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1

What is a cough

symotom of a respiratory disease
Protective reflect: prevents lungs from aspiration

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What is a useless cough

persistent and unproductive: dry
eg. ashtma, oesophageal reflux, sinusitis and psychogenic

3

Should a useless cough be suprressed?

yes it should
cough supressants are called - antitussives
always treat underlying cause as cough is a symptom

4

What is a useful cough?

expels secretions i.e sputum - productive
eg. chest infection

5

Should a useful cough be suppressed?

No
yes if it is exhausting and dangerous

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Mechanism of a cough

Cough receptors in nose or upper airways (lung irritant receptors detected. goes to the
cough centre in the medulla which leads to stimulation leading to cough

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How do dry cough - cough suprressants act? and what drugs act to reduce that afferent side

On the afferent side: reduce stimuli
- above larynx - linctuses
Below larynx - steam inhalation, nebulised local anaesthetics
Treat cause: stop smoking

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What happens on the efferent side: in dry cough suppressants?

Medullary cough centre - antitussives
- opiods (codeine, methadone, pholcodeine)
- non opiods (dextromethorphan, noscapine)
- sedatives: diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine

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Efferemt side antitussives

Opiods (codeine, methadone, pholcodeine)
Non opiods (dextromethorphan, noscapine)
Sedatives: diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine

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Productive cough

Expectorants which increase volume of secretion and mucolytics which decrease the viscosity

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Examples of expectorants

Guaiphenesin, ipecacuanha

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Examples of mucolytics

Acetyl cysteine, recombinaant humane DNase
used for cystic fibrosis

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What is the best treatment for a productive cough that shouldn't be suppressed?

antibiotics

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3 common causes of a chronic caugh

upper airways cough syndrome - post nasal drip
bronchial asthma/COPD
Gastrooesophageal reflux disease

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Treatment for upper airways cough syndrome - post nasal drip?

anti- allergics, and nasal decongestants

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease

anti-reflux therapy with PPi's

17

What are the causes of chronic obstructive lung diseases

inflammation, bronchoconstriction and secretions (mucus plugs)

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What are the types of bronchial asthma

associated with allergic reactions - Type 1 hypersensitivity
not associated with specific allergen
exercise induced asthma
asthma associated with COPD

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Describe the pathology of allergen mediated asthma

Antigen is presented through TH 2 cell to a B cell which induces IgE production and Mast cell activation. This mediates the release of mediators (histamine) and causes the pharmacological effects - bronchoconstriction

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Treatment of asthma

non-specific reduction of bronchial hypersensitity -
non - pharmacological : stop smoking, weight reduction
pharmacological: corticosteroids
Dilation of narrowed bronchi
mimicking dilators: sympathomimetics
direct acting bronchodilators: methylaxines
Blockade of constrictor transmitter: Anti-cholinergics
Prevention of release of transmitter
- mast cell stabilisers
Antagonism of released transmitter
- leukotriene receptor antagonists

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How to prevent an antigen:antibody reaction

avoidance of allergen
-difficult to find
-insufficient evidence
-avoidance of tobacco and weight reduction

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What do corticosteroids do

anti-inflammatory - inhibit influx of inflamm cells, reduce microvascular leakage - decreased oedema
reduce bronchial reactivity - reduce asthma exacerbations and do not relax bronchial smooth muscle

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What are the different types of corticosteroids?

inhaled and oral

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Inhaled corticosteroids - first line for asthma

beclomethasone, budesonide
fluticasone, flunisolide, triamcinolone
first line regular therapy - mild to mod asthma

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oral corticosteroids - for sever asthma

Prednisolone, methylprednisolone
Betamethasone and triamcinolone
for severe asthma

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What are the adverse effects of corticosteroids

Iatrogenic Cushings syndrome
- diabetes, hypertension, peptic ulcer, psychosis, delayed puberty
Inhibition of hypothalamic pituitary axis
Other side effects
-oropharyngeal candidiasis
-hoarseness: direct effect vocal cords

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Which corticosteroid produces less side effects

cyclesonide - prodrug

28

How do mast cell stabilisers work and examples?

cromolyn sodium, nedocromil sodium
- inhibit release of mediators - histamine

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How are mast cell stabilisers administered

by inhalation and very poorly absorbed
no effect on bronchial smooth muscle
no use in acute bronchospasms

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When are mast cell stabilisers useful

when taken prophylactically (as a preventative defensive measure)
main uses: allergy rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis
side effects: throat irritation, cough, dermatitis, myositis and gastroenteritis