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Wednesday 28, Apr 2010

  Acute asthma symptoms can be tackled by antibiotic

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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.

Saturday 17, Apr 2010

  New antibiotic identified to speed up asthma recovery

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New antibiotic identified to speed up asthma recoveryA relatively new type of antibiotic has been identified that can provide quick relief from an attack of asthma, as per a study. It was, however, noted that more research is required before this antibiotic can be prescribed.

Asthma is a chronic ailment that affects millions around the world and leads to airway inflammation and disruptions in breathing.

Antibiotics are usually not recommended for treating asthma but some physicians prescribe them to patients suffering from asthma and experiencing respiratory problems, which are possibly because of bacterial infections.

Friday 09, Apr 2010

  Bad asthma attack signs reduced by Telithromycin

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Bad asthma attack signs reduced by TelithromycinTelithromycin, a drug sold by Sanofi-Aventis under the name Ketek, can help in minimizing some of the symptoms associated with a bad asthma attack.

This finding was disclosed during an international study that was financed by the drug company Sanofi-Aventis. The study was published in an edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

From News-Medical.Net:

Asthma is an incurable condition which affects 300 m people worldwide but its symptoms are eased using steroids.

By using a 7-point scale that measured symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and chest tightness with 7 the most severe, most patients rated their symptoms at about 3 before treatment.

Those receiving the drug eventually had their score drop an average of 1.3 points and the placebo recipients had a drop of 1.0 point said the researchers.

Ketek has previously come under scrutiny because it may, in rare cases, cause liver poisoning.

In three such instances reported in January, one patient died, another required a transplant, and the third recovered.

The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004, has been prescribed about 2.7 million times.

It is believed by the researchers that positive effects of telithromycin could be because of its influence on two forms of bacteria – Chlamydophila pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumoniae.

Wednesday 10, Mar 2010

  Telithromycin antibiotic able to minimize bad asthma attack symptoms

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Telithromycin antibiotic able to minimize bad asthma attack symptoms  Telithromycin, sold by Sanofi-Aventis under the name Ketek, can facilitate a drop in asthma symptoms when used for 10 days.

The antibiotic was found to have this unique ability during a study. The involved researchers were of the view that positive effects of this drug could be as a result of its impact on two bacteria, Chlamydophila pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumoniae, which were found in 61 percent of the patients involved in this study.

The study published in an edition of the New England Journal of Medicine and was financed by the drug company Sanofi-Aventis.

 

Wednesday 30, Dec 2009

  Telithromycin can effectively treat acute asthma attacks

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Telithromycin can effectively treat acute asthma attacksTelithromycin, an antibiotic, has been found to be an effective option for treating acute asthma attacks. This finding was highlighted in a research published in the New England Journal of Medicine that demonstrated that the antibiotic can be used to provide relief to patients suffering from asthma.

The team of involved researchers was 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.

It is worth noting here that treatment for some serious asthma attacks may involve the use of steroids to control lung inflammation and bronchodilators to open airways.