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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

(p.147) Chapter 9 Drug therapies
Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

Oxford University Press

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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