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Open Access Pro/Con: A unified conclusion-Inhaled corticosteroids for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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ICS are like any other drug: they have benefits and they have risks.6,7 In the right patient, often the patient with frequent exacerbations and severe uncontrolled symptoms, an inhaler regimen, including dual long-acting bronchodilators and an ICS may be the right choice. For the patient with infrequent exacerbations, low symptom burden, and recent pneumonia that caused hospitalization, an inhaler regimen that contains an ICS may bring more risk than benefit. In addition, analysis of recent data, including the WISDOM8 trial, has provided evidence that ICS may be most beneficial in the immediate postexacerbation period. Further, ICS may be safely discontinued in patients with few exacerbations and stable symptoms.9 As with any long-term medication, a nuanced risk-benefit calculation by the prescribing physician and informed discussion with the patient are ultimately the best ways to balance the use of ICS that have benefits in some patients and risks in others.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: From the Department of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado 2: Department of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire 3: Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colorado

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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