A 24-year-old female asked:
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can i take beta blocker if i have asthma

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not advised.: It is not a good choice for asthma. If there is no other option, you may ask your doctor to try a low-dose cardio-selective blocker. One study showed that although the lung function did decrease slightly when people with asthma are treated with a selective beta blocker, their bronchodilator response actually improved. I have not seen this study confirmed however.
Answered on Aug 1, 2014
Dr. Robert Nelson
35 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: The warning about beta-blockers is real but somewhat over-stated. Cardio-selective" beta blockers don't tend to inhibit beta adrenergic receptor activity as much in lung tissue. If your asthma is well controlled, trying a beta blocker if you need it for another condition would be reasonable. make sure that the doctor knows about your asthma and that you have a plan to monitor symptoms
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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