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Newly Discovered Cell Could Help Avoid Asthma Medication Side Effects

Newly Discovered Cell Could Help Avoid Asthma Medication Side Effects March 26, 2010. By Charles Benson.
Dublin, Ireland Parents concerned about asthma medication side effects in their children may be in luck, as a newly discovered white blood cell has shown potential as a treatment for the bronchial disorder.
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Safety Requirements for Advair and Other Asthma Medications Changed

Safety Requirements for Advair and Other Asthma Medications Changed February 20, 2010. By Heidi Turner.
Rockville, MD The FDA has announced that it is changing the safety requirements for asthma medications, including Advair. The affected medications are Long-Acting Beta-Agonists (LABAs) sold as single-ingredient products (Serevent and Foradil) and as an ingredient in products that contain inhaled corticosteroids (Advair and Symbicort). These medications are used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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A Near Fatal Asthma Attack Possibly Caused by Serevent

A Near Fatal Asthma Attack Possibly Caused by Serevent June 18, 2008. By Lucy Campbell.
Salem, MS Mary is asthmatic. She had been taking Serevent for about 18 months when she had a near-fatal acute asthma attack. Her regular inhaler didn't help, where normally it would have. She started losing her breath, and her ability to speak. Her husband called 911 and she was rushed to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.
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Dangerous Asthma Drugs: Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Death

Dangerous Asthma Drugs: Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Death June 10, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC Take our dangerous asthma drug. Please. It will relieve your symptoms. Oh, but it could also worsen your asthma, which could kill you. But you'll die happy. Have a nice day.
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Asthma Drug Affects My Son's Behavior

Asthma Drug Affects My Son's Behavior June 5, 2008. By Lucy Campbell.
White Oak, SC: Nikki's eight year old son has asthma—he was diagnosed with the respiratory illness when he was just five years old. Since that time he's been on albuterol, but it seems to be making things worse, not better.
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What Led to the Black Box Warning on Asthma Drugs?

What Led to the Black Box Warning on Asthma Drugs? May 30, 2008. By Lucy Campbell.
Washington, DC: Two years ago the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that the asthma drugs Advair Diskus, Advair HFA, Foradil Aerolizer, Serevent Diskus must carry black box warnings—the most severe warning the FDA can issue. Most recently Symbicourt, Performist, (formoterol fumarate), and Brovana inhalation solution were added to list of asthma medications to carry this warning.
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Asthma Drugs: No Cause for Asthma Sufferers to Breathe Easy…

Asthma Drugs: No Cause for Asthma Sufferers to Breathe Easy… May 27, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC It's been two years since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last issued significant data, and updated product labels for asthma drugs Advair, Serevent and Foradil after concerns that the drugs, while lessening the frequency of wheezing attacks, could increase their ultimate severity. There has been little information since.
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