“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Throat Lozenges / Coughs, Colds & Flu / Dosage Form: Drops „
Well Christmas passed quickly and my usual cold followed resulting in me needing to stock up on cold and flu remedies. Not liking to spend a small fortune on medicines which is easily done by purchasing branded products I am always willing to give own brands a try and in this case purchased the Tesco antiseptic blackcurrant flavour lozenges to soothe my sore throat.
I paid just £1.30 for a box containing 24 lozenges which I though was excellent value as the strepsils on the shelve next to these were over £3.00 for the same amount.
The lozenges come packaged in a cardboard box which inside has two blister packs containing 12 of the lozenges. This allows you to simply pop one of the lozenges out when needed while keeping the others sealed and fresh preventing them from going sticky. On the back of the box you can find all the detailed information that you need to know about the lozenges including dosage, warnings, possible side effects, storage instructions and ingredients listings.
The active ingredient in these lozenges is Amylmetacresol which is said to give effective relief for sore throats and coughs as it has antiseptic properties with each lozenge containing 0.6mg.
These lozenges are suitable for everyone apart from children under 3 years of age. It is recommended that you do not take more than 12 lozenges in any 24 hour period and to suck them slowly. It states on the box that there are not usually any side effects but if you experience any symptoms them to contact a GP or pharmacist.
The lozenges themselves are round and Dark Purple in colour, I followed the instructions on the box and sucked one slowly letting it gradually dissolve. The taste is quite pleasant and quite fruity with you certainly are able to taste the blackcurrant flavouring. You can still takes the menthol content but it is not too strong or overpowering which I find with some throat lozenges and the blackcurrant flavour helps to take the edge off this. My throat did feel slightly soothed and a little less sore and tickly, I will say that the antiseptic action wasn't as strong as I had expected and after a few minutes of the lozenge being fully dissolved my throat was back to being uncomfortable again.
Overall I think these lozenges are a little disappointing and certainly more for a very slight tickly throat rather than someone suffering from a very sore throat as the effects just don't last very long. They are pleasantly flavoured but if you are seeking more powerful relief then you may want to spend a few extra pennies on something stronger.
I had a slightly sore throat the other day while shopping in Tesco and decided to try these lozenges instead of buying something more expensive like Strepsils but I have to say even though I have started to buy and am liking more home brands than the more expensive brands when it comes to a lot of medicines I really didn't think much of these.
They only cost£1.20 and in the packet you get 24 lozenges which come individually foil wrapped. The lozenges themselves are on the large side and I did think before trying them that you got quite a lot for your money as they were medicated and dual action with both a pain reliever and an anesthetic action.
I got the blackcurrent flavour lozenges but they also come in honey and lemon. They tasted really nice but this is the best thing that I can say about them really as they just weren't very good.
You are supposed to suck a lozenge every 3 hours but you are supposed to let it melt slowly so don't suck on it too hard.
I have to say that originally I thought it was supposed to be a lozenge every hour so I must have taken too many but even doing this did absolutely nothing for my throat. I didn't notice much in the way of soothing and although they tasted nice they didn't do much else.
What I did notice was an ever so slight numbing of my tongue but this really was it and the numbing effect didn't go anywhere near my throat even though I tried to let the lozenge melt as slowly as I could down my throat.
What they did do was lubricate my throat a little but I could have got the same effect with a normal boiled sweet and I certainly wouldn't recommend them or buy them again for a sore throat especially as there are other lozenges available which actually do numb and soothe a sore throat much better than these.
If you are looking for a nice tasting blackcurrant sweet to suck on that costs you about £1.35 for 24 and they are all nicely and individually wrapped up in foil strips in a cardboard box, then look no further than Tesco's own brand of Dual Action Throat Lozenges. These are marketed as throat lozenges, when in fact I think they should just be rebranded asjust a plain old-fashioned blackcurrant tasting sweet. As far as I am aware there are no health benefits at all to buying these and if they do in fact do any good, then I am sure it must simply be a placebo effect.
I'm actually quiet cross to think that I paid money in good faith, expecting these to be a dual action antiseptic lozenge that would help to relieve both my sore throat and ease the symptoms of my cough. There is even a warning on the pack telling me not to take more than the suggested amount in any one twenty-four hour period and that they are unsuitable for children under three years of age. I have eaten a whole pack of these over the course of the last couple of weeks and every time I have sucked on one, I have felt no easing of my symptoms, and certainly no numbing feeling at the back of the throat, as promised, due to their apparently containing a mild antiseptic.
The lozenges themselves are lovely to taste and they are not too sweet or sickly. I am not too keen on throat lozenges with runny middles and that was another reason I decided to buy these particular ones as they are hard all the way through. I suck on one of these every three to four hours, very slowly, until it has gone wafer thin and then just crunch it up at the last minute. I really and truly do not feel like these lozenges make any difference whatsoever to my symptoms and my husband says exactly the same ting when he's eaten them, too.
They taste great just as a blackcurrant sweet but they are far too mild to do any good to a genuine sore throat or ticklish cough.
When it comes to coughs, colds and sore throats I'm a bit of an expert at catching anything going really. At the moment with hayfever hitting us sufferers and an eating disorder that rages within me from time to time my throat feels like it is really trying to kill me so I was relieved one evening to spot these in my local Tesco store costin £1.20 for 24 lozenges promising to be antiseptic on the front of the box as I had a right sore throat going on at the time and for the price it costs for 24 lozenges I felt they simply had to be worth a try!
The lozenges come in a white and purple box and on the front of it we are told that they are Tesco 'Antiseptic' Blackcurrant Flavour 0.6mg Lozenges 'Amylmetacresol' and that they are for the 'Effective Relief For Sore Throats And Coughs' and that there are 24 lozenges within the box (and the only size I have seen these available to purchase in by the way) and there is a picture of one of the lozenges. on the back of the box other information given includes dosage advice and warnings, ingredients are listed as is storage advice and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough box.....these come in and you get a couple of trays within the box that are plastic and foil backed so you can easily pop the lozenges out of that and on the foil side we are clearly told what they are.
The dosage advice for these lozenges are clearly stated on the back of the box. They are suitable for children and adults over 3 years of age and you are not meant to take any more than 12 of them in 24 hours.
All you are meant to do with these thick, round, dark purple and fruity fragranced hard lozenges which are transparent is to suck them and let them melt in the mouth. I love the flavour of these, they are not too sweet and really do taste of blackcurrant but thats all I can say about them really! They do not particulary soothe my throat or numb it or anything but they really do taste nice. Great to crunch up and rather sticky, they are hard and sweet like but as for effects...well I'm yet to find any at all to be perfectly honest with you and on that basis I find them to be rubbish though as a sweety perfectly nice enough but after sucking on these for hours my throat didn't feel soothed even temporarily!
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During September of last year I reviewed a number of cough and cold remedies, particularly as I was suffering with an awful cold at that time. Due to an underlying condition I have a weakened immune system and as a consequence I pick up every cough and cold germ, which tend to linger with me for ages. My symptoms lasted well over a month during which time I must have gone through dozens of boxes of throat lozenges. Unfortunately, a couple of days before Christmas both my husband and I caught another virus, which basically brought us both to a standstill. As I had failed to replenish the throat lozenges from September I had only one choice in my bathroom cabinet, which were several boxes of Tesco Antiseptic Blackcurrant flavour lozenges and this review discusses my experience of using the throat sweets.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
I was initially a little apprehensive about purchasing a shop's own brand lozenge, as I really was not expecting miracle results. However, my decision to purchase this product in September of last year was due to the fact that I had already spent a fortune on tissues, dozens of boxes of brand name throat sweets, various boxes of tablets and inhalers, so I was fed up with constantly dipping my hand into my purse.
We are presented with 24 blackcurrant lozenges, which are contained within a white and purple coloured cardboard box with the familiar Tesco logo situated in the upper left hand corner. We are informed that each lozenge contains 0.6g of amylmetacresol, which I learned is an antiseptic used to treat minor throat infections of the mouth and throat. Tesco claim that the lozenges will provide effective relief for sore throats and coughs. The box is easily opened and inside we will find two oblong shaped foil strips with each containing 12 lozenges. The lozenges are easily removed, which is a huge bonus, as very often I find myself battling with the foil on other brands, which subsequently cuts the ends of my fingers.
MY OPINON OF USING THE LOZENGES
The lozenges are 1½ cm in diameter and are a deep purple in colour with each containing 2.4g of sucrose and glucose. The dosage for adults, the elderly and children aged 3 years and over is that one lozenge should be slowly sucked as required with no more than 12 being consumed within a 24 hour period. Whilst the lozenges have an evident and rather pleasant taste of blackcurrant, I cannot state that they were particularly soothing and I almost felt that I was simply sucking on an ordinary hard boiled blackcurrant sweet. Whilst they provided a very slight relief to my painfully sore throat whilst I was eating them, this soon vanished the moment the lozenge had been totally consumed and the pain and discomfort returned. I ate several boxes of these during September and December; none of which relieved any of the symptoms associated with my poor sore throat. Unfortunately, I had no other lozenges in my home, so I simply had to make do, but on reflection it was really a sheer waste of both time and money.
There is extensive information on the reverse of the box, which I had not previously read and it is only now that I am scrutinising it for the purpose of this review that I am somewhat concerned. There are a number of warnings where we are informed that the medicine is not suited to those with diabetes due to the high sugar content, but what really concerned me is that we are informed that the colours Brilliant Black (E151) and Ponceau 4R (E124) contained within the medicine, may cause allergic reactions. However, Tesco have failed to mention what reactions these may be. I cannot state that I have ever seen this warning on any other throat sweets and I find it rather alarming. There is the usual information that states you should consult your GP or pharmacist if you are breast-feeding and that the lozenges should be kept out of reach of children. There are a number of ingredients contained within this product with those that I feel the most important being discussed within my review.
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend these lozenges, as in my opinion they are the worst I have ever eaten, as they served no purpose whatsoever. Consequently, they receive only 1 star from me. I cannot say that I was surprised that I had to product suggest these lozenges to Dooyoo, as this indicates to me that they are not that popular due to their zero effects. Fortunately, I have since found the perfect throat sweet, which I have previously reviewed.
PRICE AND AVAILIBILITY
If you are interested in purchasing Tesco Antiseptic Black Flavour Lozenges I would advise that they are available at a cost of £1.21 for a box of 24.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.