Asthma

Asthma, Allergies, and Medicine… some essential information

The vast majority of elderly people take multiple asthma medications. This increases the possibility of interactions and side effects, particularly in adults with allergies or asthma. The information provided below will assist you in having an informed conversation with your asthma doctor about which asthma medications may be best for you.

Medications for Asthma

Certain asthma medications are effective at controlling asthma symptoms but can cause other health issues. Inhaled corticosteroids, for example, have the potential to cause the bones to become thin and brittle, a condition known as osteoporosis, and the inhaled corticosteroids may cause some local throat irritation and a choked feeling, mostly if taken incorrectly.
This is particularly concerning in postmenopausal women. Uncontrolled asthma, on the other hand, can result in life-threatening complications. It can also lead to hospitalizations and decreased physical activity, both of which increase the risk of osteoporosis. If inhaled corticosteroids are the best way to manage your asthma symptoms, an allergist or pulmonologist can help you reduce the risk of side effects.

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Medications for Allergies

Antihistamines may be necessary for older adults suffering from hay fever, eye allergies, or frequent hives. Although first-generation antihistamines, such as Diphenhydramine, may be effective in treating allergy symptoms, they can have serious side effects in older adults, especially when combined with certain antidepressants. First-generation antihistamines may cause the following side effects:

  • Sedation
  • Anxiety \sConfusion
  • Decreased mental alertness
  • Vision impairment
  • Retention of urine
  • Constipation

Because they do not easily cross the blood-brain barrier, second and third-generation antihistamines, such as cetirizine, loratadine, and fexofenadine, cause fewer side effects. These antihistamines are the most commonly prescribed and are well tolerated by the majority of patients. If you are currently taking a first-generation antihistamine, speak with your Asthma Doctor or allergist about switching to a second or third-generation allergy medication.

Asthma Caused by Medication

Certain over-the-counter or prescription medications used to treat other conditions may cause or worsen asthma symptoms in some patients.

Beta-blockers are frequently used to treat heart disease, hypertension, and migraines. They are also sometimes used in glaucoma eye drops. Beta-blockers are classified as either selective or non-selective.
Asthmatic patients should ideally avoid all beta-blockers. The most likely to aggravate asthma symptoms are “non-selective” beta-blockers, such as propranolol. If you need a beta-blocker, consult your doctor to see if a “selective” beta-blocker, such as atenolol or metoprolol, is appropriate.
Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as over-the-counter naproxen and ibuprofen, can cause asthma symptoms in 10 to 20% of patients. Anyone who is sensitive to aspirin should avoid taking these medications. Low to moderate doses of acetaminophen and narcotic pain relievers such as propoxyphene and codeine are not normally associated with asthma symptoms.
In about 10% of patients, lisinopril, enalapril, and other ACE inhibitors used to treat heart disease and high blood pressure can cause a persistent cough. A cough can cause wheezing, which can be misdiagnosed as asthma. A cough can also cause stomach acid to reflux into the oesophagus, exacerbating asthma symptoms. Contact our office today to learn more about how to effectively manage your allergies or asthma while minimising your risk of side effects.