Every year we spend billions on drugs and medical devices that can be bought without a prescription. The latest studies say that many of these products are entirely useless – and some of them even makes us feel worse. Learn why drugs for cough, antibacterial soaps and wipes, anti-itch creams after insect bites, and ear wax remover toothpaste with whitening effect completely useless!
Anthony Cox, a clinical pharmacologist from Birmingham University claims that behind many of the products hides only the desire for profit.
“Pharmacists should stop selling the product for which there is virtually no evidence that they are effective,” according to the August issue of the Journal of Pharmacy.
He specifically refers to medicines for cough, ear wax remover, antihistamines for insomnia, anti-itch creams when you get bit by a mosquito or other insect, antibacterial soap and toothpaste whitening.
Anti cough drugs
If you have a sore throat or you are coughing, logically, you’ll go get some medicine that would help alleviate the problems. However, there is almost no evidence that these drugs will help.
Dr Tim Ballard says: “There is no evidence that these drugs help to shorten the length of illness.”
If your cough is due to viral infections, which often is the case, there is no quick way to get rid of them – it takes time to heal the virus from the immune system purge.
Ear cleaning drops
Although ear drops contain excellent ingredients such as hydrogen, glycerol, it will not help to get rid of excess ear wax.
There is no clinical evidence that these aids help to soften earwax any more than water does.
Anti itching creams that works after insect bites
There are dozens of creams that relieves itching and swelling, after you were bitten by an insect but there is little evidence that they help.
Creams that contain antihistamines or anesthetics or antiseptics are only marginally effective, according to many studies.
These creams can make your skin more sensitive.
Antibacterial soaps and wipes
While it is common opinion that antibacterial soaps keep us and our family of bacteria, the evidence does not show this.
More than four decades of research by the US Agency for Food and Drug Administration, the stacks of independent studies have not provided evidence that triclosan – the active ingredient in antibacterial gels, soaps and wipes precedence over ordinary soap and warm water.
Toothpastes that whiten your teeth
While these toothpastes cost three times more than ordinary, more than 40% of people use them and believe in their whitening effect.
These toothpastes work on the basis of bleaching or abrasion. Recently, a group of oral health care protested that there are no studies to support statements about bleaching.
Some of these agents include hydrogen peroxide to remove stains.
“Toothpastes in Europe according to their rules can contain a maximum of 0.1 hydrogen peroxide in order to be safe. The chance that this quantity will whiten your teeth is practically non-existent. You need at least 30 times as much, “explained Dr. Carter, head of the British Dental Health Foundation, says the Daily Mail.