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Arch Bronconeumol. 2010 Dec;46 Suppl 10:25-32. doi: 10.1016/S0300-2896(10)70053-3.

[Clinical profile of roflumilast].

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Servicio de Neumología, Hospital Universitario, Guadalajara, España.


Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and associated bronchitis are at higher risk of exacerbations, which are a major cause of morbidity and impaired quality of life. Moreover, exacerbations are associated with more rapid disease progression and higher mortality. The typical symptoms of chronic bronchitis (chronic cough and sputum production) are correlated with inflammatory markers in COPD. Roflumilast is an anti-inflammatory drug belonging to the novel therapeutic class of phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitors and is the first drug to be developed for the treatment of a specific COPD phenotype (COPD associated with chronic bronchitis). The results of clinical trials indicate that, in patients with COPD associated with chronic bronchitis and a history of exacerbations, roflumilast improves pulmonary function and reduces the symptoms and frequency of exacerbations requiring medical intervention. This effect is maintained when regular treatment with a long-acting bronchodilator or an inhaled corticosteroid is added.

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