Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “BRONCHOSPASM to remember about Drugs Causing Bronchospasm


BBeta-Blockers: Beta-blockers, like propranolol, can induce bronchospasm by blocking beta-receptors in the airways.

RRitalin (Methylphenidate): Methylphenidate, used to treat ADHD, can sometimes lead to bronchospasm as a side effect.

OOpioids: Certain opioids, such as morphine and codeine, can cause bronchospasm, especially in individuals who are sensitive to respiratory depressant effects.

NNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen can provoke bronchospasm in some individuals, particularly those with asthma.

CCholinergic Medications: Drugs that stimulate cholinergic receptors, like pilocarpine or some eye drops, can lead to bronchospasm in susceptible individuals.

HHeparin: Heparin, an anticoagulant, has been associated with rare cases of bronchospasm as an adverse reaction.

OOral Beta-Agonists: In some cases, oral beta-agonists used for conditions like asthma can paradoxically induce bronchospasm in sensitive individuals.

SSulfites: Sulfites, often used as preservatives in foods and medications, can trigger bronchospasm in people with sulfite sensitivity.

PPenicillin: Penicillin antibiotics, like amoxicillin and ampicillin, can rarely cause bronchospasm as an allergic reaction.

AACE Inhibitors: Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as lisinopril, can lead to cough and bronchospasm in some patients.

SStatins: Statin medications, like atorvastatin, have been associated with rare cases of bronchospasm as a side effect.

MMethotrexate: Methotrexate, used in cancer and autoimmune disease treatment, can cause bronchospasm in some patients.

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