Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Respiratory

Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat 

(benzocaine / menthol)

Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Respiratory
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Relieves sore throat and mouth pain.

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Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat (Benzocaine / Menthol) relieve sore throat pain and don't have many side effects.

Upsides

  • Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat (Benzocaine / Menthol) are effective at relieving pain in the mouth and throat. They start working right away, so you don’t have to wait long to feel better.
  • Have two medicines in one lozenge that work in different ways to provide pain relief.
  • Comes in a sugar-free form.
  • Available in different flavors so you have the option of choosing the best-tasting one.

Downsides

  • These lozenges don’t cure infections or colds, but they help relieve some of their symptoms.
  • Pain relief doesn't last long, so use a new lozenge every 2 hours.
  • Can’t be used for children who are younger than 5 years old.
How it works

Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat (Benzocaine / Menthol) have two types of local anesthetics. Benzocaine creates a numbing sensation that relieves pain and menthol creates a cooling sensation that distracts you from feeling pain.

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Side effect rates for Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat (benzocaine / menthol)

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Common concerns from people taking Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat (benzocaine / menthol)

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Pain
  • Pain relief doesn't last long, so use a new lozenge every 2 hours.