Chapter 7 Presentation: Respiratory Drug Prescriptions
By: Michal Klimek
In Chapter 7 the following drugs that work on the respiratory system were broken down into classifications: Antibiotic Antihistamine Antitussive Bronchodilator Corticosteroids Decongestant Expectorant Mucolytic
Kill bacteria that cause respiratory infections. Some common forms of respiratory antibiotics are amoxicillin, penicillin, and minocin. Amoxicillin is a commonly prescribed antibiotic for lower respiratory tract infections and is often prescribed in tablet form at a dosage of 500mg every 8 hours.
Histamine is a nitrogen based chemical that is released in your body during allergic reactions. Antihistamines are a form of prescription drugs that are given to individuals to control allergic reactions by blocking the effects of histamine that has been released into their body. Some antihistamines can be purchased over the counter and are often marketed on television/radio. The most commonly marketed antihistamines include: Benadryl, Claritin-D, and Zyrtec
An expectorant is a type of drug that improves the ability to cough up mucus from the lungs, bronchi, and trachea. Expectorants help by thinning out the mucus and making the respiratory tract less congested. Brand name expectorants may also be found in pharmacies and local drug stores. The most commonly marketed expectorants are Mucinex and Robitussin.