To assess awareness among adults with asthma that taking analgesics could affect their asthma control, a questionnaire survey was carried out through telephone interviews with 700 adults with asthma across England, Scotland and Wales. Close to half (45%) of those interviewed were unaware that certain analgesics might be unsuitable for some people with asthma. Of those who were aware, 39% did not know which, or which type of, painkillers these were. Around one-third (31%) had heard from their GP that certain painkillers might not be suitable for people with asthma. Six per cent of interviewees knew that paracetamol might be more suitable for people with asthma than other pain relievers.
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|Published - 1 Dec 2000