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Keywords:

  • candidiasis;
  • glucocorticosteroids;
  • hoarseness;
  • inhalation therapy;
  • powder inhaler;
  • pressurized aerosol;
  • side-effects

Local side-effects, such as hoarseness and oropharyngeal candidiasis, are often seen during treatment of patients with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). We investigated whether changing from pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDI) to Turbuhaler® influenced the type and frequency of local side-effects. Local side-effects were recorded for a 2-year period in which 154 patients used ICS pMDI with a spacer device. They were followed for an equally long period of time (26.2 ± 5.7 months) while using Turbuhaler, as were 90 patients who received Turbuhaler as their first ICS preparation. After inhalation, all patients rinsed out their mouths with water. In experienced pMDI-users, the frequency of local side-effects decreased from 21% to 6%. The reduction was due to a lower incidence of hoarseness. Candidiasis or hoarseness was not seen in patients given Turbuhaler as their first ICS device. Our fear of an increased incidence of local side-effects when giving ICS in Turbuhaler was unwarranted.