Not All Medicines Created Equal

Not All Medicines Created Equal

Steroid inhalers can be very useful for children with moderate or severe asthma. They can reduce inflammation in the lungs, prevent asthma flare-ups, and reduce the need for other asthma medicines. Two different steroids are commonly used fluticasone and beclomethasone.

A study in the Nov. 2001 issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine looked at 343 children with asthma who were randomly assigned to be treated with one of the two drugs. Those who received the beclomethasone grew significantly more slowly than those on fluticasone (growing an average of 3/8 inch less per year). And, as a bonus, the fluticasone was more effective at treating the asthma.

When inhaled steroids are needed, I prefer fluticasone for kids, both for treating asthma and as nasal inhalers for treating allergies.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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