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Benzydamine for Acute Sore Throat: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: September 21, 2018
Project Number: RC1020-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of benzydamine oral rinse (0.15%) for pain relief in acute sore throat?
  2. What are guidelines informing the use of benzydamine oral rinse (0.15%) for pain relief in acute sore throat?

Key Message

No evidence was identified for the clinical effectiveness of benzydamine oral rinse (0.15%) for pain relief in acute sore throat. The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network published a guideline on the pain management for acute sore throat. However no recommendation was produced for the use of benzydamine due to the insufficiency of evidence to support a recommendation.