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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 11:47 PM
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Whether you believe this is hooey or not, Influenza and Reye's syndrome
I got reminded of this little factoid, if you think you have the flu (ANY FLU)... do not take aspirin for this. In kids we have seen Reye's syndrome, which leads to liver damage and other stuff

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reye\'s_syndrome

Now to my knowledge we have never seen this in adults, but we have in kids... to be safe, stick to the tylenol


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Jane Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 11:56 PM
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1. I have a friend whose beautiful, smart, wonderful 12-year-old
Edited on Fri May-01-09 11:57 PM by Jane Austin
daughter died of Reyes syndrome some 25 or more years ago.

It's something you never, ever get over.

They didn't realize she had the flu and gave her aspirin for her aches and fever.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:14 AM
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5. I am sorry for your friend's loss
and yes parents never, evah get over that

The guilt, oh god

Give her a hug from me... even if she does not know me
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Jane Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:15 PM
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18. Thanks, Nadine. I will.
And thanks especially for your great info on the new flu.

The wave thing is the only thing that makes sense to me, of the drastic measures being taken for what appears to be a rather mild disease - so far.

I really appreciate your good information.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:29 AM
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7. My cousin had it in the early 50s before they knew what it was
and several brain surgeries later, she's bright and with it but in a body that hasn't worked the way she wanted it to since she was a little kid.

She was a piano prodigy. Reye's ended that.

Do NOT give kids aspirin, please.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:32 AM
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8. Or adults for that matter!
Thanks I have never found it in the literature, but I am sure I should look a little harder

:-)

I hope your cousin can somewhat function
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:34 AM
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9. it only happens in children
Aspirin remains an effective anti pyretic and analgesic for adults and is absolutely essential for those with a history of cardiovascular disease.

If there had ever been a single case in an adult, you can bet it would have been reported before now. Trust me, they have looked for that particular disease process and never found it.

Your advice is in error.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:37 AM
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10. I am readying wrong then that your cousin had it at 50?
Edited on Sat May-02-09 12:38 AM by nadinbrzezinski
DUD learn to read.. in the early 50s

My bad

And stand corrected
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susanna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:05 AM
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11. It's the only one I can take.
Tylenol, Motrin and the like make me demonstrably sicker.

My doctors have told me to stick with what works; and for me, it's aspirin. I'm 40-ish and do so. I took it as a kid and am fine; the other NSAIDS do nothing for me, sorry to say; they make me feel worse.


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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:07 AM
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12. I misread
sorry

That said, I take Tylenol, that's what works for me... NSAIDs are not a good idea, if I can avoid them, due to the crap I need to take
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susanna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:33 AM
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15. I understand. :-) N/T
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:54 AM
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17. I'd be (I am) cautious with Tylenol (acetaminophen). The 4000mg 'limit' is sure to be lowered ...
Edited on Sat May-02-09 11:09 AM by TahitiNut
... to (probably) 2000mg. Liver damage is something to avoid. With the 650mg 'arthritis' formulations available OTC, overdosing is a danger. Indeed, guidance is getting more common that no more than 1000mg should be taken at any single time. Further, alcohol should be avoided, particularly anything more than 2 drinks per day.

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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:20 PM
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19. Low dose aspirin is a good idea for all sorts of people
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:30 PM
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20. Yes.
Thank you for correcting the OP.

I thought medical advice was verboten on DU anyway.
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underseasurveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:04 AM
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2. That is a great reminder Nadin
Thanks :hug:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:06 AM
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3. I'll give props where they belong
while readying the Universal from Mexico, I saw the reminder from the National University

And I went... shit right, this is second nature to me, but not to others

So props to the head of epidemic diseases at the School of Medicine in Mexico City


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underseasurveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:12 AM
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4. Hey well you deserve some props too
for bringing it here as an important reminder to all of us. This is something I knew way back when when my son was young but had completely forgotten.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:17 AM
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6. Well thank you
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:08 AM
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13. Thanks for reminder and
all your other informative posts.
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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:23 AM
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14. also with other viral infections. My son had measles and wanted to take asprin
and luckily I had read about Reyes Syndrome just a few weeks prior and he was so stubborn and I of course was too stupid for words, that I had to flush all the asprin down the toilet just to keep him from taking some. I made it a point at his next drs appointment to ask the doc in front of him about being an adolescent boy, being sick with fever etc, taking asprin, and Reyes Syndrome and the doc of course said under no circumstance should a young person take asprin when they are ill and develop a fever. I was exonerated, but still out a bottle of asperin!
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ourbluenation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:35 AM
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16. your link doesn't really work. try this instead...
Edited on Sat May-02-09 10:36 AM by ourbluenation
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