Do inhaled beta-agonists control cough in URIs or acute bronchitis?

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Do inhaled beta-agonists control cough in URIs or acute bronchitis?

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Title: Do inhaled beta-agonists control cough in URIs or acute bronchitis?
Author: Stephens, Mary Maniscalco; Nashelsky, Joan
Keywords: acute cough
bronchitis
productive cough
Date: 2004-08
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 53(8) 2004: 662-663.
Abstract: Patients who receive inhaled beta-agonists for cough due to acute upper respiratory infections (URI) are just as likely to report a productive cough at 7 days compared with patients treated with placebo (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, based on a systematic review). One trial, however, showed a reduction in overall cough at 7 days (number needed to treat [NNT]=3, SOR: B, a small randomized controlled trial), and another trial found a reduction in overall symptom score in smokers and those with wheezing on initial exam (SOR: B, based on a small randomized controlled trial).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3061

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