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(bā′tə-ăg′ə-nĭst, bē′-)
An agent, such as albuterol, that stimulates beta-receptors in the autonomic nervous system.


Beta2-agonist; beta-adrenergic agonist; a bronchodilator medication—inhaled or oral—that relaxes the muscles surrounding the airways to relieve asthma symptoms.
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ABSTRACT: In 2010, Salpeter, et al, conducted a literature review that included 36,588 participants and found that long-acting beta-agonists increased catastrophic events 2-fold.
Spirometric parameters were similar before and 3 weeks after stopping long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) therapy in an observational study of 58 patients who had stable asthma and were being treated with an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and a LABA.
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Several studies have demonstrated that for mild to moderate asthma exacerbations, administering a beta-agonist via an MDI with a spacer is as effective as using a nebulizer.
Townsend concluded that, "These data show that ginger constituents 6-gingerol, 8-gingerol and 6-shogaol act synergistically with the beta-agonist in relaxing airway smooth muscle, indicating that these compounds may provide additional relief of asthma symptoms when used in combination with beta-agonists.
At the conclusion of their study, the researchers found that tissues treated with the combination of purified ginger components and isoproterenol exhibited significantly greater relaxation than those treated only with isoproterenol; of the three ginger components, 6-shogaol appeared most effective in increasing the relaxing effects of the beta-agonist.
Conflicts over the Role of Beta-Agonists in Production
Fluticasone propionate/salmeterol (Advair) is a combination product of the corticosteroid fluticasone with the long-acting beta-agonist bronchodilator salmeterol.
In a study conducted by Reiss and colleagues (1998), 681 healthy, non-smoking participants who were 15 years of age or older with at least I year of specified daytime asthma symptoms and short acting beta-agonist use were randomly assigned to receive either montelukast or a placebo.
While all of the patients used beta-agonist inhalers - drugs that widen a person's airways and make it easier to breathe - when needed, the 103 patients who received zafirlukast were less likely to use their inhalers.
asthma patients inhale similar beta-agonist drugs, such as salbutamol or terbutaline, notes asthma researcher A.

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