Salmeterol asthma drug can make asthma worse in children? A study showed that asthma medication called salmeterol does not work for the use in children. Worse, the drug is believed will actually worsen asthma in children. A genetic disorder in the salmeterol is said as the cause which will make asthma more severe on one of the seven cases of childhood asthma. “Generic drugs are usually not going to be successfully when used in some parts of the population,” said Somnath Mukhopandhyay of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, as reported by the Daily Mail. When the drugs do no work, doctors often blame the parents for not giving medication properly to the children. When in fact the drug may not work in some cases. Treatment of asthma in children are usually done gradually. Additional drugs are given as the first drug does not work. Initial drug given to children is usually inhalers to open the airways when under attack. If the inhaler is not enough, your doctor will prescribe a low dose medicine containing steroids in red inhalers. If this still does not work, the doctor will give salmeterol in purple or green inhalers. Professor Mukhopadhyay his and colleagues at Dundee University decided to compare salmeterol with another drug, that is montelukast. Approximately 62 children were given medication for one year, while researchers observed their progress. In general, salmeterol worked better than montelukast. But in some children, salmeterol does not functions, while montelukast works better. Children who took montelukast does not require other medications and have an increased quality of life. According to researchers, it’s good for doctors to try giving the drugs before prescribing to children. Because for some children with certain genes, different drugs may have better outcomes.