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Corticosteroids reduce pain of sore throat

Giving a single dose of a corticosteroid alongside antibiotics toadults with severe sore throat can relieve pain quicker and moreeffectively than giving antibiotics alone, according to the authors ofa study published

Giving a single dose of a corticosteroid alongside antibiotics to adults with severe sore throat can relieve pain quicker and more effectively than giving antibiotics alone, according to the authors of a study published in the BMJ (2009;339:b2976).

No evidence of significant benefit in children was found.

However, an accompanying editorial (ibid, b2476) warns that, although steroids reduce pain in the first day, data on harms are lacking.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10975987

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