Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NSAID and Aspirin/Tylenol dangerous combo with swine flu

The following articles clearly report that using Tylenol, aspirin and any Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drug is dangerous in fighting the Swine Flu. Doctors and emergency rooms seem to think it is good to drive the temperature of the patient down when in fact this is not true and the body is raising the temperature to deal with the virus.
Somehow they didnt tell us that you should not take Tylenol when you have the flu because a little boy has now died from doing so. How many times have we given our children Tylenol or Motrin to reduce a fever when they have the flu or after theyve had their vaccinations? How many times have our pediatricians recommended this?

Many people who die with complications related to H1N1 are young people. If you do your homework, youll find that (4-14 old )children and teenagers who take aspirin while they have the flu are at risk for Reyes Syndrome.

Symptoms include:

* persistent vomiting
* lethargy or sleepiness
* in infants, diarrhea and rapid breathing

In the later stages, a child may exhibit irrational behavior, confusion, severe weakness, seizures, and loss of consciousness. There is usually no fever.

Japan put a stop to the use of NSAIDs (ex. Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc.) for reducing fever for children with the flu in 2000 and the fatality rates for children with the flu declined. Many people with flu related deaths between 1918 and 1919 in the U.S. were found to have complications beyond pneumonia at the time of death that were attributed to taking aspirin. Just before the high rates of death occurred, the Surgeon General and other health organizations recommended aspirin to the public. According to The British Medical Journal, antipyretics (pain relievers and fever reducers) are the cause for many flu related deaths and people should not take any of these should they get H1N1.

If any person, but particularly small children and others in high risk groups, exhibit any of the following serious warning signs, seek immediate emergency medical care:

* Trouble breathing, including rapid breathing.
* Gray or bluish skin color
* Not drinking enough fluids
* Sleeping constantly and not interacting when awake
* Being especially irritable
* Not urinating or no tears when crying
* The symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
The potentially harmful effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are rarely discussed in the treatment of A/H1N1flu, which has caused high death rates in Mexico.

Severe and fatal cases, including sudden death, are characterised by severe sepsis with multi-organ failure with findings such as fever, leucocytosis, leucopenia, acute respiratory distresssyndrome (ARDS), liver impairment, renal failure, rhabdomyolysis,and hypotension.

NSAIDs may aggravate these syndromes, leading to multi-organ failure.

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