Study program & # 39; s: medicines for cough are as good as worthless

Study program & # 39; s: medicines for cough are as good as worthless

Can you save the cough syrup?

The clear efficacy of anticoagulants has not been demonstrated in six clinical trials. Although there are many different drugs on the market that are thought to help cough, such as codeine, salbutamol and gelatin, scientists from more than 700 subjects in a recent analysis discovered that no tested agent has any clear benefit for the cure. brings.

The research team around Dr. Lars G. Hemkens of the University of Basel analyzed six clinical studies involving a total of 724 patients with subacute cough, a cough that usually lasts 3 to 8 weeks and in most cases heals itself. Against such cough, the cough medications are often prescribed, the benefits of which are undetectable, as the researchers found. The study results have recently been published in the journal "British Journal of General Practice".

Many people have previously taken a cough medicine, convinced that it supports the healing process. Researchers at the University of Basel were unable to prove the curative effects of common cough suppressants. (Image: Markus Mainka /

No tested cough medicine was convincing

"None of the assessed treatments turned out to offer significant benefits in cessation of subacute cough," the researchers said in a press release about the study results. Common medications and natural remedies that are often prescribed for cough in Europe and North America have been tested. The effectiveness of remedies from traditional Chinese medicine has not been studied.


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