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People with mild asthma can control symptoms without daily steroids

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:864
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

Adults with longstanding, mild, but persistent asthma who used corticosteroids only when their symptoms worsened were no worse off than those who used regularly scheduled treatment to control symptoms with either inhaled budesonide (Pulmicort) or oral zafirlukast (Accolate), a study has found.

Although treatment guidelines recommend daily corticosteroids as anti-inflammatory treatment to control mild, persistent asthma, research already indicates that most patients with mild asthma are using their treatment intermittently because they do not see the need for daily treatment.

The new results show that this strategy is acceptable if patients follow a strict action plan based on symptoms to guide the use …

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