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Beta 2 adrenergic agonists

Albuterol ( Proventil, Ventolin)

formoterol ( foradil aerolizer)
salmeterol ( serevent)
terbutaline ( Brethine)


What is the pharmacological action of beta 2 adrenergic agonists

It acts by selectively activating the beta2 receptors in the bronchial smooth muscle, resulting in bronchodilaton, as a result bronchospasm is relieved. Histamine is inhibited. Ciliary motility is increased.



Inhaled* short acting
Oral* long acting

Prevention of asthma episode,
Inhaled short acting for prevention of Asthma
Treatment for bronchospasm
Long term control of asthma


Formoterol ( foradil, Aerolizer)
Salmeterol ( serevent)

Inhaled, long acting

Used for long term treatment of asthma


Terbutaline ( Brethine)

Oral* long acting

Long term control of asthma


What are adverse effects of beta 2 adrenergic agonists

Oral agents can cause tachycardia and angina because the activation of alpha 1 receptors in the heart.
Advise clients to avoid caffeine
Instruct client to check pulse and report HR above 20-30 more BPM.

Tremors caused by activation of beta 2 receptors in skeletal muscle.


What are contraindications and precautions of beta 2 adrenergic agonists

Pregnancy category C
contraindicated in clients with tachydysrrhythmia
Use cautiously in client who have diabetes, hyperthyroidism, heart disease, hypertension and angina.


What drug interactions exist for beta2 adrenergic agonists

MAOI and TCA can increase the risk of tachycardia and angina


What should the pt do when prescribed a beta 2 agonist and a inhaled glucocorticoid

Inhale the beta 2 agonist before inhaling the glucocorticoid. The beta2 agonist promotes bronchodilation and enhances absorption of the glucocorticoid


What are short acting beta2 agonists used to treat

Acute episodes



Theophylline ( the oldie, theo 24)

Causes relaxation of bronchial smooth muscle resulting in broncho dilation


What is oral theophylline used for

Long term control of chronic asthma or COPD

route of administration: oral or IV( emergency use only)


What are therapeutic ranges of theophylline

Therapeutic effects are unlikely to occur at levels less than 20.


What are signs of toxicity when taking theophylline

Nausea, diarrhea, restlessness


What severe reactions can occur with higher therapeutic levels of theophylline



Theophylline should be used cautiously in clients who

Have heart disease, HTN, liver and kidney dysfunction and diabetes


What are medication food interactions of theophylline

Caffeine increases CNS and cardiac adverse effects of theophylline
Caffeine can increase theophylline levels
Phenobarbitol and phenytoin decrease theophylline levels
Cimetidine ( Tagamet) ciproflaxacin ( cipro) and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics increase theophylline levels.


What is the pharmacological action of Inhaled anticholinergics

Blocks muscarinic receptors of the bronchi, resulting in bronchodilation


What is the prototype drug of inhaled anticholinergics

Ipratropium ( Atrovent)

Other meds: tiotropium (Spiriva)


What are the therapeutic uses of inhaled anticholinergics

Relieves bronchospasm assoc with COPD
allergen induced and exercise induced Asthma
Route of administration: inhalation


What are adverse effects of inhaled anticholinergics

Local anticholinergic effects such as dry mouth, hoarseness


What are contraindications and precautions of inhaled anticholinergics

Pregnancy category B
Contraindicated in clients who have an allergy to peanuts because the medication preparations may contain soy lecithin
Use cautiously in clients who have closed angle glaucoma and benign prostatic hyperplasia ( due to anticholinergic effects)



Short term IV agents are used to treat status asthmaticus
Inhaled agents are used for long term prophylaxis of asthma
Short term oral therapy is used to treat manifestations following acute asthma episode.
Long term oral therapy is used to treat chronic asthma
Promote lung maturity and decrease respiratory distress in fetuses at risk for preterm birth.


What are the prototype meds of glucocorticoids

Inhalation: beclomethasone
Oral: prednisone


What are inhalation glucocorticoid meds

Budesonide ( Pulmicort Flexhaler)
budesonide and formoterol ( Symbicort)
Fluticasone and salmeterol ( Advair)
fluticasone ( Flovent)
mometasone furoate and formoterol fummarate dihydrate (Dulera)


What are oral medications of glucocorticoids

Prednisolone ( Prelone)


What are IV Medications of glucocorticoids

Hydrocortisone sodium succinate ( Solu- Cortef)
Mehtylprednisolone sodium succinate ( Solu- medrol)


What is the expected pharmalogical action of glucocorticoids

Theses meds prevent inflammation, suppress airway mucus production, and promote responsiveness of beta2 receptors in the bronchial tree.
The use of glucocorticoids does not provide immediate effects, but rather promotes decreased frequency and severity of exacerbations and acute attacks.


Prednisone when used for 10 days or more can result in what

Supression of adrenal gland function, such as a decrease in the ability of the adrenal cortex to produce glucocorticoids, can occur with inhaled agents and oral agents. ( administer oral glucocorticoids on a alternate day dosing schedule, monitor blood glucose levels, taper the dose do not stop abruptly)
Bone loss ( advise pt to perform at bearing exercises, consume a diet with sufficient calcium and vit D, use lowest dose possible)
Hyperglycemia and glycosuria ( pt with diabetes should have blood glucose monitored)
Myopathy AEB muscle weakness
Peptic ulcer disease ( advise pt to,avoid NSAIDS, administer with food, report black tarry stools check for blood)
Disturbances of fluid and electrolytes


What are contraindications and precautions of glucocorticoids

Pregnancy category C
Contraindicated in clients who have received a live virus vaccine and those with systemic fungal infections
Use cautiously in children and in clients who have diabetes, HTN, peptic ulcer disease and or kidney dysfunction
Use cautiously in pt taking NSAIDS