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Cough medications in children
  • Relevant BNF section: 3.9


Cough in children is a common cause for consultations in general practice. Over-the-counter medicines marketed for treating cough are widely available, but relatively few can be prescribed on the NHS. In this article, we review the evidence for the efficacy of cough medications and ask whether their widespread use in children with upper respiratory tract infections is justifiable.

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  • Relevant BNF section: 3.9

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