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African American and Asthma Medication

07/23/2002

Question:

Can you tell me if the chemicals in asthma medication remains at higher levels in the bodies of African Americans than White Americans, such as flovent.

Thanks

Answer:

 There is no data that shows African Americans metabolized inhaled corticosteroids such as flovent differently than Caucasians. There are differences in metabolism between individuals depending on whether they are slow or fast acetylators but this is not necessarily racially influenced. 

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati