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When I drink dr. Pepper I get a slight asthma attack, why is this?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sodium benzoate

Can trigger an asthma attack, and the pepper's got it.

In brief: Sodium benzoate

Can trigger an asthma attack, and the pepper's got it.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sodium benzoate

Dr. Pepper contains sodium benzoate, a flavor preservative that triggers chest tightness in some folks with asthma.
Sodium benzoate is used in many soft drinks & other foods. Its possible that there's more in dr. Pepper than other drinks or perhaps you're just a "pepper". Effervescence may play a role. Try pouring the soda back & forth between 2 glasses three or four times before drinking.

In brief: Sodium benzoate

Dr. Pepper contains sodium benzoate, a flavor preservative that triggers chest tightness in some folks with asthma.
Sodium benzoate is used in many soft drinks & other foods. Its possible that there's more in dr. Pepper than other drinks or perhaps you're just a "pepper". Effervescence may play a role. Try pouring the soda back & forth between 2 glasses three or four times before drinking.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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