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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014


KDKA-TV: Aspirin linked to risk for Reye's Syndrome

Monday, December 7th, 2009

While getting over a viral illness like the chicken pox or the flu, some people develop Reye's Syndrome. 

"Fortunately, Reye's Syndrome is something we've not seen for quite a long time, once people became aware of the risk of taking aspirin when they have an illness such as a viral flu illness," says Dr. Gregory Hoyson of Bellevue Pediatrics.

Years ago, he would see cases of this.

"When we did have people with Reye's Syndrome it was very potentially life-threatening. Kids were in the hospital for extended periods of time, they were in intensive care units. It was a big deal, and a pretty scary time for the families."

While it can strike at any age, it usually affects children and young adults.

Aspirin to treat symptoms of a viral illness, like fever and achiness, can increase the chance of developing the syndrome. Parents may not always realize their child may be taking a drug containing this potentially risky ingredient.

"Most families have really adapted and have been using acetaminophen and ibuprofen type products for quite a long time," says Dr. Hoyson. "The one we need to be cautious about especially if we hear them mention it, would be the Pepto-Bismol."

It's broken down in the body to aspirin.

You may be surprised to find that aspirin is in common over-the-counter products like Doan's, Kaopectate, Alka-Seltzer, and Pepto-Bismol. Other names for it are salicylic acid, or salicylate. The label may not specifically say aspirin.

To read more, visit the KDKA-TV web site.


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