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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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