This painkiller reduces glutathione, a substance that helps ease inflammation in the lungs. Ask your doctor if aspirin or ibuprofen is a good alternative, says Paul V. Williams, MD, of Northwest Asthma & Allergy
Center in Washington.
A recent small study led by Safa Nsouli, MD, director of the Danville Asthma and Allergy Clinic in Danville, California, found that asthma patients who used cholesterol-lowering meds had more breathing problems than those who didn’t. But other data suggest statins could improve symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you think your asthma has gotten worse since starting statins.