It’s enough already that you are suffering from one condition or disease but if two strikes you then that would be something to worry about. This is why some doctors took the liberty to see if they can cure two health conditions instead of one with the use of one medication.
In this video, asthma patient Matthew Leitz talks about his condition, “I would say about once a month, I have something serious enough to cause an asthma attack,” Leitz stated “Other than that, it’s a lot of wheezing and coughing,” he added. Because of this he never goes out without his inhaler nearby. However, inhalers are not only one part of the problem. It has been proven that at least 1 out of 3 people experience the same problem that Leitz has. According to Dr. John Mastronarde, M.D from Ohio State University Medical Center, “There are a proportion of patients who for whatever reason have acid in their stomachs but they don’t feel it. It doesn’t hurt, we don’t really understand that but we know it exists,” he explained.
With this underlying condition, doctors thought of an idea to cure two conditions with the help of one medication. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. So researchers like Dr. Mastronarde came up with an experiment where they gave people with asthma medications that cure acid reflux. However, after three years of study, it has been proven that patients with this condition were not as responsive to the drug as the doctors thought it would be. This video will show Dr. Mastronarde explain why such experiment was not successful.
The goal of this experiment was to keep doctors from over medicating patients with asthma and acid reflux. As for patients, it would be a good idea to pay for one medication that can cure both.