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What is included in your treatment for severe asthma at the hospital?

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Your treatment in the hospital may include continuous use of an asthma nebulizer, and also supplemental oxygen and steroid medicine to stop the attack.

The doctor may also give you a dose of magnesium sulfate, which you’d get by IV, to help the muscles around your airways relax. These aren’t medicines that would be a normal part of asthma care -- doctors just use them for emergencies.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Asthma Action Plan.”

UpToDate: “Management of Acute Exacerbations of Asthma in Adults.”

FDA: “Tertabuline Information.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Asthma Action Plan.”

UpToDate: “Management of Acute Exacerbations of Asthma in Adults.”

FDA: “Tertabuline Information.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

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