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Respiratory Medications - Chapter Summary
This collection of pharmacology lessons contains informative and concise lessons that examine common respiratory medications, such as albuterol. As you work through the chapter, you'll examine specific drug structures, classifications and mechanisms of action, as well as drug considerations and their implications.
These lessons are designed to present the most important respiratory information in a bite-sized and engaging manner. This way, you can quickly work through each lesson and check your understanding with short self-assessment quizzes. You can complete the chapter at your own pace using any Internet-connected device and reach out to our expert instructors if you have any questions.
How It Helps
This chapter on respiratory medications is designed to help anyone who needs to take an introductory pharmacology course. Aspiring pharmacists can also use these lessons to supplement their knowledge of common respiratory medications. Additionally, medical professionals who are looking to transition into the pharmacology field or who need to take a pharmacology course for continuing education purposes can find these lessons useful.
After finishing the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:
- Explain the implications and considerations needed to use albuterol in nursing
- Assess the structure, drug classification and pharmacology of albuterol
- Comprehend albuterol's mechanism of action and pharmacokinetics
1. Albuterol & Nursing: Implications & Considerations
Albuterol is a medication that is used to help with breathing problems such as asthma and COPD. In this lesson, we will learn about albuterol use and considerations to be aware of when taking it.
2. Albuterol: Pharmacology, Classification & Structure
Do you have asthma or do you know someone that does? Perhaps they use a medication called albuterol. Find out how this drug is classified and how it works!
3. Albuterol: Pharmacokinetics & Mechanism of Action
Albuterol is an effective medication often used for asthma and COPD. In this lesson, we will learn about the pharmacokinetics of albuterol as well as its mechanism of action.
4. What is Prednisone? - Uses & Side Effects
Prednisone is a medication that can be a life saver, but it can also be extremely dangerous in some instances. This lesson describes prednisone, its major uses, and some of its potential side effects.
5. Prednisone Withdrawal Symptoms
Prednisone is a prescription drug that is used for many different conditions. Unfortunately if it is suddenly stopped, you can experience withdrawal symptoms. In this lesson, we will learn about why withdrawal symptoms occur and what they are.
6. Prednisone Mechanism of Action
This lesson will go over the basics of how prednisone works within the body. It will explain related medical terms, how this type of steroid affects the body, how it helps, some risks associated with prednisone, and specifically where the medicine acts within the body.
7. What are Macrolides? - Uses & Side Effects
Macrolide antibiotics are types of drugs used to treat a wide variety of infections. In this lesson, you will learn what macrolides are, what these drugs are used to treat, and what side effects can occur from taking these medications.
8. Diphenhydramine: Drug Interactions, Side Effects & Overdose
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that is used to treat allergies, cold symptoms, and insomnia. This lesson discusses the drug interactions, side effects, and how overdoses occur when using this medication.
9. Diphenhydramine: Uses & Dosage
This lesson goes over a compound called diphenhydramine. Namely, you'll learn its more famous name, what some of its possible uses are, and some example dosage information as well.
10. Prednisone Drug Interactions
Steroids can be used to make your life more comfortable or to even save your life. But they may also have dangerous drug interactions. Prednisone is no exception. Find out why in this lesson.
11. Alternative Medicine for Asthma
Imagine having great difficulty breathing all of a sudden. That's what people who have asthma attacks feel. Luckily there are numerous therapies available for asthma, including alternative ones covered in this lesson.
12. Alternative Medicine for COPD
Two problems, one term. That's what COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis have in common. They also have some alternative therapies in common, This lesson covers some of them.
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Other chapters within the Introduction to Pharmacology course
- History & Types of Pharmacology
- Basics of Pharmacology
- Formulas & Calculations for Pharmacology
- Dosage Analysis in Pharmacology
- Pharmacology & Physiology
- Endocrine System Medications
- Therapeutic Responses in Pharmacology
- Stimulants & Pharmacology
- Medicinal Herbology
- Alternative Medicine & Pharmacology
- Alternative Medicine for Digestive Issues
- Reproductive Health & Pharmacology
- Cancer, Abnormal Cells & Pharmacology
- 5-HT3 Antagonist Drugs
- Anorectic Medications
- Medications for Colds & Coughs
- Medications for Infection Control
- Understanding & Administering Doxycycline
- Anticonvulsant Medications
- Overview of Antihistamines
- Understanding & Administering Loratadine
- Overview of Cholinergic Drugs
- GABA Analogue Medications
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
- Sodium Channel Blockers
- Understanding Steroids
- Uric Acid Reducers
- Anesthesia & Pharmacology