===Name of drug=== *Will be capitalized if it is a trade name (brand name) or uncapitalized if it is a generic name. *Two trade names that are nearly identical (eg Adalat PA and Adalat XL) need not have separate entries unless there is a particular reason for doing so. *Names will be listed alphabetically and broken into an appropriate number of pages (with 200-500??? items per page) Peg-Intron is the correct spelling that you have listed as Pegetron for pegylated interferaon alfa2b made by schering plough and marketed in the US for HCV
40 mcg inhaled twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart, is the recommended starting dose. For patients who do not respond adequately to 40 mcg after 2 weeks of therapy, increasing the dosage to 80 mcg twice daily may provide additional asthma control. The maximum recommended dosage is 80 mcg twice daily. The starting dosage is based on the severity of asthma, including consideration of the patients’ current control of asthma symptoms and risk of future exacerbation. Improvement in asthma symptoms can occur within 24 hours of the beginning of treatment and should be expected within the first or second week, but maximum benefit should not be expected until 3 to 4 weeks of therapy. Improvement in pulmonary function is usually apparent within 1 to 4 weeks after the start of therapy. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel defines low dose therapy as 80 to 160 mcg/day, medium dose as 161 to 320 mcg/day, and high dose therapy as more than 320 mcg/day for children ages 5 to 11 years. The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines define low dose therapy as 100 mcg/day in this age group. Titrate to the lowest effective dose once asthma stability is achieved.