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Antibiotics (RX) for Treatment of Cold in All Ages With cold

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Ineffective

Cold treatment in Children with cold

EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING - 2 studies with 449 children
EFFECTIVENESS | INEFFECTIVE
SAFETY | MILD RISKS
treating with antibiotics (for example tetracycline). 2 studies conducted, with 449 children. Does not reduce cold symptoms and does not speed up recovery. Mild side effects, including mainly diarrhea.

Antibiotics (RX)


Damaging

Cold treatment in Adults with cold

EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING - 4 studies with 891 adults
EFFECTIVENESS | INEFFECTIVE
SAFETY | DANGEROUS
treating with antibiotics (for example tetracycline). 4 studies conducted, with 891 adults. Does not reduce cold symptoms and does not speed up recovery. Major side effects, including diarrhea and antibiotics resistance.

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Antibiotics (also called antibacterials), are a type of antimicrobial drug used in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. They may either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses such as the common cold or influenza; drugs that inhibit viruses are termed antiviral drugs or antivirals rather than antibiotics. Antibiotics revolutionized medicine in the 20th century. However, their effectiveness and easy access have also led to their overuse. (source)
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