Bronchodilator Medicines for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection
How It Works
Bronchodilators (beta-adrenergic medicines) relax the muscle layer that surrounds the small breathing tubes (bronchioles), allowing the tubes to expand and move air more easily.
Why It Is Used
How Well It Works
Bronchodilators relax the small tubes in the lungs. About half the time, they help babies who have RSV breathe easier.1
Side effects of bronchodilators include:
Side effects are more likely to occur with oral or injected medicine. These side effects are less common when the medicine is inhaled.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
The use of bronchodilators in children is controversial. Research so far has not shown consistent long-term benefit for most children.
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