Azithromycin to prevent COPD Exacerbations or not?

This is a nice review on azithromycin to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations (COPD exacerbations).

A recent Cochrane analysis and a retrospective VA study were both found that continuous azithromycin use decreased the incidence of COPD exacerbations in patients with mild-moderate COPD (OR 0.55).  However, azithromycin use did not improve quality of life and was associated with a slightly increased cardiovascular risk (by increasing the QT interval) and increased the risk of hearing loss.  See the link below for details:

Do you think patients with COPD should be placed on continuous azithromycin?


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Tags: COPD, COPD exacerbations, HPC updates

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