Pros: relieves a sore throat, safe when pregnant
Cons: mixed berry isn't my favorite flavor... citrus is better
The never-ending sore throat
One symptom of mine that always appears when I get sick is a sore throat. I always know when some bug is coming on because my throat just starts to hurt. Over the years I have tried a number of cough drops and have found that some work and some just don't. Two years ago when I was pregnant with my son I had asked my doctor what is safe to take while being pregnant. She said that the only recommended safe cough drop for pregnant women is cepacol throat lozengers. So I used them and was quite pleased with the results.
Here I am again...
So, now I am pregnant with Baby number 2 and around Christmas time I found that sore throat feeling coming on. Next trip to the store I went right to the cepacol shelves and picked up two boxes- one of Mixed Berry and one of Citrus. I knew I liked the Citrus flavor from last time, so I tried to branch out and try a new flavor...Mixed Berry.
The cepacol box contains 18 lozengers and is meant for sore throat and cough relief. The lozengers numb your throat and it suppresses the cough.
As with any drug you should of course ask your doctor before taking any of the lozengers so that you do not have any adverse affects if you are taking other medications.
The directions on the box advise to take 2 lozengers initially (one right after the other). Then repeat every 4 hours as necessary, but do not exceed 12 lozengers in 24 hours.
Also, if your cough or sore throat lasts more than a week then it is advised to see your doctor.
The two active ingredients is benzocaine (oral anesthetic) and Dextromethorphan hydrobromide (cough suppresant). In the Citrus flavor it is the Benzocaine and Menthol (another oral anesthetic) that are the two active ingredients.
The inactive ingredients (for the mixed berry) include acesulfame potassium, blue 1, cetylpyridinium chloride, flavor, glucose, propylene glycol, red 40, sodium bicarbonate, and sucrose.
One box costs $3.49
Since it is recommended as a safe remedy while pregnant I felt and feel very safe using this product. I found that these lozengers do work and provide temporary relief when your throat is hurting. Although you can take the lozengers two at a time (one right after the other), I have found that just taking one every 4 hours works fine for me.
I had the sore throat for 2 days and took 7 lozengers over those 2 days and felt fine afterwards. I didn't need any further medication and recovered quite quickly.
As far as the taste goes, I do say that I prefer the taste of the citrus over the mixed berry. The mixed berry flavor is similar to the cherry flavor of a lot of medications. I am not a fan of cherry flavored medicine and will take any other flavor. So, unfortunately for me the mixed berry was too close in taste for me to like it.
I do believe this is a great product and can help you whether you are pregnant or not. However, I don't know if it is safe during breastfeeding so please ask your doctor before using it during that time.