Side effects of asthma medications

One popular asthma drug has been linked to neuropsychiatric side effects such as depression, increased aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers. The agent belongs to a class of drugs called selective leukotriene receptor antagonists .
In the course of the work, the authors concluded that it is worth giving advice to physicians so that they are alerted to the signs and symptoms of allergic granulomatous angiosis (a rare drug-related complication) and severe neuropsychiatric symptoms. It is up to the doctor whether to prescribe the drug, but the researchers believe that children with asthma should not stop taking the drug. Ultimately, asthma can be a life-threatening condition in children, so it is important to continue taking life-saving medications, but these risks should be monitored and it is very important that doctors warn parents of possible side effects before their children start taking these medicines.
Since 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration has required a warning that such drugs are associated with neuropsychiatric side effects such as aggression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and hallucinations, depression and insomnia. Suicidal ideation and behavior (including suicide) and tremors are also possible side effects of taking it. The current study used two databases to find out how common these types of side effects are in children and adults. One of these was the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre , which reported over three hundred side effects after taking the drug. The second, a global database of more than 120 countries, contained almost 18,000 reports of adverse effects of asthma medication.
The chances of depression were almost seven times higher in children and adults who took the drug. Researchers have found that children are thirty times more likely to engage in aggressive behavior. The likelihood of suicidal thoughts increased twenty-fold, and the chances of nightmares were more than twenty-two times higher in adults and children who took the medicine, especially in children who are prone to nightmares. The risk of headaches was doubled. The authors of the study acknowledge that it is difficult to pinpoint a causal relationship. For example, having asthma is associated with a higher risk of depression, but is it an effect of illness or treatment? An exact pathophysiological explanation for the increased risk of neuropsychiatric problems in children and adults treated with the drug has not yet been found.

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