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Role of Deriphylline in Asthma



Is deriphylline routinely used in treating asthmetic patients?


Deriphylline (theophylline) is currently recommended as a second line agent for asthma by both the National Institutes of Health (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/index.htm#asthma) and the Global Initiative for Asthma (www.ginasthma.com). In general, theophylline products are not often used or recommended as an initial controller medication for asthma. However, theophylline products may be an option as a controller for some patients who are unable to tolerate other medications and are also an option if patients continue to have poor asthma control despite the use of other regular controller medications. It is important to remember that every patient's asthma is unique and patients should partner with their asthma care provider to come up with the best individualized treatment program for their specific needs.

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John G Mastronarde, MD John G Mastronarde, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University