Intended for healthcare professionals


Effectiveness of discontinuing antibiotic treatment after three days versus eight days in mild to moderate-severe community acquired pneumonia: randomised, double blind study

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1355

Time for turning wheel

The artcle by Rachida el Moussaoui and colleagues prompts every
physician to think"Are we overtreating the mild to moderately severe
community aquired pneumonia?".
while 3-day antibiotic course is not inferior to 7-10 day course, are we
not increasing the emergence of drug resistance to various antibiotics by
prescribing antibiotics for longer periods?.

We all know that there is not enough evidence to support the
recommendation for 7-10 day antibiotic course.This is the high time to
ponder into this issue.

However,we need more evidence to support this recommendation fo 3-day
antibiotic course.This notably reduces the cost and also decreases the
emergence of antibiotic resistance.Time for turning wheel!

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

14 June 2006
Bharath kumar Dr Cheripelli
Foundation doctor
Dalrington memorial hospital DL3 6HX