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Review: NSAIDs, paracetamol, and analgesic/anti-inflammatory oral rinse reduce sore throat symptoms

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QUESTION: Are non-antibiotic treatments effective for acute sore throat?

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Randomised controlled trials from 1966 onwards were identified by searching the Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry and Medline with the content terms tonsillitis, pharyngitis, and sore throat.

Study selection

Trials published in any language were selected if they assessed a non-antibiotic intervention, and outcomes included patient reported sore throat symptoms.

Data extraction

Data were extracted on the treatment, definition of illness, patient characteristics, …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding.

  • For correspondence: Professor C Del Mar, Centre for General Practice, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Herston, Queensland 4006, Australia. Fax + 61 7 3365 5442.

  • A modified version of this abstract appears in Evidence-Based Medicine.