Lozenges are more than just a hard candy. They offer cough and sore throat relief that you can take with you anywhere. They dissolve slowly in the mouth, coating and soothing the throat and, in some cases, releasing medications that provide powerful relief.1 Candies to soothe the throat date back to 1000 BC in Egypt, when they were made from honey, citrus, herbs, and spices.2 The word “lozenge” became associated with cough drops based on their original shape, which was a diamond.3
Lozenges are recommended by many major health organizations as a way to ease the pain associated with sore throats.4,5,6
Lozenges are made by compressing a combination of different types of sugar and gelatin into a hard tablet—the same way hard candies are made. In fact, they can even use some of the same ingredients!
Certain lozenges offer more than just a soothing effect. They work harder to relieve coughs by adding medication to the tablet, such as decongestants or pain relievers.1,7
Lozenges made with medicine, such as Dextromethorphan:
- Deliver fast, powerful relief from coughs
- Instantly soothe sore throats
- Continue to provide cough relief for hours after the lozenge is gone
So the next time a sore throat starts coming on, reach for lozenges. Their soothing flavors offer portable, powerful relief that you can take anywhere. As the reminder, lozenges should not be used by children under 12.