Benefits of medicated lozenges

Sore throats are literally a pain in the neck, and that pain or discomfort is caused by inflammation in one or more areas of your throat. Whether it’s that first sign of a dry, tickly sore throat or that throbbing or sharp stabbing throat pain, you want something that will provide relief at the site of pain – and fast.

Medicated lozenges are a great option for managing your sore throat because they get to work where you need it most – in your mouth and throat. Lozenges are designed to be sucked and dissolved in your mouth, slowly releasing the active ingredients directly into your mouth and throat to quickly relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

And just by slowly dissolving in your mouth, lozenges also create what’s called ‘demulcent effects’ – providing lubrication and moisture to the irritated and inflamed areas all throughout your mouth and throat, and increasing saliva production to help soothe and protect the delicate tissues. Lozenges are also conveniently portable and easy to take, especially when your sore throat makes swallowing tablets difficult, and can deliver faster pain relief than other pain-relieving tablets.


How to use medicated lozenges

Medicated lozenges are intended to be sucked slowly rather than chewed. By dissolving in the mouth, the lozenge releases its active ingredients directly to the areas of inflammation in your mouth and throat. Always follow the directions on the label to make sure you are taking the right dose of lozenge.


Types of medicated lozenges

Another bonus found with lozenges is that they can contain one or more active ingredients in different combinations to help you find relief from whatever type of sore throat or mouth condition you are dealing with. Common ingredients for sore throat lozenges are analgesic (pain reliever), anti-inflammatory, antiseptic or antibacterial, and local anaesthetic (numbing) agents. DIFFLAM offers a range of medicated lozenges that target the diffuse, local inflammation and redness around the throat and mouth to deliver local soothing and lasting relief of sore throats and painful mouth conditions. Talk to your pharmacist to help you discover the right sore throat lozenge for you.


Lozenges for pain, swelling and redness

When you need fast relief from the pain, swelling, and redness of sore throats and painful mouth conditions, consider DIFFLAM Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial Lozenges. They contain benzydamine – a unique nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that delivers triple-action anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anaesthetic effects that target inflammation, reduce swelling, and rapidly numb pain. The anti-bacterial agent cetylpyridinium chloride helps fight mouth and throat infections. Available in honey lemon, raspberry, orange, and eucalyptus & menthol flavours.

Happy Family Lozenges

Dosage – Adults and children 6 years and over: 1 lozenge every 1 to 2 hours as required; maximum of 12 lozenges per day.

Lozenges for a sharp, stabbing sore throat

For a sharp, stabbing sore throat DIFFLAM HEXTRA Sore Throat Lozenges, contain hexylresorcinol – an antiseptic to fight bacterial throat infections with local anaesthetic properties to numb throat pain. Available in purple grape flavour. 

Dosage – Adults and children 6 years and over: 1 lozenge every 3 hours as required; maximum of 12 lozenges per day.

Lozenges for when you need a stronger, numbing effect

When you need a stronger numbing effect for painful sore throat and mouth conditions, look for DIFFLAM with Anaesthetic Sore Throat Lozenges. They contain benzydamine with triple-action, locally-acting anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anaesthetic relief, plus lignocaine – a local anaesthetic that effectively numbs mouth and throat pain from just 90 seconds.* They also have the added benefit of an antiseptic agent, dichlorobenzyl alcohol (DCBA), to help fight bacteria that can cause minor throat and mouth infections.

Dosage – Adults and children 6 years and over: 1 lozenge every 2 to 3 hours as required; maximum of 12 lozenges per day.


*Data on file, iNova Pharmaceuticals


When you need fast relief from the pain, swelling, and redness of sore throats and painful mouth conditions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice on the best type of lozenge for you.



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If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Individual response may vary. For more information, refer to the product label or product information leaflet, or speak to your healthcare professional.

Uninterrupted treatment with Difflam products should not exceed 7 days unless under medical supervision.