Medications and Asthma

Many people rely on prescription and over-the-counter medications for a variety of ailments, from pain relief, to treating diagnosed conditions such as high blood pressure. Unfortunately, some of these common medications can also trigger asthma symptoms.

Logging your daily medications and asthma symptoms can help keep track of any fluctuations in your symptoms and help manage your triggers. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

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Approximately 9% of adults with asthma have aspirin-induced asthma.

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Medications & Asthma

Beta-blockers, over-the-counter pain relievers like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are widely used medicines that can trigger asthma symptoms. Many people depend on them, but many asthma sufferers find them problematic.

Although ACE inhibitors usually do not cause asthma, a small percentage of patients who receive these drugs develop a cough. This cough may be confused with asthma in some patients, and can trigger increased wheezing in others. Be sure to monitor your symptoms while taking any medications and inform your doctor of any concerns you might have if you notice any changes in your health.

Tips for Managing Medications & Asthma

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Learn about the potential side effects of all your medications

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Keep a list of all the medications you take

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Consult your doctor before you stop taking any medications