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RESP: Resp tract drugs and O2 Therapy

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Antimucokinetic agents
-drugs that drecrease movement/production of mucus/fluid w/in tract
-infrequent clinical use
Parasympatholytic drugs
-atropine (belladonna alkaloids, scopolamine)
MOA: block muscarinic receptors
-decrease secretions or excess expectoration
-problems: impair mucociliary clearance, dry mouth, nasal stuffiness, causes lack of secretions everywhere not just respiratory
Mucokinetic agents
-agents that increase production of secretions
-prevent drying of secretions airway plugging
-increased effectiveness of cough
-prevent microbial colonizationof mucus plugging airways
Mucokinetic agents: Diluents
-water
-saline solution (isotonic, hypotonic, hypertonic)
-aerosol delivery: suspension of particulate in gas (smaller size: deeper penetration)
-problems: risk of contamination, protective reflexes: cough, bronchospasm
Problems w/ diluents
-need effective cough
-caution if fluid restricted
-bronchospasm
-swelling or retained secretions
-cross contamination
Ethyl alcohol
-mucokinetic dilueting agent
-defoaming agent
What is the SAFEST and best way to maintain hydration of the resp tract?
-oral hydration! drink water, avoid caffeine, dairy
Mucotropic drugs
-expectorants
-act directly on broncial glands to increase volume and decrease viscosity of secretions
-used to increase ease of expulsion, enhance broncial drainage, enhance cough effectiveness
-not so effective in kids
Mucotropic drugs: Guaifenesin MOA
-works via gastropulmonary reflex: cause stomach irritation which activates the medullary center and increases broncial secretion
-side effects: vomiting
Mucotropic drugs: Iodinated glycerol
-works via gastropulmonary reflex + direct broncial stimulation
-SE: rashes, thyroid problems (to to the iodine)
Mucolytic agents
-agents that decrease tickness and stickiness of secretions (liquify mucus)
What makes resp. tract secretions thick?
-dehydration
-Ca++
-nuclear material
Consequenses of failure to remove secretions
-obstruction: retained secretions become almost inert masses: cough and ciliary clearance can't remove
-colonization by microbes
Acetylcyteine
-mucolytic agent
-MOA: cleave disulfide bonds
-administered by aerosol
-use: removal of excessivly thick secretions: COPD, CF
-SE: n/v, rhinorhea, broncorhea, stomatitis
-caution: pt must be able to clear once liquified
Deoxyribonuclease (Dornavac)
-mucolytic agent
-use: secretions w/ significant nuclear material
-it is an enzye: so stability problems, expensive, and since from other species: hypersensitivity
Antitussives
-drugs affecting the cough reflex
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Nonproductive cough
-not moving mucus
-exhaustive, disturbs sleep, break down of elastic fibers (long term), damage to epithelia (long term)
Common causes of non-productive cough
-dry air in heated rooms
-irritants (asthma, pulmonary edema)
-congestion of nasal mucosa
-fatigue
-treat the UNDERLYING problem causing cugh
Therapy goal w/ non-productive cough
-decrease frequency and intesity of the cough but NOT clearance
Narcotic antitussives
-codeine: most effect w/ fewest problems
-impair ciliary function, depresses respiration, broncial constriction, drug dependence, dry secretions
Dextromethorphan
-non narcotic antitussive, number one used
-lacks resp/analgesic effects
-acts on medulary cough center
Diphenhydramine
-ingredient in OTC sleep, cough, cold, decongestant and allergy medications
-anticholinergic: dries up secretions
Benzonatate
MOA: peripheral local anesthetic effect, depression of medullary transmission
-problems: "pearls" containing liquid local anesthetic, caution pt about "chewing"
Decongestants
-sympathomimetic amines that vasoconstrict via alpha adrenergic stimulation
-improves ventilation, promotes drainage, reduces stuffy feeling
-topical: more effective, less systemic absorption
-oral: longer duration, less effective, less local irritation, no rebound effect
Decongestant SE
-systemic absorption of topicals: hypertension, tachycardia, hyperglycemia, mydriasis, CNS stim
-vasoconstriction may be followed by vasodilation: rebound effect (makes congestion worse)
Rationale for oxygen therapy
-insure tissue oxygenation
-reduce compensatory responses (hypoxia increases sympathetic tone
-need to eliminate hypoxia
Effects of hypoxia: cardiovascular funtion
-increase sypathetic activity: increase CO, tachycardia (chronic hypoxia decreases HR), increase in BP
-at 5% O2: circulatory failure
-vasodilation
-pulomonary hypertension
Effects of 100% O2 on normal pt
-initial mild resp depression
-CNS long term: concurrent stim or depression
-decreased sympatetic tone: decrease CO, BP, HR
-vasoconstriction of coronaries and cerebral blood vessels
-no change in metabolism
Consequences of administering O2
-pulmonary atelectasis (absorption atelectasis)
-ear drum retration, vacuum type headache
-O2 apnea: chronic CO2 retention (COPD), loss of CO2 sensitivity following barbs, narcotics, brain injury
Oxygen poisoning
-cough, nasal stuffiness, sore throat, carinal irritation, burning on inspiration, frequent cough, severe pain on inspiration, dyspnea
-worse with more time
-after 24 hrs: ARDS