Home
Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info
Health news

Asthma Inhaler Type Could Boost Death Risk (press release)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 by: NewsTarget
Tags: health news, Natural News, nutrition

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
http://www.naturalnews.com/019839_asthma_inhaler_death.html
Delicious
diaspora
Print
Email
Share
Adding to the ongoing controversy over a popular class of asthma inhaler medications, a new data review suggests the drugs may be dangerous.

Compared to placebo, the "long-acting beta-agonist bronchodilator" inhalers (which include Serevent and Advair) more than tripled users' risk of asthma-linked death, according to the report. Risks of hospitalization and life-threatening complications also went up.

"These agents should not be used," concluded lead author Dr. Shelley Salpeter, a clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University and a physician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif.

However, another doctor said the drugs are still safe enough to use -- although they should be prescribed carefully.

Long-acting beta-agonist bronchodilators are designed to help relax airway muscles and improve breathing. They include popular medications such as Serevent (salmeterol) and Advair (which combines salmeterol with a steroid). The drugs are reportedly expected to gross nearly $7 billion in sales to consumers this year.

Another family of bronchodilators, called inhaled anticholinergics, are "very safe and effective," Salpeter said. But long-acting beta-agonist drugs have been controversial. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that the drugs could worsen symptoms and even lead to death.

In the new report, Salpeter and colleagues launched a broad review, or "meta-analysis," examining the results of 19 asthma drug studies involving nearly 34,000 participants.

The Health Ranger's "9 days of Joy" Holiday Sale! (Dec 6th- Dec 14th)

  • Early Access on NEW product launches
  • Up to 50% off select products
  • 10% EXTRA savings with code Holiday10 (on select products while supplies last)
  • New products on sale DAILY
  • Free gifts with qualified purchases

Click here to shop now!

Join the Health Ranger's FREE email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time. | Learn more...
comments powered by Disqus