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Comment & Response
July 5, 2016

Acetazolamide and Invasive Mechanical Ventilation for Patients With COPD

Author Affiliations
  • 1Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India

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JAMA. 2016;316(1):100. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4622

To the Editor The DIABOLO trial examined the effect of acetazolamide vs placebo in patients with COPD.1 We would like the authors to respond to the following points.

First, the literature supporting the role of acetazolamide as a respiratory stimulant is scant and hence acetazolamide is not recommended in most guidelines.2