Respiratory Pharm Drug Classes

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The main asthma drug categories and classes

corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers, mast cell stabilizers, IgE antibodies

antiinflammatories

sympathomimetics, methylxanthines, antimuscarinics

bronchodilators

beclomethasone

steroids (orally inhaled) prototype drug

montelukast

leukotriene modifiers (LT receptor antagonists)

cromolyn, nedocromil

mast cell stabilizers

omalizumab

IgE antibody-based drug

albuterol, salmeterol

"selective" beta-2 agonist (sympathomimetics) prototype drugs

terbulaline, ritodrine

"selective" beta-2 agonists used to stop premature labor (sympathomimetics)

isoproteronol

beta-1, beta-2 agonist (sympathomimetics) prototype drugs

ephedrine

amphetamine-like sympathomimetic drug

epinephrine

alpha, beta adrenergic agonist

theophylline

methylxanthines

atropine, ipratropium

antimuscarinic prototype drugs

beta-blockers, cholinergic drugs, ACh esterase inhibitors, antimuscarinics, NSAIDs, diuretics

drugs to avoid to use with caution in patients with asthma

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