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Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology


ISSN (Print): 1389-2010
ISSN (Online): 1873-4316

Prevention and Treatment of Allergic Asthma in Pregnancy: From Conventional Drugs to New Therapeutical Approaches

Author(s): Angela P. Cadavid, Gerard L. Bannenberg, Petra C. Arck, Justine S. Fitzgerald and Udo R. Markert

Volume 12 , Issue 5 , 2011

Page: [758 - 764] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/138920111795470840

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Different conventional anti-asthmatic and anti-allergic drugs are commonly used in pregnancy, including inhaled corticosteroids, long- and short-acting β-agonists, leukotriene modifiers, cromolyn, and theophylline. Alternatively, immunotherapy with allergens before and during pregnancy is accepted as a causal treatment of allergies, but the allergy specifity and severity in combination with a variety of application protocols and procedures cause wide heterogenity of this treatment principle. Furthermore, the pharmacokinetic characteristics and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classification of conventional anti-allergic drugs and immunological implications of immunotherapy are summarized in this review, and insights on fetal programming of allergies are introduced. We propose a potential perspective of treatment with anti-inflammatory and pro-resolving mediators, such as lipoxins, resolvins and protectins; these are lipid mediators physiologically generated during the immune response from arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. This proposal fits with the recently appreciated approaches to allergy prevention for the newborn child by a balanced maternal nutrition and omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption.

Keywords: Allergic asthma, anaphylactic reaction, anti-allergic drugs, immunotherapy, lipid mediators, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, pregnancy, resolvins, long-and short-acting-agonists, immunotherapy with allergens, fetal programming of allergies, allergy prevention for the newbornchild, anaphylaxis

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