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.