A type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug can be used as an effective alternative to antibiotics for treating sore throats associated with upper respiratory tract infections, Australian researchers have found.
A total of 373 patients were randomised to receive either flurbiprofen 8.75mg microgranules or placebo.
They found the NSAID was an effective, fast-acting and well-tolerated over-the-counter option for patients with sore throat.
“Pain relief was evidence by one minute post-dose and lasted for at least six hours,” the authors said.
“Microgranules containing flurbiprofen 8.75mg provided fast and effective relief from sore throat due to URTI and represent an alternative treatment option to antibiotic therapy,” they added.