OBJECTIVE: The aim: The assessment of the therapeutic effects of the herbal medicine containing of ivy leaf dry extract administered twice a day in children with productive cough and their guardians’ satisfaction with the use of this syrup.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Material and methods: A multicenter, observational survey was conducted by 268 doctors working in Primary Health Care. The survey was conducted during two routine, consecutive outpatient visits (including first supplemented retrospectively) resulting from the needs of therapy.
RESULTS: The study group consisted of 5162 patients treated for productive coughs with the herbal medicine containing ivy leaf dry extract administered twice a day. In 75.7%, productive cough was intense, in 61.6% it occurred at night, in 49.8% it was very common (several times per hour), and in 62.7% it affected daily activity. Most often the syrup containing ivy leaf dry extract was used in doses twice a day for 2 ml or 4 ml. During observation the percentage of children with intensive, very common, night and affected daily activities cough decreased significantly. Very satisfied with a therapeutic effect of the preparation containing ivy leaf dry extract administered twice a day were 68.2% of children guardians.
CONCLUSION: Conclusions: The use of the herbal medicine containing of ivy leaf dry extract administered twice a day may be a good alternative to current therapeutic regimens in the treatment of productive cough in children. This recommendation is supported by effectiveness comparable to other medicines and a high level of satisfaction with its use by patients and guardians of children.
Olszanecka-Glinianowicz M, et al. The herbal medicine containing of ivy leaf dry extract in the treatment of productive cough in children. Wiad Lek. 2020;73(4):668-673.