How effective are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the common cold?
The overall quality of studies was mixed, largely due to missing information regarding randomisation procedures. Only 2 studies were assessed as being of high quality.
The common cold is the most common and widespread illness known to humans. NSAIDs are drugs with analgesic, antipyretic, and in higher doses, anti-inflammatory effects. NSAIDs have been widely used for over a century for the treatment of pain and fever associated with the common cold.