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Improved Medication Use Could Reduce Severe Asthma Attacks

Posted Dec 12 2011 8:55pm

Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital have found that one-quarter of severe asthma attacks could be prevented if only patients consistently took their medication as prescribed.

Moreover, an asthma attack was only significantly reduced when patients used at least 75 percent of their prescribed dose, according to the study.

Patients often poorly take their medication based on the onset and degree of symptoms.

Henry Ford researchers say this is the first time that asthma medication use has been tracked closely over time and related to the likelihood of severe asthma attacks. The findings are published online in the December issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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