Once-daily ciclesonide 80 or 320μg for 12 weeks is safe and effective in patients with persistent asthma Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The efficacy and safety of ciclesonide was assessed in this randomized, placebo-controlled study in patients with persistent asthma (randomized n=360) maintained on low to moderate doses of inhaled corticosteroids. Patients were randomized to receive ciclesonide 80 or 320 microg (ex-actuator doses, equivalent to 100 and 400 microg ex-valve, respectively) or placebo once daily in the morning via metered-dose inhaler for 12 weeks. Morning peak expiratory flow was maintained throughout the treatment period in patients treated with ciclesonide and decreased significantly in patients treated with placebo (P=0.0003). Ciclesonide (80 and 320 microg) significantly increased forced expiratory volume in 1s from baseline (0.13 and 0.19 L increases, respectively; P<0.01); improvements were superior versus placebo (P=0.0044 for 80 microg ciclesonide; P<0.0001 for 320 microg ciclesonide). The probability of losing efficacy decreased in a dose-dependent manner (55% for placebo, 38% for ciclesonide 80 microg, 23% for ciclesonide 320 microg). Asthma symptom scores and rescue medication use were unchanged with ciclesonide and significantly worsened with placebo. The incidence of adverse events was comparable in all treatment groups and no cortisol suppression was observed. Therefore, ciclesonide 80 and 320 microg administered once daily was a safe and effective maintenance treatment for patients with persistent asthma.

publication date

  • October 2005

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