The Asthma Center

Aspirin-Induced Asthma

About 3 or 4% of asthmatic individuals have significant asthmatic symptoms following aspirin ingestion.

Aspirin-Like Medications

Drugs to be avoided Permissible drugs*
antipyrine acetaminophen
diflunisal choline magnesium trisalicylate
fenoprofen choline salicylate
ibuprofen chloroquine
indomethacin narcotics (e.g. codeine, meperidine)
ketoprofen propoxyphene
meclofenamate salicylamide
mefenamic acid salsalate
tartrazine - (FD&C yellow dye no. 5) containing drugs  
tolmetin sodium  

*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.