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Sometimes a medicine or supplement can trigger asthma syptoms. Be sure to tell your health care provider about all medicines, herbs, supplements and vitamins you take.

Make sure all the health care providers you see know you have asthma. Talk with your health care provider before starting any of the following:

  • Aspirin
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®) and naproxen (Aleve® or Naprosyn®)
  • Beta-blockers, which are usually used for heart conditions, high blood pressure and migraines

For example: (brand name, generic name):

  • Corgard®, nadolol
  • Inderal®, propanolol hydrochloride
  • Normodyne, labetalol
  • Visken®, pindolol
  • Trandate®, labetalol hydrochloride

ACE inhibitors, which are used for heart disease and high blood pressure, can cause a cough which could be mistaken for an asthma symptom.

For example: (brand name, generic name):

  • Accupril®, quinapril
  • Aceon®, perindopril
  • Altace®, ramipril
  • Capoten®, captopril
  • Lotensin®, benazepril
  • Mavik®, trandolapril
  • Monopril®, fosinapril
  • Prinivil®, lisinopril
  • Univasc®, moexipril
  • Vasotec®, enalapril
  • Zestril®, lisinopril

Never stop a medicine before talking with your health care provider. If you currently take any of these medicines, call your provider to discuss the medicine and your asthma.

Medical Review August 2018.

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