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Drug therapies

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0009

Series: Supportive Care Series

Drug therapies

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This chapter examines different types of drugs used in the management of dyspnoea. It describes palliative drug therapies that are usually turned to when disease-orientated strategies are exhausted. The chapter explains that appropriate management of breathlessness requires the careful and individualised use of both non-drug and drug measures and suggests that nebulised opioids should not be considered part of standard practice, and that corticosteroids should only be used for a specific reason. Benzodiazepines and opioids are the main classes of drugs used in the palliation of breathlessness.

Keywords: dyspnoea; drug therapies; palliative care; nebulised opioids; corticosteroids; benzodiazepines; breathlessness; disease management

Chapter.  7354 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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