anaprox and asthma?

  1. OK, Lets see if anyone can help me with this one.

    is it ok to give anaprox to patients with asthma?

    I seem to be the only one where I work that recalls having a problem with it. has anyone else heard of or seen a problem with anaprox being given to patients with asthma?
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  3. by   dawngloves
    Personally never saw anything. Just know NSAIDs are contraindicated with asthma .
  4. by   kids
    Many asthmatics react to asprin.
    NSAIDS should be used with "caution" in asthmatics (or any one allergic to asprin) because of their chemical similarity to asprin.
    My Mom was a severe asthmatic and reacted to asprin. She was on several NSAIDS over the years for her arthritis, the only one that *might* have increased her wheezing was Orudis.
  5. by   Ms.Hobbes
    I work at an outpatient surgery center and our policy is any patient that has history of asthma does not receive Ibuprofen or other NSAIDS. I am sure that not everyone with asthma reacts to these products, but it is definitely worth being cautious.
  6. by   KMSRN
    Here is a brief article on the subject.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would ask a pharmacist. Their understanding of drugs and reactions are second-to-none, much above even ours as nurses. Good luck mark.
  8. by   mark_LD_RN
    I seem to be the only one concerned about it here I saw a patient a few yrs ago that had asthma and nurse gave anaproxDS to here ,she had severe asthma attack ended up in the ICU. I found it in drug book and it says it is contraindicated in patients with asthma and nasal polyps. I asked pharmacist and he said the same thing. I am sure not all people react but I think it should be given with caution. maybe I feel that way having seen a reaction to it
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Wow Mark! i would be concerned, too. I have never given Anaprox to any of my patients, so I can't say what I would do. Good advocacy on your part.
  10. by   renerian
    I have asthma and have used the drug without any problem. I was lucky.