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Inhaled Asthma Drug Side Effects Can Stunt Kids’ Growth

Filed September 4th, 2012 Laurie

A commonly inhaled drug may help children with asthma…but it may also permanently cut their height by half an inch.

According to the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the drug, budesonide – marketed as both Rhinocort and Pulmicort – appears to stunt growth, but the effect does not get worse with time. The drug is very effective at controlling serious asthma, which effects 6 million children and adults in the U.S.

Studies performed over a decade ago showed the drug was safe and effective, but noted that the children in the study were about half an inch shorter if they used budesonide instead of other asthma treatments.

The new study, presented at the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress in Vienna, Austria, shows the effect may be permanent.

William Kelly of the University of New Mexico said the results of the study might indicate that the minimum dose required to control each child’s asthma could be adjusted to prevent the stunting.

“If a child is not growing as they should, we may reduce their steroid dose,” agreed Strunk. “But we think that the half-inch of lowered adult height must be balanced against the well-established benefit of inhaled corticosteroids in controlling persistent asthma. We will use the lowest effective dose to control symptoms to minimize concerns about effects on adult height.”

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