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© 2011 Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
Asthma and Aspirin: A
Potentially Dangerous Mix
Headache? If you have asthma, pause before taking an aspirin.
Aspirin and other pain relievers, known as NSAIDs, could trigger an
asthma attack.
Everyone reacts diferently to these medications. But as many as one
in fve people with asthma should not take aspirin or other pain
relievers, like ibuprofen (Motrin,® Advil®). That is because these
medications can constrict the air passages.
You may have other options for pain relief. Few people with asthma
have a bad reaction to acetaminophen. Tylenol® is one example of
acetaminophen. It triggers a less severe response than the NSAIDs.
To stay on the safe side, always check with your doctor before trying
a new medication. And report any medication reactions to your doctor.
The fu vaccine helps prevent the fu. It also lessens how severe
your symptoms are if you do catch it. The CDC recommends
that everyone ages 6 months and older get a fu shot.
Also, anyone older than age 65 should get a one time
pneumonia vaccine. People with certain chronic conditions
should also get the vaccine. It protects against a bacteria that
can cause pneumonia.
Get Your Flu Shot This Fall
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we discuss in this newsletter,
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