|Outcomes||Number of trials||Weighted mean decrease (95% CI)|
|* Not significant.|
|† Heterogeneity existed among these studies.|
|Days of purulent sputum||6||0.4 d (-0.1 to 0.8)*|
|Days of cough||4||0.5 d (-0.1 to 1.1)*†|
|Days off work||6||0.3 d (-0.6 to 1.1)*†|
Review: antibiotics have a slight beneficial effect on acute bronchitis
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