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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Brovana: A better COPD medicine

A relatively new medicine on the market that is slowly gaining acceptance by the medical community is aformoterol (Brovana).  The medicine is quickly gaining acceptance by the medical community to the benefit of the many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

There are four reasons why Brovana is gaining acceptance

1.  It's fast acting beta adrenergic (SABA) like albuterol (Ventolin).

2.  It's long acting beta adrenergic (LABA) like Salmeterol (Serevent), a medicine in the common inhaler Advair

3.  It's only available as a solution, and must be taken using a nebulizer.

4.  The nebulizer route allows better airway distribution in patients with airflow limitation as compared with the Advair inhaler.

5.  It can be taken with Pulmicort to get the same medicinal benefits as Advair.

6.  Both Brovana and Pulmicort only need to be taken twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

7.  Ventolin can still be prescribed for as needed use between doses of Brovana.

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