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New Guidelines for People With Nasal Allergies

Posted 2 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 – For the one in six Americans bothered by nasal allergies, new guidelines have been issued to help doctors diagnose and treat their sniffles and sneezes. The recommendations from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation spell out the do's and don'ts for treating what's formally known as "allergic rhinitis," and often called hay fever. "What we're really talking about are allergies that are found all year-round and in every environment, whether urban or rural," said guideline assistant chair Dr. Sandra Lin, an associate professor in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. "This is a really common problem for millions of Americans," Lin said. Allergy testing tops the "do" list; sinus imaging is a "don't" for people with signs of hay fever, and the desensitization process ... Read more

Related support groups: Allergies, Singulair, Allergic Rhinitis, Hay Fever, Montelukast, Accolate, Zafirlukast

FDA Panel Says No to Over-the-Counter Allergy Drug Singulair

Posted 6 May 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 – A panel of expert advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted overwhelmingly against moving the allergy drug Singulair from prescription to over-the-counter status. The panel voted 11-to-4 against the sale of the popular medication without a doctor's approval, the Associated Press reported. According to the AP, many on the FDA panel felt there were still questions over the safety of making Singulair available without a prescription, especially because some patients would be using it for "off-label" treatment of conditions such as asthma. The FDA does not have to follow the advice of its expert panels, but it usually does. Two experts in the care of respiratory illness were happy with the panel's vote. "My discomfort about Singulair being sold over the counter mirrors the FDA's concern that it may be used inappropriately for the treatment of ... Read more

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First Generic Versions of Singulair Approved

Posted 7 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 3 – The first generic versions of Singulair (montelukast sodium) have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The product is not meant to treat sudden onset of serious asthma symptoms, the FDA warned, but it does treat asthma and hay fever symptoms by blocking substances in the body called leukotrienes, the agency said Friday in a news release. The FDA said the product could cause serious side effects, including behavioral or mood changes, depression, hallucinations, upper respiratory infection, or feeling numbness in the extremities. Anyone who has these symptoms should immediately see a physician, the agency said. Less serious but more common adverse reactions could include: fever, headache, sore throat, cough, stomach pain, diarrhea, ear ache or runny nose. Approval to produce generic tablets, generic chewable tablets or both versions was granted to: ... Read more

Related support groups: Asthma, Singulair, Montelukast

High Out-of-Pocket Costs for Kids' Asthma Drugs Could Pose Dangers

Posted 27 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 27 – When health insurers require parents to pay a larger share of the cost of asthma medications for their children, more kids need emergency asthma treatment, suggests new research. For children older than 5, higher out-of-pocket costs results in a small reduction in medication use and greater rates of hospitalization for asthma complications, the study found. "Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children. We looked at adherence to asthma medications that are intended to be taken year-round to prevent exacerbations [flare-ups]," said one of the study's authors, Dr. Anupam Jena, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and a senior fellow at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California. Jena said that adherence rates for these medications – the rate at which patients stick to ... Read more

Related support groups: Asthma, Albuterol, Singulair, Asthma - Maintenance, Ventolin, Fluticasone, Asthma - Acute, Montelukast, Flovent, ProAir HFA, Mometasone, Proventil, Ventolin HFA, Proventil HFA, Asmanex Twisthaler, Flovent HFA, Flovent Diskus, Volmax, AccuNeb, Flovent Rotadisk

More Children Using Preventive Asthma Drugs: Study

Posted 5 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5 – About one in three children with asthma is currently using a preventive medication, according to new research. That number is up from about 18 percent of kids during the late 1980s. Preventive asthma medications help control the airway disease before symptoms flare up, and guidelines from the U.S. National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recommend their use. "The main finding from our study was that over 20 years, the use of medicines to prevent asthma has increased among children with asthma," said the study's lead author, Dr. Brian Kit, a medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Commenting on the study, Dr. Shean Aujla, a pediatric pulmonologist at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, said, "I think it's encouraging that there's been an increase in the use of preventive ... Read more

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Use of Asthma Controller Meds on the Rise Among U.S. Kids

Posted 13 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 13 – The percentage of children with asthma in the United States who use a prescription "controller" medicine has nearly doubled since the late 1990s, a new federal government report finds. The analysis of data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey showed that the use of controller drugs by these children increased from 29 percent in 1997-1998 to 58 percent in 2007-2008, according to the latest News and Numbers from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Asthma controller drugs include: corticosteroids, which control inflammation and reduce the risk of airway spasms; beta-2-agonists, which make breathing easier; and leukotrienes, which help prevent asthma symptoms from occurring. Use of inhaled corticosteroids among American children with asthma increased from 15.5 percent to 40 percent, use of leukotrienes rose from 3 percent to 34 percent, and use of ... Read more

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Asthma Pills Work as Well as Inhaled Steroids: Study

Posted 4 May 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4 – In a study that compared asthma pills against commonly prescribed inhaled steroids, British researchers found that the oral medications were as effective as the inhaled drugs. The oral medications, known as leukotriene-receptor antagonists, "have shown similar efficacy and cost and better compliance, and should be considered for any patient, not as a last option but as an option for any patient," said study co-author Dr. Stanley Musgrove, a senior research associate at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. "Every different patient will have their own issues that are important to their care: their compliance to different medications, how well they feel that different medications work for them, their concerns about different medications, any possible minor side effects, etcetera, and all of those should be considered when the clinician and the patient are making a ... Read more

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