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Response of Asthmatics to Isoprenaline and Salbutamol Aerosols Administered by Intermittent Positive-pressure Ventilation

Br Med J 1970; 4 doi: (Published 21 November 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;4:465
  1. Y. F. J. Choo-Kang,
  2. Sheena S. Parker,
  3. I. W. B. Grant


    The bronchodilator and cardiac effects produced by aerosols of 0·5% isoprenaline and of 0·25, 0·5, and 1% salbutamol administered in 40% oxygen by intermittent positive-pressure ventilation were compared in 24 asthmatic patients. Isoprenaline and salbutamol in concentrations of 0·5% were equipotent in peak bronchodilator effect; salbutamol was superior in total bronchodilator effect and duration of average effect, but the peak bronchodilator effect occurred earlier after isoprenaline. Significantly greater tachycardia was produced by 0·5% isoprenaline than by the same concentration of salbutamol. The 0·25, 0·5, and 1% concentrations of salbutamol had about the same peak bronchodilator effect, but there was a stepwise increase in total effect and duration of average effect in relation to the concentration used. A similar stepwise increase in heart rate was also noted, but with all concentrations this was significantly less than with 0·5% isoprenaline. It was concluded that a 0·5% solution of salbutamol, which provided maximal bronchodilatation without important tachycardia, was therapeutically superior to the other three treatments.