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Beta-blockers and asthma

What beta-blocker is best for people with asthma?

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The answer

Generally beta-blockers are avoided in people with asthma because they can produce bronchospasm which can be fatal.

However, if it is necessary for people with asthma to have a beta blocker then a cardioselective beta blocker is chosen.

Atenolol, Bisoprolol fumarate, Metoprolol tartarate, Nebivolol, and Acebutolol are cardioselective beta-blockers. These medicines have lesser effect on the airway resistance but are not free of this side-effect. Of these beta-blockers Acebutolol has lesser cardioselective effect.

Of course the actual beta blocker selected will depend on the particular diseases being treated and or individual patients.

The treatment is commenced by a specialist who will start the treatment at a low dose. The patient will then monitored closely for any deterioration in their breathing and any other adverse effects.

If you suffer from asthma and feel you may benefit from taking a beta-blocker we suggest you speak to your doctor who may refer you to a specialist.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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