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Insufficient control of asthma: increase the dose of inhaled steroids or add long-acting beta 2-agonists?
Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift
Publication types: Journal Article ; Review - Publication Status: ppublish
Internationally accepted treatment guidelines for bronchial asthma have established the early introduction of inhaled corticosteroids as a disease-modifying treatment, in addition to bronchodilator treatment as needed. In a small group of patients this approach does not lead to sufficient control of asthma. It is a matter of debate whether in this situation the dose of inhaled steroids should be increased or the bronchodilator treatment intensified by the introduction of long-acting beta 2-agonists. Advantages and limitations of both treatment strategies are discussed in the light of recent data. Guidelines for the use of long-acting beta 2-agonists are proposed.
Adrenal Cortex Hormones, Adrenergic beta-Agonists, Asthma, Bronchodilator Agents, Delayed-Action Preparations, Humans, Respiratory Therapy
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