Are beta-2-agonists or anticholinergics more effective for treating COPD?

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Are beta-2-agonists or anticholinergics more effective for treating COPD?

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dc.contributor.author Richmond, John R.
dc.contributor.author Babcock, Chad F.
dc.contributor.author Mayo, Helen G.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-14T20:19:10Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-14T20:19:10Z
dc.date.issued 2004-06 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Family Practice, 53(6) 2004: 494-496. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3016
dc.description.abstract Both β2-agonists and anticholinergics appear to improve symptoms for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Recent research indicates that adding a long-acting anti-cholinergic to a β2-agonist may improve quality of life for patients with stable COPD more than the use of β2-agonists alone. Both drug classes increase exercise capacity and alleviate symptoms of COPD, although neither alters disease progression (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A). Combination therapy can lead to greater improvements in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) than either drug alone (SOR: A). However, until recently there were no convincing direct head-to-head comparisons of the 2 classes, and it is unclear whether this difference is clinically significant. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Family Physicians Inquiries Network en
dc.relation.ispartof Clinical Inquiries, 2004 (MU) en
dc.subject disease progression en
dc.subject quality of life en
dc.subject chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) en
dc.subject combination therapy en
dc.subject.lcsh Lungs -- Diseases, Obstructive en
dc.subject.lcsh Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive en
dc.subject.lcsh Adrenergic beta agonists en
dc.title Are beta-2-agonists or anticholinergics more effective for treating COPD? en
dc.type Article en
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. School of Medicine. Department of Family and Community Medicine. Family Physicians Inquiries Network


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