The Combination Of The Two Inhalers For Asthma Greatly Reduces The Use Of Corticosteroids – Part 3 of 3
In the two shakes trial, funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, Beasley’s team randomly assigned 303 patients to the single-inhaler protocol or to usual care with two inhalers. Over six months, the researchers found that those using Symbicort had fewer iron-handed asthma attacks. One concern had been that patients using the combination inhaler would get overexposed to corticosteroid or would overuse the inhaler.
They found, however, that patients using the trust inhaler reduced their overuse of corticosteroid by 40 percent, compared to those using separate inhalers. While those in the SMART program took in more corticosteroids a day, they had fewer asthma attacks so their overall unveiling to corticosteroid was the same as for people in the two-inhaler group, the New Zealand researchers explained.