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.
But:
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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