Ibuprofen no good in treating colds or sore throats

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Ibuprofen no good in treating colds or sore throats - Press release from University of Southhampton

    Questions have been raised about the advice given to patients with a cold and sore throat, in research published in the British Medical Journal.

    A study carried out by the University of Southampton showed that compared with paracetamol, ibuprofen or a combination of both ibuprofen and paracetamol provide no advantage for patients overall with respiratory tract infections (otherwise known as colds or sore throats).

    Additionally steam inhalation, another common treatment method, has no clear benefit and around 2 per cent of people get mild scalding but not bad enough to see a doctor.

    Professor Paul Little, who led the study, comments: "Paracetamol, ibuprofen or a combination of both are the most common courses of treatment for respiratory tract infections. Clinicians should probably not advise patients to use steam inhalation in daily practice as it does not provide symptomatic benefit for acute respiratory infections and a few individuals are likely to experience mild thermal injury. Similarly, routinely advising ibuprofen or ibuprofen and paracetamol together than just paracetamol is also not likely to be effective. However our research has shown that ibuprofen is likely to help children, and those with chest infections."

    The research also showed that patients were more likely to come back within a month with worsening symptoms or new symptoms if they were prescribed with ibuprofen or ibuprofen with paracetamol. Between 50 per cent and 70 per cent of participants in the study who were prescribed ibuprofen or ibuprofen with paracetamol came back.

    Professor Little admitted this was a surprising result and suggests the treatment may contribute to the progression of the illness. He adds: "This may have something to do with the fact the ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory. It is possible that the drug is interfering with an important part of the immune response and leads to prolonged symptoms or the progression of symptoms in some individuals. Although we have to be a bit cautious since these were surprise findings, for the moment I would personally not advise most patients to use ibuprofen for symptom control for coughs colds and sore throat."

    The randomised control trial recruited 899 patients who presented at their GP with respiratory tract infection symptoms. They received different treatment types; paracetamol, ibuprofen or a combination of both. Participants were then told to either take it as needed or at regular intervals (four times a day) and some were also told to take steam inhalation.
  2. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    It's ineffective in bringing dead hookers back to life also.
  3. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Obscured by Mirrors Staff Member

    ​Where did you put them?
  4. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Won't help that headache they got from Darryl's arrow lodged in their brain either.
  5. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    gargle with listerine, followed by lots of green tea with honey, every two hours. that'll beat down any cold and sore throat if you can beat it to the punch.
  6. gingerkat

    gingerkat Well-Known Member

    My doctor and dentist always tells me to just gargle with simple salt water solution. If the throat, mucous membranes or gums are swollen, a temporary fix would be warm water and salt (8 oz warm water and 1 tsp salt dissolved) and gargle. The salt draws excess fluid from the inflamed areas. Tastes like crap, but I guess it helps.

    There is also the Apple cider vinegar way 1tsp vinegar 2 tsp water, used as a gentle antiseptic and gargle.

    Another homemade remedy to relive irritation is honey and lemon juice in equal parts. I use this one in a tea (like sleeve said), but I hate green tea, so I use something else, but no caffeine.
  7. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    ​Fixed it for u
  8. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    some ginger root and garlic cooked up with a splash or three of bourbon is nice, too. ;)
  9. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    I choose green tea since, caffeine-wise, generally takes 5-8 cups to equal one cup of coffee- and it's quite healthy.
  10. gingerkat

    gingerkat Well-Known Member

    That sounds spicy! Not only will my breath smell of sweet sweet booze, but garlic as well:wink2:.
  11. gingerkat

    gingerkat Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Green tea is one of the best antioxidants out there. I just can't get used to it. Oh well, I'll stick to my 15 cups of coffee, diet coke and die a somewhat happy over-caffinated woman - lol
  12. Gumby

    Gumby *

    No red wine?
  13. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    lol, yup. Apparently it's a "folklore" Russian cold remedy when switched out bourbon w/ vodka, but I've never tried that one.
    Yeah, I don't particularly like green tea personally; but coffee makes me feel terrible when coming down with any sickness or flu.
  14. gingerkat

    gingerkat Well-Known Member

    I'll take white, white spirits - lol
  15. tipsbunch

    tipsbunch New Member

    Take honey with lemon :)
  16. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Obscured by Mirrors Staff Member

    Codeine with pertussin works pretty darn well.
    I keep some from my last round for the next one.
  17. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    You can get that from a pharmacy without a prescription. Its behind the counter and you have to sign for it though to prevent over use.. Robitussin AC. A side note - my uncle was a pharmacist in Atlanta but retired now.
  18. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Obscured by Mirrors Staff Member

    I meant hydrocodone with pertussin.
    That's Rx only.