Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Some asthma drugs used improperly may increase risk of death: Health Canada

From the Canadian Press:
A class of asthma drugs known as long-acting beta-2 agonists may increase the risk of death if used improperly, Health Canada warned Tuesday.

The drugs are prescribed to prevent asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and cough.

Based on data from a large patient trial, Health Canada said the danger of asthma-related death may be greater in patients taking long-acting beta-2 agonists without using inhaled corticosteroids at the same time. ...more

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