Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Respiratory Failure?

Updated: Apr 07, 2020
  • Author: Ata Murat Kaynar, MD; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Corticosteroids have been shown to be effective in accelerating recovery from acute COPD exacerbations and are an important anti-inflammatory therapy in asthma. Although they may not make a clinical difference in the emergency department (ED), they have some effect 6-8 hours into therapy; therefore, early dosing is critical.

Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol, Depo-Medrol, Medrol)

Methylprednisolone is usually given IV in the ED for initiation of corticosteroid therapy, although in theory, oral administration should be equally efficacious.

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