~
Each small tube of Lockets contains 10 medium sized lozenges that all come wrapped in their paper tube which has a foil backing inside that has been used to ensure the sweets are fresh prior to purchase. The colour scheme used is something that I feel makes the sweets stand out as that was what drew me to the product, which I knew was something I had yet to try. Once I had a quick read of the text on the pack (which is small yet readable) I felt that these may be something that would prove helpful so I parted with my pennies and headed off with my Extra Strong Lockets.
When I opened the first sweet, taking it out from its own individual paper wrapper, I was greeted by an almost colourless looking lozenge shaped sweet that was completely smooth with no nasty rough edges that might catch against my sore throat. I found that the size of the lozenge made it easy to pop into the mouth and although I was tempted to crunch the lozenge I allowed it to dissolve on its own in order to see how well it worked. I found that the lozenge had a strong clean and cooling taste which was further enhanced once the liquid centre was breached and although I am not generally a fan of liquid centres, I must admit that in this case I was pleasantly surprised with the taste which was not as overly sweet as most other similar centres in these types of throat sweets.
~Cooling soothing mentho-lyptus~
After having taken a good number of these lozenges over the course of the day I have found them to give a very good vapor action that is strong, clear and refreshing and I would say that these have been amongst the better throat lozenges or sweets that I have tried recently. The outer part of each lozenge has a similar texture to a boiled sweet and it gives off a very well balanced menthol and eucalyptus burst of flavour which lasts for sometime before the liquid centre breaks through. Although I am not a real fan of these types of liquid centre throat sweets I feel that in this case the liquid is a helpful addition, as it has a very strong vapor action along with a soothing feel that is neither overly sweet or too strong for my liking.
Each lozenge contains a large amount of menthol with there being 15.8 gms per lozenge along with 6.5 mgs of eucalyptus and I feel this super strong blend really does help to open the airways and ease a sore throat. The downside to these lozenges is that each one has 4.1 gms of sugar in which may seem high although to be fair almost each and every similar throat sweet I have tried recently seems to have had a similar sugar content. On the plus side I have found that according to information given on the pack each lozenge contains 12.8 mgs of vitamin C per sweet which I hope may prove to be beneficial.
~How many can I take?~
Having had a quick look at the details given I can say that it appears you are able to take just 1 pack of these lozenges within any 24 hour period, with the sweets being suited only to adults and children from age 6 to 17 years old due to their higher than average menthol content. This means that the maximum number of sweets you can take in any 24 hour period is just 10 which is the full contents of a pack. As these do have a rather strong vapor action and equally strong taste I have found that I have used less of these than I have of other throat sweets. Overdosing on menthol can be something that may cause sickness, dizzyness, drowsiness or an upset tummy and as such it should be used with care. These Extra Strong Lockets are not recommended for use by children under the age of 6 although there are other products available that will suit that age group if needed.
~Rating and price~
As I have found these lozenges to be better than the other Lockets throat sweets I have tried I feel they ought to get a slightly higher rating of 4 stars. I found them to be very effective at helping to unblock my nose and ease my sore throat and the liquid centres were something that was a compliment to the product as they were not too sweet and sickly with them giving a strong clearing and soothing action. The price I paid for my pack of Lockets was 50p which works out as 5 p per lozenge and I feel that they were at least as good in terms of their value verses their effectiveness as some other more favoured brands. In summary I feel that I would purchase these lozenges again in future to use sparingly as I feel they have been of benefit and should prove safe to use if following the directions given on the pack.