Adverse Reactions to Acetaminophen, ASA, and NSAIDs in Children: What Alternatives?
ASA and NSAIDs are responsible for a large number of adverse reactions. The association of adverse reactions to acetaminophen and to ASA is uncommon, especially in children, and raises the problem of finding alternative treatments. We present a case report of a 7-year-ald boy with combined adverse reaction to acetaminophen and ASA/NSAIDs. The child, who had no history of atopy, first displayed the condition at age 6, when he suffered two episodes of urticaria and angioedema, 2 hours after administration of 500 mg of acetaminophen, following two earlier doses of 500 mg (total 1500 mg). At age 7 he suffered a third episode 3 hours after administration of 180 mg of ASA. The patient submitted to oral challenges with acetaminophen (positive at a cumulative dose of 2,040 mg), ASA (positive at a cumulative dose of 204 mg) and nimesulide (negative at a cumulative dose of 119 mg). In conclusion, nimesulide (an NSAID not available in the United States) may be regarded as an alternative treatment in such patients, but more research is needed in pediatric age groups.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1997-09-01
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