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Best medication or other treatment for asthma exacerbation in adults?

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Dr. Stuart Bradin
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 28 years experience
Bronchodilators : Start with bronchodilator like albuterol 4 puffs w/ spacer or a nebulized treatment and early use of steroid. Severe asthma- consider mag sulfate, sq epi, continuous albuterol, theophylline, terbulatine.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
Depends: Its tough to say with knowing your history. However, typically, asthma exacerbations are treated by increasing the frequency of rescue medications either by inhaler or nebulizer. Depending on dose, you inhaled steroid my be increased. Oral steroids are very common practice. If the exacerbation is really bad, you may need to be hospitalized and placed on heliox.

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