A pill that’s supposed to relieve the pain of an ear infection may help you sleep, but there’s some debate about how effective it actually is.
One study found it was less effective than other pain medicines, and that patients with severe ear infections experienced significantly more discomfort and side effects.
Now, scientists are trying to find out if the pill has any impact on sleep.
BBC News takes a look at the benefits and side-effects of a pill to help you relax and feel better.
What is a pill?
A pill is a liquid or gel that is sprayed into your ear to relieve pain.
They’re often used to treat an ear injury or other problem that you or your doctor are worried about.
They can be given by mouth, by injection or as a gel-injected spray.
The pill works by sending an electrical signal into the ear canal and causing it to vibrate.
The ear can then relax and the pain may be relieved.
The drug is sold in pill form and can be taken either in a pill bottle or an injection bottle.
What’s in a pain pill?
Many pain pills contain a mixture of herbs and other ingredients to help relieve symptoms.
These include salicylic acid, which can help relieve some types of pain, and tetracycline, which helps relieve ear infections.
However, there are other ingredients as well, including antihistamines, painkillers and antibiotics.
These ingredients are designed to stop inflammation, and so may help with the pain caused by an infection.
It’s not always possible to determine exactly what ingredient is in a medication because there is a large difference between how pain medications work and how they’re used in people’s daily lives.
How effective is it?
It depends on the pill.
The Cochrane Pain Drug Index, published by the Cochrane Centre for Health Research in the UK, looked at the effectiveness of over a million pain pills, looking at the number of side-effect reports, side-blight and side effect profile.
They found that in most cases, pills were not more effective than placebo, although the difference in the number and type of side effects could be significant.
What are the side effects?
Side-effects can include: ear pain, soreness or irritation