Commonly prescribed antibiotic reduces acute COPD attacks – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. An NIH-funded study has found that a commonly prescribed antibiotic lowers the frequency and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease flare-ups, called exacerbations.
Kiley: Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are oftentimes devastating.
Narrator: NIH’s Dr. James Kiley says they can be life threatening.
Kiley: So anything you can do to try to reduce the numbers of those acute exacerbations would be very, very important.Narrator: Adding the antibiotic azithromycin to the usual daily treatment regimen for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can reduce exacerbations. For details, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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