Salbutamol in controlled release tablet form was compared to salbutamol in standard tablet form for the management of patients with bronchial asthma. A total of twenty asthmatic patients enrolled in the study were classified into two groups, ten patients each, for a cross-over study. Group 1 received controlled release tablets for a 2 to 3 week period, and were then shifted to standard tablets for another similar period. Group 2 received standard tablets first and was then shifted to controlled release tablets. Patients were required to record symptom scores during therapy, including sleep disturbance, chest tightness, wheezing, cough, sputum production and inhalational bronchodilator use. Measurements of peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) were also done, as well as record made of side effects experienced. The result showed that a lower symptom score was found in patients receiving controlled release tablets than in patients receiving standard tablets (p < 0.001 for sleep disturbance, p < 0.005 for sputum formation and p < 0.001 for total score). There was a higher PEFR in patients receiving controlled-release tablets than in patients receiving standard tablets (p < 0.001). Side effects with tremor were observed in 30% of both groups of patients with a slightly higher degree in the patients receiving standard tablets (statistically not significant). In conclusion, salbutamol of controlled release tablet form obtains a better therapeutic response than standard tablets in the management of patients with bronchial asthma.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Zhonghua Minguo wei sheng wu ji mian yi xue za zhi = Chinese journal of microbiology and immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 1993 Aug|
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