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COPD Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Number of Asthma Attacks as Well

by Kathy Jones on September 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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 COPD Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Number of Asthma Attacks as Well

A new drug that has already been approved for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease could also be effective in reducing the number of asthma attacks among people who suffer from the most severe form of the disease.

Researchers tested the drug, known as tiotropium, on more than 1,000 patients suffering from uncontrolled asthma and found that it improved the lung function by opening up constricted airways when taken through a mist inhaler.

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The drug reduced the number of asthma attacks by more than 21 percent and also prolonged the attack-free duration by more than 30 percent.

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