Standing as the only text focused on the pharmaceutical treatment of asthma, this reference details the pharmacology, mechanisms of action, efficacy, and safety of every drug currently used in the management and care of asthma patients. Internationally renowned authorities cover published practice guidelines, treatment plans, pharmacologic agents, and clinical studies to provide the most authoritative and up-to-date information on the use of medications to control and prevent this common condition.
Reviewing the role of pharmacotherapy in the overall management of asthma, this guide:
* reviews the pharmacology and clinical use of inhaled corticosteroids, beta adrenergic agonists, leukotriene modifiers, combination products, and many other asthma drugs
* provides a practical framework for the optimal pharmacotherapy of asthma, focusing on outpatient therapy
* examines international guidelines for the drug treatment of asthma.
Table of Contents
The Optimal Management of Asthma. Pharmacotherapy in Practice Guidelines. Pharmacologic Agents. Beta Agonists. Anticholinergic Agents. Inhaled Corticosteroids. Leukotriene Modifiers. Theophylline and Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors. Nedocromil and Cromolyn. Systemic Corticosteroids. Anti IgE. Immunosuppressive Agents. Allergen Immunotherapy. Clinical Practice. Outpatient Pharmacotherapy. Pharmacotherapy in the Emergency Department, Hospital, and ICU
"…The strength of this text is its discussion of the basic pharmacology mechanisms of asthma drugs. All of the authors wrote concise, easy-to-understand sections on complicated information."
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