Are cough syrups effective?

Are cough syrups effective?

When struggling with the flu and a persistent cough, one of the first things we reach for is a bottle of cough syrup.

Now, new research shows that cough syrups is not beneficial for treating coughs at all.

“There is no clinical evidence that over-the-counter cough expectorants or suppressants actually relieve cough,” said Dr Richard Irwin of the University of Massachusetts.

In fact, the study proved further that not only were these syrups ineffective but that they were harmful to children.

“Cough is very common in children. However, cough and cold medicines are not useful in children and can actually be harmful. In most cases, a cough that is unrelated to chronic lung conditions, environmental influences, and other specific factors, will resolve on its own,” said Irwan.

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