Drugs That Can Cause Asthma

You may not realise that some drugs can actually cause asthma, notably the following:

  • Aspirin and non-steroidal anti¬¨inflammatory drugs(NSAIDS).
  • Drugs that may be prescribed for high blood pressure and which may be used as eye drops for people with high tension in the eye.

The so-called ‘Beta-Blocker’ drugs are rarely used for treating asthmatics. In some people, their use can give rise to mild asthma, the first tell-tale sign being a cough. If your doctor is treating you for high blood pressure, remind him that you are asthmatic so that he can choose the best drug to treat your condition safely.

If you are asthmatic and aspirin sensitive, beware of taking over-the-counter remedies for colds and rheumatism that contain aspirin. If you are unsure of which drugs are aspirin free(contain no acetyl salicylic acid), then ask your doctor or the pharmacist for advice. Paracetamol can usually be taken with no rise in asthmatic symptoms.

Side effects of sodium cromoglycate preventers
Sodium cromoglycate (Intal) can sometimes cause irritation and coughing. Taking reliever medicine a few minutes beforehand seems to help. Intal is strongly protective against many allergies, and you should not stop it suddenly because you could suddenly lose the protection the drug offers. If you come off Intal, you should tail off the dose over the course of a week or so.

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