Health-Related Quality of Life in Moderate Asthma Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • OBJECTIVE: To compare the effect of hydrofluoroalkane-134a (HFA) beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP; 400 microg/d) with that of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) BDP (800 microg/d) on asthma health-related quality of life in a 12-week, parallel-group, multicenter study. BACKGROUND: HFA-BDP is a new CFC-free preparation of BDP, which was developed as a result of CFCs being phased out from metered dose inhalers. METHODS: Following 7 to 12 days of prednisone, 30 mg/d, 347 adults with moderate asthma were randomized to receive either 400 microg/d HFA-BDP, 800 microg/d CFC-BDP, or HFA placebo for 12 weeks (all other oral and inhaled steroids were withdrawn). Patients completed the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ), and clinical asthma status was measured at the end of a run-in period, at randomization (after oral steroid treatment), and at the end of the study treatment. RESULTS: Sixty-one patients withdrew, 43 due to worsening asthma (33 placebo; 5 HFA-BDP; 5 CFC-BDP). There was a deterioration in the AQLQ score (- 0.81) in the placebo group, and the difference between this and the stability observed in both the HFA-BDP group (+ 0.13) and the CFC-BDP group (- 0.03) was statistically significant (p

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  • November 1999

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