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Unformatted text preview: steady state. Assisted ventilation may be required if adequate oxygenation is not achieved. Beta-adrenergic agonists and anticholinergics are first line therapies in the management of acute COPD. Beta-adrenergic agonist agents may be administered every 30 to 60 minutes if tolerated preferably in aerosolized forms. These medications should be accompanied by heart monitoring in patients with known heart disease. Inhaled ipratropium bromide is usually given with beta-ad-renergic agonists. Short term use (7 to 14 days) of corticosteroids improve FEV 1 in acute severe exacerbations of COPD. Antibiotics are given for treatment if underlying cause is an infection....
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- Spring '09