Question: Can an asthmatic
take tablets that contain 27mg dextropropoxyphene, 400mg paracetamol
and 30mg of caffeine safely? Ruth
Answer: Dear Ruth,
Paracetamol is not known to be
linked with asthma, except that in rare cases, some asthma sufferers
who have a sensitivity to aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs e.g. ibuprofen) might have a cross sensitivity to paracetamol
and in these patients taking paracetamol can induce an asthma attack.
Certain studies on caffeine and
asthma, suggest that caffeine may be beneficial for asthma sufferers.