When are beta-agonists most effective in the treatment of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Beta-agonists are generally most effective in the early asthma reaction phase. However, patients who present with status asthmaticus despite frequent use of beta-agonists at home may have tachyphylaxis and may exhibit resistance to these agents. Similar issues may be seen in patients using long-term inhaled long-acting beta-agonists. Therefore, these patients may not respond as well when these agents are given in the hospital setting.

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