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Vilanterol and fluticasone furoate for asthma

Dwan, Kerry, Milan, Stephen J, Bax, Lynne, Walters, Nicola and Powell, Colin Victor Eric 2016. Vilanterol and fluticasone furoate for asthma. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016 (9) , CD010758. 10.1002/14651858.CD010758.pub2

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Background Vilanterol (VI) is a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) that binds to the beta2-adrenoceptor on the airway smooth muscle, producing bronchodilation. LABA therapy, which is well established in adults as part of the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Guidelines for the Management of Asthma, leads to improvement in symptoms and lung function and reduction in exacerbations. At present, the commonly used LABAs licensed for use in asthma management (formoterol and salmeterol) require twice-daily administration, whereas VI is a once-daily therapy. Fluticasone furoate (FF) is an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), and ICS therapy is recommended by the BTS asthma guidelines. ICSs, the mainstay of asthma treatment, lead to a reduction in both airway inflammation and airway hyper-responsiveness. Regular use leads to improvement in symptoms and lung function. ICSs are currently recommended as 'preventer' therapy for patients who use a 'reliever' medication (e.g. short-acting beta2 agonist (SABA), salbutamol) three or more times per week. Most of the commonly used ICS treatments are twice-daily medications, although two once-daily products are currently licensed (ciclesonide and mometasone). At the present time, only one once-daily ICS/LABA combination (FF/VI) is available, and several other combination inhalers are recommended for twice-daily administration.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Cochrane Library
ISSN: 1469-493X
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 08:07

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