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Treatment for Cough and Colds – Syrups could Harm Children - Alternative Medicines

January 9th 2006

Treatment for Cough and Colds – Syrups could Harm Children - Alternative Medicines


According to guidelines issued by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and are published in the January issue of its journal Chest, there is no clinical evidence that over-the-counter cough expectorants or suppressants actually relieve cough.

According to a press release issued by Dr. Richard Irwin of the University of Massachusetts "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, or other specific factors will resolve on its own.

"In place of these cough remedies the American Thoracic Society and the Canadian Thoracic Society recommend the use of older antihistamines with a decongestant.  According to Fox News “They specifically suggest the antihistamine brompheniramine and the decongestant pseudoephedrine, both found in many over-the-counter cold remedies.”


People should be aware that some decongestants may raise blood pressure.  There will be warnings on the label, and it is important to read all of the warnings first before you take the medicine.

The most common reason of a cough is post nasal drip that irritates the throat.  According to the ACCP press release "Cough is the number one reason why patients seek medical attention. Although an occasional cough is normal, excessive coughing or coughing that produces blood, or thick, discolored mucus is abnormal."

The ACCP also recommends adults up to 65 years of age receive a vaccination for whooping cough (pertussis), a highly contagious type of subacute cough that gets its name from the loud "whooping" noise patients make when they cough. 


According to Dr. Irwin "Although most of us were vaccinated against whooping cough when we were children, the older vaccine only gives protection for less than 10 years. Because the older vaccine caused serious side effects when given to older children and adults, it was only given to children. Fortunately, there is a now a new safe and effective whooping cough vaccine that can prevent adults from contracting this disease."

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