Study: Prevacid won't help kids with asthma

January 25, 2012 9:00:34 AM PST
An acid reflux drug often used for hard to treat asthma doesn't help children with the disease, and researchers say it may also cause side effects.

Acid reflux is common in children with asthma. Doctors studied about 300 children and teenagers. Half took Prevacid each day. The others received dummy pills. Researchers say asthma symptoms didn't improve in either group.

The children taking Prevacid were more likely to suffer from bronchitis, colds and sore throats.

This study was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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