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      18.10.2013 12:08
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      top quality medicated throat sweets

      Strepsils are like a special treat for me, if I have a bit of a sore throat, which is most of the time, or I get a cold , which is very rare, Strepsils are one of the things I will look to buy.

      I have had most of the old flavours and the originals which I have had most often. The original and cherry both have have this red translucent glow which is very warm and appealing, they are very tasty and have a special medicated additive.


      INGREDIENTS

      Each Lozenge contains 1.2mg of 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol & 0.6mg of Amylmetacresol,Also contains Sucrose and Glucose ,See insert leaflet for further information


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      You get 16 in a pack and they are £2.85 in Tesco at this time. They last ages in your mouth if you don't try and crunch them.
      They do help your throat, if it is dry and sore like mine gets, the reason they work is partly because of the active ingredients Dichlorobenzyl and Amylmetacresol which I understand are and antispetic.
      The other reason is the same reason that chewing gum or sucking boiled sweets helps, it produces saliva and that eases your throat.

      I have dissolved them in drinks before but I don't recommend this method, as they are a bit sickly when concentrated. They are nice when eaten while drinking a hot tea though. Although you should be drinking water with a sore throat or honey and tea.

      You cannot eat more than 12 a day, this seems quite a lot even for me ! That is basically sucking these things non stop all day.

      Strepsils are good for sore throats because of the antiseptic ingredients and also aid digestion through the production of saliva , although they do not claim this, and other sweet would also do this maybe even better such as aniseed balls because of the aniseed. I do rate them as a good 'tonic' type medicated sweet though and worth paying a bit extra if you don't feel well.

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      06.10.2013 19:14
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      Helping my poor sore throat

      I have been suffering from a sore throat for the last week now. One of the first things I always reach out for on the onset of a sore throat are Strepsils. I usually plump for the original ones, although there are a number of different flavours available in the range, including strawberry, honey and lemon, orange and also sugar free versions. The original ones I've been using over the last week cost £3 in Tesco. They come in a white and red box and inside are 16 lozenges, sealed individually in a silver blister pack. The packaging make them really easy to use as and when they are needed.

      They are designed to relieve the symptoms of mouth and throat infections and contain two antiseptic ingredients, 2,4 - Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and Amylmetacresol. To use, one lozenge is placed into the mouth and dissolved slowly until it disappears, and this can be repeated every 2 to 3 hours. No more than 12 lozenges should be consumed in 24 hours. They are suitable for adults and children over the age of 6 years, although I think children would need to be supervised closely as each lozenge is quite large and there could be a risk of choking. The original lozenges ones I use are red and can leave red stains within the mouth and throat after consumption!

      I find that these numb my mouth and throat quite a lot when used. That is usually an excellent thing with a sore throat as it temporarily relieves the pain a lot and allows me to swallow without being in as much pain as before. I find that the relief only lasts a few minutes which isn't fantastic given the directions of how to use. Based on taking one every 2 hours that leaves quite some time until the next lozenge will relieve the pain again for me! They have never helped speed the process of eradicating a sore throat completely and they have purely relieved it; although with a viral sore throat, there is only the body that can fight it off. They claim to be soothing and effective and I would say they meet those claims albeit for a limited time.

      The original ones are not the nicest tasting lozenges, although as I say they are available in flavours which can be a little more bearable if the taste bothers you but they can be more costly. The original ones just have a medicine taste if that makes sense. The flavour of the original ones doesn't bother me really because I feel that it is doing good when it's dissolving in the mouth - I find that the numbness starts almost straight away and hence the taste isn't all that important to me. Often with a sore throat, my tastebuds aren't as sharp as they usually are anyway.

      Because of the numbness and taste, these are not the best things to have before eating or drinking as it takes a bit of time for the taste in the mouth to wear away completely. Even though the numbness wears away after a few minutes, there is an aftertaste from the lozenges that lingers for a little while longer. I've tried to drink hot drinks such as coffee after consuming one of these and it doesn't taste good! I wouldn't advise these for use right before a meal or having a drink as they may ruin the taste of things.

      There are a number of precautions as with most health products that need to be read before use shown on the leaflet enclosed. For example if you are pregnant or intolerant to some sugars, a doctor should be consulted before use. They may also cause allergic reactions including asthma. As with all medicines, they should be kept well out of reach of children.

      I would recommend the use of strepsils for a sore throat - I reach for them on most occasions when I have one as I find that they relieve the symptoms as much, perhaps more so, than other products I've tried. I also don't think that they are overly expensive, for the original versions at least. I've rated them 4 stars overall - I've taken one off as I feel that ideally, the relief could last slightly longer than I find it does. I think on the whole though that they are a good product.

      Thanks for reading :o)

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        25.03.2013 16:39
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        Relief for sore throats

        I like to have some Strepsils or something similar in my medicine cupboard for when me or the children have sore throats. My son seems to be especially susceptible to sore throats and as his Dr doesn't want to remove his tonsils we usually just really on over the counter medicines when he is having a bout of soreness.

        Strepsils come in a range of flavours and my favourites are the original and the sugar free strawberry ones as these taste the nicest to me. Although they all have the same ingredients in them for some reason I always feel as though the originals do a better job but this could just be in my head.

        Strepsils are throat lozenges that contain antisceptic ingredients in them to help heal sore throats and also numb them slightly to help with the pain when swallowing or drinking.
        They don't taste too bad considering that they are medicated and medicated lozenges usually have a pretty horrible taste to them. Kids should find these enjoyable to use and not be too put off by strong medicinal taste.

        I personally find that these are really good for helping with the pain of a sore throat. They aren't so amazing at making it disappear but they certainly do lessen it a little. You just have to suck on a lozenge every 2 to 3 hours making sure that you don't have more than 12 of them in a day.

        Because of the sucking it helps produce more saliva which immediately soothes my throat especially when I have a cold and it is sore and tickly. The medicine in them helps to numb and I can usually feel this taking effect after a few minutes. This might sound weird but I need to make sure I am either sitting with my head back on a pillow or lying down when taking these as otherwise they just end up numbing my tongue and not doing much for my throat but with my head back I can make sure that it all goes down my throat numbing it instead of my tongue.

        They don't take away all the pain but they do help numb it a little and they do also feel soothing on my throat when using them.

        Strepsils cost about £3 a pack for 16 lozenges and they are worth having in the house during cold season and also if you are susceptible to sore throats as they help a little and when you have a sore throat a little is better than nothing.

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        22.03.2013 14:40
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        Strepsils

        I have recently been suffering with a sore throat and feeling quite sorry for myself. In a bid to help me to feel better I ventured into my local Boots to see what they had on offer that would give me some relief. Along with a few packs of paracetamol,I decided to buy a 16 pack of original Strepsils. The pack cost me £2.99,but I felt this would be well worth it if it made my throat feel easier.

        Strepsils lozenges come in several flavours including original,orange with added Vitamin C,honey and lemon and strawberry.I opted for the original. The information of the pack tells me that the lozenges contain dicloobenzyl alcohol and amylmetacresol;both mild antiseptics. Strepsils are recommend for bacteria throat and mouth infections. Unfortunately the lozenges also contain a lot of sugar!

        The lozenges are individually wrapped in a blister pack . It is recommended that you suck a lozenge until it dissolves without chewing. The dose can be repeated every 2-3 hours up to a maximum of 12 lozenges in any 24 hour period. I do find these quite strong and they make my mouth feel strangely numb,making it difficult to taste or enjoy any other food or drink for a while after I have sucked one.The taste is quite strong with a hint of menthol. However I don't find the taste unpleasant,just a bit too strong.The lozenges are bright red and they do leave you with a red tongue!

        The most important thing is of course how well they work! Well for me they really didn't make any difference. They did help to soothe my throat whilst I was sucking one,but any benefits soon wore off. However these are designed to help bacteria throat infections so as mine was probably viral,they wouldn't have helped. I think I would have gained as much relief from drinking hot lemon and honey! Strepsils are very expensive for what is basically a sugary sweet with a little antiseptic thrown in!

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          15.02.2013 20:23
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          Soothes a sore throat

          I always make sure I have a packet of Strepsils in my medicine cupboard as they are a product I like to take when I am suffering from the common cold. For those of you who don't know, Strepsils are a brand of throat lozenge. They are available in a number of flavours, but my preference is for the "original" flavour which comes in a white and red box.

          Inside each box of Strepsils there are 16 lozenges packaged as two foil and plastic sheets of 8. The foil sheets are sturdy and the lozenges don't pop out accidentally in your handbag like some other tablets I have used in the past. The lozenges easily "pop" out of the foil when you want to release one. The lozenges themselves are round in shape and red in colour.

          The lozenges have a sweet, medicated taste. There is no "flavour" as such to the original lozenges. The taste reminds me a bit of aniseed and sometimes leaves my tongue feeling a tiny bit numb. The lozenges are fairly slow to dissolve and last for quite a while in your mouth. After sucking, these turn your tongue a bit of an orangey colour.

          After a minute or two of sucking a Strepsil, there is a soothing relief from a sore throat. These cause your mouth to produce more saliva which also helps sooth a dry and sore throat. I find after sucking, the relief lasts for over an hour, but not quite as long as 2 hours. As the instructions for use say to take one every 2-3 hours, this means that they don't provide full relief from my sore throat (so for this reason I am taking one star off!).

          Strepsils contain antiseptic ingredients which means that as well as soothing a sore throat, they also help to fight the bacteria that cause it. It is difficult to say whether this claim is accurate!

          A pack of Strepsils containing 16 lozenges currently costs around £2-£3 depending on where you buy it. At the time of writing they cost £2.69 at Boots. Compared to other brands of throat sweets, I feel this is quite expensive, and for this reason I am again taking off another star.

          All in all I think Strepsils do soothe a sore throat and are worth keeping in your cupboard to help fight winter colds.

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            05.05.2012 11:53
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            Soothes sore throats and tickly coughs

            I have always used Strepsils for my sore throats and annoying tickly coughs.

            Strepsils come in a variety of different flavours. I usually buy the Strawberry ones. They are small circular shaped lozenges that are designed to help soothe sore throats and coughs/ colds. They taste nice. I love the taste of the new Strawberry ones. They taste sweet and yummy and they leave a lovely aftertaste in your mouth once they have dissolved. Honey and Lemon is a nice flavour too.

            You can feel them working. It takes a couple of minutes for one lozenge to dissolve completely but during that time you can feel the lozenge tackling your sore throat with it's antiseptic action. The great thing about these lozenges is that they are fast acting. Within minutes my sore throat feels better and I only need to take one every couple of hours (or so) so one box is usually too much for me. I guess I can always save the rest until next time!

            They soothe my sore throat, taking away the pain and the horrible itchy feeling you get with sore throats. They also help with coughs. As they soothe the throat they also help to tackle coughs, leaving you free to have a good night's sleep without worrying about your cough waking people up. They take away that scratchy feeling in the back of your throat so you do sleep much better.

            These are really great lozenges. They're priced between £1.50 and £4.00 depending which size you opt for.

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            20.03.2012 14:18
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            good lozenges

            I often suffer from a sore throat and this is usually the first sign that I have a cold coming. Otherwise, I can also have a sore, dry throat from being in a dry environment - heated/air conditioned offices being a prime culprit. Therefore, I usually have some form of throat lozenge or tablet in my desk drawers to remedy the problem. One of the medications I find most effective are Strepsils.

            I use Strepsils in the 'original' variety and these are packaged in a white cardboard box with a flash if red in the corner. The box contains 16 lozenges and these are packaged inside the box in two plastic trays that are foil backed. The lozenges themselves are round in shape and quite thick. They are a bright red-orange colour with a glossy appearance to them. To me, they smell quite strongly of aniseed twists - particularly when you are sucking them!

            The lozenges contain 'a combination of two important antiseptics (Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg, Amylmetacresol 0.6mg) which help fight the bacterial infections that can cause sore throats and mouth infections'. You can take one lozenge every two to three hours and to take you simply suck until it dissolves in your mouth. This takes quite a long time and can leave your tongue with an orange-red colouration! The taste is quite strong too and I would say that it was a taste you either love or hate, I am in the former camp but I know quite a few people who can't stand it and will not use the Strepsils Originals because of this.

            I find the effect of the lozenges almost instant. As soon as I start sucking, my throat feels soothed and calmer. It seems to also help my saliva production to combat that dry throat feeling. The soothing effect lasts not only throughout sucking but also an hour or so afterwards. Therefore, it does not last completely between doses but does last longer than a lot of throat sweets I have tried.

            A packet of 16 lozenges costs £2 and I think that this is pretty good value as they are very effective. The packaging is also good so they last well without the lozenges getting sticky like the ones wrapped in paper like sweets tend to. These are probably the most effective throat lozenges that I have tried and I definitely recommend them.

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            04.12.2011 21:12
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            I will continue to purchase these great throat tablets

            Whenever we have a sore throat in our house we always tend to reach for Strepsils. I think everyone must have heard of this brand as they are very well known. I pay around just over two pounds for a little cardboard box containing sixteen red lozenges. They come in a silver foil blister pack and are easy to get out. One word of warning, do not leave these in a hot glove compartment of a car or you will never be able to get the out of the packet, as I have found to my cost.

            The particular ones we have been using of late are the original flavour ones which are just about the right strength as I think some throat tablets can be a bit too strong. They are pleasant tasting and feel very soothing for my sore throat and help to erradicate the pain very well. My other half also likes these although we have tried many types of throat lozenges over our lives.

            These have a dual atiseptic action which helps to ensure that the throat is relieved from soreness, pain and also helps in case you get, (or have) a throat infection.

            I personally think these are really effective and really work for me. I only take one every few hours (say every three or four) as I don't need to take one any sooner as it leaves my throat feeling much better.

            Recommended by us.

            review also posted on Ciao as sorehead

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            19.07.2011 22:56
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            Recommended if pairing up with painkillers.

            A few weeks ago I woke up with a sore throat that was pretty uncomfortable and made eating and drinking pretty unpleasant. I had tried Strepsil Originals in the past and so, as I had done in the past, I reached for them again.


            =====Why use them?=====

            The aim of these lozenges is to provide relief from the pain associated with a sore throat and to promote the throats healing. The lozenge contains Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg and Amylmetacresol 0.6mg which are proved antiseptics which help the body to conquer the cause of the sore throat which, more often than not, is caused by a bacteria. The lozenges also contain Star Anise Oil, Peppermint Oil, Menthol, and liquid Glucose and Sucrose - all of which are properties that are soothing properties and help to coat the throat and, in theory, lessen the associated pain.

            In short, the reason to use the lozenges is to sooth the throat and to aid healing by neutralising bacteria.


            =====Buying them & their Cost=====

            Strepsils Original do not require a prescription and they are freely available from chemists and supermarkets.
            A packet containing 16 of the lozenges costs £2.00 from Tescos - which equates to 12.5p per lozenge. On average, when I had my sore throat I was getting through about six to seven lozenges in 24 hours and so one packet lasted me 2 - 3 days. I do feel that £2.00 is incredibly good value for a product like this that lasts a few days - especially if it makes a difference.


            =====Taking the Lozenge & The Dose=====

            The lozenges are enclosed in a foil-backed sheet which aids to keep them fresh and dry until you want to take them. You can pop out one at a time. They actually look like small yellowing sweets - and to be honest, they don't taste unlike sweets either. Their flavour is sweet and does not taste medicated except for the very last part of the lozenge. I would say that their overwhelming flavour is of honey, in fact it is very honey-fied, and so if you don't like honey (like my partner) then you would probably struggle. There are a variety of other flavour Strepsils to choose from, namely Ginger and Lemon, Honey and Lemon, Warm, Orange, Cool, Blackcurrant, Strawberry and Cherry. I can certainly recommend the Blackcurrant and Cherry flavours, but my favourite flavour remains the Original.

            In the box that the lozenges come in there is a comprehensive patient information leaflet which explains dosage, contra-indications and side effects.
            Strepsils Original can be taken by both children (over the age of 6 years old), adults and the elderly. However, they are not recommended for pregnant or lactating women, or for those who have any form of sugar intolerance.

            The recommended dose is the same for each person, regardless of age or size. One lozenge can be taken every 2 - 3 hours and then left to dissolve in the back of your mouth so that the properties in the lozenge are able to flow down the back of your throat and work its magic. To dissolve, I have found that it takes about 10 minutes to suck it into oblivion!
            Because the lozenge taste nice, it is easy to encourage young children to suck on one - and equally it is easy to encourage yourself also! I have found that it is important to make sure that you suck the lozenge rather than attempt to chew it because chewing it seemed to just make my tongue numb rather than soothing the back of my throat!


            =====Do they work?=====

            The soothing aspect of Strepsils Original do work to some extent - but they are not a wonder-pill that eradicates all of the pain associated with a sore throat. If the pain in my throat was a 10 before taking the Strepsil lozenge, I would say that it decreases to about a 6 after taking the lozenge. This effect would last for about 90 minutes and then the pain would gradually start to increase up to a 10 again. Luckily my throat was uncomfortable rather than being excrutiating, but had my throat been more painful then I'm not sure how useful these Strepsils would be.

            I have found that if you dose yourself on ibuprofen as well as taking the lozenge the pain reduces from a 10 to about a 2 - which did make a big difference to my overall feeling of well-being. The ibuprofen seems to attack the real pain, whereas the lozenge makes my throat feel less scratchy and less dry. The combination does work.
            I am unsure really as to whether their antibacterial properties are effective. I haven't noticed that my sore throat was shorter in duration, but then I'm not sure whether my sore throat was caused by a virus or by a bacterial infection (the antiseptic properties would only work on a bacteria and not a virus). However, one thing I have noticed is that when I took Strepsils Original, I didn't get that horrible doggy breath which I often get if I have a sore throat (I can't be the only one!) and so I think that maybe the antiseptic properties of the lozenge account for this.

            I have never experienced any negative side - effects from taking this product and neither has anyone in my family. The lozenges seem to be very safe and gentle enough to be tolerated by the vast majority of people. I certainly have no concerns about my kids taking them - and I'm pretty fussy and paranoid when it comes to them. I guess it is worth pointing out that the lozenges do contain a fair amount of sugar (in the form of glucose and sucrose) and so I certainly wouldn't recommend that anyone suck on these for day after day (actually the information leaflet recommends that you seek medical help if the symptoms persist for more than 3 days).


            =====Would I Recommend?=====

            Overall, I would recommend Strepsils Original to anyone that has a mild to moderate sore throat or throat irritation. I really am not sure that it would be sufficiently soothing to anyone suffering from very painful tonsilitis (or something of that nature). I would also recommend taking the Strepsils with either ibuprofen or paracetamol because this seems to decrease my pain than if I'd just taken paracetamol / ibuprofen alone. As I said, they are not a magic cure - but they do help a little.

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            I thought they would taste vile but I was pleasanlty surprised

            Last year I had a bout of tonsillitis and, as you may well guess, my throat was extremely sore - it felt as though I had swallowed some razor blades! The doctor prescribed some antibiotics and hubby went into town to collect the prescription. He also came back with some honey and lemon flavoured Strepsils.

            If I am honest I wasn't too keen on trying them as I have had lozenges to help with a sore throat in the past and they have tasted so bad that I would have preferred the sore throat! Add to this the fact that I don't like honey and I wasn't too keen on trying these, but he had been kind enough to think about getting them so I decided I must have a go.

            The box contained 36 lozenges and promised 'soothing, effective relief for sore throats' and a 'dual antiseptic action'. Inside the box the lozenges were in pop out foil strips so it was easy to take one lozenge whilst keeping the rest fresh. The instructions were to let one lozenge dissolve on the tongue every two to three hours.

            The lozenges were yellow - pretty obviously - and were about the size of a penny in diameter only much thicker of course. I popped one into my mouth expecting a horrible antiseptic sort of taste but I was pleasantly surprised - the lozenge tasted quite nice. It tasted lemony with the warmth rather than a strong taste of the honey; it did taste slightly antiseptic but not enough to make it unpleasant. I let it disssolve on my tongue as instructed and so it lasted about five minutes.

            Sucking the lozenges did indeed have a positive effect on my sore throat. It felt less painful whilst I was sucking the Strepsils and also for a time afterwards. Whether they actually aided the recovery process I can't say but they did make the whole thing more bearable.

            The box of 36 lozenges cost £3.77 from Boots and they also come in a tube containing 10 lozenges for £1.99. They are also available in 'original' flavour, orange with vitamin C, Strepsils cool, extra blackcurrant and extra cherry. I have also recently read a positive review about the sugar free strawberry ones which, as a diabetic, I shall be trying next time I am in need of relief from a sore throat. Incidentally the sugar free ones are £4.48 for a box of 36 lozenges so obviously adding the sugar reduces the price by 71p per pack!

            Strepsils are also available in supermarkets where they would probably be cheaper than they are in Boots so it is worth checking.

            There are a few words of caution to bear in mind when using Strepsils.

            They should not be given to children under six years old and the stated dose should not be exceeded.

            Obviously if you are allergic to any of the ingredients you should not take these and if you are pregnant you are advised to consult your doctor before taking these.

            The other warning that is on the list is that these lozenges are for 'oral administration' only. What else would you do with them? The mind boggles!

            In conclusion I would say that I was very pleasantly surprised by Strepsils - they tasted okay and definitely helped control the pain of my sore throat. I would recommend them and I will let you know what I think of the sugar free ones once I have had the necessity to try them!

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              Suck away the pain!

              I thought I was doing quite well this year and was getting quite cocky over the fact that I had managed to avoid the dreaded lurgy. My friends all seemed to be dropping like flies but I remained fit and well up until a few days ago. The warning signs were there as they usually are. I had an itchy nose, the itch you just can't get to and I was sneezing all the time. Then came the headaches shortly followed by a sore throat.

              I usually go for the cherry or blackcurrant flavoured Strepsils but the original variety was all I had to hand. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of these.

              A box of these contains 16 lozenges which are round and red in colour. There are 2 blister packets within the box, each containing 8 lozenges. The packaging is really nothing special, not really surprising as these are a medicinal product and the packaging doesn't really need to be that eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing to draw you in, if you need them, you're going to buy them. The box is white in colour with th name of the product and the flavour on the front of the box, and also displaying the Strepsils logo, a round design resembling a "lozenge" with an "S" running through the middle. On the back of the box there are directions for use and various warning but this product also comes with a very detailed instruction leaflet.

              Strepsils contain 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and Amylmetacresol. These are antiseptic ingredients which aim to kill the bacteria that cause the pain in the throat. Each lozenge should be disolved in the mouth every 2-3 hours and you should not consume more than 12 of these per day.

              As I previously states, these do actually taste quite nice. There is a definite antispetic taste to these but it isn't unpleasant at all. After sucking one of these for a while, I do find that the taste becomes quite strong which some might find a little hot but the benefits far outweigh this. I have had a sore throat now for a few days and these have definitely helped me to cope with the pain. Not long after popping a lozenge into my mouth, I can feel the pain in my throat subside as the ingredients get to work.

              Possible side effects to using Strepsils are hypersensitivy to the product, for example, itching butI haven't experienced any adverse effects to taking these at all. The leaflet does instruct the user to seek medical advice if any side effects are experienced. Strepsils are not suitable for children under 6 years old and are not recommended for preganant women or women who are breastfeeding.

              They are easily located at the supermarket and chemists and are available in different flavours and varieties. 16 original Strepsil lozenges can be purchased in Boots for £2.39.

              If you fall into the category of people who can take this medicine, I would definitely recommend these as a way to help aid and soothe a sore throat, for me, they offer immediate relief and I couldn't really be without them at times like this.

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              16.11.2010 22:14
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              Don't really do that much!

              For sore throats there are quite a few different types of remedies about. A lot of them you can use in conjunction with each other to compliment and cure. One of these remedies is Strepsils lozenges.

              The original flavour comes in packs of 16 and cost £2.39 from Boots. They do come in many different flavours (cherry, orange, strawberry, sugar free, with added vitamin C, lemon and honey, and extra strength) they also come in different pack sizes. In general the price per tablet is cheaper as the pack sizes increase.

              The Strepsils come in cardboard boxes with foil and plastic packs inside. The tablets are seal wrapped and you can pop them out quite easily. The tablets are round and quite big, bigger than paracetamol tablets. They have a clear sugary boiled sweet consistency.

              To take Strepsils you just put them in your mouth and suck them until they disappear. The exert an instant effect, which is to numb the throat, but I find this is only mild and the effect doesn't stay with me quite long enough. The tablets contain two antiseptics which aim to kill germs and cure sore throats quicker. I haven't really seen this take huge effect for me though. I have found that my sore throats don't cure themselves any quicker when I take strepsils, and if I do take them it is for the short term relief only. And trust me the relief is very short term.

              The plus points to Strepsils are that they are quite pleasant to take, more so than gargling TCP or any of the other sore throat treatments. There are many different flavours so you should be able to find one which agrees with you. Also they do numb your throat a bit so if you really need to eat something you could suck one of these before hand to make the eating easier for you.

              The downsides are that they are not effective for me in the long term and only mildly effective in the short term. The non sugar free ones are not very good for my teeth.

              I probably wouldn't buy these again, but if I already had them in my house I would use them.

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              16.11.2010 00:38
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              A good throat lozenge but not for very long

              Winter is well on it's way, and we all know that usually brings with it coughs, colds, sneezes and the dreaded sore throats. Sore throats are never fun to have, but luckily there is a whole world of products available to use in the relief and treatment of such a problem.

              One of these many products, is Strepsils Lozenges. These are a step above the generic throat sweets and lozenges you can buy, as they are slightly medicated to help numb the pain in your throat whilst fighting the cause of the pain.

              Strepsils come in a variety of flavours, including orange, original, lemon and cherry. There is a few others that I am not too sure of. They usually come in a box of 24 lozenges, which are kept fresh and seperate in a blister pack. There is two blister packs in the box. A box will usually cost you around £4 - £5 a pack depending where you are buying them from. You can buy them in places like Boots, Superdrug, Pharmacies and Supermarkets. You can now also buy them in handy pocket sized tubes, so you can keep a few in your pocket should you not wish to carry the box of them around.

              My favourite flavour of Strepsils is the Lemon one, as it has a nice sweet taste to it, but it is not too sharp as some lemon flavoured throat sweets can be. The lozenges themselves look like candied sweets, and have a shiny, marble pattern to them. They are round, and quick thick, but they start to dissolve quite quickly when you pop one in your mouth. As they dissolve, it takes a few minutes for the pain to start relaxing, but they do get to work.

              I find Strepsils to be quite effective at killing the pain in my throat, and they enable me to swallow properly for a while, which is always a bonus when you need some fluids in you. I do find it difficult not to crunch them though, as they do taste nice and remind of sweets. I find that Strepsils do not kill the pain for very long, maybe an hour or so, which I guess really isn't bad, but you are not allowed to take another one for four hours after taking the first. These are the instructions on the box, and I would think that is ok, if the original Strepsil I took actually killed the pain for that long.

              The best way to take Strepsils is along with Paracetamol or something of the kind, as they will provide some relief on their own, but not enough. I think for the price of these, they should provide longer lasting relief. I have been known a few times to have a couple of these within the alloted 4 hours, just because the pain was so bad. For a very light sore throat, I recommend these, but if you have something worse than a throat spray or some pain killers may be the way to go.

              I give Strepsils a 4 out of 5, as they do their job, but not for too long and they taste sooo much like sweets its dangerous.

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              14.11.2010 10:30
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              A sore throat must be one of the most horrible things to suffer from especially if its so bad that you find it hard to swallow anything. I used to suffer a lot from sore throats when I was younger and then I started smoking from a young age and they got worse and worse. Yes I know I should have stopped but that is a hard thing to do.


              I have always used Strepsils when I have a sore throat. They are a type of lozenge and come in a variety of box sizes, 10, 15 and 34, you can also get a handy tube in certain varieties. The box for the original ones is white and it has the detail on the box in red. Each lozenge contains Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg and amylmetacresol 0.6mg. These are both antiseptics which can help by fighting the bacterial infection in your throat which is causing it to become sore.


              The lozenges are kept in a blister pack which you then push one out to take. It tells you to suck one and let it dissolve in your mouth. You must only take 1 in every two to three hours and shouldn't take more than 8 in 24 hours. They are suitable for children and adults but if you give them to small children they might choke on them so best to


              When you first put the lozenge in your mouth it feels like a boiled sweet and it has a sort of sweet taste to it at first but then you start to taste a medicated taste which is quite strong and it starts to numb your tongue and the roof of your mouth. If your sore throat is not too bad then it will start to numb that as well as you start to swallow the liquid in your mouth. If your throat is more sore than this then they might not numb it for long but I do find them comforting.


              I find that they do help for my sore throats. I stopped smoking about 6 years ago now and do not suffer with as many as I used to and they are not nearly as bad either. I usually take a couple of paracetomols and what with the Strepsils as well I find it does give a bit of relief.


              They do them in other flavours now, you can get things like blackcurrant or cherry flavour which are extra strength, honey and lemon, strawberry which are sugar free, orange and added vitamin C, and there are ones specially for if you also have a blocked nose, and then you have strepsils warm and strepsils cool.

              The price for a box of 16 original Strepsils is currently £2.23 in Tescos.

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              11.11.2010 01:32
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              they help

              Strepsils come in lots of types and I have tried a few of them because I think they work for me. I can buy the originals and they will help to take care of my sore throat and numb the pain for a while.

              When I get myself some Strepsils I know they will help, thats why I buy them. I know the basic Strepsils will do their best to ease my sore throat if I take them.

              I don't mind the taste of Strepsils at all, they have a medicated taste and I think all of the Strepsils I have had do taste a bit like that no matter what is in them. It doesn't bother me but the medicated taste might put you off these a bit.


              When I take one of the Strepsils throat sweets I take it out of the plastic blister pack and break the foil seal. I put one in my mouth and let it do its stuff. It takes a few minutes for the full Strepsil effect to get going, but I do get some benefit straight away.

              When I have a sore throat Strepsils can be very helpful and I can take them with me to use when I need them. They have 2 antiseptics in them and they help to kill the bacteria that makes my throat sore. I think this is great as my sore throat should get better quicker that way.


              I know that I can take a Strepsil every 2 to 3 hours and it will help me out. I don't take them all the time but when I do they work for me. They numb my sore throat enough to let me get on with my life.

              The lemon and honey ones are great and taste better than some of the others. These small lemon coloured Strepsils are the ones I used most recently and they were very good. I got 16 of them in my pack for £2.29.

              I would recommend Strepsils because they do work and they come in a number of types to suit almost all sore throat sufferers. They are easy to take and work very quickly, I don't need more than that.

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            Strepsils Original Lozenges contains two antiseptic ingredients (2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol & Amylmetacresol) for use in throat medications / These are used for the symptomatic relief of mouth and throat infections / / lozenges for the relief of sore throats / available in a range of flavours / /