Product Type: Lockets in Health Therapies / Treatments
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Sweets for your honey!
Lockets Cough Sweets
Member Name: garymarsh6
Lockets Cough Sweets
Advantages: Provides temporary relief from tickly coughs or sore throat.
Disadvantages: Short acting!
Lockets cough sweets.
Just recently I had a bit of a cold and irritating sore throat which I found to be quite irksome as I kept having to cough to ease the tickling in my throat. I went to the pharmacy and bought a packet of lockets which I knew would help ease the irritating cough. They are sold in tubes of 10 lozenges which are readily available in supermarkets, pharmacies and newsagents. I paid 58p for my packet which I thought was quite reasonable.
What are lockets?
Lockets are a honey and lemon menthol and eucalyptus sweet with an outer boiled sweet covering which you suck until you reach the inner syrupy contents of the honey and lemon. There is an outer packet containing ten individually wrapped sweets. It is a good idea not to get the sweets too hot as they tend to become a bit sticky and it's quite a fiddly pain to get the wrapping off the individual sweets. I remember them when I was quite young and at the time they were quite novel idea what with the hard outer shell and the soft gooey liquid centre. They have stood the test of time and are s readily available all over the place. They may not be the most effective cough sweet around but they are soothing and comforting.
How to take them!
You should unwrap the sweet from the paper and place one on your tongue then gently suck the boiled sweet until it has softened which gradually breaks and causes the liquid honey and lemon mixture to ooze out. The boiled sweet part of the lozenge tastes very strongly of menthol and is warming and helps to clear a blocked nose but this is only short lived. When you swallow this liquid it does seem to help ease the tickly cough but generally it is quite short lived and does not last that long. The honey and lemon help to soothe the throat by coating it with the nice soothing mixture. If you do not like the taste of honey then I would steer clear of these. Personally I find them quite soothing and not unpleasant tasting at all but I particularly like the taste of the lemon.
Recommended amount to take.
You are advised not to eat more than three packets a day and for children aged 7 up to 12 no more than two packets. I would be rather hesitant to give these to younger children although they state that they are ok for children from the age of 3 to 6 years old. They do have a rather high sugar content of 4.1mg per sweet so any diabetics should be aware of this. They are medicinal and should be stored safely bearing this in mind and out of reach of small children. Side effects can range from headache to stomach upsets. This is not to say that it will cause this but rather that someone reported that they had these symptoms at the same time of taking them so it may well not have been related or not. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients then these should be avoided.
Did they work?
Well in a word yes but only for a short period. They are not long acting but rather a short term measure to ease the symptoms of annoying tickly throats. They should not be used for long periods of time 3-4 days at the most.
I would recommend these to help ease the symptoms of a cold or sore throat especially when you cannot access copious amounts to drink. They are a more of a comforting sweet/lozenge rather than have any curative effects and I would certainly buy them again.
Summary: A useful sweet that aids the discomfort of sore throats.