Table. 2—

Current drug usage in asthmatic patients

Mild-to-moderate asthmatic patientsSevere asthmatic patients
Oral corticosteroid#09 (32)***
Inhaled corticosteroid35 (66)25 (89)*
Inhaled corticosteroid dose µg·day−1¶933.7±130.82,380±222.4+
Short acting β2-agonist34 (64)27 (96)*
Long acting β2-agonist8 (15)18 (64)***
Anti-cholinergic1 (2)9 (32)***
Theophylline2 (4)7 (25)*
Cromone1 (2)4 (14)
Hospital admissions ever22 (42)26 (93)***
Hospital admissions past year2 (4)13 (46)***
  • Data are presented as mean±sem or n (%) unless otherwise stated. #: oral corticosteroid use at time of blood sampling; : beclomethasone equivalent dose. *: p<0.05, ***: p<0.001 by Chi-squared analysis; +: p<0.001 compared with mild-to-moderate asthmatics by an unpaired t-test.