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Drugs Influencing
the Respiratory System


  1. Corticosteroids
    • These drugs produce an anti-inflammatory effect. Used to reduce mucous secretions, swelling and inflammation. Used in conjunction with bronchodilators to open airways in conditions such as asthma and COPD.
    • Examples: Flovent, Solumedrol, Azmacort, Decadron
    • Side Effects: Masks infections, hyperglycemia, slow wound healing.
  2. Beta Agonists
    • These are drugs having an affinity for the Beta 2 receptors sites. These sites are found primarily in bronchial and vascular smooth muscles producing bronchial relaxation and arterial dilation to skeletal muscles.
    • Used to relieve bronchoconstriction, for short term treatment of acute exacerbations, and long term treatment to control symptoms. Used for nocturnal symptoms.
    • Examples: Alupent, Serevent, Proventil
    • Side Effects: Tachycardia, headache, angina, muscle tremors



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