The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Advances in Asthma

Paul Enright, MD University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona

Taking a pill once or twice a day is certainly an easy way to treat asthma and achieves much higher compliance rates than using an inhaler two to four times a day. Leukotriene modifiers are the latest asthma craze, and they seem safe.
1. Are they effective?
2. Do they reduce airway inflammation?
3. Do they prevent airway remodeling?
4. Should they be used as monotherapy for mild asthma or only as steroid-sparing agents for severe asthma?

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