Content Adapted From: The National Women’s Health Information Center & OMRDD Medication Administration Student Manual
The respiratory system starts at the nose and goes to the lungs. This includes the nose, throat, and lungs. When you breathe, your lungs take in oxygen from the air and deliver it to the bloodstream. People with lung disease have difficulty breathing. Millions of people in the U.S. have lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, infections like influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis, lung cancer, and many other breathing problems.
Medications to Treat Respiratory Conditions are Grouped into Five Categories
These relieve nasal congestion and are generally prescribed to treat upper respiratory tract infections. They work by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose which reduces the swelling and mucus production. They come in many forms see Medications 101for the different forms medicines come in.
Expectorants and Antitussives
Information on drug therapies are for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider for more information and treatment options.