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Question:

Should I get an azithromyacin if I am having an acute asthma attack?

Answer:

No
MedHead Confidence Score: 5
Amount Saved: $11 Z-pack cost post
Med-O-Meter

5

MedHead Message:

Asthma attacks are typically brought on by viruses or allergens, not bacteria. Albuterol and sometimes steroids are needed, but antibiotics shouldn’t be one of the first items to treat. Save the money, even if it is generic.

References:

1. Grad, R, Ebell, M Top POEMs of 2016 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign. American Family Physician 96:4 p235. 2. https://www.goodrx.com/azithromycin?drug-name=azithromycin

 

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