Protection against cold air and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction while on regular treatment with Oxis

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This study aimed to compare the duration of protection against exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB) after inhalation of formoterol (Oxis) Turbuhaler with that of terbutaline Turbuhaler and placebo Turbuhaler in asthmatic patients treated regularly with formoterol Turbuhaler 9 microg b.i.d. and inhaled steroids. The study. performed at three centres (Goteborg and Lund, Sweden, and Trondheim, Norway), consisted of an open-label part with formoterol Turbuhaler 9 microg b.i.d. and a randomized, double-blind, cross-over part with a single dose (on top of the regular treatment) of either formoterol Turbuhaler 9 microg, terbutaline Turbuhaler 0.5 mg or placebo Turbuhaler. The patients attended the clinic six times: twice for screening visits, three times for randomized treatment and once for a follow-up visit. Patients received regular b.i.d. treatment with formoterol 9 microg for a mean period of 16 days. Formoterol gave a post-exercise fall of 12, 10, 15 and 17% in forced expiratory volume in 1 sec (FEV1) 15 min, 4, 8 and 12 h after inhalation. The differences compared with placebo (falls of 26, 22, 23 and 22%) and terbutaline (falls of 17, 18, 22 and 22%) were all statistically significant (P<0.05 for all comparisons). Patients on regular treatment with formoterol Turbuhaler 9 microg b.i.d. have a significant protection against EIB up to 12 h after inhalation of formoterol 9 microg. The protection was also significantly better than that of terbutaline Turbuhaler 0.5 mg.


  • J Vilsvik
  • Jaro Ankerst
  • M Palmqvist
  • G Persson
  • J Schaanning
  • G Schwabe
  • A Johansson
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  • Respiratory Medicine and Allergy


  • formoterol turbuhaler®, asthma, exercise, cold air.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-490
JournalRespiratory Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch