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Certain asthma drugs may not have effect on mental health as once thought

Certain asthma drugs once suspected of being linked to suicide may actually be safe.

Asthma sufferers may no longer need to worry that certain medications will lead to suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

A study conducted at the University of Chicago (UC) confirmed there is no clear correlation between reported cases of suicide attempts and asthma medications that use leukotriene modifiers.

Published in this month's Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the research was based on researchers conducted a nested case-study with children and young adults on such medications, which include Singulair, Accolate and Zyflo.

The Food and Drug Association (FDA) made an investigation in 2008 into the potential risk posed after receiving a deluge of reports regarding suicide and suicide attempts made by users of the popular drug.

The investigation concluded that there was no implicit threat posed by any of the medications in regards to suicidal tendencies, but required a warning on the labels of these drugs that cases had been reported.

Doctors and researchers in the UC study found that in almost all cases regarding of related suicide attempts that were reported, the individuals had been clinically diagnosed with mental issues in the past, and were more often than not on taking anti-depression medication prior to the incidents.

"There still needs to be more work done. One study is never enough," Professor Glenn Schumock, a faculty member at the University who led the study, said in the report.

Schumock does recommends in the study that people at risk for suicide or with diagnosed chemical imbalances in the brain stay away from the drugs as a precaution if they believe personally there is a correlation until definitive medical results are gathered.

Asthma sufferers can go other, take alternative, non-medical routes to prevent airway constriction. Controlling humidity levels in the home goes a long way in keeping respiratory function in check. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners can ensure that moisture levels are in check and prevent that many potential breathing difficulties are avoided for asthma sufferers.

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