Treatment of asthma: Stepping up treatment and also stepping it down

Apr 09, 2007

Asthma symptoms vary greatly among individuals and vary at times with each individual. In this comprehensive study in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers address the prevalence and process of step-down therapy as symptoms subside. Of the 397 adults and children studied, 64 percent had at least one change in medication dose during the two years of the study. Most changes were step-up in doses during an asthma flare. Step-down changes were far less common.

Lead author Barbara Yawn., M.D., from the Department of Research at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., comments that “patients indicate it is important to them to take the lowest possible dose of medication to maintain asthma control, suggesting we need to step down therapy when feasible.”

This is one of the first studies to address the frequency, type and context of step-up and step-down changes in asthma therapy for children and young adults. The study asserts that asthma care continues to be episodic, with most physician visits occurring at a flare-up. Additional research will help determine the best course of long-term treatment for patients with asthma.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Explore further: Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity

14 hours ago

As Africa's leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent's poor record in the early stages of the epidemic.

Second bird flu case confirmed in Canada

Jan 30, 2015

The husband of a Canadian who was diagnosed earlier this week with bird flu after returning from a trip to China has also tested positive for the virus, health officials said Friday.

What exactly is coronavirus?

Jan 30, 2015

The conflicts in Syria and Iraq are straining public health systems and public health efforts meant to prevent and detect the spread of infectious diseases. This is generating a "perfect storm" of conditions for outbreaks. Among the infections raising concern is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, caused by a type of coronavirus, which emerged in 2012. ...

Scientists find Ebola virus is mutating

Jan 30, 2015

(Medical Xpress)—Researchers working at Institut Pasteur in France have found that the Ebola virus is mutating "a lot" causing concern in the African countries where the virus has killed over eight thous ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.