Pharmacologic treatment of the adult hospitalized asthma patient

M. L. Kreutzer, Samuel Louie

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Abstract

Acute severe asthma calls for aggressive and early therapy of a multifaceted and all-inclusive approach (Fig.2). Therapy merely begins in the ED and manifold distinct issues need to find consideration during ongoing hospital care. Currently, β-agonists, anti-cholinergic agents, and corticosteroids remain the mainstay of therapy. Methylxanthines and magnesium may find consideration in carefully selected patients. Multiple new therapeutic avenues, such as the anti-leukotriene drugs, seem promising and future studies will hopefully extend our armamentarium against life threatening complication of a common disease. Asthma education begun in the hospital may provide the platform for preventing severe acute exacerbations and hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-383
Number of pages27
JournalClinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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  • Immunology and Allergy

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