Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 24, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study from the Clinical Research Unit on Childhood Asthma in Quebec, Canada finding that intermittent use of an asthma inhaler may be just as effective as using it daily.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/what-you-may-not-know-about-asthma-meds) notes, inhalers have been a standard medical therapy for asthma symptoms for decades. They shoot medicine down into the lungs. These bronchodilators (medicines that relax the main airways, making it easier to breathe) and corticosteroids (medicines that reduce inflammation in the airways) are effective for some—but they come at a high cost.
As the article “What You May Not Know About Asthma Meds” reports, the Canadian Lung
Association lists nervousness, trembling, and increased heart rate as possible side effects of taking a bronchodilator. As for corticosteroids, the side effects include yeast infections or a sore throat. It’s these sorts of prescription side effects that make asthma sufferers wary of using inhalers. No doubt many would prefer to take these meds sparingly, given a choice. Now, researchers say that inhalers are still effective when they are only taken intermittently
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article notes that the researchers conducted a review to compare the effectiveness and safety of using an inhaler daily versus intermittently in both children and adults. Six trials met the research team’s strict inclusion criteria. In all, 1,211 patients suffering from what the researchers called “persistent asthma” were analyzed. This is exactly the type of asthma situation that would drive someone to use an inhaler daily.
As the article reports, according to the researchers, those who took their inhalers daily had a marginal improvement in symptoms compared to those who only took meds intermittently. However, there were no significant differences between the two groups in quality of life, airway hyper-reactivity, hospitalizations, or visits to emergency rooms. In trials involving children, intermittent inhaler use was associated with better growth compared to those who took daily treatments.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by advising readers that while this study shows that asthma sufferers can now avoid the potential side effects of using an inhaler daily, for severe asthma, daily use of an inhaler may still be necessary.
(SOURCE: Chauhan, B.F., et al., “Intermittent versus daily inhaled corticosteroids for persistent asthma in children and adults,” Cochrane Database Syst Rev. February 28, 2013; 2.)
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