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Pharmacological treatment of respiratory symptoms

David C. Currow and Amy P. Abernethy

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591763.003.0007

Series: Supportive Care Series

Pharmacological treatment of respiratory symptoms

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This chapter discusses the pharmacological management of breathlessness. Opioids have demonstrated benefit without documented respiratory toxicity. Several psychotropic agents and nebulized furosemide have sufficient promise to warrant rigorous prospective studies. Ultimately, reducing the frightening sensation of breathlessness is something that can be achieved predictably with medications currently available.

Keywords: breathlessness; opioids; psychotropic agents; nebulized furosemide

Chapter.  5985 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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