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Antibiotics ineffective against the common cold

Published on 11/11/2009
GPs should not prescribe antibiotics to patients for the treatment of coughs and colds, according to experts.

Alyn H Morice, professor of respiratory medicine at Hull York Medical School, commented that over-the-counter remedies are sufficient for such minor ailments.

He said: "The problem here is not the patient but the GP. For the viral cough or cold which is about at present, antibiotics do not work.

"They can try simple remedies like honey and lemon which are as good as anything on the market."

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control states that while antibiotics have revolutionised the treatment of bacterial infections, they are often unnecessarily prescribed for viral infections, against which they have limited effect.

In February, the Department of Health launched a campaign to raise awareness and promote the correct use for antibiotics.

Growing antibiotic resistance has led to the spread of superbugs such as MRSA in recent years.

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