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Acute cough: for the first time, a clear recommendation for ambroxol as symptomatic treatment


According to the guidelines of the German Respiratory Society, an acute cold cough without clinical indications of pneumonia or other warning signs, is the domain of self-medication. The duration – up ...

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Author: Tobias Mück, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210002DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0002Date: 16.08.2021

Fall asleep quickly – wake up refreshed!


Various causes, including stress and increased media consumption, lead to a reduction or even total absence of the release of endogenous melatonin, followed by problems falling asleep. According to th ...

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Author: Tanja Schütt, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210017DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0017Date: 16.08.2021

Ambroxol reduces cough frequency (in the daytime and at night) and thereby improves concentration …


The pharmacy-based study questioned customers who had used one of four different dosage forms of ambroxol for acute cough. The results illustrated the therapeutic benefits of ambroxol in self-medicati ...

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Author: Tobias Mück, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210003DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0003Date: 16.08.2021

Female-specific characteristics in the occurrence and treatment of constipation


Constipation not only has an impact on daily bowel movements, but also on the well-being of the persons concerned. An online survey of more than 5,000 people showed that women are often more extensive ...

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Author: Sabine Landes, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210006DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0006Date: 16.08.2021

Analgesics with effect enhancers – combination analgesics with caffeine


A review by the Cochrane Collaboration compared the analgesic effects of a common analgesic with a combination of the analgesic and caffeine. The addition of caffeine significantly increased the propo ...

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Author: Thomas Weiser, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210016DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0016Date: 16.08.2021

Do caffeine-containing combination analgesics cause sleepless nights?


No relevant effects on the sleep quality of subjects were found in two studies in which ibuprofen combined with 100 mg caffeine was taken three times daily. Of a total of 538 patients, medication-indu ...

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Author: Thomas Weiser, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210015DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0015Date: 16.08.2021

Caffeine – stimulating and aromatic: but safe!


The European Food Safety Authority has undertaken a comprehensive risk assessment and concluded that life-long regular consumption of caffeine of up to 400 mg daily from the age of 18 by healthy adult ...

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Author: Thomas Weiser, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210014DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0014Date: 16.08.2021

Relief of acute cough by cough syrup with mucoprotection


Two randomised, blind, controlled, multicentre studies investigated the therapeutic effect of a chemical and mechanical barrier in the upper airways produced by polysaccharide-resin-honey based cough ...

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Author: Tobias Mück, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210004DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0004Date: 16.08.2021

Recent meta-analysis on the efficacy of peppermint oil in irritable bowel syndrome


The meta-analysis demonstrated that peppermint oil is an effective and safe medicinal agent for treating the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. In seven clinical studies, peppermint oil was clearly ...

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Author: Harald Weigmann, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210013DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0013Date: 16.08.2021

Treatment of acute pain: comparison of the efficacy of ibuprofen lysinate and ibuprofen


Relief that is rapid and effective is wanted when treating pain. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study investigated the efficacy, safety and tolerability of ibuprofen lysinate, ibuprofen acid and p ...

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Author: Thomas Weiser, PhDEFSM: 2021;1:210012DOI: 10.52778/efsm.21.0012Date: 16.08.2021