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Merocaine Dual Action Anti-Bacterial Lozenges

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Brand: Merocaine / Type: Sore Throat / Dosage Form: Drops

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      26.07.2011 13:46
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      An easy way to get rid of sore throats

      A few months ago I was struck down with the worst hay fever I have ever had before. With all the symptoms my throat was extremely painful and effected me the most. It was almost impossible for me to swallow and I could hardly talk as the pain was getting unbearable. At the time it was day two of my suffering and I refused to take throat sweets as I disliked the taste and they never helped me in the past it just made me heave. By this point something had to be done because I believe having a sore throat was the worst pain I could suffer. I was at the Trafford Centre when I went to Boots pharmacy to get some help. They checked my throat over and it they said it was very swollen and then offered me Merocaine Dual Action for instant relief.

      At first I was a bit uncertain when they told me they would numb the pain but I was willing to try anything at this point but did have my concerns as I have never seen a product work like this before that contained anaesthetic. I thought I was going to be numb all over. They cost around £3 for a box of 24 lozenges which is a very reasonable price for what they did. So as I left the shop I tried one straight away to get the pain to go away. They were in a cardboard box and in the cardboard box they were in a silver foil. I got one of the lozenges out and to my surprise they were bigger than I imagined. They were about the size of a 20 pence piece and were bright green. Just the right colour if you have the flu! I put on into my mouth and began to suck.

      They seemed to last me about 15 to 20 minutes which I felt was a very long time. They numbed my mouth, my tongue most and my throat just a little but I didn't really feel any different which I thought was a shame considering how long it lasted in my mouth. I now had to wait another two hours before I could take another. Every two hours I would take one and after about 10 the pain was gone and I was relieved and my voice was back unfortunately for my family. I now have 14 left for the future incase the pain ever comes back and have over a year until they have to be used (10.2012). However, since I have taken these I haven't had a sore throat since.

      ~~Advantages~~
      After a while the lozenges do actually get rid of the pain and there are some left to use at a further date. I also believe the price is great considering that it gets rid of the pain. I believe that for a good lozenge that the flavour has to be nice for anybody to want to take the product. These lozenges taste like lime which to me is a lovely taste. I also like that they are available at any local chemist. They are also handy to put into your handbag and you can take them every 2 hours.

      ~~Disadvantages~~
      For me they last too long in your mouth which can just depend on how they dissolve in your mouth it could be a different time for each case. I also don't like that they numb your mouth more than your throat which often left me slurring my word like I was drunk.

      ~~Extra Information~~
      Contents: Benzocaine 10mg, Catylpridinium Chloride 1.4mg (Per lozenge). Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Sucrose,Glucose,Quinoline,Yellow(E104),Indigo Carmine(E132).

      Dosage: Children Under 12 years old:not recommended.
      Adult and children 12+ One lozenge to be dissolved in the mouth every 2 hours. Do not take more than 8 in 24 hours.

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      lilloulfc (Louise)

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        29.03.2011 01:06
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        soothe my throat

        Sore throats can cause discomfort and annoyance. There are many brands and products in the health market that claim to soothe the pain associated with sore throats and coughs. Pain relief comes in many forms including medicine, tablet, capsules, sweets and drinks.

        *~*Merocaine*~*

        Merocaine is produced by SSL International Plc. It is marketed as being a dual action lozenge which will provide extra quick relief of a sore throat and also mouth infections. Although claimed to offer relief to minor pains, Merocaine can also help throat related infections such as tonsilitis.

        Merocaine lozenges each contain 10mg of benzocaine and 1.4mg of cetylpyridinium chloride acting as the active ingredients. They also contain lime oil, lemon oil, sucrose, glucose, quinoline yellow and indigo carmine.

        *~*Who Can Take and When?*~*

        Merocaine is recommended for those over the age of 12years. It should be avoided if you suffer reactions to local anesthetics The lozenges should be dissolved in the mouth by sucking on them. One can be taken every 2hours with a maximum of 8 in any 24hr period.

        *~*Packaging*~*

        A silver and red cardboard box houses the lozenges. The box confirms the name of the product you are buying and also how to take, warning etc. Inside the box, a silver blister pack with Merocaine on the back can be found. Each blister pack holds 8 large, round lozenges.

        *~*Availability and Price*~*

        These can be prescribed by your chemist or bought online. www.chemistdirect.co.uk offers a 24pk at £2.89.

        *~*My Experience*~*

        I suffer from random sore throats which are normally connected with a cold. Sometimes I can get away with using a linctus but when the pain hits really bad, I need something to offer a bit more localised pain relief. This pack of Merocaine was actually given to me by my sister when she was having a clear out of her medicine cupboard. The local Boots store prescribed them to her but they are perfectly suitable for me to use as well.

        The packaging is sufficient and all the information I need is present. The blister packs are sturdy enough to hold the lozenges. I was quite shocked at how big the lozenges actually were. They resemble a slightly transparent, green boiled sweet and are round but quite flat. Popping them out is easy and they feel smooth if not a bit sticky. I have had these for about 2months now and don't take them often. This week though my throat was feeling achy again and I can't seem to shift it so I raided the medicine cupboard and decided to use these as opposed to Halls or Soothers.

        *~*Take Me Down*~*

        Popping one of these into my mouth, I am immediately hit by a strong citrus taste with lime being more prominent than the lemon. I am not familiar with lime flavoured things except Barrs Limeade Juice! This didn't taste like that and I cannot say it was a particularly pleasant taste but as they saying goes..if it doesn't taste good it must be doing you good..a little thing I've learned from my Ciao buds!

        The lozenge feels quite uncomfortable in my mouth due to its size. It is very much like a large version of a Soother but the transparency of it led me to believe I wasn't going to be treated to that flow of syrup from the inside. I don't recommend crunching one of these..they are solid from start to finish. The relief is really in the sucking action as the lime flavour comes through strong with a hint of medicinal flavoured added in for good measure. Generally I can suck on one of these for 15mins and there is a tiny bit left to crunch on after this time. Less damaging to my teeth and keeps me occupied for 15mins!

        *~*Effects*~*

        Whilst Soothers and Tunes offer a little relief, Merocaine is more aimed at using an anesthetic approach to soothe the pain. When my throat starts getting achy and I know it is going to unfold into an uncomfortable feeling, I take one of these. As the lozenge dissolves, the anesthetic relief becomes noticeable. If I am suffering with pain in my gums (a regular occurrence), I notice that as a suck on this, I can feel my gums numbing slightly..like a sore mouth gel would do.

        Of course these are mainly aimed at the throat and although there isn't any juices or syrup flowing down, cooling my throat, there is something happening. Within 10mins or so of popping one of these in my mouth, I can feel the pain in the top half of my throat easing up. By the time the small pieces of the crunched up lozenge have been swallowed down, the relief is more dectable and my mouth, tongue and throat feel numbed and ever so slightly tingly.

        *~*How Long Does It Last?*~*

        The relief is certainly temporary but not as temporary as the relief offered by Soothers etc. The anesthetic numbing keeps my sore throat at bay for around an hour and at a reduced rate for a further 2 hours so I don't need to take these all that often.

        *~*Conclusion and Recommendation*~*

        These lozenges are effective in easing the pain associated with sore throats and offers more localised relief. I will use these up but unless my doctor prescribes them, I won't buy again as they taste really disgusting! You certainly can't pop these down like boiled throat sweets and you do need to be careful how many you take. Personally I don't take them often as they make me feel queasy due to the taste!

        Thanks for reading x

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          27.03.2011 18:11
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          A useful throat sweet.

          After having three wisdom teeth removed just over a year ago I found that I was in considerably more pain than I was anticipating, so of course sent my Mum off to our local Asda's pharmacy to see what drugs (short of smack of course) she could procure for my use!

          Not only did I find that my mouth was sore, and my jaw felt like it had been prised open and held in that postion for a fortnight, but as I was struggling to eat and drink, my throat suddenly flared up too, all I needed was someone to hit me or kick me and I doubt I would have been able to fee any worse!

          Once finding a pain killer strong enough to give me relief, I found that my sore throat felt much worse, really raw so my darling Mum managed to get the sore throat sweets that I will now review for you.

          The product in question is - "Merocaine throat sweets".

          These are very similar looking to Strepsils, being a small round disc coloured green, and held in bubble formed strips, backed with foil, so these stay fresh until you need to "pop" one out for use.

          There are 8 to a strip with there being 16 within a box, though are very strong, so can only be used once every two ours, and no more than 8 in a day, though to be honest I only needed about four throughout the day due to the side effect I had with them.

          The first time I used them I popped one out and started to suck it and was not too concerned by the flavour, with this being a quite medicinally tasting sweet, though (and this was even after my Mum explained to me that this contained not only anti bacterial agents, but also a small amount of local anaesthetic too) was surprised to find that I actually lost some sensation in my tongue, especially at the back, for a good ½ hour after finishing the sweet entirely.

          The upside however was that this also helped numb the sides of my mouth and inside of my cheeks slightly, this giving me some relief from my wound areas, also due to the fact I couldn't really brush my teeth for the first couple of days these (and also a good sized bottle of Listerine) help keep the germs in mouth at that point at bay, helping the healing too.

          Price wise you are looking at around £3- £4.00 a box, which would only potential last you 2 days if taken as prescribed, but to me could be eeked out over 4 days use, and still be effective enough to provide relief, though I do feel these are more suited to more major problems rather than a bog standard sore throat, like after surgery (like me) or for throat infections and tonsillitis, which again were very effective, my husband contracted this two months after I had, had surgery, so used the rest of the pack for me!

          These come highly recommended by me, and as long as you don't mind the tongue numbing sensation that comes with the tablets, really do prove to be very effective.

          Thanks for reading x

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            16.06.2010 08:01
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            Works well for sore throats.

            I recently had a very bad sore throat and ear ache and a lot of people I know have recently had lots of colds and the same problem as I think there was a bug going around and I was sure to catch it as my immune system is not so good and a friend of mine recommended I buy some of these to see if it would give me some relief.

            My hubby went to Tesco and bought them over the counter at the Chemist counter and they were priced at £2.97 and I had never tried them before and thought they probably would not work but I would give them a try since my friend told me they always worked for her.

            They come in a cardboard box and inside there are 24 green lozenges, approximately the size of a 2p coin and they are shiny in colour and all that is needed is to suck them slowly and they kind of numb the back of the throat and the inside of the mouth and they really did ease my pain in around 6 hours and they are an anti bacterial lozenge with an local anaesthetic.

            The recommended dose is one to be dissolved slowly every 2 hours as needed and it is recommended not to take more than 8 in 24 hours.

            They tasted a little sweet and tasted a little like a lime sweet in my opinion and as soon as I placed one into my mouth I could feel the relief almost straight away and I had the 8 in one day and within a few hours I could really feel the difference, and the very next morning I felt much better and my sore throat had almost vanished.

            I did not need to take all of the 24 lozenges and so I have put them in my medicine cabinet for a later date if needed as the expiry date on the box states it can be used until August 2012, which is brilliant to keep for future use if needed as I am sure I probably will when it becomes much colder.

            I recommend these for anyone to have handy at home in the medicine cabinet for when you may need them as I think they work perfectly for a sore throat.

            I give these a 5 star and they are worth every penny in my opinion.

            Thank you for reading my review.

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              05.05.2010 14:28
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              An excellent alternative to Lockets, Tunes and other useless lozenges - thanks Praskipark!

              Some time ago I was struck down with an appalling dose of flu; I bore the illness with more fortitude than I believed possible considering how downright ill I felt, yet at the end of the second week as I began to feel human again I was left with a lingering sore throat. It was fellow Dooyoo-er Praskipark who suggested I try Merocaine, after she had seen me reviewing one sore throat lozenge after another and giving each of them a mere three stars each - if that.

              Anything for some respite from the burning pain of a sore throat, within minutes of receiving the recommendation I was standing in my local chemist with the name of the lozenge written on a scrap of paper for fear of forgetting it as my brain was so incredibly flu-addled. Since that day they have become a staple item in my medicine cabinet; they taste surprisingly nice and are extremely effective, even the price is lower than I would be prepared to pay for such a clever little lozenge.

              You take one lozenge every two - three hours, allowing it to dissolve in your mouth rather than crunching it like a sweet. The flavour is rather medicinal but there is a very slight sweetness to it which does take the clinical edge off somewhat, checking the ingredients list I see both lime and lemon oils have been added and these are possibly the additions which provide this subtle and very pleasant flavour. I would guesstimate that each lozenge takes roughly 15 minutes to dissolve and the temptation to crunch it will be great, however from experience I can tell you that Merocaine work far better if sucked and the effects are also more long lasting.

              The lozenges work by numbing the mouth and throat, thereby providing some relief to the inflamed or simply painful area. The active ingredients are Benzocaine and Cetylpyridinium Chloride; the Benzocaine is a local anaesthetic and it is this which numbs the painful area, while Cetylpyridinium Chloride works as a topical antiseptic agent to (hopefully) rid your body of any nasties which may be causing your discomfort. Together these ingredients will not only make you feel better in the short term, but will also aid your overall recovery.

              I was slightly dubious the first time I tried a Merocaine lozenge, it was actually rather lucky that I enjoyed the taste as much as I did as I wasn't expecting them to work any better than the Lockets and Tunes I had been devouring at the time. However, within five minutes of putting the first one in my mouth I felt the pain in my throat begin to lessen and I was able to function far better without the raw nagging pain I had been suffering. It's certainly not a miracle cure and I still had a 'sore throat' but I honestly felt much more comfortable and was able to eat solid foods with far more ease than I had done in previous weeks. Obviously, salt and vinegar crisps were still out but at least I could now manage beans on toast or anything other than watery soup!

              While my throat was still so terribly painful I found myself taking a lozenge at two hour intervals as the numbing action fades rather quickly and then the pain comes back with a vengeance, however, by 'dosing' myself up with Merocaine over the first couple of days I was able to keep the pain at bay for longer periods of time until my eventual recovery. It's quite amazing how well this small lozenge can help control an extremely sore throat, before purchasing my first box I was ready to make a doctors appointment which felt a little silly considering I had not visited him regarding my initial bout of flu and I was completely aware that this throat pain was directly caused by my recent illness.

              It's the swallowing action which provides the pain relief; as the lozenge dissolves the ingredients mingle with your saliva and it's as you involuntarily swallow this mixture that the anaesthetic is able to do it's job, coating the inside of your throat and mouth with the Benzocaine/Cetylpyridinium Chloride magic. Merocaine lozenges are also marketed as providing relief for mouth ulcers, while I rarely suffer from those particular little beasties I can vouch for their effectiveness as my daughter has used Merocaine very recently to control the pain of a cluster of ulcers inside her cheek and informed me that this works as well as any other ulcer preparation she has used.

              I am extremely impressed with Merocaine lozenges and completely recommend them to anyone who suffers the occasional sore throat or mouth ulcer. Obviously, if you have an unexpectedly painful throat or mouth then you certainly should consult your doctor as investigations may need to be made - particularly, I would say, if you are a smoker or suffer 'rampant' infections as a matter of course. Even if Merocaine are working for you, a painful throat should be looked at as it can indicate a more serious health condition.

              I would personally suggest these lozenges are excellent for general throat pain, I am not sure how much credence I would put on the Merocaine claim that it can provide relief from tonsillitis as I have suffered this condition in the past and frankly it requires a course of antibiotics and should not be self treated in my opinion. The majority of people are able to safely take Merocaine, although it must be said that pregnant ladies (and those who are breast feeding) should consult their doctor, midwife or a pharmacist before using them just to be on the safe side. Also (and this should be blindingly obvious), if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients in these lozenges then do bear in mind that you may have an adverse reaction to them.

              I generally purchase my Merocaine lozenges from Lloyds Pharmacy, where a box of 24 tablets costs a shade under £3. I agree this is far more expensive than buying a packet of Lockets, but the relief these provide is far superior and more clinical than the gimmicky feel of those 'sweetie tablets'.

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