Is oral albuterol effective for acute cough in non-asthmatic children?

Acta Paediatr. 1999 Apr;88(4):465-7. doi: 10.1080/08035259950169891.


Fifty-nine non-asthmatic children with acute cough were randomized to receive oral albuterol or placebo for 7 d. There was a similar, rapid rate of resolution of acute cough for the two groups, but more shaking or trembling in those treated with albuterol (5/30 vs 0/29; p = 0.05). In ambulatory children with acute cough who have no history of asthma and a normal chest examination, oral albuterol does not reduce the frequency or duration of cough.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Administration, Oral
  • Albuterol / administration & dosage
  • Albuterol / adverse effects
  • Albuterol / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Cough / drug therapy*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Humans
  • Survival Analysis
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Albuterol