Eczema drug effective against severe asthma

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , /

Did that trigger your asthma at that
point? A little bit, yeah. Sara’s been a patient of mine for many years and we’ve been trying for a number of years now to control her severe asthma. And often patients complain to me they can’t breathe, they often feel like they’re producing mucus and they can’t just clear that and yet they’re taking a lot of different medications. The studies that just came out in the New England Journal of Medicine relate to a new drug that has never really been studied before in a large population of patients with asthma. This drug is called Dupilumab and Dupilumab has a very unique action in that it blocks two different what we call cytokines, which are chemicals that are active in patients with severe asthma. So in the Quest study, we found that in patients that were treated with Dupilumab, there is a about a 50% reduction in asthma attacks. Some of these patients come back to me after starting the medication and say “Wow, Dr. Castro my life has changed so much!” “You know, I’m able to do things like I
never had before.” “I’m able to go outside and actually exercise.” And so, you know, this has really been a life changing treatment for some of my patients with asthma. They sound nice and clear. Good. That’s what I like to hear.

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