(WXYZ) – Asthma pills have barely changed in decades but now a new medicine called Fevipiprant shows promising results. During a 12-week trial with 61 patients, Fevipiprant reduced a biological marker of asthma nearly five-fold.
How does Fevipiprant work?
This pill is taken twice daily and works by blocking the action of inflammatory cells called eosinophils. According to the CDC, there are 17.7 million adults and 6.3 million children with asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease where the inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. This can make them sensitive and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
When can we expect to see this new medication on the market?
The trial was small. What’s needed next is larger and longer studies to prove that this pill can also reduce severe asthma attacks, known as exacerbations. The company that makes this new pill believes the medicine could be filed for regulatory approval around 2019.
Many people rely on medications to prevent and relieve symptoms, but here are my prescriptions to help lessen the possibility of asthma attacks:
1. Use an Air Conditioner
It lowers indoor humidity and can help reduce exposure to dust mites.
2. Use dust-proof covers on pillows, mattresses and box springs
This can help minimize dust that may worsen nighttime symptoms.
2. Reduce pet dander
Regularly bathing or grooming them can also reduce the amount of dander in your surroundings.
3. Clean Your Home at Least Once a Week
And wear a mask as you’re likely to stir up dust.
Can asthma go away permanently on its own?
For most people, asthma is present the rest of their lives. A child with asthma can get better or worse over time and some very young children with asthma may get much better as they and their lungs grow. There’s no cure for asthma; however, it can be treated and controlled.
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