short-acting beta agonist


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short-acting beta agonist

A group of bronchdilators used to treat acute exacerbations of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, e.g., albuterol, metaproterenol, and pirbuterol.
See also: agonist
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8-10) Busse et al (8) examined the efficacy and safety of an inhaled steroid (low-dose fluticasone proprionate) compared with a leukotriene-receptor antagonist (montelukast) for first-line maintenance therapy in patients who were using short-acting beta agonists alone for persistent asthma.
Long acting beta agonists (salmeterol): The bronchodilator activity of salmeterol lasts for up to 12 hours, as compared with 4 to 5 hours for short-acting beta agonists.
For intermittent asthma, reliever medications such as short-acting beta agonists (albuterol and pirbuterol are examples) may be prescribed.