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Symbicort yields lower risk for asthma exacerbations than budesonide

September 27, 2016

Read the Perspective from Jay M. Portnoy, MD

Symbicort and budesonide monotherapy showed a comparable risk profile for serious asthma-related events in adolescents and adults with moderate-to-severe asthma, while the combination therapy yielded a lower risk for exacerbations, according to recently published data.

“Current guidelines for the management of asthma suggest that inhaled glucocorticoids should be used as initial controller therapy, with a [long-acting beta-agonist (LABA)] then added if symptoms remain uncontrolled or increase in severity,” Stephen P. Peters, MD, PhD, acting section chief of pulmonary, critical care, allergy and immunologic medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health, and colleagues wrote. “Although LABAs have been an available treatment option for asthma since 1990, questions remain regarding the safety of this drug class.”

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Success Rates of Conventional Versus Endoscope-Assisted Probing for Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction in Children 12 Years and Younger

Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, September/October 2016, Volume 53 Issue 5
To compare the success rates for congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction (CNLDO) treated with conventional probing…
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Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

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