Effective Treatment for Asthma - Study Found Antibiotic Can Be Used To
Treat Acute Asthma Attacks and Symptoms
April 17th 2006
London researchers say that the antibiotic, telithromycin, can hasten
the recovery time of patients who have had asthma attacks by three days,
as will reduce symptoms and improving lung function. The study,
published in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated that this
antibiotic can be used effectively to treat acute asthma attacks.
The antibiotic is not currently used for treating asthma. Telithromycin
is made by the world’s third largest pharmaceutical company,
sanofi-aventis. The study, part of the TELICAST (TELIthromycin,
Chlamydophila and ASThma) study, investigated 278 patients at 70 centers
around the world.
This was a randomized double blind study. Within 24 hours of an acute
asthma attack, patients were given either a single 800mg dose of
telithromycin daily, or a placebo, in addition to their usual