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Health Ministry warns against Aspirin, steroids and other drugs for dengue

The Ministry of Health yesterday (07) advised the general public to refrain from using Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as steroids for dengue fever, as the use of such drugs by dengue patients has reportedly worsened their condition.

Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that with the advent of the southwestern monsoon, the number of dengue cases reported is on the rise in certain districts, although there is a reduction of cases overall in other districts.

“The majority of dengue patients are being reported from Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Rathnapura, Galle and Matara districts,’ the statement quoted Dr. Jasinghe as saying.

Patients suffering from fever should refrain from taking the following drugs, he said, while doctors should avoid prescribing the same for fever patients.

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Diclofenac Sodium
  • Mefenamic Acid
  • Other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Prednisolone, Methyl – Prednisolone and Dexamethasone)

According to the Epidemiology Unit of Ministry of Health, this year a total of 36,209 dengue cases were reported to date while 7,661 and 5,396 cases were reported from the Colombo and Gampaha districts respectively.

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