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Are antibiotics effective in acute flares of chronic asthma?

Carroll, Katherine H. DO; Grogan, Scott P. DO, MBA, FAAFP

doi: 10.1097/01.EBP.0000541063.05878.30
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Evidence-Based Answer In patients with acute asthma flares, at least 3 weeks of macrolide therapy added to standard asthma care may be associated with improved symptom control (SOR: B, meta-analysis of RCTs). There does not appear to be any benefit with amoxicillin (SOR: B, meta-analysis) or macrolide therapy for 16 weeks (SOR: B, RCTs).

Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center FMRP Fort Gordon, GA

The opinions and assertions contained herein are the private views of the authors and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the Medical Department of the US Army or the US Army Service at large.

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