beware of the risk of serious complications

Home beware of the risk of serious complications
Written by Doug Hampton

The ANSM recalls the importance of respecting the rules for the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Friday, April 28, the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) warns about taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

A reminder that occurs after the occurrence of sometimes fatal complications in adults and children who have taken these treatments, whether on prescription or self-medication.

Reminder of the “rules of good use”

In its bulletin, the ANSM indicates that it has learned of these cases through the pharmacovigilance centers (CRPV). It indicates:

In a context of resurgence of invasive streptococcal A infections, we recall the rules for the proper use of these drugs.

Because, she notes, infections are likely to occur “including in the event of co-prescription of antibiotics”.

Common molecules

Thus, aspirin, ibuprofen or flurbiprofen are sometimes taken for self-medication, as they are present in most homes.

ANSM warns:

Ibuprofen and ketoprofen can mask symptoms such as fever or pain and therefore lead to a delay in diagnosis and patient management. This can result in a risk of serious complications from the infection.

Prefer paracetamol

What does the ANS recommend in the event of a common infection (angina, otitis, cough, dental infections, etc.)? To resort to paracetamol, contained for example in Doliprane.

And here is what she advises, to medical personnel and individuals alike:

  • Prescribe and use NSAIDs at the lowest possible dose and for the shortest possible duration (3 days if fever, 5 days if pain);
  • Stop treatment as soon as symptoms disappear;
  • Do not take another NSAID at the same time;
  • Avoid NSAIDs for chickenpox.

She also reminds that if a child’s temperature does not exceed 38.5°C, there is no need to resort to medication. Prefer to ventilate the room, and remove one or two layers of clothing.

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