Tiotropium for asthma: A summary of current guidelines and a case study

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Abstract

Background and purpose:

The long-acting muscarinic antagonist tiotropium received an indication for the treatment of asthma from the FDA in 2015.

Methods:

This paper summarizes much of the published findings on tiotropium and asthma and explores the heterogeneity of the asthma population vis-à-vis recent changes in guidelines for management of COPD. The accompanying case study provides an illustration of how tiotropium might be added to a patient's regimen appropriately.

Conclusions and implications for practice:

Tiotropium has been shown in many studies to be beneficial to patients with asthma as an add-on medication. It should be considered as an agent by the clinician managing patients with both allergic and non-allergic asthma.

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