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is there an alternative to urinalysis strip diastix of bayer (aspirin)?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Blood glucose tests: Diastix measure glucose in urine. This is a very inaccurate picture of what is going on in the blood stream, as the urine being tested may have been produced hours ago. Self blood glucose monitoring, using a small blood specimen, is much more accurate. It is the standard followed by most diabetic patients.

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Is it safe to take low-dose aspirin while pregnant?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Low dose Aspirin has been found in certain cases to be helpful during pregnancy. Aspirin 81 mg may reduce the occurrence of preeclampsia; may reduce pregnancy loss in some clotting factors; may help implantation by thickening the endometrial lining and increasing uterine blood flow.
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Can you shrink hemorrhoids with aspirin?

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Dr. David Gutman
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No: Aspirin has not been shown to shrink hemorrhoids, but can increase bleeding.
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Why should I not give aspirin to a child with chickenpox?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Complications: Back in the late 60's & early 70's a devistating illness called reye's syndrome started appearing.Kids with chickenpox or flu would appear to get better before lapsing into coma & dying of liver failure. After a link with salycilates(aspirin) was made, we stopped giving it to kids under 16. Reye's has almost disappeared.It didn't happen to all kids, but we never knew how to predict who would.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Why can't I give aspirin to my child with chickenpox?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Liver failure: In the 60's & 70's a dredfull problem arose in kids with flu or chickenpox who seemed to get better, then lapsed into a coma & died of liver failure. After a link to Aspirin was found we quit giving it to kids unless they had rare illnesses like kawasaki or jra. It hasn't been recomended for kids <16 in 20+yrs.Not all kids that were given Aspirin got it but we couldn't predict who would.
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Does aspirin dissolve blood clots?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
No: Aspirin is used to prevent the formation of blood clots through the inhibition of aggregation of cells (platelets) that are part of the clot. Once the clot is formed, Aspirin is not very effective in dissolving it. This is because the clot has material incorporated in it that does not respond to the action of aspirin.

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