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What is the treatment of acute asthma?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Several medications

Bronchodilators such as albuterol (ventolin, proventil) or xopenex (levalbuterol) enlarge the diameter of the airways to help air flow and mucus come out of the lungs.
Patients with cough-variant asthma, exercise-induced asthma, or regular asthma also use steroid inhalers (such as flovent) to reduce swelling, mucus, and "sensitivity" in the airways. Singulair is an additional medication that can be started.

In brief: Several medications

Bronchodilators such as albuterol (ventolin, proventil) or xopenex (levalbuterol) enlarge the diameter of the airways to help air flow and mucus come out of the lungs.
Patients with cough-variant asthma, exercise-induced asthma, or regular asthma also use steroid inhalers (such as flovent) to reduce swelling, mucus, and "sensitivity" in the airways. Singulair is an additional medication that can be started.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Med therapy...

Acute asthma is treated with bronchodilator agents and anti inflammatory agents.
Some patients also require supplemental oxygen, IV fluids, etc. If the exacerbation is very severe, the patient may need bipap or mechanical ventilation.

In brief: Med therapy...

Acute asthma is treated with bronchodilator agents and anti inflammatory agents.
Some patients also require supplemental oxygen, IV fluids, etc. If the exacerbation is very severe, the patient may need bipap or mechanical ventilation.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Bronchodi

The first line treatment for cute asthma attacks use of a bronchodilator medication like proventil, proair, ventolin or xopenex (levalbuterol).
In some case another medication called atrovent, which is a different type of bronchodilator can be used as well. If these medications are not helpful in a short amount of time or the asthma attack is pretty bad then call 911 and seek medical care. Asthma can kill !

In brief: Bronchodi

The first line treatment for cute asthma attacks use of a bronchodilator medication like proventil, proair, ventolin or xopenex (levalbuterol).
In some case another medication called atrovent, which is a different type of bronchodilator can be used as well. If these medications are not helpful in a short amount of time or the asthma attack is pretty bad then call 911 and seek medical care. Asthma can kill !
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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