Pharmacists cautioned about drugs used to treat chik-V
Consultant Gastroenterologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr Mike Mills, has warned pharmacists against using other products apart from Panadol to treat the chikungunya virus (chik-V).
Mills’ advice follows reports that at least one pharmacy has had to resort to products such as ibuprofen, because of a shortage of Panadol.
However, he says such a practice could be life threatening.
Mills notes that Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug, which may increase the risk for bleeding.
However, President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica, Christopher Curtis, says the substance is not dangerous, once the patient is not experiencing haemorrhagic bleeding.
He also says there are other products that are as good as Panadol and have the same ingredients.
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