Respiratory Drugs: Part 1

Respiratory Drugs: Part 1


www.thedrnurse.com Pharmacology tab under resources SUBSCRIBE Albuterol Fast acting bronchodilator! Beta blockers- use with caution in respiratory patients Albuterol is the rescue inhaler Tachycardia, tremor, diaphoresis, anxiety HYPOKALEMIA Spiriva Bronchodilator and anti-cholinergic Once daily, NOT a rescue inhaler Reduces mucus production Side effects of Spiriva are due to the anti-cholinergic effects Dry mouth, dry eyes, constipation Urinary retention…notify provider! Use with CAUTION in glaucoma! Fluticasone is a corticosteroid Anti-inflammatory effect on airway Side effect of steroid is increased serum glucose Patient can develop thrush if they do not rinse their mouth after use! Give Albuterol 1st; Spiriva 2nd; Fluticasone LAST Levaquin Floroquinoline Reserved for patients with severe respiratory disease The fluoroquinolones can cause Achilles tendon rupture! OOPS! It’s spelled wrong on the board! These antibiotics are also very hepatotoxic and can exacerbate myasthenia gravis Theophylline is a xanthine Xanthines act like caffeine It is a bronchodilator Theophylline also reduces the lungs responsiveness to irritants Tachycardia, nervousness, tremor, anxiety, diaphoresis Theophylline is cheap! We draw SERUM LEVELS on Theophylline Theophylline toxicity can cause seizures Hypotension SUBSCRIBE! www.thedrnurse.com Mini patho course available Thanks for watching!

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