Drill (lozenge to suck) Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Precautions & Warnings

DRILL, lozenge, box of 24
82 / 100

Generic drug of the Therapeutic class: Otorhinolaryngology
active principles: Chlorhexidine ,Tetracaine

what is Drill (lozenge to suck) ?

This medication is recommended for mild sore throat without fever, canker sores and small mouth sores.

what is Drill medication used for and indication?

Additional local antibacterial and analgesic treatment of conditions limited to the oral mucosa and the oropharynx (in case of mild sore throat without fever, canker sores and small mouth sores).

NB: given the general clinical signs of bacterial infection, general antibiotic therapy should be considered.

DRILL is indicated in adults and children over 6 years old.

Presentation (s) available for Drill

3 presentations are available for this drug:

  • PVC PVDC aluminum blister pack (s) of 12 pellet (s)
  • PVC PVDC aluminum blister pack (s) of 24 pellet (s)
  • 36 pellet (s) PVC PVDC aluminum blister pack (s)
Pharmaceutical class not communicated
Active substance (s) for one lozenge: chlorhexidine (gluconate) (3 mg), tetracaine (hydrochloride) (0.2 mg)
General medicine no
Pharmaceutical form lozenge to suck
Route (s) of administration oral route other
Selling price unregulated price
Social security reimbursement rate 0%
Laboratory (s) Laboratory (s) manufacturer Drill
Conditions of issue available without prescription

Drill Dosage



Adult :

  • 1 lozenge to suck 4 times per 24 hours.

Child from 6 to 15 years old:

  • 1 lozenge to suck 2 to 3 times per 24 hours.

Drill Contraindications

Never take DRILL, lozenge to suck in the following cases:

  • in children under 6
  • if you are allergic to local anesthetics and chlorhexidine or the other components of the lozenge.


How To Take Drill ?

Method and route of administration

  • Oral route.
  • Slowly suck the lozenges without chewing them and away from meals.

Frequency of administration

  • The catches should be spaced at least 2 hours apart.

Duration of treatment

  • The duration of use is limited to 5 days.
  • If symptoms persist for more than 5 days, consult your doctor.

how does Drill work?

Pharmacotherapeutic group: LOCAL ANTISEPTIC / LOCAL ANESTHESIC, ATC code: R02A: throat preparation


  • Chlorhexidine is effective against a wide variety of Gram-negative and Gram-positive vegetative bacteria, yeasts, dermatophyte fungi and lipophilic viruses. It is active against a broad spectrum of important oral pathogens and is therefore effective in the treatment of many common oral and oropharyngeal diseases.

Action mechanism

  • Tetracaine hydrochloride is a local anesthetic. It works by reversibly blocking the spread and conduction of nerve impulses along axons. Tetracaine stabilizes the nerve membrane, which prevents the increase in sodium permeability necessary to trigger an action potential.

How To Store Drill ?

  • Keep this medication out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the package. The expiration date refers to the last day of that month.
  • Do not store above 25 ° C. Do not throw away any medicine via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away the medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

Drill Side Effects

Like all medicines, DRILL, lozenge can have side effects, although not everybody gets them:

  • Skin rashes: in this case, stop the treatment,
  • Possibility of temporary numbness of the tongue,
  • In the event of a wrong move (cough during a meal with the impression of “swallowing askew”) it is advisable to interrupt the treatment and seek medical advice.
  • Brown coloring of the tongue; it is harmless and goes away when treatment is stopped.
  • Staining of the teeth can also occur; it can be easily prevented by daily brushing.

If you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, or if any side effects get serious, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Drill Interactions

Drill interactions with other drugs

  • If you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do not use several medicines containing an antiseptic at the same time.
  • This medicine contains chlorhexidine and tetracaine .
  • Other drugs contain it, etc. Do not combine them, so as not to exceed the maximum recommended doses.

Effects on ability to Drive and use machines

  • There is no or negligible influence on the ability to drive or use machines with DRILL.

Warnings and Precautions

Special warnings

The anesthesia caused by this drug in the throat can promote false routes (cough during a meal with the impression of “swallowing askew”) when swallowing food.

It is therefore imperative:

  • only use this medication with caution in children under 12 years old,
  • not to use this medication before meals or before taking a drink.

Prolonged use (more than 5 days) of this medication is undesirable because it can modify the natural microbial balance of the mouth, throat.

  • This medicine contains an azo coloring agent, cochineal red A (E124) and may cause allergic reactions.
  • This medicine contains glucose. The use of this medication is not recommended in patients with glucose-galactose malabsorption syndrome.
  • This medicine contains sucrose. The use of this medicine is not recommended in patients with fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption syndrome or sucrase / isomaltase deficiency (rare hereditary diseases).

Precautions for use

  • In the event of diabetes or of a hypoglucidic diet, take into account in the daily ration the quantity of sugar per lozenge: 2.5 g.
  • Sore throat: in the event of fever, purulent sputum (sputum), discomfort when swallowing food, such as worsening or no improvement after 5 days: CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.
  • Canker sores, small mouth sores: in case of extensive lesions, lesions extensions, fever appear: CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.
  • Observe the indicated dosage: taken in large quantities or repeatedly, this medication passing into the bloodstream, is likely to affect the nervous system with the possibility of convulsions and on the heart.



  • There are no data or there are limited data (less than 300 pregnancies) from the use of chlorhexidine and tetracaine in pregnant women.
  • Studies in animals have not produced any direct or indirect (under normal conditions of use) harmful effects on reproduction (see section Preclinical safety data).
  • As a precaution, it is best to avoid the use of DRILL during pregnancy.

Feeding with milk

  • It is not known whether chlorhexidine and tetracaine are excreted in human milk.
  • A risk to newborns / infants cannot be excluded
  • The use of DRILL should be avoided if breast-feeding.


  • Chlorhexidine has no effect on fertility.
  • There are no data regarding the effect of tetracaine on fertility.

What happens if I overdose from Drill ?


The effects mentioned below are not expected under normal conditions of use. In case of significant overdose (very large amount), the following effects may be observed:

  • with chlorhexidine: gastrointestinal disturbances (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), local irritation (throat, esophagus).
  • with tetracaine: as with all local anesthetics, possibility of neurological repercussions (nervousness, visual disturbance, convulsions, etc.), cardiovascular (hypotension, bradycardia, ventricular arrhythmia) and methemoglobinemia in the event of overconsumption.


  • Initiate symptomatic treatment.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you forget to take DRILL, lozenge to suck

  • Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you forgot to take.

What happens if you stop taking Drill ?

If you stop taking DRILL, lozenge to suck

  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.
  • Not applicable.

What is  Forms and Composition ?

Appearance and shape

  • Pastille.
  • Round red pellets.
  • 12 tablets in pads (PVC / PVDC / Aluminum).
  • 24 tablets in pads (PVC / PVDC / Aluminum).
  • 36 tablets in pads (PVC / PVDC / Aluminum).
  • Not all presentations may be marketed.


  • Round red pellets. Box of 12, 24 or 36 lozenges.
  • Not all presentations may be marketed.


Active ingredient

Lozenge to suck

  • Chlorhexidine digluconate 3 mg *
  • Tetracaine hydrochloride 0.2 mg *

* per unit dose

Active ingredients: Chlorhexidine digluconate , Tetracaine hydrochloride

Excipients with known effects 

  • Cochineal red A, Glucose anhydrous

Other excipients: Acid ascorbic, Ammonium glycyrrhizate, Sucrose, Poppy flavor: Cherry alcoholate, Raspberry alcoholate, Cherry alcoholate, Raspberry alcohol, Blackcurrant buds alcohol, Blackcurrant fruit alcohol, Alcoholic vanilla, Bitter almond essential oil, Wine bean essential oil, Orange essential oil, Rose essential oil, Aromatic hyperconcentrates such as absolutes and concretes among which:, Vanilla, Jasmine, Iris, Violet leaves, Sucrose, Pulmoral aroma: Menthol, Eucalyptus essential oil, Thymol, Terpineol


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Special warnings:

  • For pregnant and breastfeeding women, the elderly, boys and drivers, and use before surgery.

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  • It treats possible side effects and drug interactions that require attention and its effect on continuous use.
  • The information contained in this medicine is based on medical literature, but it is not a substitute for consulting a doctor.

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