Review: Inhaled corticosteroids slow the progression of airflow limitation in COPD

May 2004
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2004, Vol. 140 Issue 3, p57
Academic Journal
In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), inhaled corticosteroids reduce the progression of airflow limitation. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) slow the progression of airflow limitation in COPD Studies were selected if they were full reports of randomized controlled trials of ICSs in patients with COPD, had 1 year of follow-up, examined change in FEV [sub 1] over time, patients with asthma were excluded, and patients were studied when COPD was stable. The ICSs studied were fluticasone, triamcinolone, budesonide, and beclomethasone.


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