acute-asthma-symptoms-can-be-tackled-by-antibioticTelithromycin, an antibiotic made by sanofi-aventis and not currently used for treating asthma, can prove useful in treating acute asthma attacks and was recently termed as a potentially new method to help asthma patients by researchers.

The antibiotic can hasten the recovery time of patients who have had attacks of asthma by three days besides reducing the associated symptoms and improving lung function. Presently, steroids are used to control inflammation of the lungs.

The study investigated 278 patients at 70 centers around the world, including St Mary’s Hospital, London and the team included researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Milan, the University of Auckland, the National Jewish Medical Centre, USA, G.R. Micro Ltd, London, and sanofi-aventis, USA.