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Antibiotics (RX) for treatment of Common Cold in Adults with cold

  • Damaging

    Bottom Line

  • 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.

    • EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING
    • EFFECTIVENESS | INEFFECTIVE
    • SAFETY | DANGEROUS

Recommendations

Avoid this treatment:

It is not effective in treating cold symptoms or in shortening their duration, since it does not effect viruses. It is pointless and risky.

Doctors Say That

Unnecessary usage of antibiotics promotes antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and is therefore damaging.

About Antibiotics (RX)

For example tetracycline, penicillin, amoxicillin

  • Target Population:

    Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    Varies with antibiotics type and the patients weight. Usually given daily for 3 days or more.

  • Goal:

    Treatment of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Needs more testing
  • 4 Clinical Studies
  • 891 Adults Tested
  • Ineffective
  • Benefits:

    Ineffective, does not seem to reduce Common Cold symptoms. Does not seem to speed up recovery.

  • Dangerous
  • Risks:

    Minor side effects includes mainly diarrhea. Overuse of antibiotics leads to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics.

Common Cold Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.

  • Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

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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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