Antibiotics of No Use during Coughs

Antibiotics of No Use during Coughs

A new study conducted on a large ground by researchers at University of Southampton in the U. K., published in the online medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, has revealed that antibiotics commonly prescribed for coughs to adults are of no help and rather can cause harms to one's body.

It is being said that for treating a persistent cough, antibiotics are not useful. Though, coughs showing lower respiratory tract infection symptoms are commonly seen in people by their family doctors. It is the suggestion of the team that they should not be prescribed a common drug.

However, placebo-controlled trials have provided with little data on the same. But, varied education campaigns have been held and are being held so as to make people aware that antibiotics are not workable on viruses, which lead to lower respiratory infections.

It is the belief of the team that the common drugs only give short-term benefits and the same are balanced by the harms that these cause. Also, the resistance of the virus to the drug increases with time.

"In conclusion, amoxicillin provides little symptomatic benefit for patients presenting in primary care who are judged to have clinically uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infections", Dr. Paul Little was quoted as saying.

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