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    [Beta Blockers]

    Author: Erin (12.10.17.---)

    Date: 05-21-02 15:48

    Hello-

    I was wondering if anyone else has been diagnosed with asthma due to prolonged use of beta blockers. I've been on beta blockers for about 10 years and in the last 8 months I have had difficulties breathing, unrelated to my heart condition. I went to an alergy/asthma specialist and he finally made the diagnosis. He told me that beta blockers have a side affect that they can cause asthma. Unfortunately, many of the drugs that relieve asthma are not supposed to be used with beta blockers (I was prescribed one of them and went into atrial-fib within 24 hours). The beta blockers have been wonderful for treating my heart condition, but I want to try something that doesn't make me so fatigued and so that I might also treat the asthma. I'm hoping my cardiologist can try a new medicine treatment that also works for HCM. I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced these reactions to their medications.

    Erin

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    [Re: Beta Blockers]

    Author: Dolly (---.pressenter.com)

    Date: 05-21-02 17:30

    My son Andrew had asthma reactions to Inderal. Once he was switched to Atenolol the asthma symptoms completely disappeared. That was about 5 years ago and still no problems with the Atenolol (except a bit of weight gain).

    Sometimes just switching the type of beta blocker is all that is needed.

    Hope this helps.

    Dolly

    Andrew's Heart Story:

    http://www.designsbydolly.com/andrew

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    [Re: Beta Blockers]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 05-21-02 17:33

    Erin,

    I would be cautious regarding diagnosis of asthma and HCM, have you had a pulmonary function test? While it is not impossible to have both it is not common. If you do have asthma and can no longer tolorate the beta blockers you may want to ask your dr about taking calcium channel blockers. I have heard others with breathing difficulty after years of various drug treatments, I am not however aware of any data that shows a connection, I will ask around and see what I find.

    Lisa Salberg

    President,

    HCMA
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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