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RS Awareness CARE Packages Are Here!

NEW!!  Share Because You Care… 

They are here!  They are Fabulous!  They are Perfect!

Care Packages that double as educational and awareness Gifts!

Donate $20.00 and Get 10 Care Packages to Give Away!

Set of 10 Care Packages

Set of 10 Care Packages

Each Box Set Includes:

  • 10 Beautiful All-Occasion Cards
  • 10 White Envelopes
  • 10 Reye’s Syndrome Symptom Bookmarks
  • 10 Beautiful Inspiration Bookmarks
  • 10 Ingredients to Avoid Wallet Cards
  • 10 Reye’s Syndrome Brochures

What a sweet and thoughtful way to educate everyone and anyone about Reye’s Syndrome!

Use them as:

  • Holiday Cards and Stocking-Stuffer Gifts / Secret Pal Gifts /  Small Gifts to just say Thanks! during the Holidays
  • Birthday Cards
  • Baby Shower Cards
  • Wedding Shower Cards
  • Wedding Gift Cards
  • Thank You Cards
  • Anniversary Cards
  • Just Thinking About You Cards
  • Facebook Friends and any Social Media / Networking Cards and Gifts
  • For Any and All Occasions!

The All-Occasion Cards come 8.5″ x 11″, which when folded gives you a card size of 5.5″ x 8.5″.

The inside of the cards are blank, and the cards come flat so you can even run them through your printer!

Card Before Folded

Card Before Folded

Print Ideas for the inside of the Cards:

  • Print Pictures
  • Print Your Annual Family Newsletter
  • Add a Recipe for Homemade Anything
  • Add a list of Helpful Website Addresses
  • Anything to fit the Occasion

You can even purchase Boxed Sets of 10 Care Packages as Gifts for others to give as Gifts!

Your $20.00 Donation, plus shipping ($5.00) is tax deductible and we will send you a receipt.

Share Reye’s Syndrome Awareness Because You Care.

What You Get

What You Get

Share Because You Care – Get Yours While Supplies Last – Click Here To Order Today!

To purchase by check, through the mail, download the order form by clicking here.

Want to help the NRSF by selling Care Packages for us?

Download the order form, have checks made out to NRSF, or National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation, and mail the order forms and checks to: NRSF – 426 N. Lewis St – PO Box 829 – Bryan, OH 43506

Need Help Ordering, or Have Questions?
Call 800.233.7393 for assistance.

Thank You!

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What Are Vaccinations?

How Vaccines Work:
Vaccines help make you immune to serious diseases without getting sick first. Without a vaccine, you must actually get a disease in order to become immune to the germ that causes it. Vaccines work best when they are given at certain ages. For example, children don’t receive measles vaccine until they are at least one year old. If it is given earlier it might not work as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a schedule for childhood vaccines from birth to 18 years of age.

Understanding the difference between vaccines, vaccinations, and immunizations can be tricky. Below is an easy guide that explains how these terms are used:

A vaccine is a product that produces immunity from a disease and can be administered through needle injections, by mouth, or by aerosol.

A vaccination is the injection of a killed or weakened organism that produces immunity in the body against that organism.

An immunization is the process by which a person or animal becomes protected from a disease. Vaccines cause immunization, and there are also some diseases that cause immunization after an individual recovers from the disease.

Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety. The United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history. Vaccines undergo a rigorous and extensive evaluation program to determine a product’s safety and effectiveness. If a vaccine does receive approval by FDA, it is continuously monitored for safety and effectiveness.

Vaccine Benefits: Why get vaccinated?

Diseases have injured and killed many children over the years in the United States. Polio paralyzed about 37,000 and killed about 1,700 every year in the 1950s.

Hib disease was once the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children under 5 years of age. About 15,000 people died each year from diphtheria before there was a vaccine. Up to 70,000 children a year were hospitalized because of rotavirus disease. Hepatitis B can cause liver damage and cancer in 1 child out of 4 who are infected, and tetanus kills 1 out of every 5 who get it.

Thanks mostly to vaccines, these diseases are not nearly as common as they used to be. But they have not disappeared, either. Some are common in other countries, and if we stop vaccinating they will come back here. This has already happened in some parts of the world. When vaccination rates go down, disease rates go up.

Precautions

Most babies can safely get vaccines. But some babies should not get certain vaccines. Your doctor will help you decide.

  • A child who has ever had a serious reaction, such as a life-threatening allergic reaction, after a vaccine dose should not get another dose of that vaccine. Tell your doctor if your child has any severe allergies, or has had a severe reaction after a prior vaccination. (Serious reactions to vaccines and severe allergies are rare.)
  • A child who is sick on the day vaccinations are scheduled might be asked to come back for them.

Talk to your doctor…

  • before getting DTaP vaccine, if your child ever had any of these reactions after a dose of DTaP:
  • A brain or nervous system disease within 7 days,
  • Non-stop crying for 3 hours or more,
  • A seizure or collapse,
  • A fever of over 105°F.
  • before getting Polio vaccine, if your child has a life-threatening allergy to the antibiotics neomycin, streptomycin or polymyxin B.
  • before getting Hepatitis B vaccine, if your child has a life-threatening allergy to yeast.
  • before getting Rotavirus Vaccine, if your child has:
  • SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency),
  • A weakened immune system for any other reason,
  • Digestive problems,
  • Recently gotten a blood transfusion or other blood product,
  • Ever had intussusception (bowel obstruction that is treated in a hospital).
  • before getting PCV13 or DTaP vaccine, if your child ever had a severe reaction after any vaccine containing diphtheria toxoid (such as DTaP).

Risks

Vaccines can cause side effects, like any medicine.  Most vaccine reactions are mild: tenderness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given; or a mild fever. These happen to about 1 child in 4. They appear soon after the shot is given and go away within a day or two.

Other Reactions

Individual childhood vaccines have been associated with other mild problems, or with moderate or serious problems:

  • DTaP vaccine
  • Mild problems: Fussiness (up to 1 child in 3); tiredness or poor appetite (up to 1 child in 10); vomiting (up to 1 child in 50); swelling of the entire arm or leg for 1-7 days (up to 1 child in 30) – usually after the 4th or 5th dose.
  • Moderate problems: Seizure (1 child in 14,000); non-stop crying for 3 hours or longer (up to 1 child in 1,000); fever over 105°F (1 child in 16,000).
  • Serious problems: Long term seizures, coma, lowered consciousness, and permanent brain damage have been reported. These problems happen so rarely that it is hard to tell whether they were actually caused by the vaccination or just happened afterward by chance.

Polio vaccine / Hepatitis B vaccine / Hib vaccine

  • These vaccines have not been associated with other mild problems, or with moderate or serious problems.

Pneumococcal vaccine

  • Mild problems: During studies of the vaccine, some children became fussy or drowsy or lost their appetite.

Rotavirus vaccine

  • Mild problems: Children who get rotavirus vaccine are slightly more likely than other children to be irritable or to have mild, temporary diarrhea or vomiting. This happens within the first week after getting a dose of the vaccine.
  • Serious problems: Studies in Australia and Mexico have shown a small increase in cases of intussusception within a week after the first dose of rotavirus vaccine. So far, this increase has not been seen in the United States, but it can’t be ruled out. If the same risk were to exist here, we would expect to see 1 to 3 infants out of 100,000 develop intussusception within a week after the first dose of vaccine.

Download a Who Should Not Get Vaccinated Handout

What if there is a serious reaction?

What should I look for?
Look for anything that concerns you, such as signs of a severe allergic reaction, very high fever, or behavior changes.
Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness. These would start a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination.

What should I do?
If you think it is a severe allergic reaction or other emergency that can’t wait, call 9-1-1 or get the person to the nearest hospital. Otherwise, call your doctor.

Afterward, the reaction should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Your doctor might file this report, or you can do it yourself through the VAERS web siteExternal Web Site Icon, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.

Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children.

Free Immunization and Developmental Milestones for your child – Birth to 6 years of age

Recommended Immunizations Children 7 – 18 years of agecdc_vaccine_tracker
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Interpreting Abbreviations on Records

To interpret commonly used acronyms and abbreviations that health care professionals use to record vaccinations, consult the Vaccine and Acronyms and Abbreviations list. This list also contains manufacturers’ trade names for vaccines and some common abbreviations for vaccine-preventable diseases.

And Remember: Never give a child under the age of 19 aspirin or aspirin products without first talking with a doctor.  You could trigger a deadly disease known as Reye’s Syndrome.

Resources:

What is a Vaccine: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/vaccines/understanding/Pages/whatVaccine.aspx
Vaccine Resources at CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html
Reye’s Syndrome: http://www.reyessyndrome.org
CDC Vaccine Video, Get The Picture: http://www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/GetThePicture/index.html
CDC: Vaccinations

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Beware Fraudulent Flu Products

In the past week, FDA has sent an additional nine warning letters to firms marketing fraudulent flu products, including flufraudredflagan online firm marketing an “alternative to the flu shot,” a firm selling an oral spray online and in major retail stores, and three firms marketing dietary supplements online. (The latter three firms’ letters are co-signed by the Federal Trade Commission, which regulates the advertising of many consumer products.)

The remaining four warning letters were issued to online firms selling what they claim to be generic and other unapproved versions of oseltamivir phosphate (the active ingredient in Tamiflu). Tamiflu is an FDA-approved brand-name drug; no generic is approved in the U.S.

As the flu continues to make people sick—and even cause deaths—scammers are alive and well, promoting their fraudulent products to the unsuspecting public.

These scammers sell their products with claims to prevent, treat or cure the flu, even though they have not been tested and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved them.

FDA warns consumers to steer clear of fraudulent flu products, which can be found online and in retail stores and may include products marketed as dietary supplements or conventional foods, drugs, nasal sprays and devices.

“As any health threat emerges, fraudulent products appear almost overnight,” says Gary Coody, R.Ph., FDA’s national health fraud coordinator. “Right now, so-called ‘alternatives’ to the flu vaccine are big with scammers.”

“These unproven products give consumers a false sense of security,” says Mary Malarkey, director of FDA’s Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality. “There is no need to buy a product that claims to be an alternative to the vaccine. Flu vaccine is still available and it’s not too late to get vaccinated.”

Flu Fraud Red Flags!

These flu claims on an unapproved product indicate that it may be fraudulent:

  • reduces severity and length of flu
  • boosts your immunity naturally without a flu shot
  • safe and effective alternative to flu vaccine
  • prevents catching the flu
  • effective treatment for flu
  • faster recovery from flu
  • supports your body’s natural immune defenses to fight off flu

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated every year, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the vaccine for adults and children over six months of age. To find a list of clinics, supermarkets, pharmacies and other vaccine providers in your neighborhood, visit www.flu.gov, click on “Flu Vaccine Finder” and enter your zip code.

If you get the flu, two FDA-approved antiviral drugs—Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir)—are treatment options recommended by CDC. These prescription drugs can help fight the virus in your body and shorten the time you’re sick. They can also be used to help prevent the flu.

Types of Fraudulent Flu Products

There are no legally marketed over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to prevent or cure the flu. However, there are legal OTC products to reduce fever and to relieve muscle aches, congestion, and other symptoms typically associated with the flu.

NOTE: Never give aspirin or aspirin products to children under that age of 19 for flu or viral No Aspirin Products for Children!infections!

Unapproved drugs (which sometimes are marketed as dietary supplements), conventional foods (such as herbal teas) or devices (such as air filters and light therapies) are fraudulent if they make flu prevention, treatment or cure claims, says Coody, “because they haven’t been evaluated by FDA for these uses.”

On Jan. 25, 2013, FDA and the Federal Trade Commission jointly sent a warning letter to the company that markets “GermBullet,” a nasal inhaler that makes flu prevention and treatment claims. The firm is required to remove the language in its labeling and advertising that violates federal law.

“If the company continues to sell the product without removing the deceptive and illegal language, the firm may be subject to enforcement action, which could include seizure of the products or other legal sanctions,” says FDA Regulatory Counsel Brad Pace, J.D., of FDA’s Health Fraud and Consumer Outreach Branch.

Fraudulent Online Pharmacies

Online pharmacies present an opportunity for Internet scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Legitimate online pharmacies do exist, but so do many websites that look like professional and legitimate pharmacies but are actually fraudulent and illegal.

These websites may be selling unapproved antiviral drugs. “Beware of websites that sell generic Tamiflu or Relenza,” says FDA pharmacist Connie Jung, R.Ph., Ph.D., of FDA’s Office of Drug Security, Integrity and Recalls. “Currently there are no FDA-approved generics available for these drugs on the U.S. market.”

“With unapproved products, you really don’t know what you’re getting and can’t be sure of the quality,” adds Jung. “The products could be counterfeit, contaminated, or have the wrong active ingredient or no active ingredient. You could experience a bad reaction, or not receive the drug you need to get better.”

Jung also warns consumers not to be tempted by an online seller that offers much lower prices than typically charged for prescription drugs by your local pharmacy. “Deep discounts on price are a good indicator of a fraudulent, illegal online pharmacy. You should avoid these online sellers because you might get products that are harmful to your health.”

FDA encourages consumers to buy prescription drugs only through an online pharmacy that requires a valid prescription from a doctor or other authorized health care provider and is licensed by the state board of pharmacy (or equivalent state agency) where the patient is located.

Health fraud is pervasive and it’s not always easy to spot a fraudulent product, says Coody. “If you’re tempted to buy an unproven or little known treatment, especially if it’s sold on the Internet, check with your health care provider first.”

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Shingles; The Varicella Zoster Virus

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Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster. There are an estimated 1 million cases each year in the United States. Anyone who has had the chickenpox may develop shingles; even children can get shingles. The risk of the disease increases as a person gets older. About half of all cases occur among men and women 60 years old or older.  There are many reports, however, of shingles showing up in children and in the 20 year old to 40 year old range.

People who have medical conditions that keep their immune systems from working properly, such as certain cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and people who receive immunosuppressive drugs, such as steroids and drugs given after organ transplantation, are also at greater risk of getting shingles.

People who develop shingles typically have only one episode in their lifetime. In some cases, however, a person can have a second or even a third episode.

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body in a dormant (inactive) state. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles. Herpes zoster is not caused by the same virus that causes genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease.

Shingles usually starts as a painful rash on one side of the face or body. The rash forms blisters that typically scab over in 7–10 days and clears up within 2–4 weeks.

Before the rash develops, there is often pain, itching, or tingling in the area where the rash will develop. This may happen anywhere from 1 to 5 days before the rash appears.

Most commonly, the rash occurs in a single stripe around either the left or the right side of the body. In other cases, the rash occurs on one side of the face. In rare cases (usually among people with weakened immune systems), the rash may be more widespread and look similar to a chickenpox rash. Shingles can affect the eye and cause loss of vision.

  • Other symptoms of shingles can include:
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Upset stomach

Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to a person who has never had chickenpox. In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles.

The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters, not through sneezing, coughing or casual contact.

A person with shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious.

Shingles is less contagious than chickenpox and the risk of a person with shingles spreading the virus is low if the rash is covered.

  • If you have shingles:
  • Keep the rash covered.
  • Do not touch or scratch the rash.
  • Wash your hands often to prevent the spread of varicella zoster virus.
  • Until your rash has developed crusts, avoid contact with pregnant women who have never had chickenpox or the varicella vaccine; premature or low birth weight infants; and immunocompromised persons (such as persons receiving immunosuppressive medications or undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplant recipients, and people with HIV infection).

The most common complication of shingles is a condition called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). People with PHN have severe pain in the areas where they had the shingles rash, even after the rash clears up.

The pain from PHN may be severe and debilitating, but it usually resolves in a few weeks or months in most patients. PHN can, however, persists for many years in some persons.

As people get older, they are more likely to develop PHN, and the pain is more likely to be severe. PHN occurs rarely among people under 40 years of age but can occur in up to half (and possibly more) of untreated people who are 60 years of age and older.

Shingles may lead to serious complications involving the eye. Very rarely, shingles can also lead to pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation (encephalitis) or death.

Several antiviral medicines—acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir—are available to treat shingles. These medicines will help shorten the length and severity of the illness. But to be effective, they must be started as soon as possible after the rash appears. Thus, people who have or think they might have shingles should call their healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss treatment options.

Analgesics (pain medicine) may help relieve the pain caused by shingles. Wet compresses, calamine lotion, and colloidal oatmeal baths may help relieve some of the itching.

The only way to reduce the risk of developing shingles and the long-term pain that can follow shingles is to get vaccinated. A vaccine for shingles is licensed for persons aged 60 years and older.

The shingles vaccine (Zostavax®) was recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in 2006 to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated pain in people age 60 years and older.

Your risk for developing shingles increases as you age. The Shingles Prevention Study involved individuals age 60 years and older and found the shingles vaccine significantly reduced disease in this age group. The vaccine is currently recommended for persons 60 years of age and older. Even people who have had shingles can receive the vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.

Shingles vaccine is available in pharmacies and doctor’s offices. Talk with your healthcare professional if you have questions about shingles vaccine.

At this time, CDC does not have a recommendation for routine use of shingles vaccine in persons 50 through 59 years old. However, the vaccine is approved by FDA for people in this age group.

Some people should NOT get shingles vaccine.

  • A person who has ever had a life-threatening or severe allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other component of shingles vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies.
  • A person who has a weakened immune system because of HIV/AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system, treatment with drugs that affect the immune system, such as steroids, cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy, cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system, such as leukemia or lymphoma.
  • Women who are or might be pregnant

Some people who get the shingles vaccine will develop a chickenpox-like rash near the place where they were vaccinated.  As a precaution, this rash should be covered until it disappears.

The shingles vaccine does not contain thimerosal (a preservative containing mercury).

What are the risks from shingles vaccine?

A vaccine, like any medicine, could possibly cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. However, the risk of a vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small.

No serious problems have been identified with shingles vaccine.

Mild Problems:

Redness, soreness, swelling, or itching at the site of the injection (about 1 person in 3).
Headache (about 1 person in 70).

Like all vaccines, shingles vaccine is being closely monitored for unusual or severe problems.

What about taking aspirin during a Shingles episode? We don’t know yet, but we are monitoring this closely and will keep you updated.  Never give a child aspirin during a shingles episode, as shingles is a dormant chickenpox virus!

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eBooks and Apps!

eBooks and Apps

To assist families, caregivers, and medical professionals, the NRSF has created several books and android apps:

  • Aspirin Sense and Sensitivity is an android app found in the google play store.  This app details everything one would want to know about aspirin; what drugs aspirin interferes with, who should and should not take aspirin, lists of products that do and do not contain salicylates (aspirin), and a handy list of ‘other’ ingredient names aspirin is known as.  This is a great app to have on hand when shopping for children’s medications, or for your own needs.
  • A Guide To Chickenpox is an app that assists parents and caregivers in managing children and chickenpox.  This app includes a detailed look at vaccinations, and also provides tools for parents for tracking the needs of their children.
  • Because You Need To Know is an eBook available in all eBook Stores on line, including Apple, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles that teaches about Reye’s Syndrome.  This ebook can be downloaded in any format from the Smashwords ebook store, to be read on a computer or any ereader device.
  • Coping With Family Stress After Reye’s Syndrome is an eBook available in all eBook Stores on line, including Apple, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles that helps families touched by the trauma of Reye’s Syndrome.  This ebook can be downloaded in any format from the Smashwords ebook store, to be read on a computer or any ereader device.
  • Coping With Family Stress After Chronic Illness or Death is an eBook available in all eBook Stores on line, including Apple, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles that assists families through their grief.  This ebook can be downloaded in any format from the Smashwords ebook store, to be read on a computer or any ereader device.

We will keep you updated here as more ebooks and apps become available.

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A Life and Death Conversation

A desperate email to the NRSF detailed the Teen Self-Medicating problem we are seeing more of today. Mom’s email frantically stated;

My 12 year old took Excedrin Extra Strength last night, which contains 250 mg per pill of Aspirin for his headache. I had told him to go lay down until I went to the store. I have never kept aspirin in my house because I know about Reye’s, but my son had seen Excedrin in my husband’s work truck.

I called the nurse line and spent a half hour going through questions and then she had me call the poison control center and neither of them could tell me if one dose could cause Reye’s Syndrome.

I don’t have any good reason why he had to go out to his father’s truck and take the Excedrin, after I told him the day before that he can’t take aspirin, other than he is 12 and knows everything and thinks that I lay awake at night thinking of ways to ruin his life.

I looked online and I can’t find an answer. Can one dose cause Reye’s Syndome or does it have to be taken over a period of time? It is just driving me crazy. I watched him last night for RS symptoms and I was reluctant to send him to school today.

Now I worry because I don’t know how long symptoms could take to surface. I was going to call my Doctor’s office, but decided to email you before I make a fool of myself worrying about something that might not have any merit. Please instruct me.

One dose of aspirin or any salicylate product is enough to set off Reye’s Syndrome.

The NRSF cautioned her to watch her son for symptoms, and directed her to our website at www.ReyesSyndrome.org to gather even more information.

Mom’s second email to the Foundation stated;
I read through the entire website and it seems so weird that no one knows what causes RS.  I am using this as a learning experience for my son. I wrote to all of my family and friends about talking to their teens about  self- medicating.

I know it’s been a while since I was a teen, but I remember thinking I was invincible at that age, and when I told my mother what my son had done she said, and I quote, I remember you doing the same darn thing. Difference being, I took one 80 mg children’s aspirin, not 2 Excedrin’s containing 250mg of aspirin each!

In school they talk about taking drugs in programs like DARE, but how in depth do they really go when it comes to a child thinking they can just take whatever is available?

I always tell my kids they need to lay down for a half hour before I give them anything for headaches, just because it might be brought on by normal everyday stress. I never medicate them when it comes to fevers unless it hits 101.

I am one who thinks our children are over medicated and the Pharmaceutical industries have made it a cash crop. They come out with meds for new diseases, syndromes, and other afflictions every day. It’s insane! How many people have died from over medicating? Even with simple things like OTC pain relievers?

The NRSF is happy to report that the 12 year old is doing fine, and received quite the education concerning Self-Medicating.

Unfortunately, we can’t watch them all the time. They have friends who share aspirin, pamprin, muscle creams, and cosmetics containing salicylates.

The best defense is to talk to them.

Print off a list of ingredients from our website.
Have them start talking about Reye’s with their friends.
Science Projects could be developed by Teens to address salicylates and Reye’s Syndrome alerting their peers to the dangers and risks.

Talk to School Nurses and Counselors, show them this article. Let them know this is a serious conversation that needs to be had with our Teens.

My gosh, we managed to get them grown up this far, just to risk their lives to a pill, a cream, or a tube of lipstick, when all it might take is a visit to the Reye’s Syndrome website and a conversation…. A life and death conversation.

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84 % of Drugs, In Part or In Whole, Coming From China & India

What follows is a list of medicines made in China and or India.

The brand name equivalent, or brand name that the drug is sold as, is in parentheses.

Aciclovir – (Zovirax) – antiviral drug

Advair – asthma medicine

Adrenaline Hcl – treatment for cardiac arrest

Albendazole – treatment for worms

Alfuzosin – (Uroxatral) treatment for enlarged prostate

Allopurinol – gout treatment

Alprazolam – (Xanax) – treatment for anxiety disorders

Amikacin sulfate – treatment for bacterial infections

Aminophyline -treatment for cerebral ischemia

Amiodarone Hydrochloride -treatment for irregular heartbeat

Amlodipine – treats high blood pressure & angina

Ampicillin – antibiotic

Amodiaquine – treatment of malaria

Amoxicillin – antibiotic

Aniracetam – (Draganon, Sarpul, Ampamet) a congnition enhancer

Artemether – treats drug resistant malaria

Artesunate – malaria treatment

Aspirin – anti-inflammatory painkiller

Artemether – treats malaria

Atenolol – high blood pressure medicine

Atropine – antidote against nerve agents

Avandia – (Avandia) treatment of diabetes

Budesonide – (Entocort) treatment of allergy & asthma

Bupropion (Wellbutrin) antidepressant

Calcifediol – treats vitamin D deficiency

Candesartan – (Blopress, Atacand, Amias, Ratacand) treats hypertension

Captopril – (Capoten, Inhibace) treatment for hypertension & congestive heart failure

Carbamazepine – treatment of epilepsy, ADD & ADHD

Carnosine – treatment for autism

Cefixime – antibiotic

Cefotaxime – (Claforan) antibiotic

Cefsulodin – also, cephalosporin – antibiotic

Cephealexin – (Keflex, Keftab) – antibiotic

Chloramphenicol – antibiotic

Chlorpheniramine Maleate – (Chlor-Trimeton, Piriton) Antihistamine

Chlorpromazine Hydrochloride

Chloroquine Phosphate – treatment of malaria

Cilexetil – (Atacand) treats high blood pressure

Cilostazole – (Pletal) treats peripheral vascular disease

Cimetidine – (Tagamet) – heartburn treatment

Ciprofloxacine – (Cipro) – antibiotic & one of two effective treatments for anthrax exposure

Clomiphene Citrate – (Clomid, Serophene, Milophene) infertility treatment

Clopidogrel Bisulfate – (Plavix) treats coronary artery disease

Co-trimoxazole – (Septrin, Bactrim) antibiotic

Cloxacillin – antibiotic

Coreg – (Coreg) beta blocker that treats congestive heart failure

Cromoglicate – treats allergies and asthma

Cyclosporine – immunosuppressive drug

Cytisine – (Tabex) smoking cessation drug

Dexamethasone Acetate – anti-inflammatory steroid

Again, we can’t emphasize enough that you investigate, and understand the medicines you or your loved ones use.

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