AnonymousNovember 27, 1996 at 3:15 amPost count: 93172
I have allergies to some things, and have had a problem with asthma in the past, so when beta blockers were prescribed, I checked with both my doctor and my allergy specialist before taking them. I intend to be on them the shortest possible amount of time. Anyway, the “gist” of what the allergist told me is that should I have an allergic reaction of any consequence, the beta blockers would severely limit what doctors could do to treat the problem. I cannot take my allergy shots while on the beta blockers, even though I have not had anything other than skin redness with the shots. But if, for whatever reason, I did have a problem, their hands would be tied. According to the endo, as long as I am not allergic to dyes (which could be in the pills, I guess), there should be no problem with the beta blockers. Frankly, I think the allergist is the better authority on this one. So, I guess it depends on what you are allergic to, and how severe your reactions are, when they occur. I understand that there are drugs called calcium blockers that can be used to treat the symptoms of Graves, perhaps not quite so effectively as the beta blockers. Another good source I’ve found, in recent months, is my pharmacist. He seems to know the drugs better than some of the doctors do.
I don’t know what I did, but the message disappeared from the screen. I apologize if this is a “duplicate”.
Re: beta blockers, allergies and asthma. I have allergies, and have had a problem with asthma in the long ago past, so when the beta blockers were prescribed, I checked with my allergy specialist. The problem, according to him, is that if I should have a severe allergic reaction to something, the typical measures used to treat it would be rendered ineffective by the beta blocker. In my case, that means they will not give me my allergy shots until I am off the inderal, even though I typically don’t have reactions to the shots. So, it depends on what you are allergic to, how severe your allergic reactions are, when you get them, etc.
Someone mentioned that they had asthma and could not take beta blockers, but were given something different. A calcium blocker, I think. That may have been on a different support board, though. But there are, apparently, alternative medications that could help with the symptoms, without the problems for the asthmatic/allergic person. It’s a question for the doctors and you to figure out, though.
BobbiAnonymousDecember 1, 1996 at 6:51 pmPost count: 93172
Beta blockers can incite and or aggravate depression so I’ve always taken Verapamil or Calan which are calcium channel blockers. When I was first diagnosed I was put on Lopressor until after RAI.
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