Asthma Drugs


Concerns about the drugs-- Serevent, Foradil, and Advair-- were raised because a recent whistleblower at the FDA, Dr. David Graham, raised concerns about the drug Serevent. To be on the safe side, the FDA decided to look into the whole matter and the whole class of drugs. The potentially serious side effects for Serevent, including worsening asthma and even death, were seen primarily in African- Americans. After a day of poring over the evidence, the FDA decided that despite the possible side effects in a very small number of people, all of the asthma drugs in this class should be considered safe and all will remain on the market. While the jury is still out on exactly why the side effects might occur, doctors think it may have something to do with taking a drug like Serevent on its own. They say that these kinds of asthma drugs, which work to open up the airways, should always be taken with a steroid inhaler to help keep the lungs free of inflammation. The drug Advair in fact combines both of these.

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