IMPORTANCE OF THE FIELD: Asthma is a heterogeneous disease with various components that may contribute to symptoms. Obtaining global control of is one of the fundamental parts of the management of this disease. AREAS COVERED IN THIS REVIEW: The Cochrane trial database, Medline and Embase, were searched systematically, and approximately 20 respiratory journals and conference abstracts were searched manually. The search was limited to publications in English language of last 20 years and which included the keywords 'budesonide', 'formoterol', 'asthma' and 'control'. WHAT THE READER WILL GAIN: The purposes of this review are: i) to discuss the rationale about possibility of using combination therapy administered with a single inhaler for both daily maintenance and relief as needed of breakthrough symptoms in asthma management; ii) to give readers the current status of clinical pharmacological treatment of asthma; iii) to discuss the evidence on the use of budesonide/formoterol dry powder in one inhaler. TAKE HOME MESSAGE: Among the various inhalatory drugs, budesonide and formoterol can be conveniently delivered in one dry powder inhaler and simplify treatment by providing immediate step-up when symptoms increase. Alongside the anti-inflammatory component, formoterol provides both short- and long-acting bronchodilator effects with maintenance and reliever properties. The option of using one inhaler simplifies treatment by simultaneously providing bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory activity, thus enhancing compliance. As indicated in guidelines, all these characteristics are essential for optimizing asthma treatment and control.
Budesonide/formoterol dry powder in asthma : an option for control as maintenance and reliever therapy / P. Santus, F. Giovannelli, F. Di Marco, S. Centanni. - In: EXPERT OPINION ON PHARMACOTHERAPY. - ISSN 1465-6566. - 11:2(2010 Feb), pp. 257-267.
|Titolo:||Budesonide/formoterol dry powder in asthma : an option for control as maintenance and reliever therapy|
SANTUS, PIERACHILLE (Primo)
DI MARCO, FABIANO (Penultimo)
CENTANNI, STEFANO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Asthma; Asthma control; Budesonide; Formoterol; Maintenance therapy; Reliever therapy|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/10 - Malattie dell'Apparato Respiratorio|
|Data di pubblicazione:||feb-2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1517/14656560903494989|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|