Prescribing Trends in Asthmatic Patients in Lahore

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prescribing trends and prevalence of asthma type in asthmatic patients of Lahore from September to November 2013. In the present study 50 Antiasthmatic prescriptions were collected from a tertiary care hospital of Lahore. 28 prescriptions were of males and 22 were of females. Maximum prescriptions were of patients of age groups 21-40 years (42%) & 41-60 years (44%). Amongst the prescriptions that were analyzed, moderate asthma was the most prevailing type (48%), followed by severe asthma (38%), and mild asthma (14%). Combination therapy was observed in 94% of the prescriptions. Inhaler alone was prescribed for most of the patients (82%) and in combination with tablets in 18%. Salbutamol in combination with Beclomethasone was the mostly prescribed anti-asthmatic therapy combination (90%) followed by Salbutamol & Montelukast (4%). It was concluded from this study that the most prescribed combination was according to WHO guidelines for asthma management.

Author(s): Adil Hameed, Allah Bukhsh, Sohaib Raza, Muhammad Asif, Asad Ali, Rohan Ahmed, Muhammad Ayaz

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