The FDA removed the last IND for IV albuterol several years ago when it
became clear that the drug company was not going to pursue a formal
There are several reasonable alternatives, other than IV isoproterenol.
Besides high dose continuous inhaled albuterol, you could consider IV
ketamine (Howton et el, Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled
trial of intravenous ketamine in acute asthma. Ann Emer Med;27:17-5).
And, even though it takes 12-24 hours before you see effects, there still
may be a place for theophylline in the very ill asthmatic patient (such
Jeff Linzer MD MICP
Division of Emergency Medicine
Egleston and Hughes Spalding Children's Hospitals
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On Thu, 14 Mar 1996, Mark Joffe wrote:
> We've been notified that due to a production problem terbutaline
> will not be available for at least two months. What are other pediatric
> emergency departments in the US planning to use in asthmatics who would
> benefit from IV adrenergics? Can IV albuterol be released on an
> emergency basis? Will anyone dust off the isuprel?
> Mark Joffe
> St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
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