Methylxanthine is one of the asthma medications used which includes Theobromine, Theophylline and caffeine.
All these ingredients of the medicine work by interfering with certain protein to relax down the inflamed asthmatic muscles.
Researches on asthma patients also showed that 2 cups of strong coffee, when taken during an asthma attack, can significantly reduce the asthma symptoms.
This clearly shows that caffeine can be many times, if not at all times, used to relax down the asthma trigger for people who are suffering from mild asthma conditions.
One another research concludes that taking caffeine within one hour of exercising can lower the symptoms of the exercise-induced asthma.
And although 3-6 mg of caffeine per kilogram of weight lowers the symptoms and 9 mg per kilogram was as efficient as an albuterol inhaler.
Is Coffee and Tea Good for Asthma?
Caffeine is a mild natural antihistamine. It is similar to the Theophylline, which was commonly used to control asthma before, at times when effective treatments (like rescue inhalers and nebulizers) were not discovered.
Because the caffeine relaxes the bronchial tubes and helps them to open more, it eases the breathing for asthma patients. And for this reason doctors usually suggest consuming caffeine-rich drinks (such as coffee and tea) to ease the mild asthma symptoms.
If no coffee is available, two chocolate bars can have a similar effect of caffeine and thus can be taken for getting the relief.
Care that although caffeine or coffee can be a good viable option for easing asthma trigger attacks, it cannot be used as a top-line treatment option. This is due to the fact that it does not go and treat directly your lungs, as treated by inhalers during an attack.
Drinking a cup of coffee does not actually helps by making an immediate reaction which can be done by using medications and inhalers.
It is therefore not recommended to take caffeine as a regular treatment for asthma, but can be taken as a stop-gap measure when the patient does not have an access to their rescue inhaler or medications, for whatever reason may be.
Contraindications and Risk Factors
Although daily coffee drinking can help alleviate mild asthma symptoms, it is not recommended to take larger amounts of caffeine due to its addictive and harmful nature.
Consuming too much of caffeine can actually worsen the asthmatic and bronchitis symptoms in an uncontrolled way. The harm caused can many times depend on the cause of your asthma condition.
For instance if your asthma is triggered by problems like GERD or acid reflux, drinking coffee and tea can make your problem even worse.
Also it has been seen that the habitual use of large amounts of caffeine reduce the response to the drug when it was used in emergency condition.
Due to all the above obvious reasons, it is wise to limit daily intake of caffeine when you are suffering from bronchial asthma conditions.
Important Tips and Advice
Asthma if left untreated for more days, can cause severe problems later. It is therefore best to consult your doctor (and not try home remedies), specially if you are suffering from severe asthma conditions.
Following your doctor’s advice and getting the prescription is a sure shot method to control your asthma symptoms.
For daily use, it is best to take asthma medications such as Bronchodilators, Inhaled corticosteroids, Leukotriene modifiers, Long-acting beta-agonists, Combination inhalers, Theophylline and inhaled corticosteroids.
Asthma caused due to infection may also need a dose of antibiotics which can be taken after consulting with your doctor.
You can of course take 1-2 cups of coffee daily in addition to your regular medications which can make you feel much better!