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Articles  |   March 1992
Acute severe asthma: Part 2. Current therapy
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Articles   |   March 1992
Acute severe asthma: Part 2. Current therapy
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 1992, Vol. 92, 343. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1992.92.3.343
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 1992, Vol. 92, 343. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1992.92.3.343
Abstract

Acute severe asthma is an extremely common and serious public health problem in the United States. Current optimum therapy of acute severe asthma includes supplemental oxygenation, nebulized beta-adrenergic receptor agonist therapy, and prompt use of glucocorticosteroids. In view of its low therapeutic index and the availability of more effective, less toxic agents, theophylline is no longer considered a first-line treatment. Ipratropium bromide combined with beta-agonist may augment bronchodilator responsiveness.