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Non Adherence to Physician prescribed medicines in Asthma

Non compliance with recommended medication by patients is a significant issue that affects the patient’s health and well being. In diseases like tuberculosis, primary non-compliance leads to significant public health problem including multi-drug resistance and spread of the infection to others. Non-adherence could be due to patient related factors or physician related factors. Lack of effective communication and good physician patient relationship has been one of the prime reasons for non-...

Chronic Macrolide Therapy for Inflammatory Airway Diseases

Macrolide is a class of antibiotic commonly used as a first line of drug to treat respiratory infections. Erythromycin in the prototype of this class of antibiotics. Others include azithromycin, clarithromycin, roxithromycin. Though some of the macrolides have immunosuppresive action (rapamycin) and antineoplastic activity (bafilomycin), macrolides by and large is used as an antimicrobial agent. Research conducted in 1980 in Japan revealed that long term macrolide use is an effective treatment...

Inhaled Corticosteroids in Asthma : What you need to know

Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) is the cornerstone of any asthma treatment. The commonly used inhaled corticosteroids are fluticosone and budesonide. It is the first drug class given to any person with newly diagnosed asthma. Inhaled corticosteroids acts by decreasing the airway inflammation and thereby preventing the constriction of the airways (bronchospasm). They reduce the production of pro-inflammatory molecules that mediate bronchoconstriction. Studies show that regular use of inhaled...

LABA therapy in Asthma : What you need to know

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LABAs dilates the airways and prevents bronchospasm but has no action on airway inflammation. Studies show it increases asthma related deaths. LABA should always be combined with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and should never be used as a 'solo' therapy. LABA short hand for Long Acting Beta Agonist is one of the effective drugs used in the management of asthma.It forms the cornerstone of asthma therapy along with another class of drug inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). Most international...

Anxiety and Depression more prevalent in Asthmatics.

The cause of the higher prevalence of anxiety and depression in individuals with asthma is unknown but these have practical implications for the treating physician. Several studies have clearly demonstrated that anxiety and depression are more common in asthmatics when compared to the general population. The reasons for this increased prevalence is not clear. Explanations include hypothesis ranging from asthma increasing the risk of developing anxiety disorders to the other way round; depressed...

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