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Cough syrup might be "no better than sugar water"
www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-07 08:41:32

    BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Two ingredients commonly used in cough syrup are no better than sugar water in suppressing night-time coughing in children.

    The two ingredients are dextromethorphan, often listed on labels as "DM", and diphenhydramine, an antihistamine, CRIENGLISH.com reported Tuesday.

    The former is the most common non-prescription cough suppressant on the US market and commonly abused by adolescents who try to get high on cough medicine.

    Researcher found that commercial preparations or an inert placebo can bring the same effect on easing the patients' symptoms during the night, while the placebo is less poisonous.

    The findings were based on 100 children aged two to 18 with upper respiratory infections.

    (CRIENGLISH.com)

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