Asthma: Over The Counter Treatment (cont.)

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What are additional measures in the management of asthma?

  1. Patients should avoid known triggers of asthma attacks (for example, exercise or allergens).
  2. Good control of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies) helps to control asthma.
  3. Some patients with asthma must avoid aspirin and other nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and Motrin since they may induce an episode of asthma.
  4. All asthma patients should avoid beta-blocker drugs (Inderal, Tenormin,Visken, and Lopressor) because they may worsen asthma or precipitate an episode.
  5. All patients with asthma should seek professional advise from their physicians on how to optimally manage their condition.

Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease
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"Over-the-counter medications"
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/5/2014

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