Well I knew it couldn't last forever - getting through the winter without a cold that is. I finally felt that all too familiar scratchy throat and knew I better act fast to try to stop the dreaded cold in it's tracks.
I had run out of my trusty Zicam (see my other review on this product), so I had to go to the drugstore to buy more. I was shocked to find that it was up to almost $12 a box! With finances being tight right now, I just couldn't afford that much. My daughter was with me and she suggested I buy zinc lozenges, as zinc is one of the main ingredients in Zicam. The cost of $4.49 for 18 lozenges was much more affordable so that's what I bought.
I bought the Natural Cherry flavor and really liked the taste. These Rite Aid brand zinc lozenges are comparable to the Cold-Eeze brand. The active ingredient is Zincum Gluconicum - a homeopathic cold remedy. The package claims they have proven in double-blind placebo-controlled studies conducted at major US clinics that they reduced the duration and severity of the common cold by 42%.
The directions instruct you to begin taking them at the earliest signs of a cold for the best results. I took one lozenge every 2-4 hours with no more than 6 a day as directed. These seemed to work as well as Zicam. Within two days my cold has subsided and is almost gone. I will be sure to keep these on hand, ready for the next cold attack.