Adrenomimetic Agents

Adrenergic drugs (Table 39.2) used for the management of acute and chronic asthma are epinephrine (Primatene), isoproterenol (Isuprel), and a group of adrenoceptor agonists, including albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin, Salbutamol), terbutaline (Brethine, Brethaire), and salmeterol (Serevent), that are relatively selective for ^-adrenoceptors (see Chapter 10). This class of agents has become the mainstay of modern bronchodila-tor therapy. These agents are used both as needed to reverse acute episodes of bronchospasm and prophylacti-cally to maintain airway patency over the long term.

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