Thursday, May 5, 2011

Asthma Pill As Effective As Inhalers And Easier To Use

Leukotriene receptor antagonist (LTRA) pills are just as effective as inhalers in managing asthma symptoms, and are much easier to use, researchers from the University of East Anglia, England reported in NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine).

LTRAs are infrequently prescribed as an alternative to inhalers because some people believed them to be less effective. This latest study shows they are effective.

Examples of LTRAs include Singulair (montelukast) and Accolate (zafirlukast). In the United Kingdom guidelines recommend LTRAs as a third step in asthma management.

Prof David Price and team monitored 650 asthma patients for 24 months. There was clear evidence that LTRAs are not only just as effective as inhalers, they are also much more user-friendly.

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