Strepsils Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol Amylmetacresol

Strepsils Antibacterial Lozenges provide fast, soothing and effective relief from the discomfort of sore throats. Each lozenge contains a combination of two antibacterials to help kill the bacteria which can cause sore throat and mouth infections.

strepsils cool and orange vitamin cAlso available in original, honey and lemon, cool, sugar free, and extra strong flavors

Strepsils – First aid for sore throats.

Directions: Adults and children: Dissolve one lozenge in the mouth every two to three hours or as prescribed by the physician. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

Indication: For the relief of mouth and sore throat infections.

Formulations: Each lozenge contains: Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol … 1.2mg
Amylmetacresol…  600mg
Vitamin C … 100mg – true for orange flavor only.

While copying and typing the back label of Strepsils Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol Amylmetacresol one lozenge was in my left jaw just in front of left teeth. I am allowing the natural saliva production to melt it and relieve my pesky sore throat and prevent hard dry coughing.

I have been gurgling vinegar for consecutive days but the sore throat keeps on coming back. Time to take other medications. Besides, gurgling vinegar too much is not ideal. It causes pain and stomach ache.

strepsils cool blue lozengeI had the same kind of persistent sore throat several years ago. It frequently caused hard dry coughing. I used Streptuss as remedy especially when sleeping and attending masteral classes.

Streptuss was another variation of Streptils which had stronger effect. It was able to cure sore throat and prevent coughing significantly faster and longer. I cannot find Streptuss anymore, maybe the product has been discontinued.

Hoping to have a good night sleep with Strepsils.

update as of June 29, 2012. Please see “What not to take when having dry cough| Doctor’s Advice“.

Prices of Local and Foreign Alcohol Brands-Soon To Be Equal

Are you an alcohol drinker? Or an alcohol manufacturer? Perhaps only few of us are alcohol manufacturers and millions are alcohol drinkers. What brand of spirit do you prefer? Perhaps you like the foreign brands better but you are always buying the local brands.  Locally produced alcohols are cheaper because they are made locally. Mode of transport is shorter compared to foreign brands. In addition, our government is imposing a large tax on foreign brands, making them to have prices more than twice as much.local wine on exhibit

The European Spirit Association and America filed a complaint on World Trade Organization (WTO) stating that Philippine taxes on foreign alcohol brands are discriminatory. WTO then ruled, Philippine taxes imposed on foreign spirits is illegal.

Philippine need to trim down the taxes. What would be the effect. The prices of foreign and local brands would be almost the same. The sales of domestic alcohols will go down drastically – because Filipinos love foreign brands.

The news is good for consumers but very bad for local producers. We should do our best to make our local brands more competitive in terms of quality.

Right Alcohol Dosage To Prevent Cancer Development And Other Disorders

Alcoholic beverages are diuretic – just like an ordinary rubbing alcohol. Its use is not recommended for babies cause they tend to rob away moisture resulting to dry skin. I myself is experiencing hand dryness when sanitizing my hand with rubbing alcohol frequently. beer limits

Same is true with drinking liquors. It also robs away bodies water. Notice a frequent urination while in drinking session. The more alcohol taken, the more water drained – feeling of weakness is felt as a result. The mind and body coordination is also weakened cause the brain and muscles lacks enough water to function properly. A partial loss of sanity is also experienced. Many deeds are unremembered the day after.

Warning: Too much dehydration is fatal!

The liver is working  very hard in order to excrete alcohol out of the system. Our liver reads alcohol as toxin. Making it work overtime is not a good idea cause it might result to failure. Imagine having a failing liver!

Kidney is also working hard together with the liver. It might also suffer from failure.

Another area of concern is the development of cancers. Yes, alcohol is related to development of cancer to different body parts such as : mouth, throat, esophagus, voice box and pharynx.  Development of mutant cells might be attributed to extreme tissue dryness and continues exposure to alcohol.

A study in United Kingdom revealed an estimate of 13,000 cancer patients per year as a result of drinking habit.

Cigarettes have warning sign, “Smoking is dangerous to your health!” Alcoholic beverages have warning signs too, “Drink moderately”. Maybe its time to change the warning sign to,”Drink moderately cause it might cause cancer, kidney and liver failure and other disorders.

No one is forbidden to drink alcohol but in order to prevent such disorders, it should have a limit. Men should take not more than two drinks a day and women should not take more than one.  Single serve beer comes in 350 ml bottle. Probably a “drink” of beer equals 350 ml and a “drink” of hard liquor such as gin equals a regular shot glass.

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Taking Antihistamines and Alcohol

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You are very busy working when this not so friendly cold embraced you. Then the symptoms begin to show, sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose and itchy eyes. The first thing you are going to do is to take a medicine that can cure such allergies, the antihistamines. Working with those irritable disorders is really uncomfortable.

Antihistamines block the histamine your body releases when a substance (allergen) causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

After taking the medicine, you now feel well and ready for work. Wait! How can you concentrate on work when you are feeling drowsy. Seems your home bed is pulling you to lye and take a good sleep. Some antihistamines cause drowsiness such as brompheniramine, cetirizine, chlorpheniramine, clemastine, desloratadine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine, levocetirizine and triprolidine.

Perhaps you want to take a shot of alcohol to counteract the drowsiness effect. Think again because it can send you straight to sleep. Alcohol can add drowsiness effect cause by antihistamines.

Before taking any medications, ask your doctor for no-drowse antihistamines. On the other hand, take the regular one if you like to have a good night sleep.

antihistmamine drops

My baby boy often feel asleep after taking this antihistamine drops.

Effects of Alcohol are More Dangerous than Illegal Drugs?

beer in canAlcohol can be more dangerous than other illegal drugs. More crimes are alcohol related than illegal drug related. Alcohol intoxication cause road accidents. Human become violent when intoxicated, enough reason to commit untoward acts.

Alcohol drinking is a part of our daily life, a social way of living. We feel that we are out of place if we do not drink. Two regular beer bottles or less are enough, we usually want more until we loose control of ourself.

ABS-CBN News – Bandila. According to Department of Health, the number of young drinkers is alarming. United Nation study found out that two out ten young Filipino (15 to 18 years of age) are drinkers. Six out of 10 drinkers are not contented with just one beer bottle, they drink two or more instead.

Drunkorexia, Skipping Meal to Drink Alcohol

file of empty alcohol bottles

Lunch time: Pedro had a drinking session with his co-employees. Evening: He had a drinking session with his peers. The next morning:he went to sari-sari store to buy two bottles of beer. Perhaps you are familiar with this kind of scenario, the so called lansengero – do nothing but drinking from day till night.


file of empty alcohol bottles

Lasengero drink alcohol and consuming less amount of food. Most often, they forgot to eat their meal because the calories in alcohol is just too much for their stomach. Some intentionally skipped their meal in order to drink more alcohol.

Some individual are practicing these kind of diet. Drink more alcohol and eat less. The practice is called Drunkorexia. It is considered an illness because it will do more harm than good.

I am not an alcohol drinker but I drink occasionally. I am not an alcohol fan because of its bitter taste. A shot of gin, rum, wine or a can of beer rarely touches my mouth.

Drinking alcohol in moderation can be beneficial but the thing is under debate. Excessive alcohol drinking damage the liver and affect the healthy diet. Getting intoxicated is not a good feeling. Dizziness, headache and frequent urination are very uncomfortable. People are still drinking and learning how to drink more as a social part of life.