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What are the different classes of asthma treatments?

  • B2 agonists
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Muscarinic Recpetor Antagonists
  • Cromogilicate
  • Theophyilline
  • Lukotriene antagonist
  • Biologics

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How do B2 adrenergic receptors agonists work?

  • Direct action on B2 adrenocepors on bronchiole smooth muscle to relax
  • Inhibit mediator release from mast cells and monocyes - reduce 2nd phase
  • May act on cilia to increase mucus secretion

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Name the short-acting B2 agonists

Salbutamol, Terbutaline
Max effect within 30 mins - last 4-6hrs PRN

SIDE EFFECTS
-Tremor (activation of B2 in skeletal muscle)
-Tolerance in B2 recpetors develops

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Name the long-acting B2 agonists

Salmetrol

  • duraion of action is 12hrs - 2x a day
  • SIDE EFFCTS - temour (activation of B2 in skeletal muscle) and tolerance in B2 receptors devolps

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How is theophylline used to treat asthma?

  • Mechanism unclear - phosphodiesteras inhibitor which meabolises cAMP to AMP
  • 2nd line drug - used with steroids if B2 inadequate - given IV in acute severe athsma
  • SIDE EFFECTS = CNA stimulant (tremour, insomina) stimulates heart causing vasodilation, causes anorexia and N+V

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How do muscarinic receptor antagonists work?

Ipratropium

  • Poorly absorbed in systemic circulation
  • Fewer side effects
  • Relaxes bronchial smooth muscle
  • Inibits elevated mucous secretion
  • Blocks action of endogenous ACh at muscle receptors - low levels of ACh normally released from cholinergic nerves in airway which relax smooth muscle and open airways
  • High levels of ACh released in asthma causing muscarinic receptors to activate, smooth muscle contracted and narrowed airways

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How do leukotriene receptor antagonists work?

Montelukast (1x daily)
Zafirlukast (2x daily)

  • Prevents exercise-induced and aspirin-sensitive asthma
  • Add-on for uncontrolled, mild-moderate asthma
  • Prevents leukotriene bonding to receptors (leukotriene cause bronchoconstriction)
  • Act as cysteinyl-leukotriene receptors on brinchiole smooth muscle to prevent the action of LTC4 and LTD4 which are bronchial spasmogens and stimulate mucous secretion
  • SIDE EFFECTS = HEADACHES, GI DISTURBANCE

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What are examples of Glucocorticoids

  • Beclameasone diproprionate
  • Budesonide
  • Fluticosone proprionate
  • Prednsolone
  • Hydrocortisone

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How do glucocorticoids work?

  • Reduce production of inflammatory agents (chemokine, spasogens TLC4 AND LTD4, leucocytes, chemotaxins)
  • Reduce bronchospasm and the recruitment and actvation of inflaammatory cells
  • Enter cells (lipid-soluble) and bind to intracellular rceptors in cytoplasm
  • SIDE EFFECTS - oropharyngeal thruch, dysphonia adrenal suppression with prolonged use

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Explain Cromoglicates

Nedocromil Sodium/Sodium Cromoglicate

  • Reduce bronchial hyper-reactivity
  • Effective in asthma caused by antigen, exercise and irritants
  • Mast cells stabiliser, reduces neuronal reflexes - bronchospasm, inhibits the release of T-cell cytokines
  • SIDE EFFECTS = irritation of upper RT, hypersensitivity

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Explain biological agents

Omalizumab

  • Recombinant DNA-derived humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody
  • Sub cut injection 2-3 weeks
  • Binds to IgE (protein that recognises antigen nd starts inflammartoy response)
  • Inhibts binding of IgE to receptor on the surface of mast cells and basopils
  • Inhibits IgE-mediated casacde of asthma
  • SIDE EFFECTS = Anaphlyaxis (allergic reaction to proteins) and malignancies

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Theophyilline is used in the treament if acute asthma attacks. It works by blocking..

Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterase

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Which drug blocks the spasmogenic effects of cysteinyl leukotrienes - releasing bronchioles and reducing mucous secretion?

Montelukast

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Which drug inhibits IgE binding to prevent mast cell activation?

Omalizumab

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What effects is associated with inhaled muscarinic antagonists (ipratropium)

Reduction in elevated mucus secretion caused by asthma

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