Asthma patients prefer fast relief


asthmaWASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Asthma sufferers are much more likely to use drugs that offer fast relief of symptoms, according to new U.S. research.

About 31 percent of sufferers said they use fast-acting medications, while only 14 percent said they use longer-term, preventive treatments, according to a new study by Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Another 31 percent of people with asthma said they use both types of medications, and 24 percent said they use none, according to the study.

In addition, one-fourth of individuals said they have a device at home to measure their lung function.

Nearly half of the adults in the study said they had at least one asthma attack in the last year, and women were slightly more likely to have the attacks than men.

source UPI