Chest infections are common and antibiotics are often prescribed despite them having limited impact on symptoms. We would like to know whether the herbal extract called pelargonium, could be an alternative to antibiotics. This study will not answer this question but will help us to plan a large full-scale trial.

Who can be involved?

  • A person that presently has a cough, which started within the last 3 weeks and have a suspected lower respiratory tract infection (chest infection).  

What happens to people taking part in this research?

Taking part in this research will involve a routine clinical examination, a consultation of your medical notes and questions being asked about your medical history. You will then be randomly allocated to 1 of 2 groups. The first group offers pelargonium extract oral drops three times a day and the second offers placebo oral drops three times a day. You will not know which group you have been placed into. This means that you have a 1 in 2 chance of receiving the herbal treatment.

Along with your trial medication you may be given an antibiotic prescription by your GP or nurse practitioner and you will be asked to complete a four week paper diary of your time on the study.

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