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Asthma & COPD Rx Use

Med Class Uses

Inhaled Short-Acting Beta2 Agonists (SABA) -Rescue/preventative relaxes the smooth muscle of the bronchioles, prevent or relieves bronchospasm; also used as a decongestant
Anticholinergics Prevents bronchconstriction, causing the airways to dilate
Corticosteroids / Oral Steroids Used to decrease inflammation in the lungs Oral-COPD long term use
Inhaled corticosteroids - Long term use Acts locally on bronchial tissue to prevent inflammation; inhibits cytokine production.
Long Acting Beta2 Agonists - Long term prevention of symptoms, prevention of exercise induced asthma, by causing bronchodilation
Xanthines Older, not much now unless nothing else works - potent bronchodilation
Mast Cell Stabelizers Anti-inflammatory; blocks early and late reaction to allergen (histamine release), thus preventing attacks
Leukotriene Modifiers (antagonists) Leukotriene receptor antagonists, thus blocking the leukotrienes from causing inflammation and edema
Lipoxygenase Inhibitor Inhibits production of leukotrienes
Immunomodulators -Moderate to severe asthma unresponsive to other medications. Monoclonal antibody (anti-IgE) that binds to circulating IgE, prevent it from binding to receptors on mast cells and basophils
Created by: Slacker