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I recently had a sore throat and bought these Strepsils Cool Lozenges as I have had Strepsils in the past and have always found them to be very effective. I had not bought the cool ones before so thought I would give them a try. I picked these up from one of the pound shops which was a brilliant price as they can sell for as much as £4.89 and are widely available from chemists and most supermarkets.
They contain two antiseptic ingredients (2, 4 Dichlorobenzyl alcohol & Amylmetacresol) for use in throat medications and they come in a white and blue packet with the words New Formulation in white writing on a red strip. There are three strips of 12 lozenges so they can slip into your pocket or bag without taking up much room. The maximum you can have up to twelve lozenges in one day but I have never taken this many.
As soon as my throat started to feel a bit sore I started taking these lozenges and will usually have around three or four a day. I would describe the taste as a cool spearmint flavour which is quite minty and may be too strong for some palates but I like the taste of them. As soon as you start to suck one of these your mouth and throat feel quite numb which is probably why they are described as cool as you do lose the hot feeling which comes with a sore throat and the soreness does fade. You can feel the lozenge coating your mouth and throat and this feeling stays for I would say up to half an hour after it has dissolved. Although they don't cure your symptoms completely they do relieve the soreness and also the difficulty you can get in swallowing when you have a sore throat.
If you can get them for £1 it is well worth keeping some in your medicine box as they really do work and I recommend them as an effective and trusted brand of lozenges for a sore throat. I would say that if you have severe or prolonged symptoms to seek medical advice but these fast acting lozenges are ideal for the relief of mild sore throats.
I was interested to find out exactly what a 'cool' lozenge was and last time I was suffering form a particularly sore throat (about 6 weeks ago) was when I bought a pack of these Strepsils Cool Lozenges from Tescos for £2.85 for a pack of sixteen tablets in blister format pack.
The packaging of these Strepsils is no different to that of the 'ordinary' Strepsils lozenges but it's the taste where the difference lies. I was sucking slowly on one of these lozenges about every three to four hours. I let the lozenge dissolve slowly in my mouth, as instructed and I found that they did indeed, have a cooling effect. It's hard to describe exactly how these lozenges feel in your mouth as you suck on them. I wouldn't say it's so much a cooling feel, but more of a numbing feel. The effect comes on quite quickly and there is no need to have to wait until you have eaten the whole lozenge before I was feeling a cool and numb feeling all over my mouth, but particularly at the back of my throat. It really did ease my very sore and raw throat quickly and the effects lasted for hours after I'd sucked the lozenge and therefore there really was no need for me to have to take them more frequently than the pack advises.
They are possibly one of the more stronger throat lozenges I have eaten but not as strong as a Fisherman's Friend) and my throat felt gently anaesthetized after I'd eaten one of these lozenges. They contain a combination of two different antiseptics (Amylmetacresol 0.6mg and Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg) and it is these two active ingredients which work to together to gently numb and cool the throat and also provide the ability to fight off any infection which might be lurking around. They also contain added vitamin C.
I would definitely buy these Cooling Strepsils again if I have another sore throat and I have recommended them to friends and family as they are very effective at doing what they claim to do. Highly recommended.
Strepsils Cool Lozenges
When I have a sore throat I will do and take anything available to make me feel better. I don't often suffer from them but when I do I find it very difficult to shake them off and often get left with a tickly cough which is horrible to deal with especially at night and in quiet rooms! Strepsils are one of the treatments that I buy to cure me and ease my symptoms on a regular basis.
Strepsils come in a small and compact cardboard box which opens at either end. The box has the Strepsils branding on in large black lettering and the flavour of throat sweet. I am reviewing the Cool Lozenge sweets. The box has all the ingredients and product descriptions and inside there is also a little insert with more info.
Inside the box are blister packs full of the Strepsils tablets, these are foil sealed for hygiene and freshness. You simply press on the tablet and push it through the foil to get to one. You can buy 16 packs £2.85, 24 packs £3.85 and 36 packs £4 of Strepsils.
Taste and Effect
You are advised to dissolve one tablet in your mouth slowly every 2 - 3 hours for the full effects and benefits of Strepsils to take place. The Cool flavoured Strepsils are one of my preferred ones as the taste is quite strong compared to others and it hits your throat straight away, immediately dealing with the pain you get from sore throats.
The Strepsil tablet gives you an immediate cooling sensation in your mouth, on your tongue and down your throat which also provides a numbing feeling. There is a nice but strong minty taste as this is going on, I find it quite overwhelming (in a good way!) at first. The tablet takes about ten to fifteen minutes to dissolve and whilst this is happening and for quite some time afterwards my throat pain is relieved and anesthetised.
The Strepsils contain two antiseptics 2.4 Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg and Amylmetacresol 0.6mg, which are known for combatting infections that cause sore throats and mouth infections. I find this really does help relieve my sore throat symptoms and fight the infection faster than not using them. I tend to take them as and when I need them which is generally less than the 2-3 period and so they also do not work out too expensive a price for an effective medicine.
Honey & Lemon
These are widely available in supermarkets, chemists and online.
I am not one for buying the most expensive brand just because I feel that it will be the best. I am willing to try cheaper brands and see how they go as sometimes you might just find a bargain product that works incredibly well. One product that I do not scrimp on often is throat sweets. Because I have a suppressed immune system I can suffer from bad sore throats from time to time and sometimes they can hang around for many days.
24 lozenges are available from Boots currently for just over £4.00. I purchased mine when they were on special offer and I believe I got a third off at the time however it was a few months ago so I am not entirely sure of the exact price I paid.
These Strepsils cool come provided within a cardboard box. There is a few blister packs within the box that hold the lozenges in place. These lozenges contain 1.2mg of 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and 0.6mg of Amylmetacresol which is antiseptic that will help to treat the infection. They will also work very well at curing the soreness incurred from having a sore throat.
The directions for use are one lozenge every 2 to 3 hours with no more than 8 lozenges in a 24 hour period. This means that this box is designed to last for a minimum of 3 days which I find to be quite good value for money - even at full price.
These lozenges should be left in your mouth and sucked slowly to allow them to dissolve at a slow pace and provide longer relief for sore throats. These lozenges have a refreshing cool mint flavour to them and this makes them far nicer than other lozenges I have used in the past. Within a minute or two of using these lozenges my throat started to feel much better. I probably went a good 3 hours between using lozenges and this was great really as it meant that they did not get used up too quick but they were effectiveness for the numb feeling to last a couple of hours.
Overall I have been very pleased with the quality of these lozenges. My throat felt almost normal after using these for a couple of days and the antiseptic was very soothing for my throat too. The price of these might seem expensive to some people but for the quality of treatment that these lozenges provide I would definitely try these again in the future. The taste of the lozenges was great as it meant that I did not have yucky smelling breath and I definitely felt much more confident talking and carrying out my day to day activities at work after using these.
Whenever I have a cold and sore throat as well as taking cough medicine and pain pills I also like to suck on Strepsils pretty much non stop until my sore throat goes away. There is nothing worse than your throat feeling all scratchy and sore and no amount of cups of tea will really sort it out so you need to medicate it in some way and I find a very way of doing this is with strepsils.
Strepsils have always been my throat sweet of choice for a number of years now and usually I go for the honey and lemon variety or another type of flavour but these taste way too much like sweets and you are really only recommended to eat about 8 per day. Well, with the nice flavoured ones I end up sucking way more than this number and my tummy does feel a bit sore at the end of a long day of strepsil sucking so for this cold I decided to go with the Strepsils cool variety as these have more of a strong medicine taste than a sweet taste and I find I can't eat as many of these without my mouth getting a bit of medicine overload.
Strepsils are probably about the size of a 10 pence piece but are fairly thick. Each sweet is individually wrapped per say in a vacuum sealed foil pack so you know each one is safe and has not been tampered with. They are medicated and contain two types of antiseptics to treat the infection, and the cause of the sore throat. The antiseptics are 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg, and 0.6mg of Amylmetacresol which combine to kill the bacteria associated with mouth and throat infections. Like I've said above these taste more like medicine than the flavoured ones but what I like about these is that they have a nice cooling effect when you suck them, almost like a menthol taste but not as strong as that.
The streusels come in a pack of 24 and cost £4.09 from Boots. They are a little bit more expensive than say Halls Soothers when it comes to a sore throat but then I think streusels work really well and I will always have a pack in my get well arsenal against colds.
There are so many methods of relieving the nasty old sore throat. Whether it be the old school gargling of salt water, a warm mug of Lemsip the list is endless!
Strepsils have been around since 1958 however since then they have come on an extremely long way.
There are currently 9 different types available meaning that the really do suit all tastes:
Ginger & Lemon
Honey & Lemon
Orange Vitamin C
Strawberry Sugar Free
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I haven't tried every flavour of Strepsils but from the few flavours I have tried I can tell you that 'Cool' is my favourite. Strepsils are normally available in 12, 24 or 36 lozenge pack sizes and the 36 pack normally retails at around £4.
The reason why I rate the 'Cool' variety so highly is that it seems to be the best at combatting the pain associated with sore throats. The cooling effect really does numb your throat allowing you to get on with life. What is also great is the menthol effect that the 'Cool' Strepsils provide. The last time I had a blocked nose because of a cold these tablets allowed me to breath almost immediately!
The tablets also contain 2 antiseptics which should also help your body combat the bacteria in your throat.
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I am a great believer of Strepsils as they do offer quick 'no-hassle' relief of sore throats. I do however have one problem with the product. I am not sure why but the effects of the lozenges seem to be pretty short-term. In the past my throat has been sore again after around 15 minutes and with a maximum adult dosage of 12 lozenges per day this really isn't great.
~ Verdict ~
If you are out and about and need some quick sore throat relief I would recommend this product hands down. If however you are at home and have time to gargle some salt water or even have a drink with some honey in it, it would definitely be the cheaper and possibly more effective alternative!
Over christmas I found myself suffering with the worst cold I think i've ever had in my life. I picked up these strepsils having seen the adverts and following recommendation.
These are really really strong. They have a minty flavour which masks the medicinal taste very well, but it does get overpowering before you've had chance to finish the lozenge. They certainly did help get rid of my sore throat but my eyes were watering a bit in the process. I would say that I prefer the minty flavour to the traditional lemon, and certainly found these more effective.
Strepsils are far from the cheapest sore throat remedy on the market but they are certainly effective. You don't need to use them often so it works out cost effective. I often suffer with throat and sinus problems. The cool strepsils were effective at relieving both symptoms, the strong menthol works as something of a decongestant. I find with other brands that my symptoms return shortly after finishing the lozenge, but these did seem to keep it at bay quite well!
Not for those who can't manage strong tastes. It's a little bit similar to spicy foods if that's helpful? I wouldn't recommend them for children, even though it says on the pack you can take them at quite a young age.
I'm normally try to shy away from buying branded medicines because I don't really tend to agree with paying the extra cost when you could something like a supermarket brand for very much cheaper, and which is often just as effective. But I sort of got myself into a predicament recently where I was on my way to a meeting and realised that my throat that I thought was just niggling me was actually getting quite sore. So I jumped into a local Chemists and came away with these on the recommendation of the Pharmacist.
For just over £2, I came away with a box of 16 of these lozenges. The box itself is mainly white with blue markings and black writing. But what really draws you in is that big bold word 'COOL' across the front in a sort of icy white text. When you've got a sore throat that's burning, the idea of taking something to cool it down is quite appealing, and hence a clever bit of marketing with the branding seems to capture that ideology.
The lozenges come individually blister packed and are designed to provide a 2 stage attack to treat your sore throat. Initially they fight the effects, and provide relief of sore throats (eg the soreness etc), but secondly they contain 2 types of antiseptics to treat the infection, and the cause of the sore throat. The 2 antiseptics are 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg, and 0.6mg of Amylmetacresol which combine to kill the bacteria associated with mouth and throat infections. The directions state that you can take one lozenge every 2-3 hours, with no more that 8 in a 24 hour period, and they are suitable for anyone over the age of 12 years.
When you place a lozenge in your mouth, the idea is that you should slowly suck on it to slowly release the ingredients. The first thing that you find is that the taste of the cool mint in each lozenge comes through, so these lozenges are not unpleasant to take and use. You then find that those 2 antiseptic ingredients start to work together, where the sucking and the slow dissolving of the lozenge allows them to get right to the point of discomfort. Within about a minute of placing the lozenge in my mouth, I found that it did start to ease the pain quite significantly. And keeping up the routine of one every 2-3 hours throughout the day did really provide some long term relief from my sore throat.
Ok, so these lozenges were effective at doing what they were designed to do - ease the symptoms of my sore throat and fight the causing bacteria. But as I said at the start of this review, I tend to steer away from buying branded medicines (unless I really have to as in this case) because they can work out to be much more expensive than a supermarket own brand variety, and yet still often have the same treatment effect. In the case of these lozenges, the comparable supermarket own brand product would be Tesco Dual Action Throat Lozenges which come in at £1.29 for 24 lozenges.
So where does that leave us? Well, to be honest, I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by these Strepsils when I compare them to the effectiveness of the Tesco variant. Whilst I thought that the Tesco ones were good, these Strepsil ones really did the business. They were fast acting and soothing, getting quickly to the source of discomfort, and then providing long lasting relief in the process.
In summary, I hate to admit it, but this is one of those branded products that comes out better than the supermarket variant, and hence, that probably justifies the associated extra cost. So a 5 star recommendation from me.
Strepsils Cool lozenges are one of the newest lines in a range of cough sweets that have been around for years, the basic premise of these is that as the lozenges dissolve in your mouth they release a cool flavour which gets to work immediately providing effective relief and also dealing with your sore throat.
Sore throats are generally caused by infections, other things that can cause them include irritants such as extreme changes in temperature, smoke filled rooms or simply pollution.
Generally when I get a sore throat, I wrap up warm, drink lots of hot fluids, breath through my nose as much as possible and (although this isn't recommended) eat lots of ice cream as its cool and easy to swallow.
Lozenges should be used alongside these techniques rather than as a simple solution, and are readily available in most shops, supermarkets and chemists.
These packs come in 16 or 32 lozenge boxes, we got the 16 as it was a cold winter and I am prone to sore throats and chest infections, we bought them from Tesco during the weekly shop for £2.90, this seems to be about the average for a packet, although the one thing I would say is that as the direction is one every two hours, these generally only last you 2 days, so either go for a cheaper variety or buy a 32 pack.
I used them at work and home and was a bit gutted that they'd all gone, therefore I wouldn't recommend them simply as 2 days wasn't enough to clear the problem for me.
These lozenges are suitable for anyone over the age of 12.
The idea that these cool your throat and help soothe it are good, but I didn't feel they went far enough, they weren't that different to own brand cough sweets i'd had, they have a cool liquid in the lozenge which does seep down your throat, but all other types of cough sweets have chemicals in them which help ease the pain, so I felt this was marketing over substance in this case.
Each lozenge contains a combination of two antiseptics (2,4 Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg, Amylmetacresol 0.6mg) to fight the infections which can cause sore throats and mouth infections. These aren't dangerous and the preventative nature of these is good, but on buying replacements for these i found that most other lozenges do also and many at much cheaper prices.
Overall they are a solid product which took the edge off my sore throat for a couple of days but one 16 pack wasn't enough and at nearly 19p per lozenge, these are very expensive, i've gone back to fishermans friends with own brand lozenges as back up and probably won't go back to these as the price puts me off.
I tend to have an array of Cough Sweets in the house, and to be honest I was never all that keen on Strepsils. For some reason I found after having 1 that my throat seemed to feel really itchy, and I felt like I wanted to reach down my throat and give it a good old scratch. My husband swears by them though, and I admit I steered clear of them for quite a few years, but these Cool ones caught my eye a while ago and I tend to now buy them now and again.
You get these in most Supermarkets as usual, and my local Asda and Tesco have stocked them for a while now. They are just next to the other Cold Relief products.
I've only seen these in the 16 Sweet pack size and they are that little bit more expensive than the standard Strepsils, which is a little pricy anyway. The last time I bought these they were on an Asda Rollback price of £3, so they may be a lot more thesedays, or perhaps cheaper since they have been out for a while now.
The box looks like the Dooyoo picture, and i'm guessing with the blue colouring that that is indicating the Cooling part of these. Inside the box the Sweets are in the usual blister style pack where you pop the Sweet out of the foil bit. Easy enough to get these out. The Sweets are a round shape, and about the size of a £1 coin I would say. Not too thick a sweet, but leaving 1 to dissolve in your mouth will probably take at least half an hour if you just have the occassion suck of this.
This has an alright taste to it. It tastes perhaps a little bit Menthol and I would say that this has a perhaps Aniseed tang to it, but that may just be me.
So this gets to work by dealing with your Sore Throat as the normal Strepsils do, but the nice relief part is the way that this seems to Cool your Throat quite quickly, and you get a bit of relief from the Hot Throat that usually makes you feel that bit worse.
These get to work quite quick, and although the Cooling part doesn't last all too long, it does provide a bit of well deserved relief for a bit.
Recommended by me, but just wished that they were that bit cheaper.
When I am feeling under the weather from the pain of a sore throat I usually turn to Strepsils for their soothing powers and the simplicity of their administration. Taking lozenges is, in my opinion, a better option on the go as opposed to having a bottle of cough mixture. In a recent review I commented on my thoughts from when I discovered Tyrozets. I still do use Strepsils, but only due to my experiences with one particular product in their range.
The Strepsils 'Cool' are a throat lozenge for the treatment of bacterial throat infections. Their cool soothing sensation gives much relief to a sore throat and each lo\enge contains two antiseptics - 2.4mg Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and 0.6mg Amylmetacresol. Each lozenge also contains Sucrose, Glucose Syrup, Xylitol, Cool mint sensation flavour, (contains Propylene Glycol), Levomenthol, Spearmint Flavour, Eucalyptus oil. Each lozenge contains the equivalent of 1g of glucose and 1.5g of sucrose.
The lozenges have a cooling effect because of their cool mint flavour, but within moments of slowly sucking them I feel them soothing the pain of my sore throat. Strepsils Cool are available from most supermarkets and all good chemists and cost around £2 for 16 lozenges and there is also a larger 36 pack costing around £4. Their unique formula allow me to carry on with my day without much effort other than to place one into my mouth. They are perfect for whilst you are on the go, and as they are so effective they get to work immediately and can quickly sooth your cold and flu symptoms.
The directions on the pack state that they are suitable for adults and children over 12 years old. The instructions suggest to dissolve one lozenge slowly in the mouth every 2-3 hours and for adults no more than 12 lozenges to be taken per day. For children aged 12 and over no more than 8 lozenges per day should be consumed and they are not suitable for children under 12 years.
I now only buy the 'Cool' version of the Strepsils, as I find Tyrozets a very good product aswell. The cooling affect offers some much needed relief for sore throats and I will continue to use these two products as and when needed. I highly recommend this product but would say the other Strepsil flavours are not to my liking.
I am quite lucky when it comes to winter, I rarely get ill but summer, summer is different. I can say I have an annual summer cold, I always catch something in late summer, thankfully it is usually only a cold. But with it comes that unpleasant tickle in the throat which easily escalates to a full sore throat.
Now I am not exactly a fan of pills and I do not take them unless it is really necessary there are exceptions, Strepsils being one of them.
You can get these without prescription and they are meant to ease pains related with sore throat. The main ingredients of this pills are antiseptics which can heal bacterial (streptococcus - thus Strepsils - clever!) infections in your throat - amylmetacresol and 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol. These in particular are flavoured with aroma Cool Mint Sensation (that tells a lot eh) aroma Spearmint, eucalyptus oil - combining these the pills do actually have a COOL taste to them, somewhat minty, icy, mentholy anyway a very welcomed taste with sore throat (and the taste you have in your mouth when you have sore throat).
Use of this pills is really simple. You can take 1 pill every 2-3 hours not exceeding 8 pills per day (for youngsters) or 12 pills per day for adults. You just put it in your mouth and lick it, let it dissolve slowly. And that is all the magic. I take way less than 12 per day, I usually take them every 4-5 hours though this does depend on the severity of sore.
It does ease the pain a bit and for a while which is really great if you want to function normally for some time. The thing I like more than the pain relief effect is the taste (and smell) it leaves in your mouth. I am sure you know what I am talking about when I say sore throat breath, well this will eradicate it! Destroy it, wipe it of the face of the... Well your mouth. And this, this is in my opinion a great benefit to this pill and this is why I like this one.
I can't say that this one shortens the length of illness but it certainly eases the symptoms.
I hate being ill and worst of all I suffer from horrendous sore throats. Strepsils have been designed to take away the effects of the cold and flu virus and restore a natural balance in the body. My experience of them has been one of mixed reactions.
We always have a packet of these tucked away in depths of a drawer for the onslaught of colds and throats. I find them effective on the throat for a short term period. You are allowed or rather recommended to take and suck a lozenge every two to three hours. I am not sure what happens if you exceed the stated dose as I have never tempted fate. Maybe one day I will be brave and have two in the space of an hour.
The Strepsils produce a pleasant minty flavour in the mouth and these cooling Strepsils leave a delightful vapour feeling in the throat. When I tried them, I got this sudden burst of icy freshness, which made me feel I was plundering the Arctic planes and running naked through snow with polar bears at my side. The tablets are indeed extremely breathtaking and will cause you to gush and wheeze as the cool vapour penetrates your throat. It almost coats the throat in a mystical air. This feeling tends to subside after half an hour and the throat returns to normal.
In terms of blocking pain in the throat, they work for short spells for me. They do leave the throat less stiff and dry and also refresh the breath which is vital when you are dehydrated. It is handy to know that they are busy fighting infection with their antibacterial ingredients, it is just a pity that the effects wear off quickly. Otherwise, at about four to five pounds for a large pack, they are a good buy.
Whenever I have a cold and/or sore throat, I very rarely use the likes of Tunes or Lockets, purely because I do not believe that they are effective enough against the pain. Strepsils, however, contain antiseptics, and their soothing formula is much more effective when it comes to alleviating discomfort.
The lozenges have the appearance of sweets and are encased in bubble packets, which are foil wrapped to retain their freshness. You are supposed to suck on the lozenge until it becomes too small, to allow the medicine and vapours to work their way gradually down your throat. You will find that as soon as you put one in your mouth you will not even think of chewing on it, as when your tongue works at it it is so cool it almost takes your breath away. The vapours released by the Strepsils are very similar to those given off by Tunes, in that the menthol eases the inflammation in your throat much like an ice pack would soothe a swollen joint. Stresils will not make your sore throat better, but they will alleviate your symptoms and provide some relief.
The antiseptics Strepsils contain are 2,4 Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and Amylmetacres. Because Strepsils contain medical ingredients they should not be consumed as though they were sweets. They should not be used by children under the age of twelve, and for those over twelve no more than eight lozenges should be consumed per day.
Strepsils are available from most chemists and pharmacies. From Boots a packet of sixteen lozenges will cost in the region of £2.30. Alternatively, they are available online from the following sources:
£2.23 from chemistdirect.co.uk
£2.63 from multipharmacy.com
£2.89 from expresschemist.co.uk
Strepsils are very effective in relieving some of the pain from a sore throat, but they do not rival prescribes medicines. If your throat is especially painful you should consider antibiotics. When I have cause to use Strepsils I rarely consume more than 5 - 6 a day. The sensation is unusual - satisfying, even - but for some it may be too strong.
I always have a cold in the summer and never go to the shop to get anything for the sore throat i get as i felt like nothing would work.
Well i changed my mind last week and decided that it was time to find something that acutally worked to get rid of my sore throat i kept waking up with. I started off with the basics such as the blackcurrant flavoured 'tunes' and soothers that you can buy. These worked for about 10mins and then the sore throat cam back.
I went back to the chemist and asked my pharmist there what they would recommend and she suggested strepsils cool. So i tried them and now i feel like i owe that pharmist something as they worked fantastic. Within 2mins my sore throat was gone and it didn't come back for hours. Also you get plenty with them to last you about 5-7days and even though they are more expensive that other sore throat lozenges these are the best.
Very pleased with these.
More about the strepsils as requested:
They are small lozenges which you get 16 of in a pack however you can get them in bigger packs if you wish. They don't really have any taste to them apart from you could compare them to the feeling you have after you have brushed your teeth. You take them by dissolving them slowly in your mouth and you take one of these every 2-3 hours but i have found taking that i only needed one twice a day.
Strepsils Cool 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.