Asthma Pain Relief: Dangers of Some Pain Relievers


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  • Heat — with a hot towel or heating pad — can be helpful for treating chronic overuse injuries. (However, you shouldn’t use heat on recent injuries.)
  • Physical activity can help reduce some kinds of discomfort, such as arthritis pain.
  • Relaxation — with techniques like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. These drugs are only used in people with severe chronic pain. They don’t generally pose a risk for people with asthma. The exception is for people having a severe asthma attack. In these people narcotics can lead to dangerously slow breathing. Narcotics do have other side effects, including , fatigue, and a risk of addiction.