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Way forward is not obvious at asthma crossroads

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39339.481667.3A (Published 20 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:577
  1. Syed F Hussain, consultant respiratory physician
  1. Kettering General Hospital, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN16 8UZ
  1. Syed.Hussain{at}kgh.nhs.uk

    Barnes argues that using a combination inhaler (budesonide plus formoterol) as rescue therapy improves asthma control.1 Several studies support the use of budesonide/formoterol in the SMART (Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol) maintenance and reliever therapy) regimen.2 3 They have shown longer time to first exacerbation, reduced rate of severe exacerbations, and less inhaled corticosteroid dose, although …

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