Respiratory Pharm Drug Classes

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The main asthma drug categories and classes

corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers, mast cell stabilizers, IgE antibodies


sympathomimetics, methylxanthines, antimuscarinics



steroids (orally inhaled) prototype drug


leukotriene modifiers (LT receptor antagonists)

cromolyn, nedocromil

mast cell stabilizers


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)


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


amphetamine-like sympathomimetic drug


alpha, beta adrenergic agonist



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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