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Strepsils - Side Effects

Updated on June 12, 2013

This article is not intended to be of a diagnostic nature. The following article is only for educational or informative purposes. Consult your doctor before taking this medication or making any changes to drug dosage.

Strepsils Blackcurrant
Strepsils Blackcurrant

Strepsils is the world's largest sold medication for sore throat. Strepsils Contain two main ingredients amylmetacresol and dichlorobenzyl alcohol. Both these ingredients fall in the category of antiseptics which kill bacteria in the mouth and throat. Strepsils helps in reliving of the sore throat and symptoms of throat infections. Strepsils help relive soar throat by lubricating and soothing the painful area.

Causes of a sore throat

  • Inflammation in throat
  • Swollen glands
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough

How to use Strepsils tablet

Sucking an effective medicated lozenge such as a Strepsil tablet can help lubricate the painful area in your throat. (Stepsils tablets are not meant to be swallowed but to be sucked on) It works by lubricating the painful areas. Dichlorobenzyl alcohol present in strepsils helps kill germs and helps relive mouth and throat infections.

Uses of Strepsils Sore Throat and Blocked Nose lozenges

Main use of strepsils is to relieve the symptoms of mouth and throat infections but it also effective against nasal congestion, common cold and cough.

Don't Take Strepsils If

You have fructose intolerance or has sucrase isomaltase deficiency.

You are allergic to any ingredient in the medication or if the symptoms persist even after taking the tablets for more than three days. Not recommended for children under the age of 6. There is a risk of choking hazard for children 8 years and under. Common allergic reactions include rashes or itching on the lips.

Allergic reactions include

  • Swelling of lips and face
  • Skin rashes
  • Irritation in mouth
  • Breathing difficulty\y
  • Hives
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety

Although Strepsils is a harmless medication without many side effects, allergic reactions can be severe, Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any allergic reactions. Carry the Strepsils sachet with you so that the doctor can identify the allergen and the nature of the allergy.

Strepsils Orange
Strepsils Orange | Source


Recommended dosage for adults is one every 2-3 hours


For most of the Strepsils range no more than 12 in 24 hours.

8-12 years – No more than 8 in 24 hours. Not recommended for children under the age of 6.

Adults – No more than 12 in 24 hours. Overdose may lead to stomach upset.

Strepsils cold variant not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Side Effects

  • Sore tongue (rare)
  • Irritation in mouth (rare)

Only allergic reaction is reported as severe side effects. Sore tongue is the only other side effect reported. Although an overdose of the medication may lead to stomach upset.

No other side effects reported.

Drug Interactions

No known drug interactions with this medicine.

During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

Usage of this medicine is not considered to be hazardous during pregnancy or breastfeeding (As stated by the manufacturer). It is highly recommended that you consult your doctor before taking any new medication during pregnancy.

It is recommended to limit the intake of this medication during pregnancy time.

Available range

  • Strepsils original
  • Strepsils honey and lemon
  • Strepsils orange and vitamin C
  • Strepsils sugar free
  • Strepsils sore throat and blocked nose
  • Strepsils sore throat and cough
  • Strepsils cool
  • Strepsils warm
  • Strepsils extra
  • Strepsils handy tube


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      Georgie 10 months ago

      Strepsils also cause allergic reactions in asthmatics including an attack

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      Dolores C Reid 4 years ago

      How can I purchase Strepsils Original. When in England I got quite a few but they are out of date and I need something now?