Fast-Acting Bronchodilators for COPD
Bronchodilators are used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These medicines quickly relax muscles that tighten around the airways; help clear mucus from the lungs, and relieve acute shortness of breath.
What do fast-acting bronchodilators (or "rescue" or "quick relief" medications) do, and how are they supplied?
These medicines do the following things:
- Quickly relax muscles that tighten around the airways, making the airways wider and breathing easier.
- Help clear mucus from the lungs-as the airways open, the mucus can move more freely and can be coughed out more easily.
- Relieve acute shortness of breath .
The products are available in several forms:
- Metered dose inhaler
- Rotahaler inhalation device
- Nebulizer solution
What fast-acting bronchodilators are used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
There are several fast-acting bronchodilators for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These include:
- Albuterol (Ventolin®, Proventil®, Airet®)
- Albuterol sulfate (ProAir HFA®)
- Levalbuterol (Xopenex®)
- Metaproterenol sulfate (Alupent®, Arm-a-Med®, Metaprel®)
- Pirbuterol acetate (Maxair®)
- Terbutaline sulfate (Brethair®, Brethine®, Bricanyl®)
- Bitolterol mesylate (Tornalate®)