Aspirin is no longer given to children with viral infections because it could lead to Reye’s syndrome. But even acetaminophen and ibuprofen don’t speed recovery from a cold or flu.
In fact, a recent study suggests that taking fever reducers during a bout of the flu increases viral replication and may help spread the flu to other people (Proceedings of the Royal Society B, March 7, 2014).
Cognitive effects of meds
Mom is on Detrol LA for her bladder, atorvastatin to control cholesterol, lisinopril for blood pressure and sertraline for mood improvement. Dad is taking twice as many pills. They both are showing signs of cognitive impairment. The checkbook is a mess, they forget appointments, and the house is topsy-turvy.
The prescribing information for atorvastatin (Lipitor) notes that the drug may be linked to cognitive impairment (memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, memory impairment, confusion). Other statins may have similar side effects.
Shampoo soothes rosacea
I was so self-conscious about my complexion. There still are some faint red pimples, but my skin looks better. I’m not red as a tomato any more.
I had tried other treatments, and Selsun Blue has made a difference. I use it every other day for about two minutes and wash it off with warm water.
The cause of rosacea is unknown, although some hypotheses point to small intestine bacterial overgrowth and others to large numbers of skin mites (Demodex).
Treatment often involves antibiotics or topical prescriptions such as Finacea. You are not the first to describe benefit from using a selenium-sulfide shampoo to wash the face gently.
Reach Joe and Terry Graedon at PeoplesPharmacy.com.