Pharmacologic Treatments for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a heterogenous syndrome with many etiologies for which there are no definitive pharmacologic treatments, despite decades of research. We explore some adjunctive pharmacologic therapies, including neuromuscular blockade, corticosteroids, and inhaled pulmonary vasodilators. Additionally, we explore some investigative therapies, including Vitamin C, beta-agonists, statins, mesenchymal stromal cells, and granulocyte –macrophage colony stimulating factor. We do discuss the potential role of steroids in acute respiratory distress syndrome with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 as a trigger. The standard of care, however, remains supportive care.
Source: Critical Care Clinics - Category: Intensive Care Authors: Source Type: research

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Source: Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Curr Drug Targets. 2021 Sep 16. doi: 10.2174/1389450122666210917113842. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTNovel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 is advancing at a staggering pace to devastate the health care system and foster the concerns over public health. In contrast to the past outbreaks, coronaviruses aren't clinging themselves as a strict respiratory virus. Rather, becoming a multifaceted virus, it affects multiple organs by interrupting a number of metabolic pathways leading to significant rates of morbidity and mortality. Following infection they rigorously reprogram multiple metabolic pathways of glucose, lipid, protein, nucle...
Source: Current Drug Targets - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Medical Sciences - Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Drugs - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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