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A potential role of triple therapy for asthma patients.

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Published:1st Nov 2019
Author: Cazzola M1, Puxeddu E1, Matera MG2, Rogliani P1.
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Ref.:Expert Rev Respir Med. 2019;13(11):1079-1085.

Introduction: The use of LAMAs in asthma is now supported by pharmacological and clinical evidence, whereas the effectiveness of therapy with ICS/LABA/LAMA fixed dose combinations in patients with asthma still remains to be determined.

Areas covered: The pharmacological rationale that explains why it is possible to use triple therapy in asthma and the results of clinical studies that have explored the effects of this therapy in asthmatics is critically examined. A systematic search was conducted on 10 August 2019, and included six electronic databases: EMBASE, MEDLINE, Scopus, The Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and Google Scholar.

Expert opinion: The real role of single inhaler triple therapy in asthma will be demonstrated when the various trials that are currently ongoing or are scheduled will be completed. We believe that it is appropriate to treat with triple therapy asthmatic patients who have smoked and remain symptomatic or suffer from frequent exacerbations despite initial inhaler therapy with ICS/LABA. However, we must establish when to step up or mainly step down triple therapy especially in patients who are well controlled, and what will be the cost of these combinations in the management of asthma.


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