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Symbicort yields lower risk for asthma exacerbations than budesonide

September 27, 2016

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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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