Which medications in the drug class Adrenergic Agonists are used 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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Adrenergic Agonists

These agents help maintain blood pressure, antagonize effects of released mediators, and prevent further release of mediators.

Epinephrine (Adrenaline, EpiPen, EpiPen Jr, Twinject, Adrenaclick)

Epinephrine is the drug of choice for treating anaphylaxis. It has alpha-agonist effects that include increased peripheral vascular resistance and reversed peripheral vasodilatation, systemic hypotension, and vascular permeability. Its beta-agonist effects include bronchodilatation, chronotropic cardiac activity, and positive inotropic effects.


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