Poor evidence for ivy leaf efficacy

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COMPLEMENTARY medicines containing ivy leaf extract (Hedera helix) are claimed to assist in treating cough and cold symptoms, but the evidence for their efficacy is lacking. 1,2

Following TGA recommendations that OTC cough and cold medicines should not be given to children <6 years,3 there has been increased interest from parents about using cough and cold preparations containing ivy leaf. Some of these products are purposely marketed for use in children. 4,5

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