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Rev Pneumol Clin. 1996;52(2):119-27.

[Modes of administration of beta agonists in asthma].

[Article in French]

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Service de Médecine Interne, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Bicêtre, Le Kremlin Bicêtre.

Abstract

Short-acting beta 2 agonists have a rapid and potent bronchodilating effect and represent the basis of treatment of acute asthma. Whatever the level of severity, the inhaled route is preferred because of its high efficacy/tolerance ratio. The doses and modes of administration depend on the severity of the airway obstruction, the site of management and the available devices. Long-acting beta 2 agonists are administered as regular treatment in moderately-severe to severe chaonic asthma in association to inhaled corticosteroids, mainly by the inhaled route whereas the oral route may be considered for the administration of prodrugs.

PMID:
8761642
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