Occasional rescue therapy for asthmatic children, rather than daily corticosteroids, could manage symptoms without the side effect of growth retardation, say researchers.
The scientists studied 288 children and found rescue beclomethasone lowered the risk of exacerbations and treatment failures, but to a lesser degree than daily beclomethasone.
They suggest use of rescue inhaled corticosteroid could be an effective step-down alternative to discontinuation of such treatment after asthma control is achieved.
- Martinez FD, et al. Use of beclomethasone dipropionate as rescue treatment for children with mild persistent asthma (TREXA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The Lancet, 2011; Early online publication.
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