Why can aspirin cause asthma

Beware of side effects: Asthmatics should never take these well-known pain relievers

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From: Laura Knops

Tolerance of painkillers: Certain painkillers can cause acute respiratory problems in asthmatics. Which drugs patients should avoid and how acute asthma attacks can be prevented.

Berlin - medication like aspirin and Ibuprofen can at Asthmatics lead to acute respiratory problems. Do patients also react after taking the medication? allergic complaints, it is usually a pain reliever intolerance. The hypersensitivity reaction often occurs with, but is not caused by, an allergy. Which drugs asthma patients should avoid and how to prevent acute asthma attacks.

Asthma and painkillers: ASA triggers asthma attacks

The antipyretic and anti-inflammatory pain reliever Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) can in asthmatics respiratory symptoms favor. Asthmatic should avoid active substances belonging to the group of "non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs" (NSAIDs). The Medicinal substances inhibit certain enzymes, the so-called cyclooxygenases, and are therefore also called COX inhibitors. Well-known drugs of this group of active substances are Ibuprofen,Diclofenac and Indomethacin. (Doping with asthma spray: how drugs improve athlete performance)

The unwanted reaction to aspirin and Ibuprofen especially joins allergic asthmatics on. According to the allergy information service of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, around one in ten suffers Asthma patient under such painkiller intolerance severe asthma there are about twice as many. Around 10 to 15 percent of those affected are also plagued by recurring nasal polyps.

Bronchial asthma: Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin

Often the Symptoms in an acute one Intolerance reaction within 30 to 45 minutes of taking the Painkiller on. Usually they do complaints first noticeable in the area of ​​the nose, the paranasal sinuses and the bronchi. The so-called Analgesic asthma syndrome, also Samter triad, patients suffer from Symptoms how bronchial asthma, Polyps of the paranasal sinuses and an ASA intolerance. In the further course it can also lead to severe sneezing, runny nose, swelling around the eyes and the larynx severe asthma attacks or have an anaphylactic reaction. (Beware of asthma and COPD: fog can worsen respiratory problems)

Allergic asthma: Other drugs are also critical

Not only certain painkillers are taboo for allergic asthma. Asthmatics should also avoid it antihypertensive agents. While asthma- Drugs have a bronchodilator effect, constrict Beta blockers the bronchi. The use of antihypertensive agents can lead to shortness of breath. Asthmatics should also only take various antibiotics after consulting their doctor. According to the German Lung Foundation Medicines based on the active ingredient paracetamol are much more suitable. (Beware of asthma: fine dust from fireplace stoves can seriously irritate the respiratory tract)

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