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The past few days I have had an awful sore throat that just won't go away. The trouble is I pick everything up at this time of year and if I don't someone in my family will. I know there is no point going to the dr's and asking for things for sore throats because the drugs don't work :( So I have been self medicating with what I have found in our bathroom cupboard mainly these "Strepsils Honey & Lemon lozenges". I forgot how much the lozenges actually were but I asked my friend to get me some next time she was in Sainsbury's as we have just run out because of this sore throat and she got a pack of 25 for £3.50. What a lot of money for some little sweets! Anyway for 25 lozenges you can take up to *12 in 24 hours* which sounds a lot but actually it isn't as these little sweets (I know they aren't sweets but I think of them as sweets) dissolve in about 10 minutes in your mouth. They do taste of honey and lemon which is good because they're supposed to lol but there is a strong medicinal type undertaste as well that isn't masked in my opinion. There is a lot of sweetness and actually it concerns me as I have a fair few fillings but I tell myself they are medicine so it is OK. The sweets are meant to lubricate your throat and also have 2 antiseptics to heal it. To be honest I don't think they help very much. I find myself just taking one after the other until I have taken 12 and then I switch to other sweets which have about the same effect to be honest. I would not recommend these if you have a serious sore throat but for a mild one like mine they are just fine but expensive for what they are in my opinion. Thanks for reading my review.
I'm particularly prone to sore throats during term time, and so Strepsils provide a lifeline for me. I pick them up for about £3.50 in Sainsbury's, for which I get 24 lozenges. As I go through quite a lot, this sin't the best value, and I know I could probably get them cheaper elsewhere, but Sainsbury's is convenient for me. I love the taste of these honey and lemon lozenges, and to be honest I sometimes just use them for the taste; yes, I know that probably isn't very good for me, but I make sure to never exceed the recommended dosage, which is one every 2-3 hours, and no more than 12 in 25 hours. They are quite sweet, with the honey being the strongest flavour, but there is a hint of lemon in there as well, which takes some of the edge off all the sugar! When it comes to dealing with sore throats, I find these not particularly effective, however. Strepsils contain two antiseptics which provide relief by killing bacteria and lubricate the sore area. They provide some temporary relief while you're sucking the lozenge, but they only take around ten minutes to dissolve, and then you're left with a sore throat again, and nothing you can do about it for the next 2-3 hours! I personally find that others types of strepsil do a much better job at long-lasting relief, but unfortunately, they don't taste half as nice. Strepsils are not suitable for children under 6, pregnant or breast-feeding women, or anyone allergic to the ingredients (the packaging warns this is more common if you're allergic to aspirin). The information leaflet with them warns that there are possible side effects, but shockingly fails to list them, beyond 'itching'. I find this is quite an oversight, and the possible side-effects should have been listed. Personally, I haven't had any adverse reactions, but I did get quite bad indigestion when I accidentally swallowed a lozenge whole: not recommended! Overall, I love the taste of these lozenges, but unfortunately they don't do a great job on my sore throats, and they definitely lose another star for the lack of information with them.
As you may have noticed reading some of my recent reviews, I am battling with a dose of the cold at the minute. My way of dealing with the cold is to use as many remedies as I can to help me through it - I'm not one for suffering unless I have to! With this cold, my throat has been very dry, scratchy and painful. Coughing hasn't helped much either, so I was looking for something to sooth my throat. I found a 'travel pack' of Honey and Lemon Strepsils in B + M for £1 for 10 lozenges. The lozenges come in a round tube with a easy pop off lid. I would recommend that you keep an eye if young children are about as the bright colours on the front are inviting and the packaging is very easy to open. Each lozenge is a pale yellow colour with an S embossed on the front. There is a fairly strong honey and lemon scent from each lozenge as well. Strepsils contain two antiseptic ingredients, which aims to kill the bacteria that cause irritation in the mouth and throat. To use these lozenges, just pop one into your month and let it dissolve slowly. The action of sucking on the lozenge allows the active ingredients to work their magic and also helps lubricate and sooth your sore throat. I do find it slightly concerning that there is a note on the packet to say these are for oral administration only. Worries me what else people may have been using their Strepsils for! I find that these do help sooth my throat and helps me breathe more easily. While I still have a slightly sore throat, it is a lot better than it was and I can talk without pain. The lozenges have a very pleasant taste. It is a honey and lemon mix which just tastes soothing, not too sweet or sour. There is a slight medicinal tingle when they are dissolving, which does last even after the lozenge is gone, but this may just be the antiseptic ingredients working. It's not an unpleasant sensation either and it does also leave a slight numbing effect as well. The recommended dosage of these lozenges is one every 2 - 3 hours. If you take too many, it can cause stomach upsets (or in the case of an ex of mine, the left him feeling a bit high for a while). These are suitable for adults (including the elderly) and children aged 6 years and over, although be cautious as younger children can choke on the lozenges. It is recommended that you contact your GP before taking these if you are pregnant.
Although I don't get many coughs and colds I am prone to sore throats and when I do I always reach for the Strepsils. I love honey and lemon flavour and these are my favourite out of the Strepsil range of lozenges. I have used other brands in the past but find that these are the most effective. For me it usually starts with a tickle at the back of my throat and soreness when I swallow and a need to keep clearing my throat which in turn makes it more sore. The packet is white and yellow and the trademark Strepsil on the front of the packet and a yellow lozenge. They come in three separate strips of 12 lozenges each in a row of 3 x 4 and are easily popped out of the foil. You can smell the honey and lemon flavour straight away which smells sweet and is very pleasant. I usually buy them in a pack of 36 as I find this is better value, as they are usually around £4 for this size and around £3 for the pack of 16, however I bought these from an independent chemist for £2.50. I've actually just checked the sell by date to make sure that they are in date but is almost twelve months left! They also come in packs of 10 and 16 but I always find that the larger packs are better value. They contain two antiseptics, (2,4-dichloobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg, Amylmetacresol 0.6mg), which is supposed to relieve discomfort of sore throats and I find that it really does work for me. Even before I have finished sucking a lozenge my throat feels less sore and doesn't hurt so much when I swallow. They melt in your mouth and you can feel a warm sensation down your throat. You also get a coating in your mouth and a bit of a numb feeling but this soon disappears. They are suitable for adults and children over 6 years old and the recommended dosage is one lozenge to be sucked slowly in the mouth every two hours and to have no more than 12 lozenges in one day. I usually have about 4-6 in a day or more if I need them. They should be kept out of the reach of children as they do look quite appealing being a bright shade of yellow and quite large, but this really applies to all medicines. Although there are cheaper brands on the market in my opinion these are well worth it as they work well for me and also taste great. I would say that they are suitable for a general sore throat but if you have a severe sore throat you may have an infection and these wouldn't be sufficient for that purpose but I find them adequate for a minor sore throat.
DESCRIPTION These are special medicated lozenges from the brand "Strepsils" the package I have contains 36 lozenges but you can purchase them in packets of 16 and tubes of 10. This is also the honey & lemon variety but there are a range of flavours, some others I like are the relatively new "warm" and "cool" strepsils. The product aims to providie "soothing effective relief for sore throats". I asked my Dad to grab me a packet of these a few days ago because I felt a sore throat coming on and I know from using this product for years that if you catch it early enough, strepsils will nip the problem in the bud. PRICE My Dad paid just under £4 for a 36 lozenge packet from the local newsagents, this is pretty expensive to be honest and I know you can often pick up the 16 lozenge packets from places like poundland so if you have time to shop around, do so, I just needed some strepsils quickly so had to pay extra. PERFORMANCE I cannot fault strepsils, they are a trusted and very effective brand that I have been using since I was little. When my Grandad was alive he would always have packets of strepsils lying around his flat and so if I was ill Mom would always go and lend some strepsils off Grandad. The honey & lemon variety I have are very nice in taste, I'd be lying if I said you couldn't taste an underlying medical sort of flavour but overall they taste sweet and smell nice too. I can suck a lozenge for about 10 minutes before I feel the need to bite it but you should try to keep the lozenge in your mouth longer than this so the antiseptic ingredients (2,4 dichlorobenzyl alcohol and amylmetacresol) can work, they will still obviously work however long you keep the lozenge in the mouth but the longer the better. When I feel a sore throat coming on I take a strepsil straight away, as a person who steers clear of tablets unless I really need them I find strepsils a really good alternative to taking ibuprofen for a sore throat. I usually take 3 or 4 lozenges a day and by doing this my sore throat is usually cleared after 2-3 days. My most recent bout of a sore throat was cleared with strepsils after 2 days but I suppose the speed and effectivity depends on the underlying causes, I would say if you've seen no improvement from using strepsils after 5 days then definitely go and see the doctor. I've always found strepsils to work though, you can really feel the soothing feeling on the throat from the lozenge and you can tell the antiseptic ingredients are working. REMEMBER This product is unsuitable for children under the age of 6 and you should not have more than 12 lozenges a day! It also states that if you are pregnant you should contact your doctor before taking strepsils. OVERALL These are a staple product for me when I have a sore throat, I can't get by without them when I'm ill, I literally don't know what I would do. They work perfectly and aren't as harsh as taking ibuprofen etc, not that there is anything wrong with that option, I just always feel silly taking tablets for a sore throat, strepsils work directly on the area and they also taste great!
=Strepsils Honey and Lemon Lozenges= I can always tell when Winter is coming as I start needing to use my inhalers more for my asthma, and this also triggers sore throats and I feel like I have gone up and down the scale of throat sweets, and these Strepsils are one of the few products that I find works, so I always make sure there is a box in the house. =Boxed= The strepsils come in a cardboard box, on the front of the box there is a picture of a strepsil and on the back there is the information relating to how many you can take, allergy advice and contact details. =Strepsils= Inside the box there are strips which contain the strepsils, they are individually sealed in a plastic container with a foil front, so you just push the lozenge through as you need them. =Antiseptic= Although they are sweet to taste as they have honey which sweetens they are an antiseptic sweet, the ingredients help to kill any bacteria within the throat and for me this feeling of relief lasts for about 3 to 4 hours. =To Use= It is recommended that you take one lozenge sweet every 3 to 4 hours, and no more than 12 in a 24 hour period, there is a recommendation that if you do become unwell, or do not get better to seek medical advice. The lozenge melts in your mouth, and the honey and the lemon has a soothing effect, and this alone helps sooth the throat. =Handy to carry= As the lozenges are in strips, you can easily tear a strip off and pop in your handbag or pocket. =Suitable for Adults= I know medication rules changed a few years ago about the giving of medication to younger children, but I know these are suitable for adults. =Price and Availability= I pay around £3 for a box from Boots, although Boots do similar own brand products, I like the strepsils and stay with them. =Do they work= I find that they are effective in helping ease a sore throat in the winter weather, and with the antiseptic values this does help ease the throat. =Would I recommend= I would highly recommend, and give these a score of 5 out of 5..
Whenever I have a sore throat I try to work it off first but after a day I usually give in and buy some throat lozenges to ease the pain. Just so that my day is more comfortable and I am not irritated by the soreness. These are the ones I bought the last time I had a sore throat. They are housed in a cardboard box. The lozenges come in a sealed strip inside the box. There are 3 strips and each hold 8 lozenges in each strip. They are basically like a sweet and are to be sucked to help ease the soreness and because they are antiseptic sweets they help kill the bacteria. They do help kill the bacteria and help ease the sore throat but if you have a very sore throat I don't think these are very effective. But for a minor sore throat they work well for easing any soreness at the back of the throat. My soreness was only moderate and I did find they were effective enough to just help me swallow much more comfortably. They melt in the mouth just like sucking a sweet and in the same amount of time. They are not large sweets they are just a small sweet. They have a nice taste and a mixture of both the lemon and honey. These flavours I think are really soothing and help just take the edge off the soreness a little. They aren't a nasty tasting sweet. A strip can be popped into a coat pocket or a bag so that you can take some if you are at work or just going out somewhere for the day. One can be taken every 2 to 3 hours and no more than 12 in any 24 hour period. I think 12 in a day is enough to be able to spread the amount throughout the day to ease the soreness. I usually just take one every couple of hours or so and usually after I have had a drink so that they work better for attacking the infection and not drinking after taking one for a hour or so. I just find they work far quicker if I don't drink soon after sucking one. They aren't suitable for children under the age of 6 years old but are fine for adults and older children to take but not to exceed the dosage for all ages. These work well for tackling the infection of a minor sore throat or a moderate one but as I said earlier in this review I don't think they would work so well for severe sore throats and a stronger medication would work far quickly than these lozenges. For a 24 pack they cost around £3 and are available in larger packs too if you wish to take them if you maybe continue to have sore throats on a regular basis. I am happy with the way these worked for easing my sore throat. I like the taste of them and find they soothe really well indeed. I recommend them to take if you are having some discomfort with a sore throat. Will buy these in the future again. Work well enough for my moderate to minor sore throats. I rate these lozenges 5 stars.
I always try to have some cold remedies in the house as once you have succumbed to a cold you never feel like going out and buying things that will help. Strepsils is a good standby not least because, as I live in Spain, it is a brand that I am familiar with from the UK. and when you feel under the weather it's nice to have something that is recognisable. Some Spanish cold remedies are very strong so I like to stick with something I know. Having been sneezed over by a cold ridden person whilst standing in the queue at our local post office a few days later I had a real scratchy, hard to swallow sore throat and dug out my pack of Strepsils. These are the honey and lemon flavour which I much prefer to the odd tasting original variety. Packaging and Appearance. The sturdy white card board box bears the words Strepsils with honey and lemon and a yellow flash on one corner so that you do not get confused by other flavours. I have the Spanish pack which contains 24 tablets. On the back are the active ingredients and the carrier ingredients of sacarosa and glucose which I believe might be important for those that have diabetes. On the reverse there are some braille letters which I would be interested to know if these spell out Strepsils, maybe some Dooyooer could tell me?There are also instructions to read the included information leaflet carefully and to keep them out of the reach of children. Once inside the box there are two foil backed blister packs which contain twelve lozenges, each one individually sealed. My pack also contains a small information leaflet explaining that the active ingredients are alcohol diclorobencilico which is wide spectrum antiseptic and amilimetacresol which is a potent and well tolerated antiseptic. They can be used for all types of sore throats and also after dental work like extractions which I had not realised before. They should be dissolved slowly in your mouth every 2 to 3 hours. If you think that you are pregnant please consult your doctor before using them. Can you resist the crunch? The hard pastilles are of a lemon colour and quite large, as a child I thought they were huge!. They are easy to extract by just pushing them through the foil with your thumb. They smell sweet and lemony and the taste is sugary and quite sharp but with a soothing warm honey flavour running through it. Once in your mouth they are comforting and the active ingredients get to work soothing a painful throat or mouth. I always try and make them last as long as possible but can never resist crunching the last bit! My Opinion I generally only resort to these if I have a really bad throat as they are quite expensive at around 3 pounds for 24. The thing I like about them is that they do not contain any antibiotics but a strong antiseptic with no known side effects and you do not need a prescription to buy them. They will not instantly get rid of a sore throat but I am sure that they help to fight off one more quickly. I enjoy the honey and lemon taste and now having read the instruction leaflet properly,(how many of us never read them?), I have even more confidence in them. 5 stars from me. Made by Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare. Readily available from supermarkets and chemists in the UK and chemists in Spain. If you are coming to Spain for a holiday please remember that only chemists can sell painkillers and other health remedies, they are not available from supermarkets as in the UK. Thanks for reading my review, I also post on Ciao under splishsplash.
Strepsils Honey and Lemon. Recently having had a sore throat and cold I bought a packet of Strepsils honey and lemon from Asda. The packet that I bought contained 24 lozenges for £3. Strepsils have been around for as long as I can remember and are very reliable offering a soothing effect to those who have sore throats. They are fairly short acting and do not cure the sore throat but rather sooth the symptoms of dryness, soreness and minor irritation. Packaging. The strepsil lozenges are in a box and inside there are three sealed packs of 8 lozenges in a handy blister pack so that you can decant these and keep them in your pocket or in your bag. How to take them! You can take one lozenge every 2-3 hours and it should be placed in the mouth and sucked slowly until there is none left. They are like boiled sweets and after some time they melt away after sucking and mixed with saliva they provide temporary relief as it slides down your throat. There is a distinct taste of honey and lemon which is quite soothing. For me I find them more palatable than the original flavour and more soothing to suck. You should not take more than 12 in 24 hours. What does it contain? The active ingredients to a strepsil lozenge are Dichlorobenzyl 1.2mg and Amylmetacresol 0.6mg both of which are antiseptics which help kill or bacteria but I have not found them to be fully effective. What I have found is that they are soothing and an aid to comfort and reducing the soreness. Would I recommend them? Yes I would but don't expect a miracle cure because these are not one of those miracle cures. Strepsils are available in a variety of flavours including Honey and Lemon, Original, Orange and blackcurrant. They are also available in a variety of guises that include a warming variety and some that help with nasel congestion containing menthol. There is also a 10 pack which is in a tube and quite handy for slipping into your pocket. For me the honey and lemon are the variety I like and stick to.
I have personally been using Strepsils Lozenges for many years and I continue to do so now. There seems to be a lot of different sorts of flavours to choose from now, far more than there ever used to be, in fact. I do think however, that out of all of the various flavours, perhaps my favourites are the honey and lemon ones as I think that these just seem to work better for me personally. My husband also agrees with me and we always choose these ones in preference to the other flavours. They are very widely available and I buy mine with the supermarket shop. They are in the same aisle as all the other various cough, cold and flu remedies and last time I bought a pack of these, which was about four weeks ago now, they cost me £3.49 for a box of 24 lozenges. The outer box is made of cardboard and inside the pack there are two strips of 12 lozenges which are easy to just pop out as and when you need to take one. I tend to take one of these about every three to four hours and this is usually a long enough time gap in between for them to make a difference to the way my cough and sore throat feels. I love the honey and lemon flavour especially as they are very warming and comforting and they leave a lovely soothing feeling at the back of my throat. There have been times when I have had a raging sore throat and nothing else will hit the spot. At these times I take a honey and lemon Strepsil and it works within about five minutes of me sucking it very slowly and letting it melt in the back of my throat. I always think that honey and lemon drinks work on the whole very well for anyone who has coughs, colds or nasty sore throats and I believe that the combination of these two flavours really work well at healing and soothing. I am not sure these lozenges ar actually meant to heal and ease a ticklish cough but they do actually work for me in this respect too, whenever I have taken them for this reason. A pack of Strepsils will last me for ages and I always make sure that I have a spare pack in the back of my medicine cupboard just in case. They usually have a very long shelf life too, so it's not as though I have to make sure that I use them all up really quickly. I give them five out of five stars and really recommend them.
As someone who has suffered from a lot of sore throats I have tried almost all the throat lozenges there are on the market! Strepsils are at the upper end of the market in terms of price- usually three or four pounds for a packet of 36 which is expensive compared to seventy pence for a packet of Halls or Lockets. Strepsils advertise themselves as soothing effective relief for sore throats. You simply slowly dissolve the lozenge in your mouth. There are a range of different flavours (eg honey and lemon, cherry, including a sugar free option) and also some with antiseptic action (these are more expensive). I have to say that whilst the lozenges taste nice and do provide immediate relief from pain unfortunately this is usually very short lived. The other problem is that its recommended that you only take one every two to hours. So if you are suffering from a bad sore throat, one lozenge every two or hours will give you around 10/20 mins relief which isn't much range After trying a wide range of lozenges I now use a throat spray which I find to be more effective and to last much longer. However if you are looking for a lozenge to keep in your handbag/ or to fight against minor throat irritation I would advise trying Halls or Lockets which do the same job but are much cheaper
I've been buying strepsils for years.. I have only ever tried these ones (honey and lemon) as I find them to be so great I don't bother trying the other flavours. The strepsils that I buy come in a box of 24. I find them to be quite expensive in price compared to other brands as they are around £3.50. However I still stick to these when I have a really bad sore throat coming on as I find them to last longer than the cheaper brands and be more soothing and effective. The strepsils are a nice honey and lemon flavour and last a while, they are actually quite nice to have - however should only be used for intended purposes and to provide relief from sore throats. On opening the box you will find an information leaflet of the product and 2 packs of strepsils. Each pack contains 12 strepsils. The strepsils come in foiled backing which are easily removable and you can pop the strepsil out. If you are on the move, rather than placing the entire strepsil packet into your bag, you can easily cut one of the strips off and take 3 with you. They have a long expiry date, i've had mine in the cupboard for a while now and just looking at it, it tells me it is fine until november 2014. The back of the packaging states that strepsils are suitable for adults and children over 6 years old. Children under 6 should not be given these. You can have one strepsil every 2-3 hours and should not have more than 12 per day. I give the product 5 stars as I find it to be an effective product that will be restocked in my cupboard when required. I am not really brand loyal when it comes to health products but I find these strepsils to do the job and be a great help and so they are ones that I have re-purchased on many occasions. There are cheaper alternatives which are also good but for me Strepsils are the most effective and ones I don't mind so much taste-wise. There are many other flavours available apart from honey and lemon such as strawberry, blackcurrant and also orange. Thanks for reading (This review may be posted on ciao at some point)
Strepsils Honey and Lemon - 36 lozenges - Currently £3.49 at Boots or 349 advantage points According to the pack - Strepsils Honey and Lemon lozenges soothing effective relief for sore throats. I find that the product has a strong taste of lemon, and honey. Although the taste is not the most pleasant taste it does cover the medicated taste of the product. If I were reviewing them as a sweet than this would have more of an impact on the star rating. however they are a medication, and as such to me the mildly medicated flavour does not matter. As these lozenges 'melt' they work well to soothe sore throats and make it easier to swallow... They can be a little sickly, but they do seem to work wonders when I have throat infections. They seem to have a mildly warming effect on my tongue, and they seem to numb my throat nicely when I have a sore throat. The medicated undertones seems to be stronger than with some other brands of throat lozenges, however I also feel that they are generally more effective. They either coat my throat or numb it to a point where I seem to suffer from tickly coughs less when I have a throat infection or cold. Each lozenges contains 1.2mg of 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and 0.6mg of Amylmetacresol which are used for the treatment of mouth and throat infections. This product is suitable for use by over sixes as well as adults. Each lozenge is approximately .5 of an inch across, and is a cloudy golden colour with an S embossed on it. They are stored on a press foil packet similar to the kind that many pills come in. You should not exceed the dose of 12 in 24 hours.
It is pretty easy to pick up a summer cold, especially this year when summer is so damn cold and no surprises but the minute I returned from holiday I was struck down with a cold that had a particularly nasty sore throat with it and also a tickly cough that seemed to also reside in my throat making it very uncomfortable indeed. You get 36 lozenges in each packet of Strepsils Honey and Lemon flavour and they cost me £3.29. They are in strips of 12 and each one is individually wrapped in its own foil strip that you press the lozenge through to access it. They have a rich lemony flavour which is rather pleasant and not at all like washing liquid that some similar products seem to taste of (not that I make a habit of consuming washing liquid), I could not really detect any of the honey flavour at all as the lemon tends to dominate. They take a while and a fair bit of sucking before they are completely gone, I resist the urge to crunch them up as I find the longer they are in my mouth the better the results and the more relief they provide. They are very effective at providing relief for a sore throat, they numb the pain and also the saliva created helps to give some pain relief as well, in addition I found them to be very effective at getting rid of the tickly cough which really made a difference to my throat. It is recommended that you do not take more than twelve in a 24 hour period. I have found these to be more effective than some of the generic brands for sale however the downside is that they are more expensive.
From time to time I somehow develop a coarse sore throat, most often in winter months which are always a pain. For a slight sore throat I will buy the cheaper and more readily available packs of halls soothers from a corner shop but when I am feeling particularly run down I definitely opt for these packs of strepsils. Last time I got honey and lemon, with a box of 36 lozenges costing me about £3.50 from Boots which isn't half bad considering what they do in terms of pain relief! They are a circular yellow lozenge which contain 2 antiseptic ingredients: 1.2mg of 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and 0.6mg of Amylmetacresol. The pack states these are used for the sympotmatic relief of mouth and throat infections. In my opinion, these aren't the greatest taste and are much more lemony than they taste of any hint of honey! When I am ill I often try to drink some hot honey and lemon so I know how it should taste, probably why I think these taste to me to have a much more artificial flavouring. Nonetheless the flavour works well to conceal the true taste of the medicine which is in each lozenge and so make these much more enjoyable and durable to suck on! I tend to suck these lozenges for as long as possible until they dissolve on my tongue and I can almost instantly feel the medicine working it's way and soothing my sore throat. They are quite large in comparison to lozenges like soothers so these take a longer time to dissolve which is efficient in providing long lasting pain relief for me. It is recommended not to take more than 1 every 2 to 3 hours and no more than 12 in a day. I understand the guidelines but I do think this is excessive and generally do not have more than 1 every 4 hours or so, mainly as I said before the results are quite long lasting and I do not feel the need to constantly suck these, hence why I have a pack of 36 (3 sheets of 12) and still have over 2 sheets remaining! I like that they are wrapped in a foil sheet so each one can be individually popped out the pocket embedded and so make it easy to see how many is left and monitor how many you may have had that day! The foil also ensures freshness for the lozenges when not used so this allows the medicine to have a long shelf life which I like as I have a box I have had about 6 months! There are the usual precautions such as consulting a doctor if any symptoms persist, if you are pregnant it may be wise to also exercise caution and if allergic to aspirin these may cause a reaction including asthma. They are advised for children over 6 years old which I think is quite young as I can't imagine my 6 year old niece sucking on these but of course with all over the counter medication read the packet first. I would definitely recommend this product as an aid to sore throats to everyone, everywhere! Definitely a winner in my books and I always have a pack on standby in my little medicine cupboard!