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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : February 2005
• A newly published systematic review in the British Medical Journal has determined that up to 21% of adult asthmatics are sensitive to aspirin.1 • It is widely recognised that asthmatics who are sensitive to aspirin are also highly cross-sensitive to other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen (Nurofen® • That’s why Panadol* ), naproxen sodium (Naprogesic® ), and diclofenac (Voltaren® NSAIDs in aspirin-sensitive asthmatics.†,1,4,5 So the next time she needs pain relief, play it safe and recommend Panadol. †Less than 2% of asthmatics are cross-sensitive to paracetamol, but reactions tend to be less severe1,4 and of shorter duration.6 References 1. Jenkins C et al. BMJ 2004. Vol. 328; Issue 7437. 2. Szczeklik A et al.Am J Ther 2002;9:233-43. 3. MIMS. Panadol Prescribing Information. 2003. 4. Jenkins C.Am J Ther 2000; 7:55-61. 5. Lamb C et al. The Pharmaceutical Journal 1995;254:802-4. 6. Settipane RA et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1995;96:480-5. * Panadol is a registered trade mark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. GSK0721/KIC ).1 (paracetamol) is regarded as a more suitable alternative to