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Side Effects of Asthma Medication

09/19/2007

Question:

Does asthma medication viz.Asthalin tabs or liquid and various inhalors affect sperm count in males. Also kindly mention the other side effects of especially inhalors. Please give the names of certain latest inhalors.

Answer:

I have researched the various inhaled steroids and can find no association with reduced sperm counts.  The most common side effects with the inhaled steroids are hoarseness, dry mouth and throat, wheezing, cough, oral thrush (yeast infection), stomach upset, bronchospasm (narrowing of the airway).  At high doses over a long period of time there is risk for osteoporosis, increased risk of infections if the immune system is suppressed, glaucoma (elevated pressures in the eye) and cataracts. 

Common inhaled steroids include:  Aerobid, Asmanex twisthaler, Azmacort, Azmacort, Flovent, Pulmicort flexhaler, QVAR.  There are several combination inhalers which contain an inhaled steroid and long acting bronchodilator:  Advair and Symbicort.

When deciding to take a medication it is important to talk to your provider about your concerns.  When treating asthma or any other condition it is important to use the least amount of medication to control the symptoms and to weigh the risk and benefit of the medicine.  The benefit should out-weigh the risk. 

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Response by:

Cathy   Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE Cathy Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, OSU Asthma Center Educational Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University