Effect of triple therapy in patients with asthma-COPD overlap .

Published on Aug 1, 2019
· DOI :10.5414/CP203382
Yoshihisa Ishiura17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Kansai Medical University),
Masaki Fujimura53
Estimated H-index: 53
(Kanazawa University)
+ 6 AuthorsShosaku Nomura52
Estimated H-index: 52
(Kansai Medical University)
OBJECTIVE: Asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap (ACO) is of increasing interest because ACO patients have significantly worse outcomes, leading to greater social and economic burdens compared with asthma or COPD alone. Some guidelines for ACO recommend triple therapy with inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting β2 agonists, and long-acting muscarinic antagonists. However, this approach is based on extrapolating data from patients with asthma or COPD alone. Therapeutic studies for ACO have not previously been conducted. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 12-week, randomized, open-label cross-over pilot study was conducted in 17 ACO patients to evaluate the effect of umeclidinium (UMEC) 62.5 µg once-daily added to fluticasone furoate/vilanterol (FF/VI) 200/25 µg once-daily. A 4-week run-in, a first and a second 4-week treatment period were included. Respiratory function, respiratory impedance, fractional exhaled nitric oxide, COPD assessment test, and asthma control test scores were evaluated 0, 4, and 8 weeks after randomization. RESULTS: Mean values of post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 second as a percentage of the predicted value (%FEV1), after UMEC was added to FF/VI, were significantly higher than after the run-in (p < 0.01). Mean values of resonant frequency during inspiration (Fres), after UMEC was added to FF/VI, were significantly lower than after the run-in (p < 0.01). CONCLUSION: Adding UMEC to FF/VI provides greater improvement in lung function, indicating that triple therapy is a suitable regular treatment for ACO.
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