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Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease) 

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Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  - What is it for

Taking aspirin regularly will help to reduce the risk of blood clots. This is sometimes described as thinning the blood. Aspirin is also usually prescribed for 4 to 6 weeks after Kawasaki disease, or longer if your child has abnormalities of the blood vessels that supply the heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients, detected on echocardiography. Your doctor will advise you on when your child can stop taking aspirin.

Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  cause?

The most common side effects of aspirin include

  • Stomach discomfort e.g. abdominal pain, heartburn, gastric. Take aspirin after meals

There are some potentially serious, but rare side effects that may be experienced

  • Severe stomach pain, blood in the vomit, urine or stools •Severe vomiting with viral symptoms (fever [temperature above 38°C], aches and pains), confused, tired, change in behavior, loss of consciousness, which may be indicative of Reye’s syndrome (refer to Other important information)

Please seek medical attention immediately if the side effects above occur.

Stop medication and seek immediate medical attention if your child experience allergic reactions (e.g. rash, swelling of the eyes and lips, difficulty breathing)

Before taking Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  , what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  ?

Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  - Dosage and How to Use

How should Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  be used?

Aspirin is usually taken once a day, in the morning. It should be taken with or after food to reduce stomach irritation. Do not take this medication more often than directed and do not stop until instructed by your doctor.

Tablets may be swallowed with a glass of water or dispersed in water, before taking. Sometimes, you may need to dissolve the tablet in a specific amount of water and syringe out the appropriate volume before giving it to your child. Follow the instructions provided by your doctor, nurse or pharmacist

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose that is missed and administer the next dose at the usual scheduled time. Do not double or increase the dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  - Handling

How should I handle Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  safely?

Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  - Storage

How should I store Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  ?

How should I dispose of Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  safely?

Aspirin (Kawasaki Disease)  - Additional Information

  • You may have heard that aspirin should not be given to children due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious condition that affects the brain and liver. This has been mostly observed in children less than 5 years of age, have had a viral illness (chicken pox or flu) or on prolonged, high-dose aspirin. It has not been observed in children receiving low (antiplatelet) doses. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about this.
  • Inform your child’s doctor if your child is having chicken pox or flu, or experiencing viral symptoms whilst on aspirin – you doctor will discuss with you on whether to continue, temporary stop the aspirin, or switch to an alternative medication.
  • Also inform your child’s doctor that your child is on aspirin if chicken pox or influenza vaccination is scheduled. Your child’s surgeon/dentist should also be told that your child is on aspirin should a surgery or dental procedure is planned.
  • Check with the doctor or pharmacist before giving your child other medicines such as painkillers [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen], supplements and herbal products.
  • Updated on Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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