Pharmacological treatment of respiratory symptoms

David C. Currow, Amy P. Abernethy

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    This chapter discusses the pharmacological management of breathlessness. Opioids have demonstrated benefit without documented respiratory toxicity. Several psychotropic agents and nebulized furosemide have sufficient promise to warrant rigorous prospective studies. Ultimately, reducing the frightening sensation of breathlessness is something that can be achieved predictably with medications currently available.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSupportive Care in Respiratory Disease
    EditorsSam H. Ahmedzai, David R. Baldwin, David C. Currow
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191739149
    ISBN (Print)9780199591763
    Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2012


    • Breathlessness
    • Nebulized furosemide
    • Opioids
    • Psychotropic agents


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