Health Tip: Some Medications May Aggravate Asthma

Including some pain relievers

(HealthDay News) - 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.

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