Throughout all of last week and in to this week I have felt pretty shocking. It takes a lot for me to call for a doctors appointment but on Tuesday I rang for one and they were fully booked so the nurse called me back. I explained I had a very sore throat, ulcers all around my mouth and was generally feeling pretty horrendous with hot and cold sweats and such like. She advised me that unless my tonsils were covered, which they weren't, that they were unlikely to offer me antibiotics and that I would be best drinking plenty and taking pain killers as regularly as I was allowed to to stay on top of the pain. I tried this but on Thursday I was still in a lot of pain, though mainly from the ulcers as opposed to my throat. I went to the Tesco pharmacy and asked desperately for something to numb my mouth and the assistant sold me Difflam spray as the strongest thing they had apparently. This is my review of the product.
The spray comes in a thin cardboard box on which the brand name is very prominent in a yellow coloured writing. The medical name Benzydamine Hydrochloride is written in a smaller font underneath. We are told on the box that this is used for the treatment of painful and sore mouth and throat conditions. Inside the box there is a white plastic bottle which features a green lid. All information such as dosage and ingredients is printed on a label on the bottle should you lose the box with this information. The bottle contains 30ml of the Difflam spray.
Now I was a bit confused at first with the bottle but basically it has a pointer which you need to raise and then point this at the sore point in your mouth and then press the top of the spray which will release a burst of the product. You do need to press a few times initially to get it out of the bottle and so this is best done before you aim it in your mouth in case of any leakage. The pointer is a good five centimetres long I would say and so it is great for getting close to the throat if you need it to or towards the back of the mouth or what not. I have had to aim it at my throat, my inner cheek towards the back of my mouth and the roof of my mouth and have had no issues with it at all.
You are advised that adults can use this spray every 1.5 to 3 hours and that you can use four to eight puffs each time that you use it. Children aged 6-12 can use four puffs in the same time frames whilst children under 6 must use one puff for each kg of body weight up to a maximum of four puffs every 1.5-3 hours. I tended to use this around every three hours and have found that as the weekend has progressed I don't use it that much anymore but will still use it a once or twice a day and in particular if I notice the pain a bit more. The spray has a bit of a mouthwash flavour but not a minty one, it just reminds me of mouthwash for some reason, it isn't unpleasant at all and I find that there is always some which drips on my tongue but it is easy to swallow so it isn't a problem at all.
The pointer allows you to really aim at where you want the spray to go and because of this most of the spray hits the target area you want. I have found that using this spray gives almost instant relief from the pain in your mouth and I was quite shocked, but pleased by that. I was using this with pain killers initially but now I take less pain killers and still notice that it eases any discomfort really quickly so I think it is a great product. It tends to last pretty well too so you don't feel you need to be constantly spraying this in your mouth. As I said every three or four hours was fine at first and now I use it less as my mouth is recovering slowly.
This spray needs to be kept upright during usse and not stored above 30 degrees but should not be frozen or put in the fridge either. Should your symptoms not improve or get worse you should consult a doctor or pharmacist and should you get any prolonged stinging in the throat you should stop use immediately.
This 30ml spray cost me around five to six pounds in Tesco. I'm not entirely sure of the price as I bought some cocodomol tablets at the same time. I absolutely wish I had bought this spray earlier on in the week as it really has helped a lot with the discomfort in my mouth and I do think it has helped heal some sore points. There are still some sore points in my mouth but these are greatly improved and I would absolutely recommend this spray to anyone suffering with a sore mouth or throat condition.
Thank you for reading my review!
About a week before Christmas I started to get a sore throat, now usually I just use throat lozenges and medicine and although these do relieve symptoms they can be a little bit hit and miss. Something my Mum always uses and I always used when I lived at home was Difflam spray, and she bought me some when I started to feel unwell as I was keen to be better before Christmas. The main reason I didn't buy Difflam spray myself was that it isn't as easy to get hold of other sore throat medicines. I don't drive and don't live near to a chemist so for me it's always been easier to buy something else instead. Difflam spray is available in the majority of pharmacies and costs between £6 and £7 for a 30ml spray and you don't need a prescription to buy it.
Difflam spray comes in a small plastic container which is about half container and half lid, the packaging is very simple and is more about the product than any branding etc. The lid of the container has a sort of straw attached to it which is used to aim the Difflam onto the affected area, the rest of the lid is a pump top cap which needs to be pressed down to give a puff of the spray. Difflam spray can be used by anybody, although how much you should use depends on age. Adults can use 4-8 puffs every 2 or 3 hours, children 4 puffs every 2-3 hours. Children under the age of 6 should 1 puff for every 4kg of weight, but no more than 4 puffs within 2-3 hours as far as I can tell this is because the spray does contain alcohol.
Difflam spray can be used for sore throats, mouth ulcers and sore gums. It can also be used following dental surgery or the removal of tonsils. The spray is very easy to use although it does feel a little unnatural at first especially as I wanted to direct the spray into my throat I had to push the application straw to the back of my mouth. Applying the spray does take a few goes to get used to and the second time I used it I caught my throat with the straw which was very painful! The first thing you notice is the horrible taste, it's like a chemical version of mouthwash but it does go quite quickly. I was very pleased with the effects of the Difflam spray, it contains Benzydamine which acts as a local anaesthetic causing numbness and relieving inflammation, therefore relieving pain. After every use you need to wipe the nozzle clean to avoid it getting blocked, I found mine did still get blocked a couple of times but with another wipe it was okay again. As the spray needs to be applied every couple of hours to keep the pain away it can get a little bit annoying but as I was keen not to be ill over Christmas I persevered and it was definitely worth it. Difflam spray stopped the soreness in my throat so it didn't slow me down or leave me in pain and I was fine for Christmas which was the main thing.
Overall, I was really pleased with Difflam spray and will go out of my way in future to buy this as it really does work. There are a couple of little flaws with the application straw and it can be tricky at first but I'm willing to get over these to be left pain free. It's quite expensive but definitely worth it as I no longer spend a fortune on lozenges and medicine.
I had been feeling awful a month or so ago when I woke up with really swollen glands making it painful to even just swallow. At first, I thought it was nothing and just didn't think anything of it but then when it wouldn't go down after an hour I made an emergency doctor appointment where I was then informed that I had tonsillitis. It is not something that I have ever suffered from before and I had no idea how I'd caught it but one thing I did know is that I wanted it gone right away as it was not pleasant. One of the things I was told to buy along with my antibiotics was this spray called 'Difflam', I'd never heard of it before but it is for the treatment of painful and sore mouth and throat conditions.
This spray comes in a dark navy blue rectangular shaped box with the words 'Difflam Spray' written in bright yellow. It does stand out and on the front is an illustration of the bottom half of a face with an orange mist over the mouth. It contains 30ml of spray and on one side of the box it has instructions for use and on the other it has a list of ingredients. The best before date is on the top and there is a leaflet inside with more in depth information, the spray itself is quite unusual looking it comes in a white cylinder shaped plastic bottle with a green lid and on the lid is a white stick which folds down and also pulls up and this is where the spray comes out.
This spray is quite straightforward to use and after each use, the nozzle should be wiped with a tissue to prevent blockage. You should stop using this is you have prolonged stinging in the mouth or throat and if your condition gets worse, or doesn't improve, you will need to speak to a doctor or pharmacist. You should avoid contact with eyes and always keep the bottle sat upright when using and when stored. This spray should not be stored in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius and it should not be refrigerated or frozen. This should be kept out of reach of children, other than this it really is a spray which is easy to use, you just need to follow the instructions.
Now, to start using this it seems quite difficult at first but you spray it directly onto the affected area of the mouth or throat. I had tonsillitis, so I aimed the nozzle right to the back of my throat and then sprayed, it has a horrible taste almost like mouthwash but maybe more medical tasting, it reminded me of the rinse at the dentist, not pleasant. If you are an adult, it recommends you have 4-8 puffs, 1 1/2 to 3 hourly, I found I was having this every 3 hours and it was enough for me, I sprayed 6 times and using this along with the antibiotics did seem to finally ease the pain, it just takes a lot of perseverance with this to notice the results.
Children under 6 should use 1 puff for each 4kg of body weight up to a maximum of 4 puffs each 1 1/2 - 3 hrs. I found taking this quite horrible but have to say once it was on, it did ease the pain slightly. I knew it wouldn't get rid of what I had on its own but it did numb the pain especially when I pushed down and did a powerful spray and aimed right at the back of my throat. This helped me go back to work as when I was finding it sore, I just used to spray this 6 times and it would work and ease the pain for a good hour and I usually knew when it was time to take this again, at first I wasn't spraying this far enough toward the back of my throat and so didn't feel the effects until a few sprays later.
This spray was definitely worth paying for, I was shocked at how pricey it was but it did help me get through the tonsillitis. I ended up using this for a good while probably about 4 days until I noticed the tonsillitis didn't hurt anymore as then I didn't need to use this. At times, it did get tedious having to do this every 1 1/2 hrs to 3 hours but it was worth it and although it wasn't the nicest using this spray, it did work. It is effective and because the nozzle is so thin, it is really easy to aim it at the throat. I'd recommend this to anyone suffering with any pain in their throat or mouth area and it is worth knowing about as I'd buy it again if I had any pain here.
This spray can be purchased from all pharmacies, I didn't need a prescription to buy this and for a 30ml spray it cost £6.99 which isn't cheap but it does work so was worth paying.
The official Difflam spray website is http://www.difflam.co.uk/.
I first tried this spray when I had tonsillitis, which was induced by a small fish bone being stuck around my tonsil. It was a funny story - I felt a scratching sensation besides my tonsil as if something was there. After some self-examination in the mirror with the use of a pen torch, I was pretty certain that I saw something white sticking out. A trip down to A&E to remove this was pointless, as the doctor insisted nothing was there and that I simply had tonsillitis. Luckily I used some prongs from the hospital to later remove the bone I could see. Despite my efforts, I was left with tonsillitis and a very sore throat! I picked up some Difflam spray from the pharmacy.
Difflam spray comes in a blue box, which contains a 30ml bottle of spray. There are instructions on the box and inside on the leaflet guiding you on how to use the spray. The bottle has a long funnel where the spray comes out. This design enables you to squirt some spray quite accurately onto the most painful parts of your mouth/throat. This funnel folds out to be used, and then back down into a compact shape. The top of the bottle has a large white button that is pressed to release a fine spray from the funnel. The design makes it easy to use, and the 30ml bottle is a reasonable size to last a little while.
I was amazed by how well this works. It is certainly something worth trying for pharyngitis or tonsillitis. It contains an ingredient, which acts against the pain-producing chemicals in areas of inflammation. By doing this, the sensation of pain is greatly reduced. It has lasting effects for around 30 minutes to an hour before they wear off - but it is important to note that this spray really does take away 80-90% of the pain. It does produce a little numbness too, but this is minimal. It is only more noticeable as some is inevitably swallowed - but this gives your whole throat a nice relief!
You should use four to eight 'puffs' every 1.5 to 3 hours if you are an adult. Children and younger ones can use this spray too at lesser doses. If I have bilateral soreness, I spread the sprays between each side (e.g. each tonsil). It works effectively at the recommended dose. Despite the larger number of sprays, it seems to last a while too.
Not only can this product be used for sore throats/tonillitis, but other things too. Mouth ulcers, painful gums and sore tongues are a few other conditions that Difflam can be used for. If your baby is teething, this spray can also be used for that making it a good all rounder! As long as you effectively clean the funnel, I would not see much harm in using the same bottle between mother and baby for example.
Regarding the taste, I actually quite like it. It has a somewhat fresh and very light mint taste to it.
*Price & Availability*
Difflam spray costs around £5.50 for the 30ml bottle. This will last throughout one period of soreness and beyond (for one person). It is available at pharmacies and is usually behind the counter so you will need to ask. It is less than the charge if you pay prescriptions, so be sure to buy it without one, even if your doctor has given you a prescription for Difflam spray. It takes away pain and soreness very well and lasts a reasonable amount of time.
I would highly recommend this for all sorts of pain in and around the mouth. It is easy to use, very effective and has multiple uses - for inflamed throats, gums, tongues, mouth ulcers and more.
After suffering with a nasty viral infection for a good couple of weeks, I was feeling wiped out. The first symptom that proved to be problematic was a sore throat, and when this symptom subsided, and the other symptoms started to settle I was left feeling exhausted, though pleased my symptoms seemed to be clearing up. However, the following day I had the most horrendous sore throat and sinus pain. I was feeling rather down by this point, as the virus was lingering.
My sore throat started to become incredibly dry, despite drinking continuously throughout the day. The dryness caused irritation which actually made me physically sick. After several days of being sick caused by my gag reflex from the irritation in my throat, I was feeling very sorry for myself, I just wanted it to end. I tried everything to gain relief, and to keep my throat lubricated, though it didn't make any difference. I went off to the doctors and was given a full examination, and was told it had to run its course. Several days later it was getting worse, and I had done everything for a fast recovery, as I am a full time mum, I know I need to be in good health to care for my son.
I returned to the doctor, and was examined again. The doctor gave some advice, all of which I was already following. I pleaded with her asking if there was anything for my throat, as I was tired of being sick and I was barely able to speak. She offered a throat spray which I said I would be happy to try. I rushed to the pharmacy to collect my prescription along with some boiled sweets. As soon as I reached home I read through the leaflet that was enclosed in the box. I then duly sprayed my throat without hesitation, as I was in need of some relief. I wasn't expecting miracles, but I was hoping that it would offer some relief.
The Difflam spray is contained within a box along with a leaflet that contains all the important information, which must be read prior to using this medication. The 30ml container features a long thin tube that is to be lifted, and the lid is to be depressed several times to prime the product. Once a fine mist is released it is ready to use. The long tube makes it easy to direct and aim the spray at the affected areas. There is no cap to cover the nozzle, however, this can be rinsed as necessary. The spray is for throat and mouth conditions such as sore throats and ulcers and pain following surgery. The dose will be advised by your doctor, or if it is purchased over the counter the dosage guidelines are printed in the leaflet.
After the initial spray I wondered what affects it would have, and I didn't notice a great deal. In all honesty, all it seemed to do was provide some moisture to the area for a short time. However, I was desperate, so I continued to use the spray as directed throughout the course of the day. At this point, I had tried many other remedies with little success, so I was ever hopeful that something would work. My throat was in a terrible state, incredibly sore, itchy and irritated. I have suffered many sore throats in my time, but none as bad or persistent as this one.
In fairness, I think my sore throat symptoms are particularly bad, so I couldn't expect too much from the Difflam spray. I wasn't entirely convinced that I am suffering with a viral infection, as the symptoms were on going, and nothing seemed to be giving relief. I continued to use the spray as directed, and found that it did ease the discomfort somewhat for short periods of time, however, by the end of the day my throat would still be so dry and irritated it will leave me gagging. After a few days use, I had pretty much used up the bottle, with maximum dosages throughout the days.
In fairness, I couldn't expect it to completely eradicate my terrible sore throat symptoms, and I did give it a fair trial. However, I knew that it was more than just a sore throat, and although it eased the pain and provided some moisture to the area, it just wasn't efficiently giving enough relief for it to be worth continuing. Besides, after ten weeks, I am still unsure of the actual cause, but the symptoms have reduced enough for me to get through a day.
I think Difflam spray is effective, and is worth a go, as it can give relief and get straight to the affected areas. However, my throat symptoms are more than just a sore throat caused by a viral infection, so I cannot complain about this product. Whilst it didn't rid me of my symptoms, it did provide relief. I would in fact try this again in the future should I need to, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It is easy to use, it has an antiseptic taste, which is tolerable, and it is sprayed directly where it is needed, which can help to give rapid relief.
Difflam spray can be purchased over-the-counter, and will be cheaper than on prescription, unless you qualify for free prescriptions. I had no problems using this whilst on pain killers and Prozac, and there were no side effects. Do check with the doctor or pharmacist if you are on medication to ensure that this is okay to use alongside any other medications that you are or may be taking.
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I dont often get sore a throat through out the year but ever december i get it real bad. I am a student at collage part time, a mummy and most weekends i sing in pubs and clubs to earn a little living. December is the busiest time for me as the christmas part nights start along my usual friday saturday nights i have too squeeze in two three nights during the week too. The money is great in december and i push myself to the limit to earn it however this is also the month my health goes downhill.
Due to all the work and sing for four hours none stop i get a sore throat, i have tried many products and prescriptions to ease the pain but nothing has ever worked as well as difflam spray.
Difflam spray costs around £4.99 - £5.99 for 30ml. I normally buy difflam spay for the small chemist in our town but its available in boots, lloyds, even tesco sell it.
In the box there is a small sheet of instructions , easy to read, also gives warnings for who can use the product etc.
The difflam spray looks like a small tube with a plastic green top. The top has a small nuzzle where the spray comes out and at the other side a bit that you push down with your finger tips to release the spray.
Upon holding the nuzzle up to my wide opened mouth and pushing down on the button i was amazed how fast and far the spray comes out, it actually hits the back of my throat no problem. The spray is quiet wide so it doesn't come out in one whoosh it actually spread out so the spray gets the effected area as well as the surrounding area.
Adults can use the spray every 2-3 hours and have up to six sprays each time which works in well for me. I feel the numbness lasts for around two hours so i personally use three sprays each time and another two for the last hour.
The main ingredient for difflam spray is benzydamine hydrochloride, this ingredient is the aesthetic and numbs the effected area. It also contains an ingredient that acts as an anti inflammatory. I did find the spray tastes like a strong mouthwash but as the spray works super fast i can only taste it for seconds and them the numbness kicks in and i feel or taste nothing.
Difflam spray can be used for pain in the mouth from dental problems or mouth ulcers, painful throat, can even be used for teething babies but you need to read the instructions very carefully as the dosage is unclear.
So i swear by this product, i last used it in december and january to treat the pain in my throat and it works almost instantly and relives it. This difflam spray is better than any others i have truly tried i will never be without this spray. Although i was using the spray to numb the pain so i could carry on working, it did not clear my throat problems that took time on its own as it wasn't an infection. Difflam spray is only a painkiller but can be used along side antibiotics if their is an infection..
I highly recommend difflam spray and its my favourite pain relief product when the swallowing glass feeling arrives.
A few months ago my son complained of having a mouth ulcer which was sore. On closer inspection I found he had two small red ulcers and one very large yellow ulcer that covered the entire of his lip on the inside. After whisking him immediately to the doctors as I really didn't like the look of the large one especially, the doctor informed me that it was just caused by a viral infection and along with regular doses of calpol to apply this spray - Difflam - to the area twice a day.
Luckily for my son this spray eased his symptoms within a few days, and after reading the leaflet in depth I found it was also ideal for sore throats. As I suffer from severe sore throats sporadically throughout the year I decided to ask the pharmacist on my next visit if it would be suitable for myself to use, and they told me that Yes it was.
What does it contain?~
Difflam contains Benzydamine which is basically a pain killing medicine which also acts as a local anesthetic by numbing the painful area and therefor alleviating pain.
What is it suitable for?~
Difflam throat spray can be used for
*painful throat conditions
*Treatment following dental surgery
*For treating inflammation of the throat following surgery (tonsillectomy etc)
The bottle of Difflam is small and neat and is in a basic cylindrical shaped design. The colouring is predominantly green with a white base and makes this slightly different from the norm is the long thin nozzle (about 2 inches in length) which is attached to the top of the bottle.
Size, Price and Availability~
To my knowledge I have only ever seen this available in one size which is a standard 30ml. My son got his bottle on prescription though when I purchased my own it cost me £6.19 from my local Lloyds pharmacy and the average RRP seems to be around the £6 mark give or take 20p. I believe it is widely available in most chemists over the counter (and on prescription), though until my son was issued it from our Doctor I had honestly never heard of it before.
Using the spray~
As mentioned there is a long thin tubular nozzle which is located at the top of the bottle. This is where the contents are emitted from by simply pressing the large integrated button which is also found on top of the bottle and is very easy to use.
The directions state the first time you use the spray you must press the plunger (button) several times to activate the spray (whilst keeping pointed away from the face and eyes). I found it took several attempts with my son's and my own bottle of Difflam so don't be disillusioned if nothing seems to be happening as it simply takes a while to dispel the air and work the contents to near the nozzle. (*Note that this only needs to be done the first time of using as it works fine on occasions used afterwards).
Who is it suitable for?~
This can be used by
Adults - 4 to 8 puffs every 1 and 1/2 to every 3 hours
Children 6 to 12 years - 4 puffs every 1 and 1/2 to 3 hours
Children under 6 years - Treatment based on weight so discuss with appropriate persons (i.e Doctor or Pharmacist)
To use just aim the nozzle towards the intended area and press the nozzle down to dispel the spray for the correct dosage required.
The Do and Don't list..or maybe not~
I'm not going to go into a whole 'Do and Don't' essay as any of this information is easily accessible on the enclosed leaflet in the box along with the spray, let's just say common sense should prevail as with all medication (i.e keep away from eyes, do not take too much etc).
My own experience~
As mentioned my son was given this for a bout of severe mouth ulcers that looked raw (and according to my son were very painful). I was very surprised at how quickly these seemed to heal on him when we applied this spray and he said it felt instantly better on application. I was hoping that it would have the same benefits on my sore throats as it did on his mouth ulcers as my throats can be very severe when they strike!
When I bought this for myself it was when my last sore throat was at it's worse - I could feel it 'brewing' for a few days by that getting overly dry feeling and swollen glands so by the time I purchased this I was at a point where I would have tried anything. The nozzle is quite easy to use as it simply folds flat against the bottle when stored and when in use folds out to a 90 degree angle ready to be sprayed.
I found that the Difflam spray emits in 'blob' like tendency as opposed to it being more of a mist. The consistency is a watery type of fluid which is transparent and has a mouth wash texture to it, as does it's fragrance which is an odd mint/ medicinal combination. It's not unpleasant but rather odd and reminds of Chloraseptic Spray that is also used for throat complaints (though I have not used this for a number of years so maybe it's the same ingredients which is why it reminds me of it?).
I decided to use for the maximum amounts over the course of a day - every 1 and a half hours - as my throat was indeed very painful at the time. I found that 4 puffs of the nozzle each time seemed enough to comfortably numb the pain in my throat and caused a significant change in the discomfort I was feeling by bringing that longed for relief.
I get sore throats as I have a low immune system due to type of diabetes I have. There is normally nothing that can be given for my bad throats unless they turn into a chest infection which is when antibiotics are usually given, though the rest of the time it's a case of 'putting up' with them. I have tried just about every type of pain relieving medicine, tablet, lozenge etc over the years and found I had limited relief with the majority until I tried this.
Now don't get me wrong my sore throats were still very much there and as soon as the effects of the spray started to wear off I could feel the pain back with a vengeance, though this numbed the back of my mouth and throat accordingly and eased the pain for at least 30 minutes. This may not sound a long time but anyone who has had severe sore throats will agree this is quite effective. I don't believe anything gets 'rid' of sore throats as some products claim but if something is available to help take some of the sting away then I'm all for it.
Apart from the price being a bit steep (I pay for prescriptions so it would have worked out more expensive to get this from my doctor) I found the nozzle becomes blocked up very easily despite wiping with a tissue as advised after each application. Those two things aside I can't really fault this spray as it does really help with the pain of sore throats and I only wish I had discovered it sooner.
A couple of months back, I had my wisdom teeth removed under a general anesthetic. Due to a problem with the tube they inserted down my throat (through my mouth!!!!) my throat was ripped up during the surgery, and this became ulcerated and severley infected. Thanks to the horrible pain and swelling of my throat, I was unable to eat or drink for over a week!
After finally being given anti-biotics for the infection, I was becoming so weak from lack of food and drink that the doctor had to prescribe me some thing from my throat. I had tried general throat sweets and throat sprays but nothing helped the pain or the burning, which I felt everytime I swallowed.
The doctor prescribed me Difflam Oral Spray, and it was like finding the holy grail. Difflam Oral Spray is basically a spray that is used to numb pain in the mouth and throat, and my life it is most amazing product I have ever used. I sprayed this into my throat the second it was handed to me from the pharmacist and I could swallow with no pain, straight away! In fact I was even able to eat food thanks to this spray!
Difflam Oral Spray has a minty taste, and reminds me of the smell you would expect to find in a dental surgery. The tub itself is green and white, and has a long tube that you pull up from the side of the bottle and aim this at the sore area in your mouth or throat. Then just push down on the top of the bottle and the spray goes straight to the site of the pain.
I was so amazed at how well this worked, I really can not say enough how amazing it is. I was so happy to be out of pain, and now I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has severe pain in their mouth or throat. It is stocked in some larger Boots stores, but I had to have mine ordered in as my local store did not have it in. I did check with my local superdrug and a few different pharmacies. It would seem not many places stock it for instant sale, but they can get it into store on next day delivery.
I recommended this to my friend when she contracted tonsilitis, and she was so thankful for this, as it really eased her pain while she waiting for the anti-biotics to start working. I now recommend it to anyone, and even my younger sister has used this. No one I have got to try this has anything bad to say about it, and I am going to make sure I always have some of this in my medicine cabinet, as you never know when you need something like this.
I totally recommend this, as if you didn't know! Pop into Boots or your local pharmacy and grab yourself a bottle of this, or if you really wish to buy it online, you can buy a 30ml bottle from Amazon for around £5.
*This review is also on Ciao under the name of Hailee*
PRICE: £3.99 for 30ml from the pharmacy section at my local Sainsbury's
Throughout the last couple of months, I've been having some health problems, and one unpleasant symptom of my condition is that I've had a rather vicious and stubborn attack of throat and mouth ulcers which have proved to be very painful.
My GP prescribed some Difflam spray, which I have found effective - I still have to work, although not in the best of health, and as my work involves talking a lot, blasting my mouth and throat periodically with Difflam has gone a long way towards helping me speak properly and relatively painlessly.
Difflam Throat & Mouth Spray comes (as far as I'm aware) in 30ml and 50ml containers. I've been using the 30ml, and have discovered I can buy it at the pharmacy section of my local Sainsbury's more cheaply than other places (at £3.99 for 30ml); elsewhere I've noticed the price ranges from about £4.20 through to about £5 for a 30ml container.
The spray comes in a purple coloured cardboard box, and is manufactured by Meda Pharmaceuticals, the active ingredient being benzydamine hydrochloride. The container inside is green and white, and is operated via a pump action whereby a small plastic tube which lays flat against the edge of the container can be lifted up at right-angles, aimed into the mouth (after shaking), and the top of the container is then pressed several times to release a fine spray of the medication around the mouth and into the throat. The product is suitable for use on young children, and the recommended dosage for all ages of people is clearly printed in the accompanying leaflet and on the container. There is also advice that if the problem continues, to pay your GP a visit.
This pump-action spray is very efficient in that it is easy to guide the liquid onto the exact spots where relief needed inside of the mouth, although I do personally find it a little more hit and miss when it comes to directing the jet further down into my throat - it still works though.
The liquid has a very distinct antiseptic type of taste, but it isn't at all unpleasant. Once the coating onto the mouth/throat sores has been allowed to "soak" for a while, you just swallow the thin residue.
Relief from the soreness of ulcers and other mouth/throat abrasions is almost instant and the soothing benefits from a few blasts of the medication lasts for about an hour - but that time span will be reduced if food or drink is taken within the space of the hour or so and a re-application will thus be needed for further relief.
After each time of using, the white stem which the liquid is sprayed through must be cleaned with a tissue or suchlike, to prevent clogging.
Using this product about 6 times a day (some people may need to use it less than me for satisfactory relief), I find that a 30ml pot of the product lasts me about 4 days, then I have to go and buy some more. Difflam can be prescribed, but you can also buy it over the counter in chemists which stock the product - it isn't on the shelves and you do have to ask for it, but there's no need to obtain it through your GP and even at the outlets where it's more expensive, it's still cheaper to buy over the counter than on prescription (unless of course you qualify for free prescriptions).
As far as I can see on the packaging and the enclosed medical advice leaflet, it seems that Difflam doesn't badly interact with other medical preparations/drugs, but like with all medicines, the information does give advice on what to do if an allergic reaction is experienced when using the product.
Due to the nature of the condition I am suffering from at the moment, I am finding that I'm using Difflam rather a lot - in my case, my mouth ulcers are a symptom as opposed to being the actual root problem; therefore, I am using the product to provide relief whilst other types of medication I'm taking are dealing with the cure.
Overall, I'm very happy with the relief, albeit temporary, that Difflam Throat & Mouth Spray is providing me with, but it has to be said it's not as strong or effective as another similar product I'm using in between times which has been given to me on prescription by a hospital doctor....the Difflam is a sideline for me rather than being my main source of providing oral comfort whilst my illness is still raging away.
The only complaint I have about Difflam Throat & Mouth Spray is that despite it providing very good pain relief on the affected areas of my mouth and throat, the numbing properties aren't 100%....I'd estimate that each application of the liquid to the sore spots provides about 95% pain relief - that's pretty good though bearing in mind that my ulcers are quite severe, and I'd hazard a guess that for people who are suffering more minor problems, the soothing properties could actually hit the 100% mark.
I'd definitely recommend Difflam to anybody, and will say that its effectiveness quite likely would be greater for more minor mouth/throat problems than mine currently are. It's very easy to use, doesn't taste unpleasant, and applied properly, is very soothing and it's great to feel the pain from mouth/throat ulcers ebb almost down to nothing for an hour or so, until the next application is due.
In summary, I'd say this is a very good, easy to use product that I'd at the moment be lost without, and I'd recommend keeping a pot in your medicine cabinet for when sore throats and mouth ulcers may strike - relief will instantly be at hand.
Thanks for reading!
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Everybody hates the dreaded sore throat as i do, and i was recently prescribed this by my doctor. I was very surprised to find that it does indeed relieve the pains of a sore throat and helps with the sooting that it needs.
I was also surprised to find that this product can be used on painful dental work, or tooth ache
It is very resonably priced (£5.40 on Amazon) with is cheaper than getting it from the pharmacy, but this product is so effective that the cost is more than worth it for what you get
When i used it (for about 1 week) i had 4 puffs every 2 hours, which helped with the pain and allowed me to eat food as the discomfort of eating had stopped for a while, although the packaging suggests 4-8 puffs every 1 and a half-3 hours for adults and for children it reccomends 4 puffs for every 1 and a half to 3 hours
Although you do have to be careful with this product, as i caught my lip on the pump as i pressed it down for the first time, but this is something that is easily resolved as long as you do not put the nozzle too far into the affected area.
The actual product is very easy to use, with a long nozzle, it sprays on the exact source of the pain instead of just in the general throat area. It also has a pump action mechinism which is easy and safe to use
My doctor informed me that prolnged use can actually have a negative effect on your throat (not alerting your natural immune system to a problem) but when this is used sparingly and not for a long period of time, it is a magnificent product
I totally recommend this product to anyone who suffers with a bad throat as i do, as it can be kept in the medicine cupboard ready for use, its well priced and well worth the money!
Well it is that time of year again. Coming up to Christmas and the colds have started spreading its way around the population. Along with my runny nose and feeling quite run down I also have a very bad sore throat.
Not having time to go to the Doctors I popped into the chemist that recommended Difflam Spray. It is a treatment for painful sore mouth and throat conditions.
All you need to do it lift up the straw type handle and start spraying the correct amount stated for your age into your mouth. I have stated the information that you would need to know as below.
Adults ~ 4-8puffs, 1 ½ - 3 hourly
Children aged under 6 ~ 1 puff for each 4 kg of body weight, up to a maximum of 4 puffs, 1 1/12 - 3 hourly.
After having used the product only twice on the infected area of my throat I could already tell a difference as my throat was starting to feel a little better and not as painful. I continued with this product for at least a week before that my throat was feeling better all together.
The taste is not all that nice but is bearable it kind of tastes minty/tangy but it is worth it as it numbs your throat to make it more comfortable for you to breath, eat, and drink.
I would recommend that after you use it clean the nozzle with a tissue or wet wipe as it can become blocked.
You can buy the product from any chemist or any of your big supermarkets. For a 30ml bottle for £5.50 which I know does seem expensive but it is worth it in the long run as it does help the paint that I had in my throat. You can also get it on the minor elements clinic at your registered chemist which is free of charge if your are under 16 or unemployed.
I would rate this spray 9/10.
It may appear as though I suffer from a barrage of ailments, by the kind of reviews I have written lately, but I can assure you, I am writing about the ones that have made a positive impact on my wellbeing. Before the aaaaccchhooooo season began, I was suffering from dry cough syndrome. I had been coughing to the point that the back of my throat had become inflamed. Once again, i made that infamous journey to the doctor's surgery where, after close inspection of my throat, I was prescribed Difflam Spray.
I paid the prescription fee of £7.20 for this bizarre looking contraption. It came in a box, so its true bizarre identity remained hidden, until of course I ripped open the box for some relief. Green in colour, the bottle has a straw like entity attached to it - meaning that the spray can be directly applied to the affected area. It was a simple case of pulling out the straw part from its horizontal position to vertical. It measures 5cm (the same as an AA battery - not that i've tried putting one in my mouth) meaning its sufficient in size to get to the far reaches of anyones throat. Initially I tried pressing the button just to see how much force it would take to get a decent spray. This is recommended before first using it, probably to ensure a fine jet of spray comes out of the tube. I was surprised at how easy it was and promptly sprayed a few bursts directly to the back of my throat. The taste is something to get accustomed to, which considering how I felt it working within seconds, is something I was willing to put up with. From the initial spray, I felt the effects of this magic potion begin to operate. The active ingredient, Benzydamine acts like a local anaesthetic, stopping the inflammation and pain. I was advised to use 4-8 puffs of the spray every 1 ½ hours to 3 hours - depending on how sore my throat felt. The first couple of days, I stuck to this advice religiously, and found that I only needed a single puff a day until my symptoms totally subsided.
Apart from the active ingredient, there's an amalgamation of ethanol, glycerol, saccharin, sodium hydrogen carbonate, methyl parahydroxybenzoate, mouthwash flavour 52 503/T Firmenich, polysorbate 20 and purified water. In each magical puff there are 15 microlitres of alcohol (ethanol) - not enough to get you drunk, thankfully! The tube contains 30ml of tonic which has lasted me a few months.
Children can also use this spray, the directions are for ages 6-12, 4 puffs every 1 ½ -3 hours. For children under the age of 6 the number of puffs is dependent upon weight (1 puff for each 4kg of body weight).
Should the symptoms persist it is recommended that you see your Doctor or Pharmacist. Like most medication there is the slight possibility of side effects, these can range from a continuing stinging sensation (which doesn't subside after using the spray) to allergic reactions such as a rash, itching or small red spots, to the more serious breathing difficulties. If any of these side effects present themselves it's time to visit the doctor/pharmacist again, or, in the latter case, emergency treatment.
The spray should be kept out of the reach of children, in an upright position. The temperature should not exceed 30°C and should not be used after the expiry date.
It can be purchased over the counter, delivery charges make this more worth the while to pick up from a chemist. Prices range from £4.10-£6.29 online but i'm sure competitive prices can be found on the High Street. It worked for me and I now have a clean bill of health, for my throat, at least!
I had had a sore throat for a couple of weeks and after putting off going to see anyone about it I finally decided that being so tired all the time from lack of sleep just wasn't worth it. I reluctantly dragged myself to the pharmacy and was thrilled when they gave me the Difflam Spray calling it 'the perfect solution!'
To use the Difflam Spray all you had to do was aim the long tube at the sore parts of your throat and push down the plunger. For adults the recommended dose was 4-8 puffs every 1 ½ - 3 hours, children aged 6 - 12 had 4 puffs every 1 ½ - 3 hours and children under the age of 6 had 1 puffs for every 4 kilograms of body weight. I found it easily applied and although was rather nervous about spraying something at the back of my throat it felt quite gentle and did not discomfort me.
Once applied I felt the back of my throat and my tongue go numb for a few seconds which was expected after reading the instructions but other than this small change I did not feel that it had reduced any pain in any way. I continued to use it for about a week with no improvement. Thoroughly disappointed by my expectations of it being 'the perfect solution' I then went on to other means of medication and quickly recovered.
Sadly I would not recommend this product to anyone suffering from sore throats as its rather expensive for something that is not very affective. It could however be more affective to less severe cases of sore throats but from my experience I wouldn't say that this product is worth purchasing.
Thanks for reading!
At the beginning of the year i started to suffer from a sore throat which was with me for what seemed like a lifetime. During the day it didnt seem to bother me too much but by the time my head hit the pillow at bedtime the irritating cough started. This went on for a few days and i was slowly becoming more and more tired. I had the usual cough sweets and medicines in but nothing seemed to be working. Then i had a thought, the last time i was in a similar situation i bought some anaesthetic throat spray which was the only thing that got me through the night.
The next morning, all red eyed and not bushy tailed i went to the chemist at our local supermarket and asked the pharmacy for something to numb the pain (dramatic i know) i told her i wanted some kind of spray that relieves sore throats. This was when she handed me Difflam Spray, it cost me about £6 but in all fairness if it was going to do the trick and let me sleep i would have gladly paid more.
I'm extremely impatient so i had the box open and the spray ready to go by the time i got in the car. I read the instructions while already spraying in the problem areas. The cannister is a little green thing with a white nozzle that can be folded down for easy storage. It holds 30ml and contains Benzydamine Hydrochloride.
The instructions say that an adult should have 4 - 8 puffs every 1.5 to 3 hours. Children aged 6 - 12 should have 4 puffs 1.5 to 3 hours. And children under 6 should have 1 puff each for every 4kg of body weight up to a maximum of 4 puffs every 1.5 to 3 hours.
I used the maximum 8 puffs everytime and i wasnt particulary impressed. I've previously used Ultra Chloraseptic spray which numbed your throat within seconds. The Difflam spray didnt seem to have much effect on me at all. I used it before going to bed and did manage to fall asleep but was awake again coughing within half an hour. So i ended up back in front of the tv with a hot drink.
It did turn out that i had a viral infection so that may have been why it didnt really work for me, although i did think i would get some relief from it. I wont be buying it again as i think the Ultra Chloraseptic Spray works much better.
I hate getting a sore throat; the dry feeling, the inability to swallow properly, and the fact that talking makes it worse are all real irritations for me. Worst of course, when a severe sore throat strikes, is the pain. Feeling like I'm swallowing broken glass when I am, in fact, only eating a piece of toast is horrible!
Until recently, my favourite remedy for a sore throat was Dequacaine lozenges. A recent nasty throat infection prompted a member of my family to get me something new; "Difflam Spray" (I'm not sure whether they took pity on me or were trying anything they could to stop my moaning)!
Difflam spray comes in a 30ml bottle with a straw-like nozzle on the side that is activated by pressing the top of the bottle. I'd never tried anything like this before, but the broken glass feeling made me desperate enough to try anything (OK, I admit it; I'm a wimp where pain's concerned).
The active ingredient in Difflam is 'Benzydamine'. This is one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs). This works to reduce the effect of a sore throat in two ways. Its analgesic and anaesthetic properties dulls the pain, whilst the drug also reduces the inflammation that is a common symptom of a throat infection. Benzymadine is reportedly a very safe drug, which is well tolerated by most people and has very few side effects.
I found administering the Difflam spray to be slightly awkward. To apply, you insert the straw into your mouth, point to the affected area, and press the plunger which sprays the drug onto the throat.
Initially, I did not like the feeling of spraying the drug into my mouth. The liquid runs down the throat and collects at the back and on the tongue. It has quite a strong chemical taste (I describe it as a cross between mint and Dettol)! The normal dose is four to eight 'puffs' for an adult, so the process must be repeated at least three times.
Did it work? Well, I was amazed to find that I forgot the awkwardness of application and the phenol-like taste almost immediately! The treatment is fast acting and within a minute it felt as if the inflammation was reducing; the pain had certainly abated. I was sold after one try. The chemical taste did not last very long at all, either.
The recommended dosage is to repeat every one and a half to three hours. In the interest of giving this product a full test (yes, even in the midst of my illness, I was thinking about reviewing this on dooyoo!), I reapplied it religiously every two hours or so for two days. After the first few tries, the spraying of Difflam onto my throat became second nature, I got used to this new 'technique' very quickly.
The container's design is not without drawbacks, however. The bottle must be kept upright at all times (I assume that the 'straw' is not liquid sealed and would leak if the bottle was laid on its side). This means that it cannot just be thrown into a pocket or handbag for use every couple of hours but must be stored on a shelf or table.
The other problem is that the nozzle can get blocked. To prevent this, it's recommended that the end is wiped with a tissue after use. If a blockage does occur, it's relatively easy to clean with careful application of warm water to the end
One other thing to note is that Difflam spray contains 8.1% alcohol. This is not enough to affect your blood/alcohol level (due to the small amount administered), but could give you some nasty moments if the 'boys in blue' decide they want a breath test from you. It's worth considering this if you're driving straight after taking Difflam spray.
I can honestly say that this is the best sore throat treatment I have ever used. Pain relief was immediate, and I'm convinced that the anti-inflammatory effect helped to reduce the severity of the infection and speed up my recovery. At a cost of around £6.00, I think this is good value for money, too.
The product has a two year shelf life so can be kept for the next 'episode'. Mine's taken an (upright) pride of place in my medicine cabinet, ready for its next use (which I hope is not too soon)!
Difflam Throat Spray (Benzydamine) contains the active ingredient, Benzydamine, which acts locally to stop pain and inflammation / Its design ensures that the powerful active ingredient is delivered straight to the point of pain, for fast, targeted pain relief / Benzydamine hydrochloride is a painkilling medicine used to relieve mild to moderate pain and inflammation in a particular area / It is most effective if applied directly to the area affected / Benzydamine also acts as a local anaesthetic, causing numbness and so pain relief at the site of application / Contains the same ingredients as Tantum Verde.