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Antibiotics and acute purulent rhinitis: Authors' reply

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7564.396-a (Published 17 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:396
  1. B Arroll, professor (b.arroll@auckland.ac.nz),
  2. T Kenealy, senior lecturer
  1. Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
  2. Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand

    EDITOR—We agree with Cates's calculation and assertion. From the practical clinical point of view, if one wished to treat purulent rhinitis (and we do not recommend that routinely) amoxicillin would be a good choice as it is probably safer than co-trimoxazole; the only study that was significant in our review compared amoxicillin v placebo. This antibiotic is frequently used in general practice and would be our choice.

    We agree with Rimmer and Almeyda that it is not clear in our review what the …

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