Did you know Primatene Tablets might cause your blood pressure to rise? Primatene is sold over the counter to help relieve bronchial asthma. Primatene Tablets contain a combination of Ephedrine (12.5 mg) and Guaifenesin (200 mg).
I have asthma that requires the use of an inhaler to open my bronchial tubes and lungs so I can breathe freely. My general physician retired about a year ago and I could not get my inhaler refilled without a doctor’s visit. Due to some familial issues, I did not have the time or stamina to seek out a new doctor. In an effort to treat myself, I purchased Primatene Tablets to help relieve my asthma.
I read the information on the side of the package. It tells you to speak with a doctor before taking this medication if you have been hospitalized for asthma, have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, plus a whole slew of other problems. At the time I had no problems, or at least, only one: I had a little high blood pressure, controlled.
Perhaps I should have just put the package back and went to a doctor. No, I bought the Primatene Tablets and proceeded to take them.
I knew Ephedrine would make your blood pressure go up. What I did not know is how high it would make it rise.
We all have heard of Ephedrine. This drug, or a derivative of it, is the reason many nasal congestion remedies have been stowed up beyond pharmacies counters. It has been removed from most, if not all, diet pills and supplements. A version of Ephedrine is what doctors use to treat extremely low blood pressure and heart rates. It is also what meth labs use to make their concoctions. Among other things, Ephedrine has its place legally and illegally.
Back to my story:
Recently, I obtained a general physician. He is treating me for high blood pressure. He has been scratching his head, trying to figure out why my blood pressure is so high. My blood work is near perfect. My weight is up but I am by no means obese. I eat healthy for the most part, take vitamins, and exercise. In other words, I am in good shape.
While we were going over my new medications, I casually mentioned I needed an inhaler for my asthma. He asked me what I had been taking to control it. I told him Primatene Tablets. He scolded me and said this was probably a major contributor to my high blood pressure. He also said he wished they would quit selling the product because of how harmful it can be.
We live in a world where over the counter drugs entice consumers to self medicate. This is convenient since doctor appointments are not always easy to get or take up a lot of our time. However, some medical problems are better left to the professionals.
Primatene tablets do what they are made to do. Having taken other asthma medications, I can honestly say, Primatene does not work as effectively as prescription asthma medications. The tablet form is not fast acting, taking up to an hour to work, and the inhaler tastes like petroleum smells (yes, I tried the Primatene inhaler too). In a pinch, Primatene may help your asthma a little; but, it also may harm your body or even kill you.