Combo Inhalers Could Lessen Asthma Attacks

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Combo Inhalers Could Lessen Asthma Attacks
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 5:40pm

Researchers found that patients with moderate to severe asthma had fewer attacks and hospital visits by using a combination inhaler: 

Patients with moderate to severe asthma who used a combination inhaler had fewer attacks than those on two separate inhalers, researchers report. Both studies tested the so-called SMART (single maintenance and reliever therapy) protocol.

"The SMART regime was more effective as a treatment for asthma than the conventional treatment, where you just use a inhaler at a fixed maintenance dose and a short-acting inhaler for the relief of symptoms," said Dr. Richard Beasley, director of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand in Wellington and lead researcher of one of the studies.

Read more: http://www.ivillage.com/combo-inhaler-may-give-better-relief-some-asthma/4-a-525266

They also found that concerns with overdosing on corticoteroids should not be a concern, since less is used overall because of the decrease in attacks. 

What do you think about these studies?  Do you think a combo inhaler would be a good fit for your child?