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Be aware that the manufacturer, Monticello, has changed the formula for "Original Formula Throat Discs". Indeed, they've taken the words "Original Formula" off of the package. The content list is pretty much the same, however the ingredient order has changed. So the ratio of ingredients is no longer the same.
You may still get some of the original discs depending on the vendor's stock on hand. New discs they get from Monticello will be the new formula though. So you may get the changed product. Don't blame your vendor.
So what is different? For one thing, the package is no longer wrapped in plastic. There is a strong licorice smell, which is to be expected given what these are. I wouldn't carry it around in my pocket, nor put a spare box in my travel luggage though. I asked about the discs loosing effectiveness over time, but was told that they've done extensive testing of the new packaging and that they'll stay fresh. Then again, they also said that the formula was exactly the same. You'll also note that the "Best Used By" date printed on the side of the box is no longer there.
So what the about the product? To me, the new discs are sharp on the tongue like Altoids. They also seem to have a coarser texture. This could be imagination at this point. I don't have any of the older discs left, so I can't do a fair comparison. The discs are smaller but fatter now. The package weight and item count is the same, so there they haven't reduced the disc size. Sometimes I would break the discs in half, which wouldn't be very easy now. In all, I'm disappointed. I'll keep these discs and use them, but I will be keeping my eye out for a replacement.
Funny, but I started buying these discs back in the '60s. They were called "Marion's Original Formula Throat Discs" then. They disappeared for a many years, and then reappeared strangely named just "Original Formual Throat Discs" with an empty area where the word Marion's had been printed. They were a bit smaller and fatter than the Marion's discs, but otherwise the same as the original - original throat discs. I'm looking forward to them disappearing once again, and reappearing as Original Formula once again.
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After several months, the strong licorice smell and sharp taste have dissapated. So much for the packaging theory. Anyway, I've given the product one more star, as my imagination tells me that they are close to what they were before. I don't know if this dissapation will continue, so I'll buy in small quantities in the future. I presume that they will go stale after some period of time.
I mentioned before about the change in shape. It does turn out that the fatter disc fits in a pill splitter very nicely. I oftentimes would place a disc in my mouth when going to sleep, to combat dry throat. The older thinner discs would dissolve before I would fall asleep, while the newer "lozenges" would not. If I cut them in half, they work for this purpose once again. A bit of a hassle, but then I'm getting 140 discs in the box instead of just 70 this way.
These used to made by Parker Davis but I guess they are long out of business. But whoever took the magic receipe has duplicated it perfectly. These thin discs are just what I need when I have a cough that won't go away. They have a licorice taste and leave a strong aftertaste in your mouth so you don't want to eat anything after a couple of these but they sure do the trick. I always have a couple by my bedside in case I wake with a dry mouth or a bit of soreness.
I have been buying these for about 20 years, they are the only ones that help my cough, all others are just sugary sweet. I am sorry to see that they are not being offered right now, but luckily I still have 10 packages!
These are not the original flat Thompson's Throat Discs. These are much thicker and smaller in diameter. They also don't seem to be quite as effective as the originals--that said, I'll still take them over any of the sickeningly sweet cherry/honey/whatever-they-are lozenges out there for a DRY, SCRATCHY throat. They actually sometimes burn a bit when they hit the sore spots, and it sounds funny, but that burn actually feels GOOD. They provide relief that lasts for a while instead of just sliding sugary goop over the top of the soreness. And if your voice is gone because you yelled too loud and too much at the game last night, they'll help with that too...
Not happy with the product we received.....we thought we were getting the "Original Formula" which makes a big difference....because the original formula stated right the box is a thinner disc....which is what we wanted and thought we were getting. But we did not ...we received the thicker disc that they marketed for a time....and then went back to the original formula ....so we would not order again....because we don't feel we got what was pictured.....with the words on the box Original Formula ....the thicker disc does not have that on the box. Disappointed .
Have used this item since I was a child am so happy to have found them on Amazon. They really do help. Unlike most of the cough and throat drops these to not contain any citric acid which will bother your stomach if you use too many. With these you can use them all day and not get that upset stomach feeling.
Yes, they have changed some since 50 years ago but they are still the best out there in my option.