Pros: Fast, long lasting sore throat pain relief
Cons: The taste, the taste, the taste, and did I mention, the taste?
I hate sore throats. When it comes to sore throats, I am the queen of getting them, and the queen baby of putting up with them. The list of products that I have used over the years to try and soothe a sore throat include pretty much every brand of cough drop, throat lozenge, throat spray, and throat liquid on the market. I've been suffering for a strong sore throat for the past couple of weeks, and while Tylenol Severe Cough does the trick for most of my symptoms, it's nice to have something else to deliver continuous relief as needed, to supplement the relief that the Tylenol Severe Cough gives me. Enter a trip to Walgreens to purchase more hydrogen peroxide to gargle with. I picked up two of the large bottles, because they were on sale for 2 for $3. The pharmacist saw me pick up the two large bottles of hydrogen peroxide and said that's a lot of hydrogen peroxide, you must have a sore throat. I do I replied, and his eyes searched the shelf, he pulled a product from the shelf, said beware of the flavor, and then handed me the box. I read it Fisherman's Friend, it couldn't hurt to try it, I hadn't heard of the product before, and I had tried just about everything else on the market, so I thought why not.
I got in the car, and opened the package excitedly. I was curious to see what the lozenges looked like, what color they were, what flavor they were, whether or not they were individually wrapped. I had so much curiosity. It was the first time that I had ever purchased lozenges without knowing what flavor they were. The white box gave no indication of the flavor other than "menthol cough suppressant lozenges", or whether or not the lozenges were individually wrapped, so I was curious beyond curious to open the box. I pulled the box open, and was disappointed a bit to find a single pouch, not individually wrapped I thought, this means I will need to put them in a Ziploc bag when I get home. Not necessarily a bad thing, just one more added, unnecessary step you don't have to go through if the lozenges are individually wrapped.
I feel at this point in the review, that it is only fair to warn you that I am about to give you the events as they occurred in the car, with my mom, on the way home from Walgreens the day that I purchased Fisherman's Friend. You are getting my initial reaction, some of which took place before the product was actually tried. The first thing I noticed was the smell. They stunk from the minute I opened the package. I couldn't tell you what the smell was like, because I had never smelled anything quite like that before, but they had come highly recommended, and I trusted Walgreens pharmacists, and continued. I reached into the pack and pulled out a lozenge. It looks like a poop chip I said. It did, it was a disgusting brownish type color, and it looked like a flattened Necco wafer, only poop brown in color. I popped it in my mouth, and immediately began taking deep breaths. I feel it is only fair to warn you that I do not like pepper, hot foods, spicy foods, Tabasco sauce, or any of those other spicy things, and that I am a wimp when it comes to spice. Wimp or not, the taste was strong. My eyes began watering, relieving the itchiness I had been having. My throat began tingling so much I couldn't tell if it was still sore or not. My cough lessened, but was not completely relieved. And my nasal passages cleared and my nose started running. It was like someone cleaned out my nasal passages and my throat, and I could breath and I didn't feel pain. But the taste the taste was just sooo bad!
I was impressed by how quickly Fisherman's Friend lozenges relieved my sore throat. However, I was even more impressed by how long the sore throat relief lasted. Even if I drank water or another liquid, I experienced about two and a half to three hours of sore throat relief from a single lozenge. While this doesn't seem like a long time, considering the other lozenges I had tried (Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Halls, etc) had only lasted 15-45 minutes, this seemed like it lasted an eternity to me. The tingling sensation really makes your whole mouth tingle, but they sure do a strong job of lessening severe sore throat pain.
The ingredients in Fisherman's Friend lozenges are 10mg menthol per, capsicum, dextrin, eucalyptus oil, natural licorice, sugar, and tragacanth. This product is recommended for children and adults ages 2 and up. You let it dissolve in your mouth, once every hour as needed for sore throat, and once every two hours as needed for cough. From the box: Temporarily relieves cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation occurring with the common cold or inhaled irritants as well as occasional minor sore throat. The box that I purchased had 38 lozenges in it.
Despite the horrible taste, I would purchase Fisherman's Friend lozenges again. I would do so because they are the only lozenge that I have come across that actually provides sore throat relief. I would definitely recommend that anyone suffering from a sore throat pick up a box of Fisherman's Friend lozenges. If you can't find them on the shelves in your area, check your local Walgreens, they carry all those old remedies, and sometimes, the older remedies are the best remedies.
By the way, I noticed as I was writing the review that the box of Fisherman's Friends lozenges that I have in front of me says "original extra strong". I am not sure if they make other strengths of this product, as this is my first experience with this product.
I also like the little story that goes along with the Fisherman's Friend lozenges. The side of the box says "Why Fisherman's Friend As A Name? FISHERMAN'S FRIEND lozenges were originally formulated in the 1860's for deep sea fisherman who sailed from Fleetwood, England. They used these lozenges while working in the severe weather conditions found near Iceland and the Arctic Circle."