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OTC cough medications: Do they work?

KEY POINT

Available evidence does not support a definite beneficial or harmful effect of OTC medicines for treatment of acute cough in adults or children, according to an updated analysis in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

SOURCES

Smith SS et al. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications for acute cough in children and adults in ambulatory settings. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2012;8:CD001831.