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can someone take beta blocker medications if they also have asthma?

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Dr. Marc Serota
13 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Beta blockers block the beta 1 receptor on the heart. Some are not specific for that and also block the beta 2 receptor in the lungs which can worsen asthma. Choosing a selective beta 1 blocker (metoprolol and atenolol are probably the most commonly used) at the appropriate dosage eliminates this problem.
Answered on Dec 27, 2014

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