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Strepsils Lozenges

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 3 minutes read

Strepsils are a brand of lozenge available used to treat throat and mouth infections. It contains an antiseptic ingredient used to help fight infection. Strepsils are also available as Strepsils Extra triple action, which also contain a local anaesthetic and soothing formula to treat pain and a tickly cough. Other forms of Strepsils may also be found, including Strepsils with vitamin C and Strepsils with a sore throat and blocked nose.

Who is it for?

It can treat mouth and throat infections from six years onwards. One lozenge should be dissolved slowly in the mouth at a time and repeated every 2-3 hours, with up to a maximum of 12 lozenges a day as needed. Stick to the lowest dose needed.

How does it work?

Strepsils can help relieve the severity of mouth and throat infections and speed up recovery. Stepsils contain the active ingredients: 2-4 Dichlorobenzyl alcohol and amylmetacresol, active antiseptics against bacterial and viral infections. Using an oral lozenge form, the active ingredient works directly at the site of infection. Strepsils can help relieve the severity of mouth and throat infections and speed up recovery.

Strepsils vs other lozengers


  • Contains active ingredients like amylmetacresol and dichlorobenzyl alcohol, which have antiseptic properties.
  • Available in various flavours, catering to different preferences.
  • It can be effective for soothing sore throats and relieving mild infections.
  • It may not be suitable for severe throat infections.
  • Some people may not like the taste or texture of the lozenge.


  • Strefen contains flurbiprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • It may be more suitable for throat inflammation and moderate to severe pain.
  • It is not recommended for individuals with certain medical conditions, so it's crucial to check with a healthcare professional before using it.
  • Limited flavour options compared to some other lozenges.

Local anaesthetic lozenges:

  • Contains local anaesthetics like benzocaine or lidocaine, which can numb the throat and provide relief from pain.
  • Effective for relieving severe throat pain.
  • It should be used cautiously, especially by individuals with allergies or sensitivities to local anaesthetics.
  • Limited options in terms of flavours.

Ultimately, the choice between these lozenges depends on the specific symptoms and preferences of the individual. It's advisable to read the product information carefully, follow recommended dosages, and consult with a pharmacist or healthcare professional if there are any concerns or uncertainties.

Should anybody not it

Do not take Strepsils if you have any allergy or sensitivity to the ingredients listed. Strepsils contain sugar, so the excessive use of Strepsils should be avoided in diabetic patients. There is insufficient evidence for using Strepsils in pregnancy, so it should be avoided if possible.

Are there any side effects?

Strepsils may cause a hypersensitive reaction ranging from mild symptoms such as an itchy rash to more serious but rare reactions like anaphylaxis. Discontinue use and seek medical attention.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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