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Thursday 01 August 2002

[symbol: see text] Seretide and [symbol: see text] Symbicort in asthma management.

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Drug Ther Bull 2002 Aug;40(8):62-4

Maintenance treatment for mild asthma frequently comprises both a regular inhaled corticosteroid and an 'as required' inhaled short-acting beta 2-agonist. Where such treatment fails, additional regular treatment with an inhaled long-acting beta 2-agonist is increasingly recommended. In the UK, combination inhalers containing salmeterol + fluticasone ([symbol: see text] Seretide--Allen & Hanburys) or formoterol + budesonide ([symbol: see text] Symbicort--AstraZeneca) are licensed for use either in "patients not adequately controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and 'as needed' inhaled short-acting beta 2-agonists" or in "patients already adequately controlled on both inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta 2-agonists". Here we review the efficacy of Seretide and Symbicort and discuss their place in asthma management.

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