What is the most common inhaled analgesic used 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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Sevoflurane has been employed more commonly than halothane and isoflurane. Care must be used with this medication, even though it is relatively safe, because of the risk of hepatotoxicity and renal tubular injury. In children, sevoflurane has been shown in some studies to be safe and effective. In adults, careful monitoring of liver and kidney function, as well as serum fluoride concentration, is helpful for avoiding toxic levels of sevoflurane. [48]


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