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Lifestyle Changes and Asthma

Medication and lifestyle changes are equally important. Asthma cannot be properly managed without them both.

When Side Effects Prevail

Nearly one-third of all patients will stop taking a prescription medication without even telling their doctor. There are a variety of reasons people stop taking medications that have been prescribed for them. Sometimes they don’t think they need to take the medicine, or think it isn’t working. Maybe they’ve heard…

Quick Hits: Fish Oil Doesn’t Help Asthma, E-Cigs and Heart Disease & More

Fish oil doesn’t help improve uncontrolled asthma in adolescents and young adults who are overweight or obese. Researchers recruited overweight or obese participants between the ages of 12 and 25 who had poor asthma control despite using a daily inhaled corticosteroid. Some of the participants took fish oil daily for…

Antibiotics for Severe Asthma: Are They Really Necessary?

Despite guidelines stating no antibiotics for asthma patients unless there’s evidence of lung infection, doctors still prescribe them. When someone is hospitalized for asthma, the standard of care is steroids with bronchodilators, yet many patients also end up getting antibiotics. But a growing amount of medical evidence indicates antibiotics are…

Analysis Confirms Combination Inhalers Don’t Increase Asthma-Related Death Risk

Four safety trials have concluded that popular combination inhalers — like Advair (fluticasone/salmeterol) and Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol) — are not associated with an increased risk of asthma-related hospitalizations or deaths, undermining previous findings. LABAs (long-acting beta agonists) such as salmeterol and formoterol, and combination products containing them, received a boxed warning…

Episode 18: Adult-Onset Asthma

Su Robotti, Founder of MedShadow, and Jonathan Block, Content Manager, discuss a new study that reveals overdiagnosis of asthma. Is it possible you’ve been misdiagnosed? How would you know? Watch to learn more. Su Robotti: Hello my name is Su Robotti and I’m the founder of MedShadow. Jonathan Block: I’m…

Quick Hits: Imodium Abuse, Polypharmacy and Hospitalization & More

The FDA is requesting that the over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medicine Imodium (loperamide) be packaged differently to prevent abuse. There have been numerous reports indicating that people have intentionally misused and abused high doses of the treatment as a substitute for opioid drugs. In some cases, this has led to serious heart…

Asthma Drug Singulair Causes Nightmares, Depression in Children and Adults

Dutch researchers have confirmed that the asthma drug Singulair (montelukast) has serious side effects, including depression, nightmares and even sleepwalking in some children and adults. Their study, published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, is a meta-analysis of data from both the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Center Lareb and the WHO Global database,…

Quick Hits: Asthma Pill’s Psychiatric Effects, Antibacterial Soaps, & More

A commonly prescribed tablet to treat asthma in children has been linked to psychiatric effects, including instances of suicidal thoughts and depression based on case reports in Australia. Between January 2000 and March 2016, the country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration received almost 90 reports of psychiatric adverse events in children and…

Popular Combination Asthma Inhalers Found Safe for Children

Concerns over popular combination inhalers for children with asthma that it may lead to an increased risk of asthma-related hospitalization are unwarranted, based on the results of a new study. Advair Diskus combines a long-acting beta agonist (LABA), salmeterol, with a corticosteroid, fluticasone propionate, to reduce asthma symptoms by opening…

Tylenol Doesn’t Worsen Asthma in Young Children

Giving young children Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or fever does not exacerbate asthma in children with the condition. The study, led by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital, was conducted following a series of retrospective studies that appeared to indicate children saw their asthma worsen after taking Tylenol. However, the results…

Why Childhood Asthma Is Being Over-Diagnosed (And Why You Should Care)

Asthma has morphed from being under-diagnosed 30 to 40 years ago, when doctors often mistook it for bronchitis and treated it with antibiotics, to becoming, in the last decade, so frequently diagnosed that inhalers are now dispensed too readily, say respiratory specialists. Why is this happening? Increases in air pollution…

Overuse, Safety Questions Cloud Advair’s Ascent to Asthma Blockbuster

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. In light of its mission to spotlight wrongdoing and expose abuses of power and public trust, it makes its reports available to other outlets, like MedShadow. In May, ProPublica published this report in conjuction with The…

Asthma Treatments Fail Older Patients More Often

Asthma treatments, especially inhaled corticosteroids, are less likely to work for older patients, according to a study from National Jewish Health in Denver. Researchers looked at 1,200 patients with mild-to-moderate asthma, and found that treatment failure occurred in about 17% of those aged 30 and older, compared with about 10%…

Kids’ Asthma, Obesity and the ‘September Spike’

Can giving my child steroids every day for asthma be safe? How can losing weight help my child’s asthma? Why does my child seem to have a dangerous asthma attack every September? Nearly 10% of all US children have asthma, and the number rises each year for unknown reasons. Asthma…

Side Effects At a Glance: Asthma Meds

Two types of medications are used to treat asthma: quick-relief medications to stop symptoms, and long-term medications to prevent them. Quick-Relief Medications: There are 3 types of quick-relief medicines. Because they are all stimulants, any of the quick-reliefs can cause anxiety, tremors, restlessness, headache and a fast or irregular heartbeat….

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