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Most popular types of cold remedies Germany 2017-2020

This data presents the results of a survey conducted in Germany on the most popular types of cold remedies in Germany from 2017 to 2020. In 2020, 32.3 percent of respondents used cough medicine at least once a week while ill, making it the leading type of remedy among those surveyed, while 30.2 percent used nose spray and 27.7 percent used lozenges or throat pastilles. Gargling products were used less frequently as a cold remedy, among 15 percent of respondents.

Most popular types of cold remedies in Germany from 2017 to 2020

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Release date

November 2020



Survey time period

2017 to 2020

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* Intake at least once a week for a cold or snuff.
Base: German-speaking population aged 14 and older

Information on total sample:
2017: 23,106 respondents, projection to 70.09 million people
2018: 23,086 respondents, projection to 70.45 million people
2019: 23,120 respondents, projection to 70.60 million people
2020: 23,138 respondents, projection to 70.63 million people

The figures displayed refer to the following studies:
2017: VuMA 2018; 2018: VuMA 2019; 2019: VuMA 2020; 2020: VuMA 2021

Further information on the methodology can be found here.

This statistic is the result of an analysis achieved from various characteristics of the survey. The question was not asked directly. During the survey participants had to state how often they used the cold remedies named above. In this statistics each remedy shows the share of resondents who picked the answers "daily/ almost daily" or "at least once a week"

During the survey this question was asked in the following wording: "How often do you personally use the following remedies in case of a cold and/ or snuff?"

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