Use of azithromycin in the treatment of acute exacerbations of COPD

Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2008;3(4):515-20. doi: 10.2147/copd.s1189.


Chronic bronchitis is a relatively common entity among patients with underlying chronic obstructive lung disease. Typical treatment includes pulmonary hygiene, bronchodilators, and antimicrobial therapy. In recent years, the duration of antimicrobial therapy in acute exacerbations of COPD has become shorter and shorter. This review summarizes the data on the use of the drug azithromycin for this particular patient population with a focus on 3-day and single-day therapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Azithromycin / administration & dosage
  • Azithromycin / therapeutic use*
  • Bronchitis, Chronic / drug therapy*
  • Bronchitis, Chronic / etiology
  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / complications*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / drug therapy
  • Recurrence
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Azithromycin