Best throat lozenges for singers ( Top 18 )




As a singer, you will have to take care of your vocal cords, while you are singing you put a lot of pressure on your throat and vocal cords. This increased pressure will make your throat and vocal cords a lot more sensitive than they normally are, basically, you will be a lot more prone to get an infection or an inflammation. Once your throat gets infected or inflamed then it will be fairly hard to sing, and if you have a big audition in front of you then this is the last thing you probably won’t.

The main problem with singing is that it dehydrates the throat, and this could even happen if you are fairly well hydrated. The main reason why so many singers use throat lozenges is that it protects your throat and vocal cords from injury. Throat lozenges are cough drops or pastilles, generally speaking, most of these have a hard shell and in the middle, they contain some kind of liquid.

Throat lozenges will calm your throat and lubricate it for better performance, which means that your throat will not hurt while you are singing. If you have ever taken throat pastilles than you have probably noticed that your throat is fairly numb and the pain is gone. This is because generally speaking most throat lozenges do contain anesthetic which will reduce the sensation of pain, although this does not mean that you are well.

Far too often I have seen singers forcing their throats with throat lozenges because they didn’t feel the pain, only to lose their voice and injure themselves a couple of days later. If your throat hurts, take a pastille but do not sing, you won’t feel the pain and this will make you force your throat even more and eventually you will make some serious damage to your throat. When your throat hurts you have to take a couple of days off singing, during that time use throat lozenges to ease the pain but don’t sign till you get better. If you are not a fan of throat lozenges and your throat still hurts then your best option is to use tea, for more information check out my recent article Best tea for singing voice ( Top 11 Teas ).

Voice37

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This lozenge is actually made for singers, it works by creating a protective coat on your throat, breaking up thick mucus and by lubricating your throat. I highly recommend this lozenge for singers who know that they have a long day of singing in front of them. The only downside is that it is fairly slow to act when you compare it to others although a couple of minutes you will have to wait to kick in will be well worth it.

Vita Vocal Throat and Voice Enhancer

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This product is also made specifically for singers, and it even fixes hoarseness in some cases. Although this lozenge is more a daily supplement than an immediate aid to your sore throat and generally speaking it will take around 2 weeks to notice any effects. So if your throat hurts right now, you would probably be better off using another lozenge. On the other hand, it does a good job of protecting your voice, but you have to take it every day for at least a week or two.

Cepacol Maximum Strength

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This a favorite cough drop of many singers, mostly because it acts fairly fast. The active ingredients are menthol and benzocaine, methol cools off the throat and relieves pain, benzocaine is basically an anesthetic and this what is actually taking away the pain. Some people are more sensitive to benzocaine than others and you might find that your whole throat gets numb after taking a pastille. On the other hand, it does what it supposed to do, creates a protective layer, relieves pain and lubricates the throat.

The taste of it is fairly subjective, some love it, some hate it, I personally do not care about the taste as long as it helps with my throat pain. The one thing you probably won’t like about this throat pastille is the numbing effect, I don’t know how much benzocaine it contains but sometimes it can be an overkill.

Sucrets Classic

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I use this throat pastille fairly often, especially if I am attending an event where I have to speak. Although this is not as powerful as the above-mentioned lozenge but it can be a voice saver. If you are a singer than you have probably had a dry throat at some point right before you had to sing, and you could not run to grab some water, and this is where this pastille comes in to play. Take one and you will instantly notice that your throat feels a lot fresher and that it is instantly hydrated.

One of the drawbacks is that the effects do not last so long and if your throat hurts than it will ease the pain but this is not always the case. My personal recommendation is to use this throat lozenge as a backup plan, to fight dry throat. Although you should always hydrate instead of taking a pastille before singing.

Vocalzone Throat Pastilles

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As a singer, you have probably seen this throat pastille a couple of times already. What makes this throat pastille grate for singers is that the numbing effect is fairly low, meaning it will not affect your voice that much. This works great both for dry throat and when your throat starts to become irritated and even itchy. The soothing effect is almost instant, although if one pastille didn’t take the pain away you might be tempted to take another one, don’t do his as you shouldn’t take more than one pill every two hours.

Zicam

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This is a great throat pastille especially if you take it right before you get sick. Oftentimes before you get sick you will notices that your throat hurts even if you have not forced your voice with singing, this is one of the first symptoms that you are going to literally catch a cold. In this case, you should use Zicam as it is clinically proven to shorten colds and it even can prevent them if you use it in the early stages of your cold.

Luden’s Deliciously Soothing Throat Drops

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A lot of singers love these throat drops, and some even use it just in case, while others eat it like candy. Taste is fairly subjective if you do not like throat lozenges which contain menthol go with this one as it has a lot of different flavors, although you might find it extremely sweet. When it comes to aiding your throat it does a good job, it easily lubricates and eliminates the pain. In general, this is a great alternative to cough drops that do contain menthol.

Activz Silver Lozenges

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If you do not want any artificial sweeteners or preservatives in your lozenges than this would be a great alternative for you. It acts fairly fast and it coats and lubricates your throat quite effectively and for a fairly long period of time. Although as it doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners you might not like the taste of it, but hopefully, you are not using lozenges because of their taste but to ease your pain.

Original All Natural Silver Throat Lozenges

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This lozenge also contains silver just like the above mentioned one, although its soothing effect lasts somewhat longer when compared to the previous one. One thing which might put you off is how sweet it is, although if you have a sweet tooth then this will probably be a big bonus. On the other hand, it does its job fairly well and you will feel its effects in a matter of a couple of minutes, depending on how sore and dry your mouth is.

Halls Sugar-Free lozenges

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Even if you do not know what lozenges are, you have probably heard of the brand Halls. When I get the flue I often use Halls drops to soothe the pain mostly because they do contain a lot of Vitamin C which actually helps with the inflammation of your throat. It has probably one of the most powerful cooling effects out of all of the lozenges mentioned in this list, although if you do not like this cooling effect than you probably will not like it.

Fisherman’s Friend

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This lozenge has a kick to it, you will either love it or hate it. This lozenge not only coats your throat and lubricates it but it is also a very effective cough suppressant. The main active ingredients are eucalyptus oil and sugar licorice which are both great for relieving throat pain and protectin your throat for a long time. The great thing about this throat drop is that it acts fairly fast and it mostly contains natural ingredients.

Grether’s Pastilles

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The company behind this throat lozenge is over 100 years old, and they do know how to make an excellent throat relieve pastille. The main difference between this lozenge and others is that this one is actually meant to be chewed. Once you start chewing your mouth will be flooded with saliva and all the ingredients of the pastille will be absorbed fairly quickly. It tastes great and works as intended, although its price might put you off.

Ocusoft Fontus Throat Lozenges

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What sets apart this lozenge from all other is that it contains green apple extract and aloe vera. The green apple extract will stimulate the production of saliva, even if your throat is dry. On the other hand, the aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which is a big plus in my opinion. This that lozenge is recommended by a lot of vocal coaches and teachers, just ask them what they think about it.

Soothe Throat Discs

This lozenge is 100% organic and its main aim is to protect your throat and vocal coal cords, this one is especially helpful if you have a dry raspy voice or you have a hoarse voice. Although this will not fix your underlying vocal problems but it will relieve you from the throat pain and discomfort. My only complaint is that in some areas it is almost impossible o find unless you get it online.

TMRG Powerful Vocal Recovery KIT

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This is a small kit made of different products by TMRG, all the products in the kit have different roles in protecting and aiding your voice. Although this is close to a daily supplement than something that will immediately relieve pain and coat your throat. Some singers might find that for them it works after only a couple of hours, while some will have to use it for a couple of days in order to see any positive improvement, but once it starts working you will see a noticeable effect on the quality of your voice.

Jakeman’s Throat and Chest Anise Flavored Lozenges

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What sets this lozenge apart from the others is that it has active ingredients that are actually beneficial not only for your throat but for your respiratory system as well. This one acts fairly fast, the only downside for me is the taste of it which is anise. If you don’t know what anise taste like than drink a shot of sambuca as this is made of anise, you will either love or hate the taste of this lozenge.

Thayers Slippery Elm Tangerine

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Although this lozenge also relieves your throat pain fairly fast but this one is mainly used to maintain a healthy voice. The main difference between this on and other lozenges is that this one has all the benefits of methol but without the irritation which some methol pills might cause. It mainly achieves this with ist active ingredient the slippery elm, when it comes to the taste it is kind of sweet, but bearable.

Chloraseptic Total

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In addition to reiving pain, this lozenge also cools of your nasal passages fairly quickly. So if you have a sore throat and a stuffy nose then you should definitely try this lozenge out. It is fairly fast-acting and it doesn’t contain any sugar, which is a big bonus for singers as sugar isn’t beneficial for your voice.

In conclusion

Throat lozenges are extremely useful for all singers, not only if you catch a cold but also to relieve the pain caused by vocal fatigue. Most throat lozenges will contain anesthetic which will numb your throat and alter your voice, just keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that you can force your voice as much as you want because you don’t feel the pain.

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