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Monday 01 September 2003

[Pharmacological action and clinical aspects of salmeterol]

By: Oguri K.

Nippon Yakurigaku Zasshi 2003 Sep;122(3):265-70

Previous systemic beta(2) agonists such as procatrol tablets and tulobuterol patch were developed in Japan to address nocturnal symptoms and maintenance of lung function in asthmatic patients. Salmeterol, a potent and highly selective in beta(2) adrenocepter agonist with a duration of action greater than 12 h, was developed to provide long duration of bronchodilation with binding to a non-active site in the beta(2)-adrenocepter. Salmeterol is administrated via dry power inhalation and clinical studies have showed it has a good efficacy and a good safety profile, similar to inhaled steroids. Indeed, many clinical studies showed that salmeterol demonstrated better efficacy than long-acting beta(2)-agonist oral bronchodilators, theophyllines, and leukotriene-receptor antagonists in asthmatic patients and anticholinergic agents and theophyllines in COPD patients. Salmeterol will provide clinical benefits for Japanese asthma and COPD patients.

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