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Asthma is a chronic disease that inflames and narrows the airways in your lungs, making it difficult to breathe. When this happens, you may need to use an inhaler until your symptoms improve.

Before taking Medications, Know this First

Many patients with asthma are able to control their symptoms using only an inhaler, but some need oral medications or other treatments as well.

Asthma can be aggravated by prescription drugs such as beta-blockers and steroids like prednisone. If you have asthma and are taking these types of medication, talk to your doctor about ways to manage your asthma or alternative treatments.

Depression

Depression is one of the most common ailments in the United States, affecting more than 16 million adults. In some cases, depression can be treated with prescription drugs like bupropion or citalopram, which are used to boost serotonin levels in the brain.

However, these medications also come with a laundry list of side effects, including insomnia and lowered libido.

That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor before taking a new medication and disclose any medical conditions you’re currently experiencing.