American Chemical Society: Cough medicines no better than placebos
There are questions about whether cough medicines are any good.
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In a new video posted on the American Chemical Society’s Reactions YouTube site (“Does Cough Medicine Really Work?”), chemists argue that there is no conclusive evidence that cough medicine is effective. The group of researchers came to this conclusion after examining a number of systematic reviews that compared data from numerous studies.
Here the overall take from the American Chemical Society’s Reaction team:
“There’s very little evidence that cough syrup is effective at treating coughs. And carefully performed clinical trials show that these medications are generally no better than a placebo.”
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