What are Chloralieve Lozenges?
Chloralieve lozenges are a soothing remedy for sore throats that ease your pain and kill bacteria that can irritate your throat. They’re perfect for those who are suffering with a stubborn sore throat and are looking for a way to relieve their symptoms quickly and easily. These lozenges are available in mint or honey and lemon flavours.
Why do I have a sore throat?
Sore throats are very common and are usually a symptom of virus, like cold and flu. They can also be caused by smoking or bacteria, but they will almost always clear up by themselves within a week. When you have a sore throat, you may notice some other symptoms alongside it, including:
- A dry or scratchy feeling in the throat
- Redness in the back of the mouth
- Bad breath
- Swollen neck glands
How will Chloralieve lozenges help to soothe my sore throat?
Chloralieve lozenges contain three active ingredients which work together to soothe your sore throat. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic, which means it works by numbing the pain in your mouth and throat. Amylmetacresol and 2,4 – dichlorobenzyl alcohol are both antiseptic medications, which means that they kill any bacteria which could aggravate your irritated throat even more.
Can I take these lozenges if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
You should not take Chloraseptic Lozenges if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. They may not be safe for you or your baby at this time and you should ask a medical professional for another more suitable course of treatment.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking other medication, including those you obtained without prescription, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product to ensure that they are safe to take together. This especially applies if you are taking:
- Beta blockers, which are used to treat heart failure or arterial disease
- Medicines which contain cimetidine, which are used to treat stomach ulcers
- Other local anaesthetics
- Medicines which are used to treat heart disorders, e.g. mexiletine, procainamide
- Medicines such as fluvoxamine, which is used to treat depression
- Antibiotics, e.g. erythromycin, itraconazole
- Other mouth or throat antiseptics
How to use these lozenges
Slowly dissolve one lozenge in your mouth and then swallow. Do this every 2 – 3 hours, taking no more than 8 lozenges in any 24-hour period. Try to dissolve the lozenge in the centre of the mouth or on the tongue, rather than in the sac of the cheek.
Why do I need to answer questions before I can buy this product?
You do not need a prescription for Chloralieve lozenges, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist 4 U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this product is the best choice for you.
When should this product not be used?
Chloralieve lozenges are not suitable for children under the age of 12. Do not use this product if you are allergic to lidocaine hydrochloride, amylmetacresol, 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol, other amide-type local anaesthetics, or any of the other ingredients listed in this product. Speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have asthma. Do not take this product before eating or drinking, as this product can cause coughing or a choking sensation while eating and can increase the chances of you biting your tongue. It is not recommended for you to take this medicine for more than 5 days at a time. Do not use this product if there are greater acute wounds in your mouth or throat. You should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product if you:
- Are elderly or in a weakened condition – you may be more sensitive to side effects of this product
- Have diabetes or glucose-galactose malabsorption
- Have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars
Do these lozenges have any side effects?
Like all medications, Chloralieve lozenges can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, you could be experiencing a severe allergic reaction and should seek medical help immediately:
- Swollen face, mouth, tongue, or larynx
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Hives or difficulty breathing
Other side effects include:
- Stinging of the throat
- Unpleasant taste
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place, which is below 30 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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The active substances are: Lidocaine hydrochloride 2 mg Amylmetacresol 0.6 mg 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2 mg
The other ingredients are: Mint oil, partly dementholised, Star anise oil, Levomenthol, Indigo carmine (E-132), Quinoline yellow (E-104), Sodium saccharin (E-954), Tartaric acid (E-334), Sucrose, Liquid glucose.
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