DRUG CHALLENGE: Asthma drugs
Jennifer Belavic PharmD

September 2010 
Volume 40  Number 9
Pages 68 - 68
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Do you know what they contain? Match the brand names in Section I with the generic ingredients in Section II._____ 1. Xolair (Genentech)_____ 2. Atrovent (Boehringer Ingelheim)_____ 3. Singulair (Merck)_____ 4. Xopenex (Sepracor)This bronchodilator is a drug of choice for immediate relief of acute asthma attacks. Adverse reactions include palpitations, tachycardia, chest pain, headache, dizziness, restlessness, and tremors.A leukotriene receptor antagonist, this drug is used to prevent asthma attacks. It's taken orally as coated tablets, chewable tablets, or oral granules. Adverse reactions include upper respiratory infection, fever, headache, pharyngitis, cough, abdominal pain, diarrhea, otitis media, influenza, rhinorrhea, and sinusitis.This anticholinergic relaxes bronchial smooth muscle through inhibition of muscarinic cholinergic receptors. It can be used with a short-acting beta<SB>2</SB>-agonist and may have an additive effect. Adverse reactions include pupillary

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