Benzydamine hydrochloride is an ingredient in medications that help to ease irritation in your mouth or throat, like sore throats, mouth ulcers, or pain caused by dentures or braces. …read moreSee less
You can buy benzydamine over the counter, available in popular brand-named products from Difflam.
It’s available in spray, rinse, or lozenges, so you can choose which formula will be the best choice for your problem.
For example, a rinse or mouthwash may be the ideal treatment for mouth ulcers or sores, whereas throat spray or lozenges may be a better choice for you if you have a sore throat.
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Can I take benzydamine while I’m pregnant?
You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking benzydamine or any other medication during pregnancy or while you’re breastfeeding.
This medication may not be suitable for you at this time, and a medical professional may wish to recommend another treatment.
Is benzydamine throat spray available over the counter?
Benzydamine throat spray is available over the counter from pharmacies like Chemist4U.
However, you may need to answer some simple questions before you buy your product.
Pharmacists are legally required to ask these questions before selling some kinds of medications, as they help them to know whether the medication you want to buy is suitable and safe for you to use.
Once you’ve answered these questions, our pharmacist will review your order and send it out for delivery, or get in touch with you to explain why the product isn’t right for you and discuss some alternative options.
Does benzydamine hydrochloride have any side effects?
Like all medications, benzydamine hydrochloride can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Some of these side effects include:
- Numbness or stinging in the area you applied it to
- Difficulty breathing, wheezing
- Skin rash
- Skin redness, swelling
- Allergic reaction, e.g. swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or throat, difficulty breathing, itchy skin rash (hives), etc.
If you experience any side effects while using this product, stop use and seek medical help immediately if you need to.
What causes a sore throat?
A sore throat is usually a symptom of a virus such as a cold or the flu.
This is why many cold and flu treatments can also help to treat a sore throat.
Other conditions that can cause a sore throat include laryngitis, tonsilitis, glandular fever, as well as a condition known as strep throat which is a bacterial infection.
If you feel any of the following symptoms then you could be suffering from a sore throat:
- Pain in the throat, especially when swallowing
- A dry throat with a scratchy feel
- Redness in the mouth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- A weak cough
- Swollen neck glands
Children can also get a high temperature and also be less active when suffering from a sore throat.