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Nexium may not help asthma

April 11, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Asthma patients using powerful acid-reflux drugs even though they don't have heartburn should stop taking them, lung experts say. The medicine doesn't improve asthma symptoms, as had been thought.

A study published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine found that among 412 patients with poorly controlled asthma, the group given the proton pump inhibitor Nexium twice a day for six months fared no better in symptom control than patients getting placebos.

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