Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education
Management of Allergic Rhinitis: A Pharmacotherapy Update for the Pharmacist
Nikhil Patel, PharmD, RPh, Director of Scientific Affairs, Pharmacy Times
Allergic rhinitis (AR) has been shown to affect 10% to 40% of the global population, and its prevalence is increasing in both children and adults. It has been shown to significantly reduce quality of life by impairing sleep and adversely affecting individuals’ social lives, school performance, and work productivity. Pharmacists are in a unique position to help patients with AR manage their condition, because they will be interacting with these patients on a frequent basis. This activity will review the treatments used to manage AR, including antihistamines, decongestants, intranasal corticosteroids, other inhaled medications, leukotriene receptor antagonists, and immunotherapy.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
Expiration date: April 22, 2013.
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Review the basic pathophysiology involved in allergic rhinitis (AR).
Describe the common symptoms, presentation, and complications of AR.
Discuss the available management options for AR, including avoidance and pharmacotherapy and their role in the treatment paradigm.
Provide counseling and advice to help patients achieve optimal symptom relief.