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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Jin-Ping Zheng, Fu-Qiang Wen, Chun-Xue Bai, Huan-Ying Wan, Jian Kang, Ping Chen, Wan-Zhen Yao, Li-Jun Ma, Xia Li, Luca Raiteri, Marco Sardina, Yi Gao, Bai-Song Wang, Nan-Shan Zhong
BACKGROUND: Increased oxidative stress and inflammation has a role in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Drugs with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, such as N-acetylcysteine, might provide a useful therapeutic approach for COPD. We aimed to assess whether N-acetylcysteine could reduce the rate of exacerbations in patients with COPD. METHODS: In our prospective, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study, we enrolled patients aged 40-80 years with moderate-to-severe COPD (post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 s [FEV1]/forced vital capacity <0ยท7 and FEV1 of 30-70% of predicted) at 34 hospitals in China...
March 2014: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Hoi Nam Tse, Luca Raiteri, King Ying Wong, Lai Yun Ng, Kwok Sang Yee, Cee Zhung Steven Tseng
BACKGROUND: Although high-dose N-acetylcysteine (NAC) has been suggested to reduce COPD exacerbations, it is unclear which category of patients with COPD would benefit most from NAC treatment. The objective of this study was to compare the effect of high-dose NAC (600 mg bid) between high-risk and low-risk Chinese patients with COPD. METHODS: Patients with spirometry-confirmed stable COPD were randomized to treatment with either NAC 600 mg bid or placebo in addition to their usual treatments...
September 2014: Chest
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