Efficacy of Ciclesonide on Small Airways in Patients With Stable Asthma (18 to 60 y) (BY9010/M1-131)
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The aim of this study is to evaluate the involvement of small airways in asthma, as determined by bronchial challenges, CT-scanning, and cellular markers of inflammation. Ciclesonide will be inhaled at one dose level once daily. The study duration consists of a baseline period (2 to 3 weeks) and a treatment period (5 to 6 weeks). The study will provide further data on safety and tolerability of ciclesonide.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 60 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Main Inclusion Criteria:
Written informed consent
History of bronchial asthma
FEV1 more than or equal to 60% of predicted
Patients who are in good health with the exception of asthma
Main Exclusion Criteria:
Concomitant severe diseases, diseases expected to interfere with the outcome of the study, or diseases which are contraindications for the use of ICS
COPD (i.e. chronic bronchitis or emphysema) and/or other relevant lung diseases causing alternating impairment in lung function
Use of ICS 4 weeks before entry into the baseline period
Intention to become pregnant during the course of the study
Lack of safe contraception
Use of other drugs not allowed
Current smokers and ex-smokers with more than or equal to 10 pack-years