How to match the optimal currently available inhaler device to an individual child with asthma or recurrent wheeze.
SourceNpj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, 25, (2015), pp. 14088
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Npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
SubjectRadboudumc 5: Inflammatory diseases RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Inhaled medications are the cornerstone of treatment in early childhood wheezing and paediatric asthma. A match between patient and device and a correct inhalation technique are crucial for good asthma control. The aim of this paper is to propose an inhaler strategy that will facilitate an inhaler choice most likely to benefit different groups of children. The main focus will be on pressurised metered dose inhalers and dry powder inhalers. In this paper we will discuss (1) practical difficulties with the devices and with inhaled therapy and (2) the optimal location for deposition of medicines in the lungs, and (3) we will propose a practical and easy way to make the best match between the inhaler device and the individual patient. We hope that this paper will contribute to an increased likelihood of treatment success and improved adherence to therapy.
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