Are antibiotics effective in acute flares of chronic asthma?
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Are antibiotics effective in acute flares of chronic asthma? 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).
Evidence Based Practice 18(9): E3-E4