Medications (Adult asthma)

15) Medicines to take care with

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It is best to take advice from pharmacist or doctor before using these medicines. Speak to your GP or pharmacist if you are concerned about any medication that might affect your asthma.

  • Anti-inflammatory medicines including
    • Ibuprofen (Nurofen®)
    • Aspirin (Anadin®)

    can make asthma symptoms worse in a small number of people.
    These are common drugs contained in preparations for coughs and colds and pain.
    They can be bought over the counter from a pharmacy.

    Always check the ingredients of any painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs or ask the pharmacist for advice.

  • Beta blockers (including atenolol or any drug ending in ‘lol’) – these can cause the airways to tighten and prevent reliever medication from working.