Cold and flu season is upon us. While you may be bombarded with everyone telling you to get the flu shot, it’s also important to start stocking up your medicine cabinet with over-the-counter medications, treatments, and remedies to avoid the dreaded cold when it inevitably comes.
With that in mind, we have featured some of the best cough drops that will work to keep most of the annoying cold and flu symptoms at bay. Don’t let the name fool you, while they are cough drops and meant to relieve your coughing symptoms they will also soothe and relieve sore, scratchy or irritated throats and even help with sore mouths. And, we all know these drops won’t cure or stop a cold or cough, but they can certainly help alleviate the symptoms associated with them.
Menthol is the main ingredient in two of our options (Halls and SoundHealth) and is what will help soothe your throat and can help clear up sinuses a bit as well. These cough drops are all individually wrapped, taste great and can even be helpful for those with dry mouth symptoms.
1. Luden’s Wild Cherry Throat Drops
Luden’s Wild Cherry Throat Drops will soothe and relieve your throat from everyday irritations due to minor sore and scratchy throats. Their active ingredient is pectin which is derived from fruit flavoring and places a coating on the throat to help reduce irritation and swelling. Luden’s has been around for over 130 years and will help relieve throat and cough irritation with its popular, great-tasting and soothing drop.
Pros: Available in multiple flavors.
Cons: If you suffer from severe throat irritation or pain, another option may be better.
Luden's Wild Cherry Throat Drops
2. Halls Relief Cough Suppressant
The Halls Relief Cough Suppressant in Honey Lemon provides triple soothing action and works to relieve coughs, soothe sore throats and cool nasal passages all in one drop. Whether it is for everyday soothing, a vitamin boost or seasonal symptom relief, these Halls drops will provide the relief needed. What’s more, they come in a variety of flavors and even sugar-free varieties.
Pros: These are also a great option for those with chronic dry mouth and/or throats.
Cons: If you prefer drops without menthol, another option might be better.
Halls Relief Cough Suppressant
3. SoundHealth Honey Lemon Cough Drops
SoundHealth’s Cough Drops in Honey Lemon flavor provide a soothing, cooling sensation to relieve dry and irritated sore throats. With 7.5 mg of menthol in each drop, these can serve as a temporary cough suppressant, oral anesthetic and soothe any sore throat pain. For immediate relief, adults can take two drops, one at a time, let them slowly dissolve in the mouth, and repeat every two hours.
Pros: For its price point, these provide superior quality at an affordable cost for 160 gluten-free drops in a resealable bag.
Cons: The menthol may overpower some of the honey lemon flavors.