Codeine in Cough Syrup is No More Effective Than A Placebo

Standardized tests at Manchester University in England have done a study that suggests that the standard treatment for coughs – codeine cough syrups – are no more effective at reducing coughs than a placebo!

Lead researcher Dr. Jaclyn Smith said: “Codeine has long been considered the standard anti-cough agent against which others are measured, but until now little has been known about its impact in patients with chronic lung diseases.

“‘From a statistical standpoint there was really no difference between codeine and the placebo – despite the fact that the dose of codeine used far exceeds that in over-the-counter cough remedies.’ She added: ‘The effective treatment of chronic dry cough is an important unmet need in patients with chronic respiratory diseases, post-viral coughing and persistent coughing of unknown cause. Studies of cough in other clinical situations are urgently needed if codeine is to be continued to be used as a remedy.'”

Codeine ‘does not relieve cough’

What would benefit a persistent cough? Reinforce your natural immune system, for instance:

  • Eliminate processed sugars from your diet.
  • Get the right amount of sleep.
  • Eat garlic regularly.
  • Reduce stress in your life.
  • Consume a high-quality fish or cod liver oil daily.
  • Wash your hands regularly, using ordinary soap, not anti-bacterial soap.
  • Exercise regularly – take a walk in the sunshine!
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