Pros: Inexpensive; helps lessen cough; helps relieve mouth and tooth pain
Cons: Doesn't do anything for sore throat pain; taste
There's nothing worse than a hacking cough. You know the kind I am talking about. The cough that is so persistent that your throat aches, your mouth hurts, your chest aches, and your eyes water, because it just hurts to cough so bad. While cough syrup is sometimes helpful in situations like the one I just described, very rarely can you find better relief than from a good, strong cough drop. Enter Halls Mentho-Lyptus Drops Honey Lemon flavored. First of all, I would like to say that I HATE the taste of these cough drops. However, I don't like honey and I don't like lemon, so naturally, I would not be fond of a honey lemon flavored cough drop. However, the cherry version of the same cough drop is ineffective as far as I am concerned, so I stomach the flavor as best as I can, and I am happy to trade the nasty flavor for the relief that these cough drops deliver.
The Halls Mentho-Lyptus Drops Honey Lemon are supposed to be cough suppressant and oral anethestic drops. However, I have never received any sore throat relief from these drops. For sore throat relief, I count on Fisherman's Friend lozenges, which taste even worse than the Halls Mentho-Lyptus Drops Honey Lemon flavored. I purchase the Halls Mentho-Lyptus Drops Honey Lemon in 100 count bags, and generally go threw 2-3 bags a year during a year full of strong illnesses such as 2006 has been (bronchitis, bronchial pneumonia, bronchitis with pleurisy, pleurisy with sore throat, etc). The main ingredient in Halls Mentho-Lyptus Drops Honey Lemon flavor is menthol, and there is 8 milligrams of it in each drop. Other ingredients include beta carotene, flavors, glucose syrup, honey, soy lecithin, and sucrose, in case you have any allergies and are concerned with what's in them.
The Halls Mentho-Lyptus Drops Honey Lemon are for children and adults 5 years of age and older. Let the drop dissolve in your mouth (don't chew it) and repeat every 2 hours as necessary. Ask a doctor before using these drops if you have a persistent cough, chronic cough, cough that occurs with smoking, asthma, a cough that occurs with excessive phlegm, or emphysema. Stop using these drops and ask a doctor if your cough lasts more than one week, re occur;, is accompanied by a fever, rash, or headache; if irritation, pain, or redness occurs, if sore throat pain lasts more than 2 days, is severe, or is accompanied by a fever, headache, rash, swelling, nausea, or vomiting; or if sore mouth does not improve in 7 days.
In my opinion, Halls Mentho-Lyptus Drops Honey Lemon are not meant to replace other products that help with a cough. For instance, I usually take these drops in conjunction with a prescription cough syrup (cough syrup with codeine) or in conjunction with an over the counter cough medicine such as Mucinex or Waltussin (Walgreens generic brand of Robitussin). Halls Mentho-Lyptus Drops Honey Lemon flavor do not provide enough relief on their own to replace other cough remedies (again, just my opinion). I like the convenience of these drops however, unlike my favorite throat lozenge Fisherman's Friend which is not individually wrapped, Halls Mentho-Lyptus Drops are individually wrapped, which makes them easy to carry with you, use them at work, or anywhere else you might need relief. One note about using these drops in a public place, the odor that they put out is strong, and may offend some people, causing you some embarrassment, so be aware of your surroundings whenever using a product like this in a public place.
I have found Halls Mentho-Lyptus Honey Lemon flavored drops to be the most efficient cough drop I have found to date. While they are not a "miracle cure" for a cough, they do help ease the cough, and make things a little more bare able while you are stuck feeling under the weather. If you are looking for sore throat relief, I would not recommend this product, as it does very little to numb the throat, or provide sore throat pain relief. One other note about this product, if you have recently had dental work done, or have any mouth pain, this makes an excellent drop to take to relieve some of that pain, hold the drop in your cheek with your tongue on the side of your mouth while you are experiencing pain for almost immediate relief of your tooth or mouth pain. Even though you can only repeat taking the drops every 2 hours, the relief of a Halls Mentho-Lyptus Honey Lemon flavored drop is short lived. If you receive 30-45 minutes of relief from a single drop, then you are doing really well. On average, I receive approximately 25 minutes of relief from a single drop, if I do not eat or drink anything after taking one of the drops. If I do eat or drink something, the effect goes away immediately upon eating or drinking. I would love to see these drops deliver longer lasting results, but I have yet to find a cough drop that actually does.