About 3 or 4% of asthmatic individuals have significant asthmatic symptoms following aspirin ingestion.
|Drugs to be avoided||Permissible drugs*|
|diflunisal||choline magnesium trisalicylate|
|indomethacin||narcotics (e.g. codeine, meperidine)|
|tartrazine - (FD&C yellow dye no. 5) containing drugs|
*Rarely cause symptoms in aspirin-sensitive individuals.
If you are aspirin-sensitive, it is likely you have very difficult-to-manage asthma in conjunction with chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps. This combination of symptoms is often referred to as triad asthma. If it is suspected that your episodes of asthma are provoked by aspirin ingestion, you may require testing to determine whether you are aspirin-sensitive. If you are in fact aspirin-sensitive, you may benefit from a special aspirin desensitization program.