Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “BRONCHOSPASM“ to remember about Drugs Causing Bronchospasm
Mnemonic : BRONCHOSPASM
B – Beta-Blockers: Beta-blockers, like propranolol, can induce bronchospasm by blocking beta-receptors in the airways.
R – Ritalin (Methylphenidate): Methylphenidate, used to treat ADHD, can sometimes lead to bronchospasm as a side effect.
O – Opioids: Certain opioids, such as morphine and codeine, can cause bronchospasm, especially in individuals who are sensitive to respiratory depressant effects.
N – Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen can provoke bronchospasm in some individuals, particularly those with asthma.
C – Cholinergic Medications: Drugs that stimulate cholinergic receptors, like pilocarpine or some eye drops, can lead to bronchospasm in susceptible individuals.
H – Heparin: Heparin, an anticoagulant, has been associated with rare cases of bronchospasm as an adverse reaction.
O – Oral Beta-Agonists: In some cases, oral beta-agonists used for conditions like asthma can paradoxically induce bronchospasm in sensitive individuals.
S – Sulfites: Sulfites, often used as preservatives in foods and medications, can trigger bronchospasm in people with sulfite sensitivity.
P – Penicillin: Penicillin antibiotics, like amoxicillin and ampicillin, can rarely cause bronchospasm as an allergic reaction.
A – ACE Inhibitors: Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as lisinopril, can lead to cough and bronchospasm in some patients.
S – Statins: Statin medications, like atorvastatin, have been associated with rare cases of bronchospasm as a side effect.
M – Methotrexate: Methotrexate, used in cancer and autoimmune disease treatment, can cause bronchospasm in some patients.
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