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Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat Alternatives

(Benzocaine / Menthol)

  • Lozenge
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Compare Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat (Benzocaine / Menthol) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat (Benzocaine / Menthol) or used for similar purposes.

Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat
(Benzocaine / Menthol)

Chloraseptic Total Sore Throat Lozenge
(Benzocaine)

Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
(Phenol)

Relieves sore throat and mouth pain. Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat (Benzocaine / Menthol) relieve sore throat pain and don't have many side effects.Relieves sore throat and mouth pain. Chloraseptic lozenges relieves sore throat pain and doesn't have many side effects.Relieves sore throat. Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) relieves sore throat pain and doesn't have many side effects.
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Side effects
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How it works
Cepacol Extra Strength Sore ThroatChloraseptic Total Sore Throat LozengeChloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
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.Chloraseptic lozenges is a local anesthetic. It blocks receptors on nerve endings, which creates a numbing sensation and relieves pain.Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) is a local anesthetic. It blocks receptors on nerve endings, which creates a numbing sensation and relieves pain.
Type of medication
Cepacol Extra Strength Sore ThroatChloraseptic Total Sore Throat LozengeChloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
Oral anestheticOral anestheticOver-the-counter
Oral anestheticOver-the-counter
Oral anestheticOver-the-counter
Available as
Cepacol Extra Strength Sore ThroatChloraseptic Total Sore Throat LozengeChloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
  • Lozenge
  • Lozenge
  • Throat spray
Used for (click to learn more)
Cepacol Extra Strength Sore ThroatChloraseptic Total Sore Throat LozengeChloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
  • Sore throat
Risk factors for serious side effects
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Pregnancy category
Cepacol Extra Strength Sore ThroatChloraseptic Total Sore Throat LozengeChloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

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We don't yet have information about whether is safe to take during pregnancy.
NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

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Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
  • Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) is alcohol, sugar, and aspirin free, so it’s pretty safe to use.
Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
Cepacol Extra Strength Sore ThroatChloraseptic Total Sore Throat LozengeChloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
  • 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.
  • Available in different flavors so you have the option of choosing the best-tasting one.
  • Comes in a sugar-free form.
  • Chloraseptic lozenges is effective at relieving pain in the mouth and throat. It starts working right away, so you don’t have to wait long to feel better.
  • It's available in a pharmacy without a prescription.
  • Available in different flavors, so you have the option of choosing the best-tasting one.
  • Comes in a sugar-free form.
  • Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) is effective at relieving pain in the mouth and throat. It starts working right away, so you don’t have to wait long to feel better.
  • It's available in a pharmacy without a prescription and comes in different flavors.
  • Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) is alcohol, sugar, and aspirin free, so it’s pretty safe to use.
  • If you buy the "max" throat spray, it contains an additional medication that forms a soothing film over your throat.
Downsides and risks
Cepacol Extra Strength Sore ThroatChloraseptic Total Sore Throat LozengeChloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It can stain your hair, nails, and skin.
  • It doesn’t cure throat or mouth infections.
  • Only lasts about 2 hours.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Cepacol Extra Strength Sore ThroatChloraseptic Total Sore Throat LozengeChloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
  • If you experience any uncomfortable burning or stinging, stop using Cepacol Extra Strength Sore Throat (Benzocaine / Menthol).
  • Use one lozenge every 2 hours as you need to for sore throat.
  • Since the lozenges could be mistaken for candy and can be a choking hazard, keep these away from children who are younger than 5 years old.
  • Let your doctor know if you have an infection and your symptoms don’t get better after a few days.
  • If you experience any uncomfortable burning or stinging, stop using Chloraseptic lozenges.
  • Use one lozenge every 2 hours as you need to for sore throat.
  • Since the lozenges could be mistaken for candy and can be a choking hazard, keep these away from children who are younger than 5 years old.
  • Let your doctor know if you have an infection and your symptoms don’t get better after a few days.
  • Only spray Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) on painful areas in your mouth. Let it sit for 15 seconds and then spit the liquid out.
  • Don't swallow Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) because it could upset your stomach.
  • Don’t use more than one spray every 2 hours.
  • If your mouth or throat still hurts after 2 days, it could be due to a worsening infection. Work with a doctor to find the best medication for you.
Learn more
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