Expert Rev Respir Med. 2020 Jul 20:1-8. doi: 10.1080/17476348.2020.1794828. Online ahead of print.
INTRODUCTION: The use of tiotropium is approved for the treatment of asthma. There are several studies completed or currently ongoing with the long-acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMAs) umeclidinium and glycopyrronium as an add-on asthma treatment. Adding a second bronchodilator with a different mechanism of action for the treatment of uncontrolled asthma may be a suitable therapeutic approach, although several issues still under discussion.
AREAS COVERED: The reality of LAMA plus long-acting beta-agonists (LABA) treatment for adult asthma. A systematic search was conducted on March 2020, and included 6 electronic databases: EMBASE, MEDLINE, Scopus, The Cochrane Library, Web of Science and Google Scholar.
EXPERT OPINION: A growing body of evidence generated from several randomized clinical trials is supporting the use of LAMA in adulthood asthma always in association with inhaled corticosteroid (ICS). Currently, only tiotropium has been approved and included in the guidelines. Other LAMAs are under evaluation in clinical trials. Several clinical trials are supporting the use of a triple therapy (ICS/LABA/LAMA) in uncontrolled asthmatic patients under ICS/LABA.