The potency and side effects of salbutamol and fenoterol inhalers have been compared in 8 asthmatic patients using a dose response curve. There was no significant difference in the absolute or percentage increase in FEV1 with the two treatments, but fenoterol caused a significantly greater (P less than 0.01) increase in heart rate than did salbutamol. A greater degree of bronchodilatation was observed with increased doses and we suggest that regular higher doses may provide better bronchodilatation and control of asthma in selected patients.
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