Asthafen (Ketotifen Fumarate) is a medicine used as a treatment for asthma. It helps reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks on patients. It however does not stop asthma attacks and is only a good option when taken continuously in asthma prophylaxis.
Asthafen can be categorized as a non-bronchodilator medicine and works by prevention of unnecessary activities in the airways as well as prevention of release of histamine, leukotrienes and other chemicals that mediate asthma inflammations. Asthafen is also categorized as aH1-antihistamine type and shows actions related to antiasthmatic medicine.
How to use Asthafen
Do not use asthafen during an asthma attack. Consult your physician for other fast responsive alternatives as asthafen is only applicable in reducing the occurrence of asthma attacks. Dosage should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. The medication should be taken once a day or as indicated and can be taken with food plus some water. This medicine is used for long term treatment of asthma and patients should tell their doctors of any known allergic reactions to its ingredients.
Dosage for use of asthafen by patients is to be prescribed by a physician. Asthafen (Ketotifen Fumarate) is available as tablets which are to be taken orally with or without food or with water. In order to feel the effectiveness of the medicine, you may have to continuously take your dosage up to the 10th week from the day therapy commenced. It is after such a period of continuous use of the medicine that the frequency of occurrence of asthma-related attacks will be noted to have been reduced. The severity of the attacks will also be noted to be reducing for patients responding well to therapy. Before starting on a dosage, a physician carefully calculates the amount of dosage suitable. This depends on the severity of your condition, your medical condition and medical history. In most cases for adults, physicians opt to start patients with a low dose that will increase after the first week. This is important in helping reduce the frequency of occurrence of sedation. The physician may continue adjusting the dosage depending on how the patient responds to the medicine.
Asthafen Side Effects
Continuous use of asthafen may lead to experiencing of side effects by patients. There are mild and severe side effects with mild ones being:
Anxiety or nervousness
These should not cause any worries unless they are prolonged. For severe side effects, it is advised that patients seek medical attention as soon as they experience any of them.
Patients who suffer from or have a history of epilepsy should talk to their physicians before starting on this medicine. Asthafen use can lead to drowsiness and patients on this medication are discouraged from driving and operating machinery as this can lead to accidents. Once a patient starts administering asthafen to treat asthma, they will require close monitoring by doctors. This is to ensure that they are responding as expected to treatment and that the symptoms are being kept on check and not worsening.