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American Lung Association Study to be Published in the 'New England Journal of Medicine' Finds Prescription Heartburn Medication Does Not Control Asthma Symptoms as Previously Thought
Date:4/8/2009

x does not play a significant role in poor asthma control. Talk with your doctor before discontinuing any medication, as each patient's specific needs will vary."

For asthma patients with symptoms of gastric reflux such as heartburn that occurs at least twice weekly, the American Lung Association recommends prescription heartburn medication be taken to control heartburn, and not asthma symptoms.

AstraZeneca provided the medication for the study that was funded by the American Lung Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a component of the National Institutes of Health. AstraZeneca is the national sponsor of the American Lung Association's Breathe Well, Live Well: An Asthma Management Program for Adults. This partnership has helped expand the program into diverse communities across the nation.

The ACRC Network is an American Lung Association sponsored research program that conducts large scale clinical trials with the mission of advancing the care and treatment of people with asthma. The network, with a central data coordinating center and 20 clinical centers located across the country, is the largest of its kind. By placing its clinical centers around the country, the ACRC Network is able to enroll large numbers of patients for clinical trials, thus ensuring relevant research findings can be interpreted with the highest level of scientific authority.

ABSTRACT:

Efficacy of Esomeprazole for Treatment of Poorly Controlled Asthma: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Background: Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is common in asthma patients but often has mild or no symptoms. It is not known whether treatment of GER with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in poorly-controlled asthmatics without GER symptoms can subs
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