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Eur Respir J. 1994 Feb;7(2):342-5.

A multicentre comparison of the efficacy of terbutaline Turbuhaler and salbutamol pressurized metered dose inhaler in hot, humid regions.

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  • 1Astra Pharmaceuticals Pty. Ltd, North Ryde, NSW, Australia.


Twenty seven adults and 20 children with previously diagnosed stable asthma, using a salbutamol pressurized metered dose inhaler (P-MDI) and living in Cairns, Townsville and Southport, Queensland, Australia participated in a randomized, open-label cross-over comparison of terbutaline administered via Turbuhaler and salbutamol administered via P-MDI. The aim of the study was to compare the clinical effectiveness and patient acceptance of the two treatments in hot, humid regions. Terbutaline was administered via Turbuhaler and salbutamol via P-MDI on at least two occasions per day during each four week treatment period. Spirometry was performed at the start of the study, after the two week run-in and at the end of each treatment period. Patients used diary cards to record morning and evening peak expiratory flows, daily symptom scores and daily intake of beta 2 agonist medication. At the end of the study, patients answered a treatment preference question. Forty six patients completed the study. No statistically significant differences were observed between the two treatments in peak expiratory flow, change in morning peak expiratory flow pre- and post-beta-agonist, daily symptom scores, diurnal variability and spirometry. Forty four percent of patients preferred the terbutaline Turbuhaler and 39% preferred salbutamol P-MDI. Both agents were similarly tolerated. Terbutaline delivered by Turbuhaler is as clinically effective as salbutamol delivered by P-MDI in patients with asthma living in hot, humid regions.

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