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Methotrexate as a steroid sparing agent for asthma in adults

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, July 1998
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Title
Methotrexate as a steroid sparing agent for asthma in adults
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, July 1998
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd000391
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Authors

Huw Richard H R Davies, Leslie LG Olson, Peter G Gibson

Abstract

Sustained oral corticosteroid use can lead to complications, so there is interest in identifying agents that can reduce oral steroid use in people with asthma. Methotrexate has attracted attention as a possible steroid sparing agent in patients with chronic oral steroid dependent asthma. The objective of this review was to assess the effects of adding methotrexate to oral corticosteroids in adults with stable asthma who are dependent on oral corticosteroids. The Cochrane Airways Group trials register and reference lists of identified articles were searched. Randomised trials of the addition of methotrexate compared with placebo in adult steroid dependent asthmatics. Duration of therapy needed to be at least 12 weeks. Trial quality was assessed and data extraction was carried out by two reviewers independently. Study authors were contacted for missing information. Ten trials involving a total of 185 people were included. Study design and quality, corticosteroid dosages and outcomes varied widely. There was a reduction in oral corticosteroid dose favouring methotrexate in parallel trials (weighted mean difference -4.1 mg per day, 95% confidence interval -6.8 to -1.3) and also in cross-over trials (weighted mean difference -2.9 mg per day, 95% confidence interval -5.9 to -0.2). There was no difference between methotrexate and placebo for forced expiratory volume in one minute (weighted mean difference 0.12 litre, 95% confidence interval -0.21 to 0.45). Hepatotoxicity was a common adverse effect with methotrexate compared to placebo (odds ratio 6.9, 95% confidence interval 3.1 to 15.5). Methotrexate may have a small steroid sparing effect in adults with asthma who are dependent on oral corticosteroids. However, the overall reduction in daily steroid use is probably not large enough to reduce steroid-induced adverse effects. This small potential to reduce the impact of steroid side-effects is probably insufficient to offset the adverse effects of methotrexate.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 2%
Unknown 109 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 18 16%
Student > Master 16 14%
Librarian 6 5%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 5%
Other 6 5%
Other 14 13%
Unknown 45 41%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 41 37%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 2%
Social Sciences 2 2%
Psychology 2 2%
Other 6 5%
Unknown 46 41%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 June 2022.
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#118
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