Use of certain asthma drugs may shorten height

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Use of certain asthma drugs may shorten height
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 11:13am

According to Health Day News, in a new study, the use of certain asthma drugs in children may shorten their adult height by half an inch. "The children were followed until they reached their full adult height -- age 18 or older for females and age 20 or older for males. The average height of patients who took budesonide was one-half inch shorter than those who took nedocromil or placebo. The slower growth occurred during the first two years of the study. As the study continued, the children who took budesonide remained one-half inch shorter than the other children until they reached their adult height." read more 

Is this something to be really concerned with? Why?


iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 12:19pm

Not sure if this is a concern or not. Just happy I didn't start taking allergy mes until I was in my 50s adn had reached my full height! 

Community Leader
Registered: 08-31-2002
Wed, 10-03-2012 - 11:35pm
Budesonide is prescribed as Symbicort or Pulmicort. Both of these are very widely used as medications for asthma and non-infectious rhinitis. So if the findings of this report are supported by follow up studies this will be a very important finding. A key point of this article is later when they say this is one of the balancing acts that has to be made in managing asthma in children.