What is Strepsils/Strepfen?
Strepsils and Strepfen lozenges help relieve the soreness and discomfort of throat infections. The throat lozenges have a soothing effect and are available in various flavours.
What is this medicine used for?
Strepsils and Strepfen throat lozenges are used to relieve a sore throat caused by the flu or a cold. These viral infections cause swelling of the tissue in the throat which hurts and makes swallowing difficult. Strepsils and Strepfen lozenges work in different ways:
- Strepsils throat lozenges are used to relieve an early sore throat. The lozenges contain amylmetacresol and dichlorobenzyl alcohol. These active ingredients are mild antiseptics, which kill the bacteria associated with mouth and throat infections. Hence, Strepsils reduces the chance of a sore throat turning into laryngitis. Strepsils throat lozenges are available in many different flavours, including honey/lemon, strawberry and orange/vitamin C.
- Strepfen throat lozenges contain the active ingredient flurbiprofen, which is a type of medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine reduces fever, throat swelling and has a strong painkilling effect. Strepfen lozenges are fast acting and take less than half an hour to become effective. The throat lozenges are not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
How to use Strepsils/Strepfen
Strepsils and Strepfen throat lozenges should be taken in the following way:
- Strepsils: adults and children over six years old should allow one lozenge to dissolve slowly in the mouth every two to three hours as needed. If your symptoms last for longer than three days you should stop taking the lozenges and seek medical advice from your doctor. Note: Strepsils Cool should not be used by children under 12 years of age.
- Strepfen: adults and children over 12 years old should allow one tablet to dissolve slowly in the mouth every three hours as needed. Do not take more than five lozenges in 24 hours and do not use this product longer than three days.
Read the package leaflet before use.
In general, Strepsils throat lozenges do not cause side effects. If you do experience side effects, you should consult a doctor. Strepfen throat lozenges may, in rare cases, cause side effects such as a burning or dry sensation in the mouth, stomach distress, headache or dizziness. Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Strepsils or Strepfen
Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Strepsils or Strepfen (see the package leaflet). Strepfen throat lozenges should not be used if you have or have had bleeding or ulceration in the stomach or intestines, a liver, kidney or heart condition, or are currently taking other NSAID painkillers. Be sure to inform the doctor of any other medicines you are taking to avoid potential interaction between Strepfen and prior medication. For more information on interactions, contraindications and warnings, see the package leaflet.
Do not use Strepsils and Strepfen throat lozenges if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless otherwise advised by your doctor. Stay out of traffic if you experience side effects that make you feel less alert than normal. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Strepfen throat lozenges.