In the treatment of disease, aerosol administration represents a valuable means by which a therapeutic agent may be delivered. This route possesses many advantages over other routes of administration for the treatment of specific disease states, particularly those associated with the lungs. However, aerosol administration also exhibits unique limitations. To appreciate fully the usefulness or potential of aerosols as a means of drug delivery, it is important that the advantages and disadvantages of aerosols for this task be considered. This chapter deals with the pharmacology (including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics) of aerosolized drugs in the airways. The impact of airway histology and physiology as they pertain to the action of an aerosolized drug are also considered.

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Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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