Flo-Pred-A New Asthma Medication; To Help Your Child Breathe Easier.
There are multiple medications on the market today which treat a variety of disease conditions. There are medications for the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer of the blood, to name a few. The majority of these medications are not only designed with you, me and the elderly in mind. But they are also developed for our children as well. In treating a childhood disease like asthma for example; there are also many options in the way of drug treatment. There are the metered dose inhalers, oral predinosolone tablets and yes there are also some inhaled powdered inhalers.
However the real problem I am sure moms find, or other families may have, is getting the children to take the medication. Most of you moms who may be reading this article right now know, kids do not cooperate with you when it comes to taking any pill, or inhaling powdered substances for that matter. It can become not only awkward for a child to hold their inhaler, but just as difficult for a mom or other family member, to assist them with getting this much need medication into their airways. Medication essential in reducing the impending inflammation that usually precedes an asthma attack. Besides the inflammation associated with asthma, other symptoms include... wheezing, chest tightness and frequent coughing spells.
Doctor's are just too busy attending to other young patients to take the time out, to show you how to instruct yourself and children's proper use of them. A lot of liquids may be cumbersome in the way that they could readily spill and than if that happens, a real problem could develop. A problem in the way of really not knowing how many teaspoons; of asthma medication you had just given your child. Was it too much, or too little? And when it comes down to a disease such as asthma, you really do not want to play the guessing game. Just to throw out a few numbers in reference to asthma. This chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, had caused 3,384 deaths back in 2005. That number continues to grow today. And in addition to those 3,384 deaths-asthma contributes to nearly two million trips, to the emergency room each year.
On January 17th 2008 a pharmaceutical company by the name of TaroPharma, with offices in Cary, North Carolina and Hawthorne, New York had developed a fairly new medicine. This drug for asthma will be promoted under the branded name of Flo-pred-(Prednisolone Acetate). It was somewhat of a hidden secret for awhile, but shortly it will re-emerge into the world of therapeutics. Here it will play a significant role, in alleviating a majority of problems you moms have had in the past, with getting your children to take asthma medications. A Pharmacist friend of mine, had recently filled me in; about this new oral asthma medication, that will soon be promoted to pharmacies and pediatricians. So since I now have some information about this fairly new asthma drug, I would like to share a little additional information about this asthma medication, with you moms and other readers.
Flo-pred is an oral corticosteroid drug as briefly mentioned; to treat chronic inflammation of the airways, which is responsible for causing asthma. Even though Corticosteroids can cause some unwanted side effects, this class of drugs has to be taken for several years to cause any problems. One of the more significant problems they may cause is HPA axis suppression.
HPA axis suppression stands for (Hypothalmic Pituitary Axis). What this basically means is that over a very long period of time, they may stunt the growth of children by interfering with the manufacturing of cortisol in the brain. Considering all of the unwarranted side-effects related to other classes of drugs (ie.) ADHD drugs; corticosteroids are wonderful in a sense; that they also treat a number of other child related disorders. A few of these other diseases where corticosteroids play a role in therapeutic treatment are.. Hematologic, Ophthalmologic, nervous system, renal and dermatological. Flo-pred is unique in the sense that it helps your child want to take their asthma medication when it is essential to ward off an asthma attack. And medications such as flo-pred also prevent future occurences of asthma.
Probably one of the most beneficial features of this medication is that it is cherry flavored and spill resistant. This works in favor of not only the mom and other caregiver, but also assists in taking the medication a more pleasant experience for the child. I'm sure many of you have been in a doctor's office where you heard a kid screaming at the top of their lungs. You probably thought to yourself, what the heck is going on in there? Is that Kid being murdered by a crazed pediatrician gone mad? At times it surely seems like that it is the case. But most of us know that a lot of children are being given injections for yearly flu shots or other required immunizations. Kids among most people hate needles to begin with, especially when it involves something that may hurt a little.
The same goes for liquid medications and sometimes this can be a worse case scenario, because medication may not taste that great and is sometimes likely to spill rather easily. Try to get a child to take a teaspoonfull of medication or more. What usually happens is that more ends up on you and the floor, rather in your child's mouht. Flo-pred was designed to help prevent this problem. And as mentioned, not only tastes great but is composed of a thicker suspension; with a delivery system that masks the taste of the actual medication. It also comes with a convenient syringe that is calibrated. This makes it easier when giving your child the medication. You know that they are getting the correct dosage; as instructed to give, by your pediatrician or other healtcare provider. And once flo-pred makes contact with your childs tongue, the tastebuds in turn respond favorably to the flavor. It doesn't have that yucky taste that kids so often despise. They in turn will be eager to receive the medication next time.
Another important factor to point out is that flo-pred is different from other liquid oral medicines, in that it is gluten free, alcohol free and dye free. Not to mention it is also sugar free. This is without a doubt one of the more important features of a medicine like flo-pred, because as some of you know, some children may also be diabetic. That can present somewhat of a problem when giving a child another much needed medication required, in order to control their asthma. Here a serious interaction could occur; if the sugar contained in other medicines for example, is administered to your child. With flo-pred there is no concern when it comes to treating a diabetic child, who also has asthma. And your child's physician will not only know this, but they in addition, will also like the added feature as well. So all in all when it comes to treating a serious condition like asthma; there is another fairly new treatment on the horizon, in the way of flo-pred.
No one really wants their children taking any type of drug, whether it is a drug for ADHD, or one specifically indicated for an Asthmatic condition. But the real truth of the matter; is that these medicines were develped not to hurt children, but to help them with their condition and to save their precious tiny lives. Sure there are always those certain risks or side-effects involved when taking any medicine, but for the most part they are safe and well-tolerated. And the benefits that these medicines deliver to your child or other family member; will for the most part, always outweigh the bad, that comes from ingesting them. In summary asthma is not a death sentence for a child, but it can certainly be the case, if treatment is not administered right away. The good news is that most children-in fact 50%, will outgrow their conditon by the time they reach adolescense. In the meantime it's good to know; that there are medications in the market place, to help your child continue to breath easy.