An 18-year-old has been diagnosed with asthma. The nurse is providing patient education and warns the patient not to use which medication?


•Aspirin blocks the COX-1 enzyme, decreasing prostaglandin release and causing the overproduction of leukotrienes. This results in allergy-like effects and an asthma exacerbation.

•Patients affected by aspirin induced asthma are also sensitive to all NSAIDs.

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