In spite of histamine mimicking the symptoms of allergic bronchoconstriction and severe anaphylaxis, histamine antagonists most probably represent no effective treatment for these conditions. Anti-leukotrienes proved effective for preventing attacks of allergic asthma. In vitro evidence supports a supra-additive effect of histamine H1 receptor antagonists and anti-leukotrienes in vitro, in asthma models utilizing human bronchi. The same seems to hold true for human allergen provocation tests in vivo. We conclude that combinations of second-generation antihistamines and anti-leukotrienes deserve a large-scale clinical trial for preventing and/or treating attacks of allergic asthma. If useful, these drugs could provide a cost-effective alternative to some recent antiasthmatics. Given that redundant mechanisms may be included in asthma pathophysiology, other combinations (including thromboxane or platelet activating factor antagonists) could also be considered.
Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.