I came down with a sore throat and congested chest last week and I resorted to the usual medicines, pain killers and cough sweets but nothing seemed to work. I then was given these 'Tyrozets' by my local pharmacy who said they were really effective. I wasn't sure what they were at first as I'd never heard of them before. They are actually throat lozenges that contain anaesthetic to "numb throat pain" and antibiotic to "fight throat infection".
The product I have comes in a box which is designed like a box of painkiller tablets. Inside the box is two plastic tubes each filled with 12 lozenges. These tubes are lightweight and easy to carry. They are fitted with a plastic cork style top which must be prised off - this might be difficult if you have any issues with your hands such as arthritis.
Each tube is printed with product information and there is also an information leaflet inside the box. The product is marked with warnings about taking too many lozenges. Basically, these contain benzocaine and tyrothricin and adults may take one lozenge every three hours and not more than 8 lozenges every 24 hours. Children over three must not take more than 6 every 24 hours.
The lozenges are flat pink discs of a chalky substance. They feel smooth to touch and once in the mouth they start to melt and feel soft and not dry as you might expect. They have a nice flavour, sweet and a bit like strawberry but quite mild. I wasn't sure the lozenges would soothe my throat since there was no syrup or menthol but in fact the formula means that as you swallow your throat goes numb. This alleviates a lot of pain. Of course, your tongue and roof of your mouth also goes numb which is a bit weird! However, the benefits are very obvious.
One lozenge lasts me about ten minutes and probably dissolves quicker than your average cough sweet (like a Locket or a Soother). However, the degree of numbness means that the effects of pain relief lasts longer than that of other cough sweets.
I'm very pleased to have discovered these Tyrozets. They are available over the counter at pharmacies such as Boots and Lloyds and cost around £3.59 for a pack of 24. Obviously, because these contain powerful drugs you must talk to your pharmacist or doctor prior to taking them in case they are not suitable for you. I would recommend to those who are finding it difficult to get pain relief from other sources.
Apparently these have been around years and years!! I've been suffering with sore throats for years and years why has no one ever told me till now!!
A friend recently told me about these when I had my most recent sore throat, it seems that I'm prone to sore throats as soon as a cold is around it's the first thing I get. I HATE having a sore throat it's so annoying, can't enjoy food or taste it and it hurts to swallow grr!
What are they?
Tyrozets are a small lozenge about the size of a 5pence piece. The ingredients are 5mg Benzocaine which is the numbing stuff and 1mg of Tyrothricin which is an antibiotic.
What do they do?
They work by numbing the throat and the antibiotic helps avoid infections caused by sore throats. I had no idea that antibiotics could be used in this way I guess it's small amouts which is why they can be bought over the counter.
I think they taste great, they are a little bit like refreshers in texture but taste more like aniseed.
It costs approx £3 (June 2012) for 24 lozenges, I guess that sounds a lot but it's worth it!
They come in a plastic tube which is really handy to keep in your bag or pocket, so I always have some on me just in case a sore throat comes on, I've found the earlier you catch it the better.
I have found these to be great, I really don't like the strong sweets that really really numb your throat and seem somehow to numb your lips and gums too! for some reason this doesn't do that too much, it just coats the throat enough. I do believe that the antibiotic in it must work well as I've not had so many throat infections since using them and the sore throats don't get as bad. I find at night sucking one just before going off to sleep helps as well as it stops the throat from getting worse at night and enables me to go off to sleep.
I think the price is well worth it for the relief of sore throats.
Really impressed and a great help, I only wish I'd known about these years ago when I had many throat infections from wisdom teeth (now long gone!)
My throat seems to be my weak spot. I have suffered from far too many sore throats in my lifetime. Some can clear up easily without any medication, whilst others seem to be invincible. I have not suffered with many major ailments this year, however, I thought I'd make up for that by having the same viral infection three times in a row, with each time it growing worse. Feeling pretty exhausted on my third round of this dreadful illness, my throat feels like it has been ripped apart. It has literally been burning. It feels incredibly raw, tingly and itchy. It is so bad that it has been making me cough and gag, which really isn't pleasant at all.
This has made me stay indoors as much as possible, and I have consumed at least two oceans of water, five hundred boiled sweets, two jars of honey, twenty five lemons, and my favourite sore throat lozenges. Okay, so maybe I'm not completely accurate on the numbers, but after consuming high volumes of anything and everything that has the potential to soothe a sore throat, nothing seemed to bring any relief whatsoever. I have tried various over-the-counter medicines and throat lozenges in the past, and there's nothing that really works for me.
I was starting to become desperate, as this illness is starting to drain me, and I haven't got time to rest with an active 4 year old. Even two trips to the doctors and a prescription for some throat spray had little effect. I decided to pop into the local chemist to ask for advice on what products would be helpful. The kind lady pointed at the various lozenges, I then proceeded to tell her that my throat was so bad that it was making me gag. She then went behind the counter and retrieved two small boxes, explaining each. Feeling frazzled, and willing to try anything, I asked her which one she would recommend. She said the Tyrozets, and advised that they are very good. I eagerly paid £2.99 for the tiny red box, and hoped they would provide some relief.
I didn't think I had tried these before, and I was expecting some throat lozenges that would probably just be a step up from the regular lozenges. On opening the box I recognized the orange plastic tube that holds the powdery tablets. A friend once offered these a long time ago when I had a sore throat, I forgot to ask the name of the tablets, I just remember the orange tube she produced, because they were highly effective. I wouldn't have remembered them all this time later or recognized them, as the two small orange tubes are packaged within a small red box that is sealed.
There are twelve lozenges in each tube. One can be taken every three hours, with no more than eight to be taken in a 24 hour period. The lozenges should not be used for any more than five consecutive days, and the enclosed leaflet advises seeing a doctor if the sore throat persists. The dual action lozenges are anaesthetic to numb the mouth and throat area, and antibiotic to help fight infection. A lozenge is to be slowly dissolved in the mouth to be effective. Tyrozets lozenges can be used with children from age three, with only six lozenges to be taken over a 24 hour period.
I was feeling rather hopeful, and was eager to try the lozenges. The airtight cap to the tube is rather difficult to pull off, though I can imagine this is for safety reasons. The powdery pink lozenge easily slides out and is no bigger than a penny. It has an aniseed scent and flavour, which I gladly like. As soon as I placed it in my mouth I immediately started to feel the numbing affect on my tongue seconds after placing it into my mouth. It takes a good amount of time to dissolve, as it is to be sucked on to allow the active ingredients to be slowly released. This offers a good amount of time to work on the sore throat.
I gently clamped my tongue against the roof of my mouth, and kept my mouth closed until the lozenge had completely dissolved. Once it had dissolved my tongue and throat felt suitably numb and the pain was alleviated. It provided relief for my sore throat symptoms, though I am left with a tickle in my throat which is causing me to cough, which in turn continues to aggravate my throat. The lozenge provide about thirty minutes of relief before the effects start to wear off, however, the symptoms do feel minimized after each lozenge. After taking the recommended amount of lozenges over the course of two days my throat felt soothed and relieved. Though, it isn't completely better, as it seems to be rather persistent.
Continuing to take the lozenges whilst increasing my fluid intake, my throat certainly isn't causing me as much discomfort. The lozenges prove to be one of the most effective I have tried, and I will certainly be going back to these next time I feel a sore throat coming on. Whilst my other symptoms are still prevalent, it seems impossible to rid myself of my irritated throat altogether, however, I'm happy that the lozenge provided much adequate relief. For general sore throats these are highly effective at providing relief and help to clear up unwanted symptoms of a sore throat. The enclosed leaflet provides all the information needed, which is important to read before taking the lozenges. Always consult a pharmacist to make sure these are safe for you.
Whilst the Tyrozets effectively cleared up the pain and discomfort, I am unfortunately still left with a dry irritated throat. However, as it has been persistent, lasting for 2 months I cannot expect these lozenges to completely remove the symptoms. I am currently unsure of the cause to my problematic symptoms, and this is obviously more than just a sore throat. However, they did provide relief and the pain was eradicated after using these for a couple of days. If you are suffering with a dire sore throat that needs fast acting relief then Tyrozets are highly recommended. Rather than being a sweet that often requires several to give temporary relief, these are small powdery tablets that provide a high amount of relief, as they contain antibiotic and anaesthetics properties to fight infection.
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I got recommended to try these a few months ago when I went up to my local branch of Boots, advised that I had a Sore throat and they recommended these to me. The Chemist said that these Soothe but they also Kill the infection of a Sore throat, so surely if the infection is gone, then the Sore Throat is gone?
I got these in a pack of 24 and not sure if you can get them in any other pack size. These cost me £2.99.
These are in a box, and when you open the box you see that these are in 2 little tubes of 12 tablets each. The tubes are a thick plastic and i'm not sure why they are in a tube and not the usual Blister pack, but at least you know that this pack isn't going to damage which rolling around in your bag. The tube is a orange colour and the tables are stacked 1 on top of each other. The plastic lid on the top of this was on really tight, and I struggled at first to get this off. Afterwards I never pushed the lid right in as wasn't sure if I would get these tablets out again.
The tablets aren't all that large and I wondered how this little thin circular disk would help my Throat. You are meant to have 1 of these every 4 hours and let it disolve in your mouth. This is easy enough done, as it's like a powdery kind of tablet, so just leave this on your Tongue and it will disolve away. The pack states that you should drink anything when disolving this as it could weaken the ingredients if it was mixed with liquid. Perhaps not explaining it all that great, but i'm sure you know what I mean.
The taste of these are ok. They taste a bit Aniseed like, and not all that bad. A pleasant enough taste.
So do these work? I think they do alright. They don't seem to numb your Throat like what Strepsils do, but you can feel a slight numbness after having 1 of these.
To be honest I didn't feel as if they worked all that great but they seemed to help a bit. I wouldn't buy these again as I jsut feel that for £2.99 I could have had a medicine that would probably work a bit better for myself.
I first bought Tyrozets when I had a sore throat and a bad cough. I went into my chemist and having looked at the range of Strepsils they had i couldn't find a flavour I liked, so I asked for some advice. The chemist advised that I should try Tyrozets as they numb the back of the throat to ease the pain and soreness. At around £3 they are not a cheap product, but with 24 lozenges in the pack they lasted me a few days.
Each Tyrozets lozenge contains 5mg of Benzocaine and 1mg of Tyrothricin. These are the active ingredients that ease the pain caused through constant coughing bouts and general sore throats. The first thing I noticed with the Tyrozets is their strong aniseed flavour - this may not suit many people as aniseed is one of those things you either love or hate. I didn't notice the numbing sensation instantly, but over a few minutes of slowly sucking the lozenge I could feel my throat becoming numb and more relaxed. I think that the idea is very good, that by numbing and relaxing your throat you don't feel the urge to cough quite as much, and the pain is subdued by the numbness also.
The flavour is obviously a negative for some people, but if you don't mind taking them then they are well worth keeping handy for sore throats. The effects of the lozenges did grow on me, and I will definately use them in the future if I need to. Before the advice from the chemist I had never heard of such a product, but the packaging is red and orange and so bold that they cannot be missed in future! The word 'Tyrozets' is written boldly on the front of the box. Inside the box you will find 2 plastic tubes of a dozen lozenges, and you can then carry one small capsule around with you without the need for the entire box. Each capsule of 12 lozenges has a stopper on the top which is easy to remove.
The advice on the instructions of the product is for adults and children over 3 years to slowly dissolve one lozenge every three hours. Adults are advised not to take more than 8 lozenges in a 24 hour period, whilst children over 3 years should not take more than 6 over 24 hours. I used Tyrozets for a few days to relieve my sore throat. The anaesthetic quickly numbs the area whilst the antibiotic helps fight the throat infection, so the dual purpose effect is the reason behind the fast acting results. I would strongly recommend this product for those with sore throats and throat infections as I have had great results with them. I think the pricing is a tiny bit too much, but not enough to cost it a star, so this must be a 5 star product!
Over Christmas I was under the weather, my boyfriend was under the weather, his mum, dad, sister and best mate were all ill. Everybody seemed to have a sore throat and cold. I'd never heard of Tyrozets before, but my boyfriend's mate gave me a packet of them, because he knew I'd been suffering and the pharmacist had recommended them to him when he'd been in the chemist complaining of a sore throat.
You can buy Tyrozets over in the chemist and it's around £2.99 for 24 lozenges. However they're different from your average throat lozenge because not only do they numb pain by anesthetising your throat, but they also contain an antibiotic to help fight infection.
These chalky tablets have a slight aniseed taste to them, but the taste isn't particularly strong or adverse.
Once you put a Tyrozet into your mouth you'll start to feel relief almost instantly and it will take about ten minutes for it to fully dissolve.
I'd say that the results last for a good few hours and because these lozenges numb your throat, if you've got a cough, then that should also temporarily subside.
Obviously this is a medicine and there are certain rules you have to abide by. You can't give Tyrozets to anybody under the age of three and it's not recommended that you consume more than eight tablets over a 24 hour period, although I doubt that you'd need to exceed this number because these tablets are very effective!
Tyrozets are by far the best throat lozenges I've ever tried and I thoroughly recommend them - I just wish I'd discovered them sooner. Five stars!
If you've read my previous review you'll know that I have been suffering from a cold this week. It started off with a sore throat on Tuesday, which then progressed to a full-blown cold. After my not so successful experience with Halls Soothers, which did nothing to soothe my aching throat I was looking for something a little stronger. My younger sister swears by Tyrozets when she has a sore throat and so I headed over to Tesco to hunt them down.
Tyrozets are throat lozenges, made by Merck, that are available behind the counter. They come in a distinctive red and orange coloured box and are priced at £2.73 for 24 lozenges that I thought resembled the fire burning in my throat! As I'd never tried these before I read the box before parting with my cash and learnt that the lozenges contain an anaesthetic to quickly numb throat pain and an antibiotic to fight throat infection. They sounded exactly what I needed and I thought they would pack a much bigger punch than the soothers.
Opening the box I was intrigued to see two little plastic tubes, the size of my middle finger, also coloured orange, which contained the lozenges (12 in each). I thought the packaging was a little unusual but it had caught my curiosity. Each tube also has instructions/warnings printed on it so you can carry these around without the outer packaging. At the top of the tube is a white plastic lid, which has to be pulled at to get to the lozenges. I must admit I found this a bit of a struggle to open but this perhaps is no bad thing as it probably means it's child-safe!
Before taking new medication I always read the enclosed instructions leaflet. The leaflet is clear and easy to understand. I learnt that Tyrozets is a medicine which is used to relieve minor mouth and throat irritations. It may also be taken after mouth or throat surgery, for example when you have your tonsils taken out (I could have done with these at the time!)
The lozenges contain two active ingredients:
- Tyrothricin, which is an antibiotic that helps fight throat infection
- Benzocaine, which is a local anaesthetic that numbs throat pain quickly
The lozenges are small discs that look rather like fizzy sweets such as Refreshers. To take you just dissolve one in your mouth where the active ingredients are gradually released which then reaches the painful throat area at the back of the mouth. I popped one of these in my mouth and was pleasantly surprised by a mild aniseed flavour. These work extremely fast and within seconds I could feel my mouth and tongue going numb. It was an odd sensation and not one I liked at first. As I swallowed the liquid hit my throat and bliss! My throat, which felt like it had been scraped with sandpaper was numbed and the pain was gone! This numbness was long-lasting, providing a couple of hours relief. After taking these for a couple of days my throat is practically back to normal - still a little itchy, but certainly not painful.
You are advised to leave at least 3 hours before doses and not to exceed 8 lozenges in a 24 hour period. As I said above the effects of these lozenges are long-lasting, though not quite the 3 hour period, so there may be some discomfort to put up with before the next lozenge can be taken. The product should also not be used consecutively for longer than 5 days. Tyrozets are suitable for adults and children over three years, though children should not exceed 6 lozenges in 24 hours.
Like all medication there are possible side-effects to taking Tyrozets, and I would advise reading the leaflet carefully before taking these. You are also advised to speak to a doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. As the lozenges also contain sucrose this should be taken into account if you are diabetic.
Overall I am super impressed with these! They worked rapidly to numb the pain in my throat and the effects were long-lasting, leaving me able to get on with the rest of my day normally. The only minor bug-bear is that I didn't particularly like the numbness in my mouth and tongue but I guess this cannot be avoided and is worth enduring for the relief brought to my throat. Highly recommended!
Having woken up with a very sore throat, earache and headache yesterday morning and not being able to sleep last night because of it I decided I had to take some action. I popped into my local chemist for some remedies. I explained my symptoms and although the lady explained I would need to see a doctor she also advised I try 'Dual Action Tyrozets'. These lozenges contains contain Benzocaine and Tyrothricin, Benzocaine being an anaesthetic to numb the painful area and Tyrothricin an antibiotic to help fight the infection in the throat.
Tyrozets come in a small red and orange box, approximately 3 inches long x 2 inches tall x 1 inch deep. Tyrozets is written in large bold white letters and I am told that there are 24 throat lozenges held inside. On the back of the box I am told that these are dual action lozenges that provide rapid relief for sore throats and minor mouth irritations. It is said that the formula contains an antibiotic to fight infection and an antibiotic to quickly numb the pain. Also on the back is the recommended dosage. Adults and Children over 3 years are to dissolve one lozenge slowly in the mouth and repeat every three hours. Adults are not to take more than 8 lozenges in 24 hrs and children are not to exceed 6 lozenges in 24 hours. Lastly it says that if symptoms persist for more than five days to consult a doctor. Inside the box are two 3 inch tall orange see through tubes, each containing 12 lozenges. The usage directions are also printed on each tube. There is an instruction leaflet included inside, this explains:-
* What the medicine is for - throat and mouth irritations
* Things to consider before taking the medicine, i.e. allergies, if you are pregnant etc
* How to take the medicine - dosage
* Side effects - very rare but advised to contact your doctor if any are experienced
* How to store the medicine - below 25* and to protect from light
* Further information - ingredients, manufacturer, etc
*** Active Ingredients ***
* 1 mg Tyrothricin
* 5 mg Benzocaine
*** Other Ingredients ***
* Magnesium Stearate,
* Maize Starch
* Sodium Chloride
* Erythrosine (E127)
* Peppermint Oil
Taking one lozenge out of the tube I can see it's a pale pink colour and has an aniseed smell to it. At first I was a little reluctant to try it as it looks as if it could be quite chalky but the pain in my throat persisted, so I popped one in my mouth. I could taste aniseed straight away which I quite liked (I was expecting it to be horrible) and as directed I allowed it to dissolve, it wasn't chalky at all. I could feel the anaesthetic properties, but not where I wanted it. My tongue was very numb but my throat still felt like it had razor blades scraping away at it, when I came to the end of the lozenge the pain had eased off slightly but not completely. After about 10 minutes all numbness had disappeared and I now had to wait 2 hrs and 30 minutes before having another. I found this quite disappointing.
For anyone wishing to purchase these lozenges for the throat I would honestly advise you to try another product, as I paid £2.79 and it didn't quite do the job. But then if you suffer with mouth ulcers I would suggest you give these a go as they do numb the tongue and other areas at the front of the mouth.
What are they and what are they for?
Tyrozets are little lozenges which contain 5mg Benzocaine (anaesthetic, sometimes used by dentists) and 1mg Tyrothricin (antibiotic). They are to relieve throat pain and to help fight any throat infection you may have.
Do they work?
They do, but it doesn't last very long! They provide instant, numbing relief which lasts for above 20mins and then a little bit of relief for another hour or so. Considering you can only take 1 lozenge every 3hours this isn't long enough. They also help if you have a dry irritating/tickly cough as your throat is so numb you no longer feel the urge to cough.
Are they easy to use?
Yep, they come in a handy little pack of two tubes of 24 lozenges. Easy enough just to keep a tube in your pocket and pop in a lozenge very few hours. You have to buy them from behind the counter in a pharmacy which is a little annoying.
Are they worth it?
There are better pain relievers out there but for a couple of pound for the chemist they are certainly worth trying!
Available in Boots for a mere £2.99, these little beauties could be the saviour to all your sore throat needs...say hello to Tyrozets.
In the past, I've tried various throat 'remedies' such as Strepsils, and with all respect to them, they have little or no impact on calming down the problem, let alone even getting close to curing it. So these small tablets - which contain anaesthetic and are behind the counter at Boots due to their strength - are a potential godsend.
They come in red and orange packaging that contains 24 lozenges, in two plastic tubes of 12. 8 can be taken in a 24-hour period, but if you need to take that many that I'd seriously consider consulting your doctor!
The faint aniseed taste is a slight disadvantage in my view, as anything liquorice based is terrible and disgusting...Fact! But after sucking on a lozenge for just a few moments, you'll notice your mouth starting to numb as the anaesthetic kicks in. Bare this in mind to keep swallowing or else you'll just get a numb tongue!! They also contain antibiotic to help fight throat infection...some people have said that mild tonsilitis can be cured with these little tricks. Now, don't quote me on that, but I wouldn't be at all surprised - the strength of which they numb the tongue clearly indicates that they are working overtime.
For those who understand the ins and outs of medicine, then each Tyrozets lozenge contains... Tyrothricin 1 mg and benzocaine 5 mg.
Other ingredients include: Acacia, magnesium stearate, maize starch, sodium chloride, sucrose, anethole, erythrosine (E127) and peppermint oil.
Of course, don't give Tyrozets to children under the age of 3. If your problems don't clear within four or five days, then make sure you see your doctor. As basic over-the-counter throat lozenges go, then these have to be the best out there. Forget Strepsils...Tyrozets have the answer!
I am currently suffering from a nasty sore throat and after my GP declined to prescribe anything for my troubles, my wife did me the kindness of going to the chemist to try and get some over the counter medication to ease my woes. I sent her to get some sugar-free Strepsils, instead, on our local chemists recommendation, she opted for Tyrozets.
Never one to turn down a reviewing opportunity, I decided a contemporaneous write-up was in order. I figure if I have suffered this long, a few more moments on denying myself pain-alleviating medication is probably worth it (if a tad bit masochistic).
PACKAGING & PRICE
Tyrozets, produced by a division of Johnson & Johnson, come in a red and orange emblazoned cardboard box, featuring two plastic tubes with air tight stoppers holding 12 lozenges each, and a comprehensive patient information leaflet containing dosage instructions, as well as information on ingredients and proper usage (more on these later).
The sell by date is clearly printed on the box. This information, and the dosage instructions are also repeated on each tube in case you discard the box. They cost £3.25 from my local chemist, but they are available from larger stores for around £3.00.
USE & EFFECT
The tablets are pink in colour with a logo embossed on each side, have a pleasant aniseed taste and dissolve nicely when sucked, slowly releasing the two active ingredients; (a) tyrothricin - an antibiotic that helps fight throat infection, and; (b) benzocaine - a local anaesthetic that numbs the throat and reduces the pain.
I find them to be fairly effective. After finishing the first one I tried, the entire area at the back of my throat - and particularly the affected right side - went nicely numb and continued to stay numb for around twenty minutes before the effect started to wear off. The pain on swallowing was significantly reduced in a matter of moments, but I started to notice it again, albeit in diminished form, around half an hour later.
DOSAGE & WARNINGS
Adults and children over three are recommended to dissolve one lozenge in the mouth every three hours, with no more than eight doses in a twenty-four hour period for adults, and six for children. The product is not suitable for children under three. You are not supposed to use them for more than five consecutive days.
Tyrothricin is an antibiotic and benzocaine an anaesthetic, so anyone allergic to these substances would obviously need to steer clear. The product also contains added sucrose, which can affect blood sugar management by diabetics. However, the amount in each tablet is so small, the effect will be minimal, and I (as a Type 2 diabetic myself) am relatively happy to use them. Finally, there is a small amount of peppermint oil which some people don't seem to get on with.
They taste pleasant, provide Instant relief from the pain of a sore throat, but are perhaps not as long lasting as I had anticipated. Nevertheless, they are one of the most effective over-the-counter medications I have used for sore throat (certainly much better than Strepsils). Recommended.
© Hishyeness 2009
I find Trrozets to be one of the best treatments around for a sore throat and they are dual action so they not only numb throat pain by anesthetiseing it but it also contains an antibiotic to help figh any throat infection.
You get twenty four throat lozenges in all and they are splitinto two pill cases each containing twelves lozenges so they are easy to carry around, the plastic case has a top that twists off and then forms an airtight seal when pushed back on.
Each lozenge is a flat round shape and a light pink colour with the company logo embossed onboth sides, you just simply pop them in your mouth and let them dissolve slowly, they have a slightly liquorice taste to them and ypu can feel them starting to work straight away as your toungue goes a little numb and there is a slight tingly feeling.
My throat is certainly sooted after using these and I do not cough as much either, I also found them good if you have a mouth ulcer for dulling and irritation.
The recommended dose is to take one every three hours and not to exceed eight in a 24 hour period.
Medicine / Lozenges dissolve in the mouth reaching the painful throat area at the back of the mouth before and during swallowing.