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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Beta blockers and bronchodilators

10/30/2007

Question:

I understand that beta blockers can interfere with the effect of bronchodilators. If a person is NOT taking a bronchodilator, is it ok to take a beta blocker if one has copd? I have been taking 25 mg. Atenolol for about five years and have not had any side effects. But, I am wondering whether this (or any) beta blocker contributes to the various symptoms of copd?

Answer:

Although certain beta blockers can contribute to constriction of the bronchial tubes, this is not likely to occur with atenolol.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University