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Lemsip Cold & Flu Max Strength

What's it good for?
All the symptoms of a cold or flu, from a runny nose and shivers to a fever and headaches.

What does it contain?
Paracetamol, phenylephrine hydrochloride, guaifenesin, ascorbic acid

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'Many of the cold and flu remedies differ widely from each other so you need to look at the packaging and you should discuss your needs with a pharmacist because you might find that one brand is better for chesty coughs, for example, than another brand.'

Strepsils

What are they good for?
To soothe a sore throat.

What does it contain?
Each lozenge contains 8.75mg of an anti-inflammatory drug called flurbiprofen.

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'You could probably save on these sorts of lozenges but you must look at the packaging because some throat pastilles just soothe, others have anti-sceptic properties. There are also sprays that you can get now, which are very good.'

Benilyn

What's it good for?
It's good if you've got a chesty cough or mild chest infection. It's a cough syrup that contains an anti-histamine and a decongestant to clear the chest and throat and loosen phlegm.

What does it contain?
The active ingredients are diphenhydramine hydrochloride, levomenthol, ammonium chloride

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Kathleen says, 'If you want to look for an own-brand version of Benilyn you need to look carefully at the packaging and whether it's the right product for you - I'd say with the right advice from a pharmacist you could buy a cheaper version.'

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