Health Tip: Some Medications May Aggravate Asthma

- People with asthma should be aware that some medications may actually worsen symptoms.

Here's a partial list, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Aspirin, ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain relievers. Acetaminophen is usually well-tolerated by asthmatics.
  • Blood pressure medications such as ACE inhibitors and beta blockers.
  • Contrast dyes used to enhance X-rays and other imaging devices.

If you notice shortness of breath or similar asthma symptoms after taking any medication, speak to your doctor. You may be allergic to that medication.

Posted: November 2007


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