Epilepsy drug to treat chronic cough

By: Newscenter 16 Email
By: Newscenter 16 Email

There's evidence a drug used to control seizures and relieve pain may help with chronic cough.

Researchers in Australia recruited 62 patients with a cough lasting more than 2 months in a study of a drug called Gaba-pentin.

It's used to treat epilepsy and pain relief related to shingles.

Chronic cough patients who were on the medication for 8 weeks improved much more than patients given a placebo.

The improvements subsided after the medication was stopped.

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