Add-on azithromycin reduces sputum cytokines in non-eosinophilic asthma: An AMAZES substudy

Shakti D. Shukla, Steven L. Taylor, Peter G. Gibson, Daniel Barker, John W. Upham, Ian A. Yang, Paul N. Reynolds, Sandra Hodge, Alan L. James, Geraint B. Rogers, Jodie L. Simpson

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Add-on azithromycin (AZM) significantly reduces exacerbations in poorly controlled asthma irrespective of disease phenotype. In a predefined substudy of the original AMAZES protocol (500 mg, three times a week for 48 weeks), we report that AZM treatment reduces key sputum inflammatory proteins (interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1β and extracellular DNA), which is more evident in non-eosinophilic asthma (NEA). Moreover, AZM reduced Haemophilus influenzae load only in NEA. Our data support the anti-inflammatory effects of AZM in poorly controlled asthma. Prospective studies are required to identify patients that derive greatest benefit from AZM add-on therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-736
Number of pages4
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Jul 2021


  • asthma
  • asthma pharmacology
  • cytokine biology
  • respiratory infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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