THURSDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Merck & Co.'s Dulera inhaler has been approved for people 12 and older whose asthma isn't controlled with other medication, the company said Thursday in a news release.
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Dulera combines a corticosteroid (mometasone furoate) and a long-acting beta agonist (formoterol fumarate). The latter class of drug increases the risk of asthma-related hospitalization in children and teens, Merck said, so Dulera should only be used by people whose asthma isn't adequately controlled with a different class of drug.
Dulera isn't a rescue medication and does not replace a fast-acting inhaler to treat symptoms that begin suddenly, Merck said.
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