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I have no idea how I ended up with a killer sore throat in the middle of summer, I don't have any of the other symptoms of a cold just a feeling like I have swallowed razor blades. Simple paracetamol was not helping much with this sore throat so I looked for something else to try and ease the pain and came across a pack of 24 Strepsils warming which I bought from Poundland.
To be honest, I have never been a massive fan of Strepsils and don't really know why I bought these but am glad I gave them a try. They contain not just one but two antiseptics which help treat a throat infection, I thought that they also contained some kind of numbing agent since I experience this effect but it does not say that on the leaflet.
You are meant to suck one lozenge every 2 to 3 hours in order to get some relief from your sore throat, but to be honest I ignore this advice completely and suck them far more frequently. I love the taste of these throat sweets; it is a really nice spicy ginger flavour which doesn't actually give any kind of warming effect but is rather delicious!
I find that these lozenges work pretty well, I was sure there was some kind of numbing ingredient since they leave my tongue and throat feeling nicely numb and more importantly pain free for a little while. They do not take the pain away completely but make swallowing possible and make me feel a lot more comfortable. Unfortunately the relief they provide is fleeting; as saliva washes away the active ingredients then the pain comes back over a period of half an hour or so. They also help me cough a lot less since having a dry and sore throat was making me cough which led to more throat pain.
I did not find that the Strepsils warm shortened the duration of my throat infection at all, I have had a sore throat for around 4 days and have used the throat sweets everyday. It is only now that my throat is feeling better which is exactly the same period of time which I would have expected this to happen with or without treatment.
I really like these warming Strepsils and will stock up for winter if I see them in Poundland again. They are not a miracle cure, nor will they leave you pain free but they have helped me feel more comfortable during my sore throat.
I have been suffering from a really sore and swollen throat. I have had great experience in the past of Strepsils, the market leader. My darling Soothers were helping my throat and tasted great but I did need more antispetic in my lozenge than they could give me. I has also had a bad experience of the competing Boots own brand. I also like trying new things and thought that if hot drinks helped ease the discomfort, a warming lozenge had to do the same thing and offer that great Strepsils taste.
Did they help? Yes. I will give this product this. The Amylmetacresol and 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol active antiseptic ingredients did help my throat. After sucking one lozenge every three hours, as directed, I could swallow more easily. The back of my throat was also visibily less red and inflamed.
So why do I chalk this purchase down as a mistake?
It is pretty rank. The warming effect, which is definitely present, is disconcerting on its own when you are used to the painkilling and sinus clearing mentho-eucalyptus of most throat sweets. It turns out that the reason that the reason the competing products mainly sell fruit and or honey flavours is that they really do go better with what most people want when they are ill with colds, flu or sore throats. It is certainly what I want.
This warming lozenge is almost food like in flavour and if I want food to blast my sinuses clear I definitely prefer a nice warming, flavour packed balti to concentrated bleagh. The fact that this lozenge does not taste particularly good would not be too bad if it were a product that you just swallowed, though as the lozenge is the standard Strepsil size many people would find this tricky. Unfortunately, this is a product which has to be sucked, meaning the not very nice taste lasts and lasts in the mouth. Not pleasant.
Especially at the not cheap price of £3.99 for a pack of 24 at Boots.
The cardboard package itself can be recycled, though the blister pack which keeps the lozenges clean cannot. The lozenges can be used by those over the age of six, though kids especially are unlikely to find the taste of these appealing. Pretty much like this adult.
Who will be going for the classics next time.
As I work with small children, colds and flus are something of an occupational hazard. So, even though we're now well into May it didn't surprise me in the slightest to find myself coming down with a heavy cold, especially since there's a bank holiday I could be out enjoying.
With weary resignation I turned to our arsenal of medication and found the usual painkillers and sinus tablets. I also found that my boyfriend had added a packet of these Strepsils Warm to our weaponry. I noticed there were only a couple missing and he commented that he hadn't much liked them. With my throat starting to feel a bit scratchy I figured I had nothing to lose and popped one in my gob.
After a couple of minutes of sucking (minds out of the gutter, please) I have to say I felt distinctly underwhelmed. The blurb states that they contain ginger, wasabi and spices to generate a warming, comforting feeling but this just didn't happen for me at all. They were soothing in the manner of any throat sweet but I was hard pressed to taste the ginger and spices and there was no warming sensation whatsoever. In fact, other than knowing that they taste sweet I found it very difficult to pinpoint the flavour of these throat sweets. Each one lasted quite a long while - ten minutes or more - and reduced the pain of swallowing and coughing but I did find that the effects weren't particularly long lasting; within half an hour of finishing one I'd find I needed another. That's not great when you're not supposed to have more than 12 in a 24 hour period. That said, the morning after having three or four of these I did find that my throat felt normal again with no scratchiness. It's worth noting that these lozenges are purely aimed at sore throats and do not contain menthol so will do little to shift a bunged up nose.
With a packet of 24 coming in a hefty £3.99, these aren't something I would buy again unless my throat was particularly sore and I was desperate. The warming effect is a gimmick and there are other lozenges on the market that will do a similar job for half the cost.
My son had a cold and has very generously given it to me. Whilst out and about I thought I'd get some stuff for him, in Poundland I spotted Strepsils Warm which I've not seen before. Twenty four lozenges is a good size pack for a quid, in the supermarket they're £3.50 for the same amount!
These particular Strepsils are for sore throats. They contain two antiseptic ingredients for 'use in throat medications', 2,4- Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and Amylmetacresol which are used for 'the symptomatic relief of mouth and throat infections'. These are claimed to kill bacteria associated with infections and that the sucking action allows them to work which also helps lubricate and soothe the painful area.
They come in a nice looking white and orange box. Inside are two blister sheets each containing twelve lozenges. There is an information leaflet with everything you need to know. The 'sweets' are rounded and dark red in colour- about the size of a penny.
You're advised to suck one every 2-3 hours but no more than 12 in 24 hours and if symptoms last longer than 3 days or if anything unusual happens then consult your doctor. These aren't recommended for the under 6's.
My son sucked one of these for his sore throat, he said it was really horrible. I thought he was being dramatic- until I tried one myself.
They taste queer, I couldn't decide what of but the label says it's plum with 'warming' ginger. I don't know about plum but they do taste a bit cherry like with a horrible cinnamon under tone.
But forget the taste do they work?
I ploughed on with them, they gave a little relief and I find numbing after the lozenge has all dissolved away but the sensation is not as long lasting as other Strepsils flavours. Usually with Strepsils I can feel a nice soothing numbing feeling that's lasts an hour or so but not as much with these ones. They just felt a bit scratchy and hot during sucking and not at all soothing- for me anyway.
I thought the heat aspect might unblock my son's nose but it didn't nor did it help his chest, but in fairness he didn't have many because he didn't like them and they don't make claims for this anyway.
I don't know if they have killed the bacteria and fixed my sore throat or if just time did. I would not buy these again and will stick to their other flavours but if you like ginger they'd be worth a try
2 Stars from me but that's down to personal taste.
Despite the recently lovely weather, there has been a very unseasonal cold/flu bug doing the rounds where I live. It seems to start off with a sore throat before moving on to the chest, so when it first arrived in our household I decided to pop out and get some Strepsils, as I have always found them to be very good in the past for helping with the discomfort of a sore throat.
I hadn't purchased this particular variety of Strepsils before, and will confess that my primary motivation for selecting them this time was that they were on special offer in our local Numark Chemist for £1 a pack, whereas the other flavours were still full price! As the active ingredients of 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and 0.6mg of Amylmetacresol were the same across the range, I decided that I would give this variety a try, particularly as we are a family of 5 who cannot seem to agree on the other flavours, some preferring the cherry and others the honey & lemon, so I hoped that this new flavour might appeal to all of us!
I must say on the flavour and suitability for everyone front I was very pleasantly surprised; I had worried a little bit that the youngest of my daughters (6) may find a "spiced" medicine not to her taste, but in fact she really liked the flavour and the only problem I did have was ensuring she didn't take more than she should as she liked them so much! The flavour reminds me personally of a lightly spiced fruit crumble; it definitely has a fruity edge to it along with a sort of cinnamony taste, but the taste is really very subtle and not at all overpowering. When you first pop the lozenge into your mouth it does to me have a very slightly waxy flavour, but these disappears within seconds and isn't really unpleasant, just a little odd; it reminded me of "cherry drops" sweets we used to have as kids, where they seemed to have a very similar thin waxyish coating which took a few seconds to go before the cherry flavour came out!
The active ingredients in these are very good, numbing and soothing but not to the point of it feeling like your throat is completely numb, just enough really to take the pain away. The warming sensation is moderate but definitely noticeable, and does seem to make my throat feel a little "clearer" and less like I have something lodged in my throat! It takes about 15minutes for the lozenge to completely disappear, but I found the slight numbing lasted a lot longer than this, around 45 minutes at least.
The lozenges are packaged in "blister packs" inside a cardboard outer box, which is handy as you can easily cut a strip of 3 from the main pack to pop into your handbag if, like me, there is so much other stuff in there that space becomes a premium! The lozenge format is also very convenient to use on the go, as well as at home, with no mess or stickiness everywhere unlike some other cold and flu remedies! The lozenges are suitable for anyone over the age of 6 (provided you are not allergic to any of the ingredients, clearly listed on the pack), which is also fantastic for me as it means I can cover my whole family with one pack of medicine rather than having to have several varieties to suit different ages.
Overall I would say this is an effective, affordable medicine suitable for most of the family, and a great standby to have in the cupboard for when those sore throats strike, as they have around a year before they expire from date of purchase (although obviously this depends how long wherever you purchase from has had them on the shelf!)
You know how it is when you get a really sore, raw throat and even breathing past it hurts so much you start looking for ways to soothe it. I usually find myself wearing scarves, wrapping said scarves around my nose and throat so the air is warm before it hits my throat and sucking on sweets to keep the mouth moist. So when I saw an advert not long ago for Strepsils Warm I was intrigued. Not only did it seem ideal to have something warming for a sore throat but also I found myself wondering just how this was achieved and knew I'd have to try some.
Fast forward a couple of weeks after that and I had one of those dreaded sore, raw throats. My partner offered to go get some sweets from the chemist for me and asked what I wanted, Strepsils Warm of course. He came back with a pack of 36 which cost about £4.50 and I was left to ponder over what ingredients made these warm.
These Strepsils contain 2, 4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol which is an antiseptic used to kill bacteria and viruses of the mouth and throat, and Amylmetacresol which is also used for mouth and throat infections so if it's a simple throat infection you're dealing with Strepsils seem to be a good place to start. They also contain sugar so diabetics need to be careful and are not advised for children under 6. They should be avoided if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, have allergies to any of the ingredients and if you are taking other medications you should ask your doctor or pharmacist about eating these.
If your symptoms worsen or don't resolve you should go and see your doctor. The lozenges should be sucked slowly at a rate of one every 2-3 hours which seems very far apart in my opinion but obviously it's to prevent overdoing it on the antiseptic ingredients. Any odd side effects and you should stop taking these and if you do eat more than you should apparently stomach discomfort is the likely symptom.
So onto the lozenges. The Strepsils Warm are packaged like all other Strepsils in blister packs and the actual lozenges are circular and a dark red colour. They smell slightly spicy and fruity at the same time and the leaflet tells me they are fruity plum flavour. When I searched for the warming ingredient all I could find was "warm sensation flavour" which doesn't tell us much and "warm ginger spice" flavour so it's fair to say unless Geri Halliwell is a flavour ginger features in the warming action of these lozenges.
Tastewise these do taste of ginger, and fruit actually but mostly of ginger and a spicy sort of flavour. The warming action is purely from those ingredients and it's very mild so not something that's going to burn on the way down. In all fairness they warm your mouth up more than your throat but the warming sensation and spicy flavour do make them comforting. Each lozenge lasts for about 15 minutes if you can resist the urge to crunch them and then you're left with a slightly number throat for a short period of time followed by a longer period of time where you're twiddling your thumbs and wondering if you could get away with another one! I have to admit I don't stick rigidly to the 2-3 hour rule but that's just me. The best plan is to probably have these for their medicated help and some plain cough sweets for in between so your throat isn't dry and you have something to suck on while you wait for the next Strepsil.
Overall though I like the taste, I loved the slight numbing action, the spicy warm smell combined with the fruity plum is lovely and these are a very convenient way to help your throat. I do think I like them better than ordinary Strepsils and would definitely buy them again. A full 5 stars from and highly recommended.
Strepsils Warm 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.