Some medicines can trigger asthma symptoms or make them worse. Not everybody with asthma is sensitive to these medicines, but if you have asthma, it is important to talk with your doctor before taking them.
Always read the information leaflet and any warning labels on all medicines. This includes medicines from the pharmacy, supermarket, health food shops and other places. Whenever talking to people about your health, make sure that you tell them you have asthma. Examples of medicines that may trigger asthma include:
- aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
- beta blockers
- complementary or herbal products.
Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
|NSAIDs available in New Zealand|
- Many NSAIDs can be bought from your pharmacy without a prescription.
- Some NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, can be bought from the supermarket.
- NSAIDs are usually available as tablets or capsules, but some are available as a syrup or as gels or creams that can be massaged onto the painful area.
- Aspirin is also an NSAID, but it is mainly prescribed in low doses to help to keep the blood from clotting, such as for people who have had a heart attack in the past. Examples of aspirin used in this way include Aspec®, Cartia®, Cardiprin®.Beta blockers
Beta blockers are mostly used to control high blood pressure and treat heart failure. They are also used to control heart rhythm disorders (atrial fibrillation), prevent chest pain (angina), reduce tremor and fast heart rate in anxiety, and prevent migraine headaches.
|Examples of beta blockers|
|Beta blockers that also come in eye drops to treat glaucoma can also trigger asthma symptoms in some people. These include:
Complementary or herbal products
Echinacea and royal jelly are known to worsen asthma symptoms.