Journal article

Formoterol (Foradil) and medium-high doses of inhaled corticosteroids are more effective than high doses of corticosteroids in moderate-to-severe asthma.

C Mitchell, C Jenkins, R Scicchitano, A Rubinfeld, J Kottakis

Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics | Elsevier BV | Published : 2003


This double-blind, randomised, multi-centre, parallel-group study compared the effect of adding Foradil (formoterol fumarate) to existing medium-high doses of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) with that of doubling the dose of ICS in patients with sub-optimally controlled asthma. After a run-in period, 203 patients with moderate-to-severe asthma who remained symptomatic despite treatment with 500 microg beclomethasone twice daily, were randomised to receive either 12 microg formoterol twice daily (Foradil Aerolizer), Novartis) in addition to beclomethasone 500 microg twice daily, or beclomethasone 1000 microg twice daily and placebo for 12 weeks. The primary efficacy variable was mean morning pr..

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