The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has shown that the medication Spirivia when combined in low dose corticosteroids is found to be productive for treating adult patients with poorly controlled asthma. Sprivia is usually used in treatment of COPD.
Dr. Susan B. Shurin, acting director for NHLBI, stated that the study’s findings showed that Sprivia could possibly give an alternative to other asthma treatments, furthering options to patients for controlling their asthma. The aim in managing asthma is prevention of symptoms so patients can perform daily activities.
The researchers note that adding Spirivia to inhaled corticosteroids (low dose) is more effective for asthma control than doubling the inhaled corticosteroids dosage.
Patients who have poor control of their asthma at this time are usually treated with increased doses of inhaled corticosteroids or supplementing with long acting beta antagonists. Nevertheless, these additional doses do not work on all patients and do carry abundant risk of side effects. As of lately, long acting beta antagonists have been associated with making the symptoms of asthma worse, possible hospitalization and even death (in rare cases).
Dr. Stephen Peters, M.D.,PhD, head researcher of Waken Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina stated Sprivia eases the muscles in the airway by way of a different system than beta-antagonists. Therefore, this may aide persons who do not react well to the current recommended treatments. Further examining of the study’s information will aide the researchers in better knowledge as to which patients react best to the sprivia. He goes on to say that they will need to administer longer term studies to determine the safety for asthma patients and to decide its reaction on the frequency and severity of asthma intensification.
The study had compared three current treatment methods in asthma patients with poor control of their asthma:
Just doubling the inhaled corticosteroids dose.
A low dose of inhaled corticosteroids added with a long acting beta-antagonists like Slametrol.
A low dose of inhaled added with long acting anticholinergic drug like spivia.
Areas in the autonomic nervous system which cause muscles in the airways to contract are blocked by spivia.
The study had observed 210 adults who had poorly controlled asthma on just low doses of inhaled corticosteroids. Each treatment lasted 14 weeks with a two week break in between. This study was conducted for forty-eight weeks in total.
Sprivia demonstrated to be productive using several measures for asthma control which had included patients daily functions along with the total number of days in which patients had no asthma symptoms and did not have to use their albuterol rescue inhalers.
At the beginning of the trial the number of patient asthma control days was 77 a year. This had been concluded from the treatment period.
The patients had an extra 19 days symptom free on average when their corticosteroids dosage was doubled in comparison to an extra 48 days on the low dose corticosteroids and added Sprivia.
The researchers had reasoned that when adding to an inhaled glucocorticoid, sprivia improved symptoms and lung functions in patients who had poor asthma control. The reactions seemed to equal that of Slameterol.
Asthma is a disease in which affects the airways which carry air to and from the lungs. Persons who suffer from this chronic condition are referred to as asthmatic.
The numbers of persons today with asthma is on the up swing. Currently the World Health Organization estimates 300 million persons suffer with this disease. There about 4,000 persons each year in the United States diagnosed with asthma.
Grant it there are asthma medications in which are designed to control asthma. However, sometimes no matter what medication may be given control is still not achieved. To make matters worse medications can carry some serious side effects. Just recently some of the long acting beta-antagonists under the brand names such as Advair and Servevent, had the FDA recommending new drug labeling due to the fact these inhalers were known to make asthmatic symptoms worse.
This leaves Americans seeking out alternative treatments to maintain their asthma condition and live a full productive life. Some of the alternative treatments include:
In 2007 chiropractic care become the most common care of children with asthma. Studies had shown that chiropractic care had aided children with various symptoms of asthma. Chiropractic is a notably experienced treatment and when done on children it is very gentle. A large majority of parents reported their children had enjoyed the visits to the chiropractor and looked forward to going back. It was also note by parents that their children had a greater quality of health while under regular chiropractic care.
Acupuncture has been known to be effective for asthma control. The World Health Organization came out with a list of forty disease in which acupuncture showed to provide benefits and diseases of the respiratory tract which included asthma and bronchitis was on the list.
New Dahli, India researchers have noted that yoga can greatly aide patients with bronchial asthma. Results of a study in evaluating yoga and asthma had shown that patients who took yoga had shown decreased resting heartbeats and noted improvement in pulmonary ventilation function. Yoga is a valuable tool to be used in association with other asthma treatments.
Studies have shown that asthma patients doing Qigong a form of Tia Chi had shown a reduction in the amount of asthmatic medications needed. It should be incorporated as part of asthma treatments.
Traditionally herbs have been used for thousands of years in treating asthma. Some of the herbs most commonly used are:
Chamomile tea used as an antihistamine.
Ephedre used to open bronchial passages and relieves congestion.
Green tea for opening bronchial passages.
Some alternative practitioners in or around Detroit area:
A & L Chiropractic Center (entire family including children/infants)
24281 Middlebelt Road
Vesprini Chiropractic (family chiropractic)
12912 East Eight Mile Road
Detroit Community Acupuncture
Acupuncture & Herbs Miracle
23700 Orchard Lake Road Suite K
535 Griswold Street
Energetic Living (Qigong)
23023 Orchard Lake Road, Building G