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Magnesium Treatment for Asthma : Where Do We Stand?

Marc Noppen, MD, PhD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Brussels, Belgium
 ,  Dr. Noppen is Associate Professor and Head of the Interventional Endoscopy Clinic, Respiratory Division, University Hospital AZ-VUB, and Faculty of Medicine, Free University of Brussels (VUB).

Correspondence to: Marc Noppen, MD, PhD, FCCP, Respiratory Division, Academic Hospital AZ-VUB, Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Brussels, Belgium; e-mail: marc.noppen@az.vub.ac.be



Chest. 2002;122(2):396-398. doi:10.1378/chest.122.2.396
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My name is John Doe, and I have asthma. I am concerned about my health, and I’m not sure whether I should take the steroids and other chemicals my physician has ordered me to. A friend suggested I should take magnesium. What shall I do? Well, I’m up-to-date and concerned, hence I consult the World Wide Web. I search for “asthma and magnesium,” and find … > 26,600 Web page matches! When looking for “corticosteroids and asthma,” or even for, eg, “anticholinergics and asthma,” I “only” find 17,400, and “only” 2,370 Web sites relate to anticholinergics and asthma. When browsing through the 26,600 pages, the evidence in favor of magnesium seems overwhelming. My friend was right: I should take magnesium!

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