What are Strepsils Intensive lozenges and their purpose?
Strepsils Intensive Lozenges contain an active ingredient called flurbiprofen, which belongs to a group of medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
These lozenges are intended for adults and children over 12 years of age to provide relief from symptoms associated with sore throats, such as soreness, pain, and swelling.
Important information before using Strepsils Intensive lozenges:
Do not take these lozenges if you:
- Have or have had a stomach ulcer
- Are allergic to flurbiprofen, aspirin, other NSAIDs, or any other ingredients listed in Section 6
- Have experienced gastrointestinal bleeding or perforation while using NSAIDs
- Have a history of blood clotting problems or bleeding issues after taking NSAIDs
- Have experienced wheezing, a runny nose, or an itchy rash (hives) after taking aspirin, flurbiprofen, or NSAIDs
- Are under 12 years old
- Have severe heart failure
- Have severe kidney or liver disease
- Are in the last three months of pregnancy
Warnings and precautions: Before taking Strepsils Intensive Lozenges, consult your pharmacist or doctor if you:
- Are already taking other NSAIDs or aspirin
- Have tonsillitis or suspect a bacterial throat infection (may require antibiotics)
- Are elderly (as you may be more susceptible to side effects)
- Have a history of asthma, allergies, or skin conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus or mixed connective tissue disease
- Have hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Have a history of bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease)
- Have heart, kidney, or liver problems
- Have had a stroke
- Are in the first 6 months of pregnancy or breastfeeding
While using Strepsils Intensive Lozenges:
- If you experience any skin reaction, allergic reaction, or unusual abdominal symptoms, discontinue use and promptly consult a doctor.
- Report any lack of improvement, worsening symptoms, or new symptoms to a doctor.
- It is important not to exceed the recommended dose or treatment duration, as NSAIDs like flurbiprofen may pose a slightly higher risk of heart attack or stroke, especially at higher doses or with prolonged use.
These lozenges are not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Interactions with other medicines:
Inform your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines you are currently taking or have recently taken, including non-prescription drugs. Pay particular attention to:
- Other NSAIDs, including selective inhibitors for pain (may increase the risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding)
- Warfarin, aspirin, and other blood-thinning or anti-clotting medications
- ACE inhibitors, Angiotensin II antagonists, and diuretics (water tablets) that lower blood pressure
- Cardiac glycosides, ciclosporin, corticosteroids, lithium, methotrexate, mifepristone, oral antidiabetic medicines, phenytoin, probenecid, sulfinpyrazone, quinolone antibiotics, SSRIs, tacrolimus, and zidovudine (potential interactions with Strepsils Intensive Lozenges)
Taking Strepsils Intensive lozenges with food, drink, and alcohol:
It is advisable to avoid alcohol while using these lozenges, as it may increase the risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding.
Taking Strepsils Intensive lozenges with food is generally not necessary, as they are designed to be dissolved slowly in the mouth. However, you can take them with or without food according to your preference.
Side effects of Strepsils Intensive lozenges can include:
- Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people): Stomach discomfort or pain, nausea, and vomiting.
- Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people): Diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, headache, dizziness, rash, itching, and swelling of the face, lips, or throat.
- Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people): Increased blood pressure, heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, bronchospasm (breathing difficulties), and worsening of asthma symptoms.
If you experience any severe or persistent side effects or have concerns about potential drug interactions, it is important to consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for further guidance.
Remember to always read the patient information leaflet provided with the medication and follow the recommended dosage and instructions.