What is the role of nonselective beta2-agonists for 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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Patients whose bronchoconstriction is resistant to continuous, handheld nebulizer treatments with traditional beta2-agonists may be candidates for nonselective beta2-agonists (eg, epinephrine [0.3-0.5 mg] or terbutaline [0.25 mg]) administered subcutaneously. [26] However, systemic therapy has no proven advantage over aerosol therapy with selective beta2 agents.


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