According to a survey by U.S. News & World Report, the top sore throat lozenge recommendation of pharmacists is Cepacol, voted No. 1 by 30 percent of respondents. Chloraseptic follows with 23 percent of the votes.
Throat lozenges vary in nature. While many include numbing medications to reduce the pain associated, others include ingredients that soothe without numbing. Personal preference plays a role as flavors and textures are considered. Numbing lozenges tend to include dosage limits, making it important to consider complementing their use with additional strategies for mitigating sore throat pain. Saltwater gargling, consumption of ice pops and use of pain relievers may be helpful for obtaining relief.