What is the role of corticosteroids in the treatment of anaphylaxis?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: S Shahzad Mustafa, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Recommendations to treat refractory bronchospasm with corticosteroids have been made because of their effectiveness in reactive airway disease. As in asthma therapy, onset of action is delayed for several hours. Aminophylline also has been recommended for bronchospasm in anaphylaxis and may be more rapidly effective than corticosteroids.


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