Research: JONES and ROBBINS,
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JONES and ROBBINS, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Louisiana State University Medical Center at Shreveport, USA review the literature (29 references) regarding alternative therapies for chronic bronchitis .
and Discussion: Therapies for chronic bronchitis can be broadly divided into expectorants, mucolytics, mucokinetics, antiproteases, antioxidants, and immunostimulants . The data which support these therapies may be present in disorders clinically similar to chronic bronchitis, such as cystic fibrosis, or may be based on clinical observations or in vitro studies suggesting a potential therapeutic benefit. The establishment of these therapies will require more extensive investigation prior to the recommendation for their routine use.
Until such substantiating data is available, the clinician must use his or her clinical judgement regarding the likely risk-benefit ratio.
Jones KL and Robbinss RA. Alternative therapies for chronic bronchitis. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 318(2): 96-8. Aug 1999.