More than 5 million people suffer from asthma in the UK and most of them use inhalers to manage the condition. However, for many of them this is an unsatisfactory solution; they either find it hard to breathe in the medicine properly (it’s thought that up to a third of people may be using their inhalers incorrectly) or they forget to bring their inhalers with them in the first place. At Diets Don’t Work we have first hand experience of the latter as quite a few of our PT clients forget their inhalers, making it difficult for us to do effective cardio vascular work with them.
A simple solution may be at hand though. Researchers have concluded that a rarely prescribed asthma pill is just as effective at controlling symptoms. A two year study at the University of East Anglia found that the class of one a day tablets known as leukotriene receptor antagonists, which are currently only recommended as a third or fourth option, worked just as well as inhalers. They were also easier for the patients to manage. Adherence to treatment improved by as much as 60%. Samantha Walker, director of research at Asthma UK says the pill may offer a “realistic alternative choice of treatment”.