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Does anyone know if drinking, eating or smelling coffee helps someone with bronchodilator asthma?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Caffeine...

Caffeine is a bronchodilator but you would have to ingest an awful lot to have this effect and you would suffer many side-effects.
It is clinically better if you take the bronchodilator inhalers prescribed by your doctor. These give more bronchodilation with far less side-effects.

In brief: Caffeine...

Caffeine is a bronchodilator but you would have to ingest an awful lot to have this effect and you would suffer many side-effects.
It is clinically better if you take the bronchodilator inhalers prescribed by your doctor. These give more bronchodilation with far less side-effects.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Yes but not smelling

Caffeine, the drug in coffee, has the same chemical formula as theophylline, a drug commonly used to treat asthma 25 years ago.
While these drugs share the same chemical formula their 3-dimensional structures differ. That renders caffeine 100x less potent than theophylline as a bronchodilator but equally potent for side-effects. Caffeine is not recommended for the treatment of asthma.

In brief: Yes but not smelling

Caffeine, the drug in coffee, has the same chemical formula as theophylline, a drug commonly used to treat asthma 25 years ago.
While these drugs share the same chemical formula their 3-dimensional structures differ. That renders caffeine 100x less potent than theophylline as a bronchodilator but equally potent for side-effects. Caffeine is not recommended for the treatment of asthma.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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