Tiotropium bromide: additional options for the treatment of bronchial asthma

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Bronchial asthma (BA) is one of the most common chronic diseases, characterized by airway inflammation and bronchospasm. Symptoms of BA are wheezing, shortness of breath, a feeling of constriction in the chest and cough, the frequency and severity of which vary greatly over time. Today studies of BA phenotypes allow selecting treatment depending on the particular pathogenesis of each phenotype individually, thereby helping to achieve control, which is the main goal of BA therapy. However, it is necessary to take into account the peculiarities of airway innervation, since an increased parasympathetic tone is characteristics of all BA phenotypes and plays an important role in the development of bronchoconstriction and inflammation. Therefore, tiotropium bromide, which is a long-acting blocker of muscarinic cholinergic receptors, is one of the main bronchodilators in the treatment of BA. It blocks bronchoconstriction, hypersecretion and swelling of the mucous membrane of the airway, which in turn prevents the progression of inflammation, and the prolonged action of tiotropium bromide, which allows it to be used once a day helps to achieve control of asthma in addition to basic inhalation therapy - inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) long-acting P2-agonists (LABA). According to GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma), tiotropium bromide is recommended as an additional treatment, starting from step 4, and in accordance with the Russian Federal Clinical Guidelines for Bronchial Asthma - from step 3. Currently, according to clinical studies, much is known about the mechanisms of action and biological properties of tiotropium bromide, which made it possible to substantiate the needs for its administration to patients with BA regardless of its phenotype. This strategy will contribute to a more successful control of BA considering risk factors and comorbidity, thereby reducing needs of increasing ICS dose.

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O M Kurbacheva

NRC Institute ofImmunology FMBA of Russia

M E Dyneva

NRC Institute ofImmunology FMBA of Russia

Email: amanturliva.miramgul@mail.ru


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