Leukotriene modifiers have recently become part of the medications approved to treat asthma since corticosteroids were introduced in 1972. Generally leukotriene modifiers are an alternative method to treatment for children with mild asthma and for children who are unable to inhale steroids. There are an abundance of reasons as to why leukotriene modifiers are beneficial in the treatment of asthma which is why they are increasing in popularity throughout the medicinal community.
First approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), leukotriene modifiers were placed into two specific categories: First Class Leukotriene-Receptor Antagonists (Accolate, Singulair), Leukotriene-Receptor Inhibitors (Zyflo). The first class leukotriene-receptor antagonists are primarily responsible for preventing the binding of leukotriene and the leukotriene-receptor inhibitors are responsible for synthesizing inhibition.
As an alternative therapy to asthma symptoms, leukotriene modifiers can be used with corticosteroids or without corticosteroids depending on how serious the patient’s asthma is. These particular types of medicine are known to reduce and/or prevent the following symptoms: scarring and inflammation of the trachea and airways and bronchospasm’s (the tightening of the muscles around the airway). If you and/or a loved one are given a leukotriene modifier you will be instructed to take the medication daily, even if symptoms are not present, and you must be aware of the fact that they begin to work over a period of time. All leukotriene modifiers come in pill-form or syrup form and are unavailable in any other type of medicinal format. Leukotrienes are also known to help improve overall lung function and decrease your need for a standard rescue inhaler.
Although corticosteroids and leukotriene modifiers are two examples of strong medicines to help combat asthma, they are weaker on their own than if they were to be taken together. With the implementation of corticosteroids, the overall shape of the airways are brought back into tact and with the leukotriene modifiers, it helps to prove your overall lung function. With a regime of the two medications you can rest assured that your asthma symptoms will become less tedious to live with over an extended period of time.
Asthma is a very common ailment that people all over the world experience throughout their lives. If you are looking for a way to help your children overcome the symptoms of asthma and asthma attacks, starting a regime of leukotriene modifiers may prove to be more beneficial to your cause. Speaking with your family doctor will help to you to determine what the best method of treatment will be.