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Revista Cubana de Pediatría

Print version ISSN 0034-7531On-line version ISSN 1561-3119

Abstract

CORONEL CARBAJAL, Carlos. Ketotifeno: un antialérgico efectivo. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2001, vol.73, n.1, pp.16-21. ISSN 0034-7531.

Ketotifen is a drug that is widely used in the treatment of allergic diseases, but there are discrepancies in relation to its effectiveness. A descriptive study of a sample of 87 patients between 6 months old and and 15 years old was conducted at "Armando Enrique Cardoso" General Teaching Hospital from November, 1998, to January, 2000, aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of ketotifen in the treatment of allergic diseases as well as to recognize its main side effects and the moment when the clinical improvement begins. The results obtained after applying a formulary are shown in 5 tables and are expressed in percentage. The following conclusions were reached: ketotifen proved to be effective in 72.6 % of the patients, this drug was effective in the prevention of aggravations of bronchial asthma in 71.3 %, only 25.2 % suffered from some adverse effect and the average time to control the disease was between 4 and 8 weeks in 58.7 % of the patients.

Keywords : ASTHMA [drug therapy]; ANTI-ASTHMATIC AGENTS [therapeutic use]; CHILD.

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