A 39-year-old female asked:
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does taking a beta agonist for asthma and a beta blocker for high blood pressure counter act each other in any way?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
35 years experience Cardiology
Possibly: Avoid beta blockers during active asthma/bronchospasm as the airway issues could worsen. That said, when asthma is in the past and not an active concern, then some beta blockade might work and be tolerated. Would try to use beta 1 selective agents in such a case.
Answered on Aug 26, 2013
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Partly: If you must take a beta blocker, ask the doctor to prescribe a cardio-selective one for you because it is safer. One study found that a cardioselective beta block reduced 1-sec flow in the lung function by about 7% but increased the response to a bronchodilator. In general, we try to avoid using beta blocker on most patients suffering from asthma.
Answered on Aug 26, 2013
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