Items in FPM with MESH term: Asthma

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Should Salmeterol Be Used for Long-Term Asthma Control? - Cochrane for Clinicians

Asthma Days: An Approach to Planned Asthma Care for Family Physicians - Feature

Asthma Update: Part II. Medical Management - Article

ABSTRACT: The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recently updated its guidelines for the management of asthma. An evidence-based approach was used to examine several key issues regarding appropriate medical therapy for patients with asthma. The updated guidelines have clarified these issues and should alter the way physicians prescribe asthma medications. Chronic inhaled corticosteroid use is safe in adults and children, and inhaled corticosteroids are recommended as first-line therapy in adults and children with persistent asthma, even if the disease is mild. Other medications, such as cromolyn, theophylline, and leukotriene modifiers, now are considered alternative treatments and should have a more limited role in the management of persistent asthma. The addition of a long-acting beta2 agonist to an inhaled corticosteroid is superior to all other combinations as well as to higher dosages of inhaled corticosteroids alone. Combination therapy with an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting beta2 agonist is the preferred treatment for adults and children with moderate to severe asthma. Antibiotic therapy offers no additional benefit in patients with asthma exacerbations.

Do Children with Acute Asthma Benefit More from Anticholinergics and Beta2 Agonists Than from Beta2 Agonists Alone? - Cochrane for Clinicians

Are Metered-Dose Inhalers with Holding Chambers Better Than Nebulizers for Treating Acute Asthma? - Cochrane for Clinicians

NAEPP Updates Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma - Practice Guidelines

Omalizumab (Xolair) for Treatment of Asthma - STEPS

Long-Acting Beta2 Agonists as Steroid-Sparing Agents - Cochrane for Clinicians

Beta2 Agonists in the Treatment of Asthma - Editorials

Putting Clinical Guidelines Into Practice - Improving Patient Care

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