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Single-blind comparative trial of trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole and ampicillin in the treatment of exacerbations of chronic bronchitis

Br Med J 1969; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5681.470 (Published 22 November 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;4:470
  1. D. T. D. Hughes

    Abstract

    Fifty patients with exacerbations of chronic bronchitis were treated with either a combination of trimethoprim 320 mg. and sulphamethoxazole 1,600 mg. a day or ampicillin 2 g. a day. The trial, carried out as a single-blind procedure, showed that the combination was more effective as judged by clinical response and reduction in sputum volume and purulence, with eradication of pathogenic organisms. No appreciable side-effects were encountered with either treatment, and it is suggested that the trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole combination may be a safe and useful drug in the treatment of chronic bronchitis.