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Inhaled beclomethasone dipropionate: stepping-up asthma care

Aziz Sheikh

in Landmark Papers in Allergy

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199651559
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754241 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199651559.003.0042

Series: Landmark Papers

Inhaled beclomethasone dipropionate: stepping-up asthma care

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Beclomethasone dipropionate was used in pressurized aerosols for the treatment of 60 cases of chronic allergic asthma for up to 15 months. Twenty-eight out of 37 cases were transferred to this treatment after being dependent on oral steroids for up to 16 years. Nineteen out of 23 other asthmatics not dependent on steroids were also completely controlled. No biochemical evidence of adrenal suppression was found. Steroid withdrawal symptoms were often a problem, suggesting absence of systemic absorption. The precise mode of action and metabolic fate of this corticosteroid are not yet known.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Immunology ; Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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