What newer devices have been shown to be effective in the treatment of pediatric asthma?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Newer devices are showing greater efficacy. For MDIs, chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants (implicated in ozone depletion) have been phased out in favor of the hydrofluoroalkane-134a (HFA) propellant. Surprisingly, the HFA component is more environmentally friendly and has proven to be more effective, due to its smaller aerosol particle size, which results in better drug delivery. MDIs with HFA propellant have better deposition of drug in the small airways and greater efficacy at equivalent doses compared with CFC-MDIs.


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