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The product I am reviewing is the Strawberry Sugar Free Lozenges. I recently woke up with a very sore throat (feeling like I had swallowed razor blades during the night). I didn't want it to get any worse so before work I went straight to my local Boots store to see what I could take to help soothe my throat. I am not a fan of taking any kind of medicine and I hate the bitter taste that a lot of medicines have. I hate menthol and can't stand it so didn't want anything with this ingredient in which a lot of throat sweets tend to have. I have hears of Strepsils before but I wasn't aware that they did strawberry flavoured lozenges. These particular lozenges are sugar free which means they are suitable for use by people with Diabetes and are suitable for adults and children who are over 6yrs of age. The lozenges contain two antiseptic ingredients which are for use in throat medications. These are used for the symptomatic relief of mouth and throat infections. The lozenges come in a cardboard box and it clearly states on the front what the product is. As will all medications check all the information on the back of the back or on the leaflet before purchasing the product. The information on the box tells you about the product and how to use them, there is also a use by date on one end of the pack. The lozenges come in blister packs each of which holds 12 of the single lozenges. These are kept in place by silver foil which can simply be broken to enable you to carefully take a lozenge out. If you do throw away the box you can still tell what the product is as it clearly says this on the foil to each blister pack. I purchased a box of 36 lozenges so there is a total of 3 blister packs in the box. I would also advise you to read all the information in the leaflet before taking this medicine or giving it to you children.
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I purchased these from my local Boots store for £4.25 which is for a pack of 36 lozenges. This flavour doesn't come in smaller packs. The lozenges also come in Original, Honey & Lemon, Orange with Vitamin C and they also do other lozenges to tackle colds as well as sore throats.
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After reading a few reviews about this product I wasn't so worried about taking it as I heard that they did actually have a strawberry taste to them which was good. Simply take one of the lozenges out of the pack and dissolve slowly in the mouth very 2 to 3 hours. The lozenges are very easy to take out from the pack and they are around the size of a 1p coin but thicker. They are a very pale pink colour and they do smell of strawberry. The outside of them looks smooth and slightly shiny. I popped one onto my tongue and started to suck on it slowly. The more I did this, the more I could taste the strawberry, although I have to say that it tastes very artificial. Every so often I could also taste a slight bitter taste as well which must be something to do with the ingredients in the lozenge. I was so tempted to bite down onto the lozenge and crunch it with my teeth like I would do with a sweet; how-ever I resisted doing this and continued sucking it until it had gone. I have to admit that as I sucked the lozenge it did feel soothing to my throat. After finish the lozenge it did leave a slight after-taste in my mouth which was didn't taste of strawberry, how-ever that didn't really bother me too much as it wasn't so strong that it made me gag. You can't take any more than 12 lozenges in one day, how-ever I wasn't taking anywhere near this many in a day. I started taking the lozenges the evening I had my sore throat and I took two that evening. My throat was still feeling sore in the morning, how-ever it felt slightly soothed and didn't feel as dry as it had done the previous morning. I continued taking the lozenges during the next day every 4hrs or so apart. I took them when I remembered but ensure that I left at least 2-3hrs between taking each one. In total I probably took at least 5-6 lozenges over the course of the day from waking up and going to bed again. I definitely felt as though the lozenges helped to soothe my throat and it also helped with the sore and dryness that my throat felt. If I hadn't of started taking the lozenges I am sure that my sore throat would have lasted longer and I probably would have felt rougher for longer as well. After taking the lozenges for just over a whole day my throat was feeling so much better and it also sounded better as well when speaking.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from this product as I have never tried it before despite hearing about the Strepsils brand. As I am quite bad with taking medicines and am fussy over tastes this is probably the reason why it has taken me so long to try a product like this. I hate Honey & Lemon flavoured products and these seem to be really popular with cold and flu medicines as well as throat sweets. I was really glad to see this type of product in a Strawberry flavour which appeals so much more to me. The lozenges definitely help to soothe your sore throat and I noticed a huge improvement after a day of taking the lozenges. Even when having one lozenge for the first time it felt really soothing. In terms of flavour the product does taste ok and it does mask the nasty medicine like taste but the strawberry flavour is very artificial and I still noticed a very slight bitter taste when sucking on the lozenge. In terms of value I think the product is quite reasonable as you get a lot of lozenges in the pack and they do have a long shelf life on them which is good. I would definitely purchase these again if I needed to and I would definitely recommend them to others.
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For a couple of weeks now I have been waking up with a sore throat. I think it's because of my hay fever so I'm not too worried about there been an infection or anything and I find that throat lozenges really help with the soreness.
I've worked my way through quite a few different brands of throat lozenges just lately but the pack that I currently have are strepsils. I have them in the strawberry flavour which is sugar free and there is also a honey and lemon flavour, blackcurrant flavour and orange flavour, which contains vitamin C.
There are also some lozenges in this range which are for particular uses eg blocked nose & sore throat/sore throat & cough and there's also a version for children. I was going to buy the blocked nose and sore throat one but thought that the strawberry one would probably taste nicer so bought that instead. I chose this flavour over the others mainly because it was the only sugar free one.
I paid £3.75 for the pack of 36 which is more than I would usually pay for throat lozenges however I do think its good value considering how many are in a pack. The throat lozenges come packaged in a rectangular shaped cardboard box, which is easy to open. The box has got all of the information needed on the back of it such as possible side effects, ingredients etc.
The box contains three blister packs which are foil backed and I find it very easy to get the lozenges out. I really like this packaging because when lozenges come loose or in paper wrapping I sometimes finding myself eating too many of them because they taste nice, but because these are packaged like actual medicine it reminds me that they're not sweets so I only take them when I need to.
Each lozenge is small and round. I usually have one when I wake up and then one a few hours later if my throat starts feeling sore again, and I do sometimes have two at once if it is particularly sore. No more than 12 should be taken per day, but I'd never take that many anyway. The taste of the lozenges is nice - very sweet and I can taste the strawberry but it does taste really artificial, it's nice enough though and it doesn't taste like medicine.
My throat always feels soothed after I've let one of these dissolve in my mouth and I find them very effective. I quite like the taste despite it being a little artificial and I think that these are good value and good quality. As for the ingredients, these contain 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol and Amylmetacresol. I have never had any side effects from them at all. All in all I highly recommend these lozenges as they soothe my sore throat and taste quite nice, so aren't unpleasant to take like most medicine can be!
I am reviewing Strepsils strawberry ,sugae free , lozenges .
They retail about £4 for a box of 16 lozenges
In the last few days I have suffered with a really aggravating sore throat , I thought I was coming done with a summer cold , but nothing came of it, just the niggly sore feeling in my throat .
So off I go to mr T,s and get some Strepsils ,I have used these many times before and know that they are effective ,and give relief from the soreness of an itchy sore throat .
There was lots of choices in the Strepsils varieties ,including, honey and lemon ones for sore throat and cough, even some with added vitamin C ,but I chose the sugar free strawberry lozenges ,as I like the flavour of these the best.
Strepsils come in a pink and white cardboard container [box],with Strepsils written in large black lettering on the top ,and strawberry ,sugar free,lozenges written in,of course,strawberry pink lettering
Also on the front it says Dual antiseptic lozenge ,contains 16 Lozenges .
There thats the front of the box,now to the back.....
ingredients are .........
2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol, Amylmetacresol , each Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free 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. Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free Lozenges are suitable for use by people with Diabetes. - Soothing effective relief for sore throats
How to take them, Strepsils lozenges are suitable for adults and children ,
Dissolve one lozenge slowly in the mouth every 2 to 3 hours.
Do not exceed the stated dose ,
Do not give to children under 6 years.
KEEP OUT OF REACH AND SIGHT OF YOUNG CHILDREN
On opening the pack I am greeted by the pretty pink lozenges in a two bubble strips of eight lozenges .
They are easily released from these bubbles ,and OH what relief one of these gave to my aching throat ,
they instantly started working on the soreness .
I used about four over the first day , and maybe two the following day and I can say they have great soothing properties .
I would highly reccomend these Strepsils Strawberry lozenges for anyone with a sore throat
I am giving them 5 stars ,and will certainly be purchasing again and keeping them in my medicine cupboard
The cold and sore throats is just a part of winter in my house, everyone always comes down with sore throats and head colds in the colder months. I usually like to use Strepsils when I have a sore throat, and the last time I took a trip to Tesco for cold remedies, I came across these Strawberry flavoured Sugar Free Strepsils and thought I would try them out.
To take these lozenges you simply allow one to dissolve in your mouth every 2-3 hours.
These lozenges are sugar free, so they are suitable for use for diabetics or are just good by someone who wants a lozenge with no sugar in it.
The active ingredients in these lozenges are 2,4 Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and Amylmetacresol.
What I Thought
I really liked these taste really nice, this makes it much easier to take them, they are strawberry flavoured, but they are not overly sweet as you can kind of taste a medicine taste from them as well, but this isn't too strong so it isn't really much of a problem for me.
I find that these Strepsils are great at soothing my throat, my throat always feels a little better when I use these lozenges and they really help when my throat is tickly or painful. They seem to help numb my throat a little when it is sore, which really helps, especially at night time when I am trying to sleep and cannot stop coughing.
These lozenges have antiseptic qualities and this is great when your throat is sore and infected, it helps stop the infection from spreading and helps your throat from getting worse if the infection is only minor.
I would definitely recommend these lozenges for anyone who has a sore throat and doesn't need anything too strong to sooth it. They stop irritation in my throat and make having the cold a bit more bearable.
Price and Availability
You can buy a packet of 36 lozenges for £3.75 in Tesco, this works out at just over 10p per lozenge, this is quite good value, and although I have seen cheaper lozenges on the market, these one are sugar free and seem to be the most effective when I have a sore throat so I still think that they are worth the money.
I think that these a great lozenge, they help sooth my sore throat and also have antibacterial qualities to stop my throat from getting worse. They are a little pricey compared to other lozenges on the market, but I think that they are worth the money. Overall I would give these lozenges 4 out of 5 stars.
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Whenever I have a cold and sore throat I'm not the type of person to wait it out, I want to feel better yesterday and to combat that I want drugs!! Yes, give me anadin, give me cough medicine and give me throat sweets, lets kick this cold into touch. The best throat sweets in my opinion are Strepsils as they are actually medicated and sucking one I thing does make my throat feel better almost immediately. Granted, I have to such practically a whole packet throughout the day to get some relief if my throat is really bad but they definitely do the trick for me.
I like the original honey and lemon variety but sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and one of my other favourite flavours is the strawberry flavour. It's just basically like sucking a sweet that makes your throat feel better.
According to the box, "Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free Lozenges contains two antiseptic ingrediants (2-4,Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and Amylmetacresol) for use in throat medications.These are used for symptomatic relief of mouth and throat infections." THe sweets are round and are a boiled sweet so they are hard and you need to suck them to get the full benefit out of them although it is very tempting to crunch them. I can definitely taste some kind of medicine taste to them, they are not exactly like just a strawberry sweet but the strawberry flavour is nice and satisfying. They are quite juicy and provide a lot of moisture for my mouth too which is nice as they keep my mouth and throat hydrated just when I need it.
The Strepsils come individually packed in foil blister packs and all you need to do is break the back to get into the sweet. This is handy as it keeps the other sweets safe and protected until it comes to needing another one. THe strawberry variety are sugar free so you don't get a sore mouth if you eat lots of them like I find I do with others. Of course, they contain medicine so before taking these I would recommend talking to your doctor is you have any concerns.
I would say Strepsils are a bit more expensive than other throat sweets on the market, like say Halls Soothers but that is because they have actual medicine in them and work better than other throat sweets in my opinion. A pack of 36 strawberry lozenges costs £4.25.
First created and sold in 1958 strepsils are maufactured by Reckitt Benckiser and are made in Nottingham, UK.They contain 2 active ingredients, amylmetacresol and 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol. These ingredients are mild antiseptics, which can kill bacteria associated with mouth and throat infections and get this, it got its name "Strepsil" from the Streptococcus bacterium that causes certain types of sore throat. Recommended dosage is 1 lozenge every 2-3 hours for adults.
Strepsils come in the following flavours:
Ginger & Lemon
Honey & Lemon
Orange Vitamin C
Strawberry Sugar Free
Sore Throat & Blocked Nose
Sore Throat & Cough
As of 2010 it is the number one selling throat product in the world.
It can be found in most supermarkets and chemists and the price varies from £3-6
MY EXPERIENCE AND OPINION
So as I write this yes Im ill and yes I'm currently sucking on a Stripsil!
Now for my experience of them, firstly I have had the strawberry and the orange with added vit c flavours in the last few days. Now the lozenge is a hard round pastill about the size of a 10p, that takes around 30 mins to dislove in your mouth. The strawberry one is nice (and sugar free!) but the flavour isnt very strong, The orange one has a stroger flavour and it stays with you for a couple of hours after you have eaten it. They both do a good enough job, the DO numb your throat and make you feel better, but for me it doesnt last very long say about 1/1 and half hours then it comes back, so you do have to take them quiet often throughout the day. The bad thing about them is they can be a bit pricey, I got mine yesterday for 5.75 euros for a 16 pack an considering Im eating 8 a day (prob not a good thing!) it adds up to a lot of money. I would buy them again and I would recommend them as they do work, but only 4 stars from me due to the lasting effect and price.
Thanks for reading and rating.
Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free Lozenges - 36 pack -currently £4.25 at boots (or 425 advantage points)
According to the pack Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free are:
lozenges soothing effective relief for sore throats. Each lozenge contains 1.2mg of 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and 0.6mg and Amylmetacresol.
I have used Strepsils products before, and thought that I would go for the option that would not obliterate my diet last time I had a throat infection. I tend to be a fan of strawberry flavoured products, and thought this would be a win - win.
However not so. These lozenges taste at best waxy, and at worst soapy. They are absolutely rank. Not only that be they just don't seem as effective as other Strepsils products. They lack the medicated taste, but they also lack the numbing power of Strepsils other products.
For me I would rather have had a throat lozenge that was less good for my thighs, but more effective on my sore throat.
This product is suitable for use by over sixes, and you should be 16 or over to purchase them.
Each lozenge is approximately .5 of an inch across, and is a milky pink 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, and they may have a laxative effect due to the ingredients.
Consult a pharmacist before purchasing if you are on other medications as they may be contraindicative.
I use Strepsils Sugar Free Lozenges for the first (and last) time about two weeks ago. I usually buy the lemon and honey ones or the original flavour, but I saw that these were being heavily plugged at Tesco's with the emphasis being on the fact that they contain no sugar, and as I have been constantly watching my weight (doc's orders) since the New Year, plus I had a hellishly sore throat at the time, I bought them thinking they'd do the job. Plus, they were strawberry flavoured - I love this flavour in most things and they were not too badly priced at £3 for a pack of 36.
As I have had Strepsils loads of times before I was expecting them to be just as effective as the other ones I've used. The active ingredients are still the same (e.g. Amylmetacresol) which acts as a mild antiseptic and helps to reduce the possibility of infection but obviously not having tried the sugar free variety before I was unsure of the flavour.
The maximum dosage of these lozenges is 12 in any 24-hour period and they are housed in the familiar looking foil strip which in turn comes in the cardboard box. The packaging is nothing special and looks like all the other packs of throat tablets you seem. The lozenges are rounded in shape and red in colour.
I tried one as I drove back in the car. They were incredibly sweet. Just too sweet to taste nice. They actually made me gag and I am sure I could taste the artificial sweetener to boot,, which made the whole experience of actually trying to keep one of these in my mouth until it had all gone, really awful.
I managed to suck it right down to the end. It didn't particularly make my throat feel any better, either. It was still sore and the taste of them is nothing like a strawberry. To me it tastes more like those horrible little sweets my little lad gets in his mix up's at a weekend.
I did try them a few more times and I still maintain they are not as good as the original ones or the honey and lemon variety. I just think that the strawberry flavour does nothing to ease my symptoms and it wasn't a 'warming' sensation like the original Strepsils. It was far too sweet and tasted more like a kid's sweet than a throat lozenge
Complete waste of money.
Towards the end of last year I found Strepsils at half price in my local Asda store, I bought the Honey and Lemon variety and then noticed a sugar free strawberry variety which I had never seen before, I generally like starwberry flavoured things so decided to give them a try.
Strepsils are sold in many places such as supermarkets, chemists and even many discount stores, they are sold in packs of 24 or 36, a pack of 24 costs around £2.80 and a pack of 36 costs around £3 so obviously the bigger pack is much better value. There are a number of different flavours available, Honey & Lemon, Original, Warm, Orange Vitamin C, Cool, Blackcurrant, Strawberry Sugar Free, Cherry, Sore Throat & Blocked Nose and Sore Throat & Cough.
I found the following information on the Strepsils website, Strepsils are made by Reckitt Benckiser and have been in production since 1958 so they are a product that has been around a lot of years. Strepsils use mild antiseptics Amylmetacresola nd 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol, both of these works by killing bacteria associated with mouth and throat infections.
Strepsils come packaged in a cardboard box although more recently I have seen the warm version in a plastic tube, the box is pretty much the same idea no matter which flavour you buy, the background is white and these ones have pink on the bottom corner. The name of the product is on the box and Strawberry sugar free is written across in the same pink as on the corner, it is stated on the box that these contain 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol and Amylmetacresol, these are mild antiseptics which is how these lozenges help your throat.
Children over 6 and adults can take these lozenges, one lozenges can be sucked every 2 hours and there is a maximum of 12 lozenges in 24 hours, obviously 1 lozenge every 2 hours would be 12 lozenges in 24 hours anyway so they can be taken throughout the whole day without running out of doses.
Inside the box you find that the stepsils are in strips of 12 and are in see through plastic which is back with foil, to use a lozenge you simply press the plastic at the front to pop it through the foil at the back and then pop it in your mouth and suck until it's gone.
I wasn't as keen on these as I thought I would be, I found that although they are sugarfree the taste was a little too sweet for me. The lozenges worked well and helped to ease my throat and did make it much easier for me to sleep on a night when taking one just before bed. I would give these 4 stars as I did like the way the product worked just not the taste.
Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free
The Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free are great for when you have a sore throat and now luckily the summer is coming along but especially in the winter I always get a sore throat. The Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free are perfect for these situations and the good thing about these is that they are sugar free. I bought these last time instead of the normal version one just to try them out and I can say I'm not disappointed!
The strepsils come in the familiar box and on the front you can read the brand name and the product name and that these are sugar free. The taste is strawberry which is a taste I normally prefer with other sweets. Luckily it has a strawberry taste because I wouldn't like these without. When you put them in your mouth you can just bite them but you need to suck on them and then you will notice the strawberry taste but also a hint of some more factory not so pleasant taste. You only notice a hint and luckily overall the strawberry.
The strepsils have a real soothing effect almost right after you put them in your mouth. You will feel your throat getting less sore. It's a really pleasant feeling and certainly a relief. You can take one strepsil every 2 to 3 hours and not more than 12 during one day.
The fact that they are sugar free is always a pleasant benefit but for me I prefer these because of the taste. They really help with my sore throat. The package says that they should also help with clearing up the infection but I think it's hard to say if they really help because my sore throat always clears up after a few days anyway. A great product and five stars.
Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free Lozenges
With the bad weather of the last winter i often had the cold or a sore throat and you could see me almost always drinking hot tea and wearing a scarf. A few days I actually had to lay in bed and even lost my voice a few times! Very annoying also especially with eating it can feel very rough.
The Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free Lozenges are perfect for some help in that area. The strepsils are round shaped and have a light pink colour. They come in a box of 36 for around 4,50 pounds which I think it quite expensive but since they help it's a price I don't mind to pay.
The instructions read that you have to suck on them slowly until they dissolve and to be fair I don't see any other way to take them since they are to hard to bite in the beginning. When they dissolve you can taste the strawberry coming trough and the sweetness. It's a nice taste and much better than some other flavours I have tried. Still they aren't my favourite sweets to take but they will do.
When they dissolve you immediately start to notice that they work and slowly but sure my throat start to feel less painful. I think after a good minute you can really notice the effect and the pain is almost completely gone. It's like your throat is numbed and at that point it's a great feeling to have! They also contain two antiseptics which actually help to combat the infection.
The recommend dosage is 1 lozenge every 2 to 3 hours and you can't take more than 12 in a 24 hour period. I think I normally take one a 2 hours which for me is normally enough and I never really take more than 12 in a 24 hour period anyway so that work perfectly for me.
I'm really pleased with these lozenges and they really help when having a sore throat. If they really help to fight the infection I'm not really sure but for me the main reason taking them is the instant relief. Four stars because I do think they are expensive.
I quite often get sore throats from a combination of air conditioning and cold weather but I am also susceptible to getting throat infections especially in winter so I spend a large part of the year with a scarf wrapped round my neck and drinking tea and honey. As I try not to take anti-biotics on a regular basis throat lozneges are a must for me and something that I always carry around with me.
The biggest problem that I have with throat lozenges is the taste which is usually not to my liking and the majority of them taste very medicinal. When I noticed strawberry flavoured strepsils I immediaely bought them as this seemed a unusual flavour for a throat lozenge and it piqued my curiosity and to be honest just sounded like it would be a vast improvement on the other flavours available.
I bought mine in boots and they weren't cheap at £4.50 for a box containing 36 lozenges but when you have a sore throat this is a small amount to pay for something you think might help.
The strepsils inside the box are sectioned off into three different plastic sheets each containing the individual strepsils which are contained in foil wrapped compartments.
The strepsils are a light pink colour and shaped like small round boiled sweets. The instructions state that you are supposed to suck a lozenge until it has disolved and the recommended dosage is 1 lozenge every 2 to 3 hours not to exceed 12 in any 24 hour period.
As soon as you put them in your mouth you can immediately notice the strawberry flavour and it is so much nicer than other flavours I have tried. They do still have a medicinal taste to them but it isn't as potent as others are and overall they are fairly pleasant to taste.
The soothing effects are pretty quick to set in and within about a couple of minutes of sucking one I started to notice my throat felt less painful and it was definately starting to numb.
The effects of this numbing lasted me for a good couple of hours before I had to take another one and I have to say I was quite impressed with this and thought it was a good amount of time in comparison with other brands.
The best thing about these throat lozenges is the fact that they are not only wonderful at soothing the throat and making you feel instantly better but they also contain two different antiseptics in them which actually help combat the infection and clear it up.
The last time I took these I had a mild throat infection and along with these the only other thing I did was gargle with diluted salt water and the infection cleared up within a few days.
The lozenges are sugar free so are suitable for diabetics and they can also be taken by children so are pretty safe. The do state that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should state medical advice first but it doesn't say they are unsuitable.
The ingredients contained in strawberry strepsils are: Amylmetacresol 0.6mg and 4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2 mg which are the active ingredients. Theother ingredients are: somaltitol (E953), Maltilol Syrup (E965), Tartaric Acid, Strawberry Flavour, Sodium Saccharin (E954) and Ponceau 4R (E124).
Personally I was really pleased with these lozenges. Not only did they taste great but they also really helped my throat and I will definately be buying them again next time I feel I am coming down with an infection.
Yes they are expensive for lozenges but they also work a lot better than the cheaper brands of which some might soothe but very rarely do they help to clear an infection up.
Over the past few weeks I've had a slight cough, which turned into mild flu this week. Thankfully I'm almost completely better now, but after my usual method of Halls Soothers didn't work, I decided to try something stronger and bought some Strepsils from Sainsbury's.
I originally bought the Honey & Lemon version, but after realising that my worst time for coughing/suffering was when I went to bed, I decided to pick up some sugar-free Strepsils in an attempt to stop my teeth suffering as well.
Strepsils are available in packs of 24 or 36 in my local Sainsbury's, although the number written on the packet is very small, and going by the price I just assumed the sugar-free version was more expensive at £4.44. However, I realise now that the Honey and Lemon ones came in packs of 24 whilst the Strawberry sugar-free version comes in a pack of 36, so actually the sugar free version works out a little cheaper. Not the kind of confusion I really want to deal with when I'm ill, anyway!
The Strepsils come in a small cardboard box and will probably be found in the pharmacy area of supermarkets, although you don't need any special requirements or approval to buy them. I chose them because, unlike Soothers, they have active ingredients other than sugar in them.
Inside the box you get three sheets of plastic/foil compartments with the Strepsils sealed in each. It was easy to press on the plastic back to break the foil and release the lozenge. The lozenges are small round discs and look like pale pink sweets, so I'd advise keeping them out of sight of children.
You also get a small sheet with usual instructions about how to take them and potential side effects. The only side effect mentions seems to be a potential stomach upset, so they seem pretty safe. The instructions for use are that you can take one lozenge every two to three hours, not exceeding 12 in a 24 hour period. I have to say that these are pretty effective and I didn't come close to taking 12 in a 24 hour period (although to be fair a good few hours of that was spent sleeping!).
After being impressed with the taste of the Honey and Lemon variety, I was happy to see how the Strawberry flavour compared. The lozenges are artificial tasting as you'd expect, but the strawberry flavour have a distinct sour taste (like sour sweets) that appears in your mouth after a couple of seconds. I've never really experienced this of a strawberry flavour, so it was a little strange at first. After the first lozenges I got used to it - I'm not normally a fan of anything sour - and now I don't really notice it.
The directions state that you're supposed to suck the lozenge slowly and let is dissolve in your mouth, and I had no problems with this. The effect on my throat was instantly soothing, and unlike Soothers I didn't want another one straight after I'd finished the first. Towards the end of the two hours though, I did feel like I needed another one as the lozenge suddenly seemed to stop working and my cough and sore throat would be back and just as bad. However, I did start to feel better over the following few days.
The lozenges contain two mild antiseptic ingredients for killing bacteria, and the sucking of the lozenge releases these to fight the sore throat as well as soothing it as it's likely to be irritated from coughing etc. Despite being described as sugar-free, these lozenges contain glucose and sucrose. If you're unsure about any of the ingredients, pregnant, breast feeding or taking other medication, you're advised to consult your doctor before taking these.
Overall, I feel these are quite expensive but they did make a difference to my sore throat and provide welcome relief. They taste fairly nice too and had the advantage of not being as drastic as cough medicine. As my cough varied throughout the week, I was worried about taking the wrong type of cough medicine so this was a nice, simple solution. After several days of taking them I still have a sheet of lozenges left plus a couple on another sheet, so I would say that 24 is about the right amount and 36 is more than you need.
Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free Lozenges provide effective relief from the discomfort of sore throats / Each Lozenge contains a combination of 2 antiseptics to fight the infections which can cause sore throats and mouth infections / Strepsils Strawberry Sugar Free Lozenges are suitable for use by people with Diabetes.