Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) listened to presentations and comments from several members of an expert FDA advisory committee regarding the benefit-to-risk ratio of Long Acting Beta-agonist drugs (LABAs) -- namely Serevent (salmeterol) , Foradil (formoterol) , Advair (a combination of fluticasone and salmeterol) and Symbicort (a combination of budesonide and formoterol).
The FDA advisory panel voted, unanimously, that the benefit of Advair and Symbicort outweighed the risks of adverse effects in adults , but that the risks of Serevent and Foradil -- particularly when used without a anti-inflammatory steroid -- outweighed the benefits for asthmatics.
So, what does all of this mean for you?
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So what's the deal with Advair and Symbicort? These meds have helped so many asthmatics finally gain control of their asthma, yet, with all the recent warnings, the FDA seems to be wary of these meds, and this is scaring people.
Should we be wary and quit taking them? Or, should we continue to use these meds to control asthma? I personally agree with Dr. Matthew Minz that you should fear not. Allow me to explain.
Both Advair and Symbicort contain a Long Acting Beta Adrenergic (LABA) to keep the air passages in your lungs from spasming. In Advair the LABA is Serevent, in Symbicort the LABA is Formoterol.
Some reports say LABAs are linked to worsening asthma and even death, such as this warning about Advair: "University of Iowa researchers have added their voices to growing warnings about Advair, saying that drugs that use salmeterol in combination with an inhaled corticosteroid can make asthma more severe or even f...
Some of the most effective asthma medicines are inhaled steroids, and the downside to this is that the word "steroid" has a bad reputation. But what many people don't understand is that the steroids that have caused that negative publicity are NOT the kind of steroids that asthma sufferers take. In fact, the steroids that people are fearful of are called anabolic steroids, artificial substances used by some bodybuilders and athletes to build bigger muscles and enhance athletic performance. This type of steroids bears no resemblance to the inhaled steroids you may be taking. Inhaled steroids are actually very similar to natural substances in your own body. Although all medicines can cause side effects, the inhaled steroids used for asthma have proven to be very safe. Most side effects, if they do occur, lessen or even disappear over time. And the benefits greatly outweigh any risks, at any rate. However, other long-term asthma medications that are sometimes...
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