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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.

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