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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Drug therapies

Drug therapies

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(p.147) Chapter 9 Drug therapies
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0009

This chapter examines different types of drugs used in the management of dyspnoea. It describes palliative drug therapies that are usually turned to when disease-orientated strategies are exhausted. The chapter explains that appropriate management of breathlessness requires the careful and individualised use of both non-drug and drug measures and suggests that nebulised opioids should not be considered part of standard practice, and that corticosteroids should only be used for a specific reason. Benzodiazepines and opioids are the main classes of drugs used in the palliation of breathlessness.

Keywords:   dyspnoea, drug therapies, palliative care, nebulised opioids, corticosteroids, benzodiazepines, breathlessness, disease management

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