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User Reviews for Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray

Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray has an average rating of 4.0 out of 10 from a total of 25 ratings on Drugs.com. 28% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 60% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Sore Throat  
3.7
19 reviews 69 medications
Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis  
5.0
6 reviews 82 medications
Summary of Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray reviews 4.0 25 reviews

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Reviews for Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray

Mairie · Taken for 10 years or more January 12, 2019

For Sore Throat: “I have been using this spray for many years. I spray the back of my throat and swallow it cause I never seen where you are supposed to spit it out. A year ago I started getting a loud gurgling sound in my throat and had to hard swallow. Never put 2 and 2 together till I recently got a sore throat and sprayed it again then the gurgling started almost immediately. I didn't use any other product but this. I will never use it again. The part about spitting it out is not very visible and when you spray something into the back of your throat why would a person think they could spit it back out anyways. DO NOT USE THIS.”

1 / 10
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leeann250 October 8, 2010

For Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis: “I have Strep throat - this numbs effected area and soothes pain in throat. Works wonders but taste and smell is awful. OTC directions for use say use full strength, spray 3 times and swallow. Alternatively, gargle at full strength rinsing effected area for 15 seconds, then expel the remainder. repeat every 2 hours as necessary, to maximum of 8 times/ day. My personal experience I need 6 sprays then gargle and let sit on effected area for 30 seconds to have it last for 2 hours but I only do this 4 times a day. Have also used in the past for pain due to coughing and one spray lasts along time. Very good product because it works!”

8 / 10
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Manolita February 12, 2018

For Sore Throat: “Phenol can be very dangerous and the hazards are not just those of a typical corrosive. The hazards of phenol are 2 fold. It is both a corrosive (can cause severe burns) and toxic (absorbed phenol acts as a systemic toxin). In one case, death resulted from ingestion of as little as 15 mL”

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Anonymous June 27, 2018

For Sore Throat: “I used this product once for a sore throat. After using it irritated and swelled the back of my throat and uvula and I have had no taste buds or sense of smell since. It has been 4 weeks now and I still cannot taste or smell since using this product.”

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Sherry · Taken for 10 years or more March 19, 2018

For Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis: “I have used Chloroseptic Spray, green, my entire life. I find it most effective for a ticklish throat that prevents falling asleep, due to sinus drainage. I spray once and can fall asleep right away. Sometimes, it's several times a night if I change positions, waking up. I have never liked the idea of swallowing it, but no sleep is torture. I am a healthy 65 year old and have never had any side effects from swallowing a small amount. However, I'm not advocating it, as it's not recommended. Also, no generic brand has ever helped.”

9 / 10
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Alan · Taken for less than 1 month October 6, 2020

For Sore Throat: “I'm using Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray now for a chronic sore irrated throat. 5 sprays directly into the back of my throat with my head tilted back. Keep head back and gargle with it as long as you can. Blow a little of it up the back side of your nose while you're gargling. Once it touches your tongue, your mouth will start to produce saliva which is bad because it will either dilute or wash the medicine away....you want it on the affected area for as long as possible So keep spitting until your mouth remains empty. Seems to work better that way.”

9 / 10
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Quita · Taken for less than 1 month May 29, 2019

For Sore Throat: “I desperately wish this lasted longer. Other reviewers said this stuff is toxic if overused, but one spray every 2 hours doesn't last when the numbing itself may only last 10 minutes or less. Unfortunately, I use 3 sprays at a time and the numbing still doesn't last. I wish I had saved my money.”

2 / 10
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Rudy6897 November 5, 2016

For Sore Throat: “I will personally attest to this,,, 33 years ago, as a teenager, I came home from school one day with a terrible sore throat - I squirted quite a bit of Chloraseptic into my throat and swallowed more than I should have. Within hours, I fell into, what I have described all these years later, as a coma-like state of awareness for a good majority of the rest of that week. I finally began to come out of that state 5 days later. It was never discussed with any doctor, so I just chalked it up to some freak of nature. I am, without a doubt, now assured the phenol ingredient was the cause to my negative reaction to swallowing the Chloraseptic!”

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Vaati76 · Taken for 10 years or more September 2, 2018

For Sore Throat: “I have been using this since I was a kid and I loved it. It works great for mild sore throats and it works really well for Canker sours. It works to help provide temporary relief. Never had any issue or side effects from this.”

10 / 10
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Lui September 26, 2018

For Sore Throat: “One side of the roof of my mouth got irritated after dental work. It hurts when I chew and try to ingest solid food. I've tried gargling with warm salt water, baking soda and water, apple cider vinegar and water, and most of the usual home remedies. Nothing was helping enough. I went to the local pharmacy to look for an antiseptic oral spray. So I bought a bottle of the spray. I researched its main ingredient: phenol. It said it was an analgesic (numbs pain) and that it has an antimicrobial effect, but it can also be a dangerous compound if ingested. I bought some. It seems to be working. I have only used it for a day so far. I'm making sure to spit out any liquid since I read that it can be caustic (toxic). I hope it is diluted a lot so that small amount I might ingest wont affect me. Good luck to all.”

8 / 10
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OG Cece · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 19, 2020

For Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis: “It was somewhat helpful with the pain. I have used Chloraseptic spray often, as I have spent most of my life with tonsillitis and upper respiratory problems. I find it helps, at first, for when I have to speak as it makes it a lot less painful. Even when I lose my voice, it calms the pain and makes me less aware of swelling. The problem is my tonsillitis has worsened, and it is not helping as much as it used to. I use a lot more sprays than I used to, and I swallowed it my whole childhood which feels great, but sadly stopped doing.”

7 / 10
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Brodie Scott · Taken for less than 1 month April 5, 2017

For Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis: “On day two of an intense infection that has left me unable to swallow and thus sleep. Got Chloroseptic - only brand offered. It was nigh on useless. One squirt - the recommended dose - barely made an impression. I waited 10 minutes, did three squirts - marginal improvement, perhaps a 5 minute slight numbing. There is no way I can get relief with this product without going well over the guidelines and based on what I read elsewhere, swallowing it is dangerous. So, back to spitting in a cup for the next couple of days... Waste of money.”

1 / 10
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Aem6389 December 12, 2017

For Sore Throat: “I frequently get strep throat and unfortunately feel it coming on again. I bought this spray needing ASAP relief and am extremely disappointed...it doesn't work. It barely numbs it for more than 2 minutes if that. Also I think I accidentally swallowed some...ugh. This was such a waste of $8. Save your money and buy a hot tea with honey.”

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Areophile · Taken for less than 1 month September 28, 2017

For Sore Throat: “What is this? Phenol? Phenol doesn't "numb" anything. This is the weakest medicine of any kind. What happened to benzocaine? We want POWERFUL medicine that eliminates pain and lasts for a long time, not this worthless, useless snake oil.”

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Cam · Taken for less than 1 month November 2, 2018

For Sore Throat: “I can tolerate most tinctures of various forms that taste gross if it means they are effective. I draw the line at this stuff.. it tastes SO bad like something I should definitely not have in my mouth. Never again. I will stick to the Chloraseptic lozenges with the benzocaine. This stuff helps a bit with the soreness but I'd rather have a sore throat than the taste of this garbage in my mouth. good luck!”

3 / 10
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Anonymous February 9, 2015

For Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis: “I have a sore throat. I spray once and let it sit in the area for 20 secs then spit out. The numbing only stays for about 10 mins. Obviously the soreness starts to come back. With another spray and about 10 mins later still the numbing goes away. It says use every 2 hours if needed. I need more spraying. ”

3 / 10
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Eilan2017 · Taken for less than 1 month October 1, 2017

For Sore Throat: “It doesn't work. Waste of money. I should have gone for the generic brand. It said just one spray but I do 3 sprays and still doesn't work. I like the new flavor though but it says to spit out after 15 seconds. Sometimes I accidentally swallow some. Hope it's not dangerous.”

1 / 10
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Lisa326 August 30, 2017

For Sore Throat: “Usually buy the generic version but ran out and couldn't find it, so bought this name brand one when the whole house had colds and sore throats, it sucks - it only numbs it for about 2-5min the generic works 100 times better. I'm mad I wasted my money. Lesson of the day stick with the generic when it comes to store bought cold medicines, same goes for dayquil or nyquil, they started taking the main ingredient that make them work out of the name brand ones because of stupid people abusing it, so now they don't work.”

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Vito · Taken for less than 1 month March 18, 2019

For Sore Throat: “Either my tolerance to Chloraseptic grew super fast, or this stuff doesn’t work. It worked ok for the first little while, but then it became a joke. I spray it and it burns like anything making me think that the thing is working, but then the pain comes back momentarily. I even tried spraying it 3 times and even gargling and still just a temporary relief.”

1 / 10
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Coco · Taken for less than 1 month January 19, 2020

For Sore Throat: “Horrible, taste bad, provides no relief and, does not make it clear on the bottle not to swallow it.”

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Anonymous March 26, 2021

For Sore Throat: “We always swallowed this stuff as kids never had a problem now I'm freaking out... Because I sprayed like 6 sprays and swallowed and then decided to read the label.”

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thtgg · Taken for less than 1 month October 2, 2019

For Sore Throat: “I love this stuff. I took ibuprofen every three hours every day until I finally got over the strep, but this spray was what helped my throat feel better. And it works immediately.”

9 / 10
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Psh · Taken for 10 years or more August 6, 2019

For Sore Throat: “I have been using this product for 40+yrs, never had a problem”

7 / 10
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Joel88888 April 15, 2013

“Have you ever been laying in bed with a post nasal cough, and cannot get to sleep?? Spray Chloraseptic spray at the back of your throat and numb it up...then you are able to get to sleep!”

9 / 10
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Justme · Taken for less than 1 month January 13, 2019

For Sore Throat: “Not sure if this is actually making my sore throat worse in the long run.”

3 / 10
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