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How many aspirins a day is it safe to take on a regular daily schedule? I take four 325mg tablets every day.

How many aspirins a day is it safe to take on a regular daily schedule? I take four 325mg tablets every day.

Aspirin Dose: This is a difficult question to answer without knowing why you are taking it. If you are taking Aspirin for its cardioprotectant effect, the dose is considerably lower than what you are taking on the other hand, if you are taking it as an anti-inflammatory agent for osteoarthritis, the dose seems a little low. The doctor who prescribed your Aspirin therapy is the best person to answer this ...Read more

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What is the link between aspirin & reye's syndrome?

What is the link between aspirin & reye's syndrome?

Reye's syndrome may…: Occur when Aspirin (or other salicylates) is given to children/teens in the presence of a viral illness (chickenpox/flu/viral stomach "flu"). Cause still not known, but ultimately, symptoms associated with it relate to liver dysfunction & resultant increase in serum ammonia levels & other toxins, which cause increased pressure in the brain, swelling, brain dysfunction, even death. ...Read more

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What's the association between aspirin & reye syndrome?

What's the association between aspirin &  reye syndrome?

Liver failure/coma: In the 60's & 70's a dreadful 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 <16 unless they had rare illnesses like kawasaki or jra.There has been a dramatic decline in cases since.Those of us who treated cases know it well. ...Read more

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How long after taking aspirin does reyes syndrome develop ?

How long after taking aspirin does reyes syndrome develop ?

It is not: the aspirin alone but when a person has influenza and takes aspirin together. It is usually several days into infection that the first symptoms develop. You can avoid aspirin use during flu seasons. This flu season is not in full swing yet but getting a flu shot can help avoid infection. ...Read more

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Can aspirin induce reyes syndrome with a child that recently was given the varicella vaccine?

Can aspirin induce reyes syndrome with a child that recently was given the varicella vaccine?

Doubt anyone knows: We have not recomended the use of Aspirin products to any child under 16 in 20+ years(except for rare use in kawasaki disease or jra).Why any parent would use it now after any vaccine is puzzeling. Only a fraction of flua or chichenpox sufferers that were given Aspirin developed reyes so the risk would be low but why ever give it to a kid unless it was the last possible med available. ...Read more

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Will taking aspirin lead to reye syndrome ?

Will taking aspirin lead to reye syndrome ?

If use during viral: Although we do not know exactly why reye syndrome occurs, but often following viral illness such as flu, chicken-pox, and some viral upper respiratory infections, and use of Aspirin during these illnesses. This is syndrome is rather rare, but there are now many alternatives to control fever during illnesses and so use of Aspirin in children is not recommended. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Aspirin can cause reye syndrome when given to children; what age group does this mean?

Aspirin can cause reye syndrome when given to children; what age group does this mean?

20's: The salicylates in Aspirin are the usual cause of reyes syndrome. They are found in other products, such as pepto bismal (bismuth salicylate) and peppermint oil. The oldest case of rs i know of is early 20's. I did not let my daughter take it until she was 25. ...Read more

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I've read that there has been no association reported between aspirin and stevens Johnsons syndrome or TENs unlike other NSAIDS. True?

 I've read that there has been no association reported between aspirin and stevens Johnsons syndrome or TENs unlike other NSAIDS. True?

No -: While the occurrences of SJS or TENs caused by any NSAID is rare, there are reports. They are definitely not the most common offenders, but events have been reported. There is a european case-control report that looked at all SJS/TENs cases between '89-'95; and all meds reportedly taken in the week leading up to presentation of symptoms - No increase risk reported but the study was flawed. ...Read more

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Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Ibuprofen with chickenpox? Already know aspirin can cause "reye's syndrome" but i've been on ibuprofen with my cp. Everything seems to have improved..

Chicken pox: While you are indeed correct that Aspirin use has been associated with reye's , this is not the case with any of the other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaid's). So it is fine to use Ibuprofen with chicken pox. ...Read more

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How long after taking aspirin in adults can reye's syndrome occur ?

Not seen in adults: I have not heard of any cases of reyes syndrome occurring in adults. Perhaps some of the other health tap doctors have heard of a case? ...Read more

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