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COPD

25 August 2011

Long-term antibiotics cut COPD flare-ups

Taking a daily dose of the antibiotic azithromycin may help prevent life-threatening complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers say.

Taking a daily dose of the antibiotic azithromycin may help prevent life-threatening complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers say.

"We tested whether adding azithromycin to standard therapy would decrease COPD exacerbations, and it did. It was associated with some side effects, but we thought the side effects were limited and the potential benefits for patients with COPD - in our opinion - outweighed the potential risks," said the study's lead author, Dr Richard Albert, chief of medicine at Denver Health, and a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado.

 

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