Edited by Terry Robinson and Jane E. Scullion

in Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Nursing

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199226238
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199597970 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks


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This chapter covers basic pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, pharmacodynamics, adverse drug reactions (ADRs), short-and long-acting inhaled β2-agonist, oral β2-agonist bronchodilators, antimuscarinic (anticholinergic) bronchodilators, combined inhaled short-acting bronchodilators, methylxanthines (theophyllines), inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), ICS in asthma and COPD, side-effects of ICS, choice of ICS, oral corticosteroids, combined inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting bronchodilators (ICS/LABA), side-effects and interactions, leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRAs), cromones, anti-IgE monoclonal antibody (omalizumab), mucolytics, inhaler devices, inspiratory flow, types of inhaled therapy, pressurized metered dose inhalers, spacer devices, breath-actuated pMDIs, dry powder inhalers, nebulized therapy, inspiratory flow meters, and placebo devices.

Chapter.  11393 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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