Cough has led thousands of people went to the doctor each year compared with other more specific symptoms. OTC cough medicine that also includes the best-selling drug.
It's clear the public is very concerned at the sustained coughing and strongly believe in cough medicine. In fact, some studies have found no link between the drug is taken with a cough cure.
Oversight bodies are melinsensi cough medicine over 50 years ago, but until now there is no strong scientific evidence to prove the drug is effective against cough.
Here are some research about cough medicine.
- Study analysis carried out in 2010 found no evidence to support the importance of the use of OTC cough medicines. These include drugs such as dextromethrophan kind suppressant or expectorant dimasuksudkan to remove mucus in the airways.
- In 2006, The American College of Chest Physicians mengeni survey examined a number of cough medicine in decades. No evidence that the drug can cure a cough caused by a virus.
It is important to understand that the research does not prove that cough medicines do not work. Instead, they found no evidence. Open the possibility that future research could prove cough medicine did help.
In the absence of such evidence, in 2008 the National Agency of Drug and Food U.S. states do not require infants and toddlers cough and cold. Pharmaceutical companies were also asked to change the label of the drug over the counter and said that cough and cold medicines only for children over the age of four years.
U.S. pediatricians also recommend that parents not give cough and cold medicines in children under 6 years old. Unfortunately, according to the latest surveri more than 60 percent of parents in the U.S. giving cough and cold medicines in children under the age of two years.
So, if the cough medicine is not effective why this drug remains in demand and popular? According to John E.Heffner, a lung specialist and former president of the American Society Thoraric, for most people cough medicines provide a sense of calm.
When we are suffering from severe cough, especially in children, we feel the need to do something to eliminate them. "If there is the-counter medicines that we can use, we will feel more control," he said.
Most people also feel better a few days after taking cough medicine so that they assume the medicine works. "In fact, it is self-limiting cough. Medication only helps a little bit," he added.
Although cough is not much help, but minor side effects, including for children aged over 6 years. But the cough does not heal within five days you should see a doctor.
Be careful in the use of cough and cold. The possibility of an overdose is very large because a person may consume more than one drug product without realizing both contain the same substance.
Its also a lot going person drinks more than the recommended dose of cough was also feeling subsides. "If the recommended dosage does not help, let alone increase the dose," he said.
In an already chronic cough, Heffner advised to try suppressant drugs. In some patients it can help.
Traditional treatments such as adding a bit of honey in hot tea is actually quite effective in relieving coughs, especially in children.
Cough is not a disease but it is actually the body's way to remove excess mucus or other irritants. But we still feel more comfortable when taking a spoonful of cough medicine, whether the drug is working or not.