Why is Ibuprofen Contraindicated in Dengue?

August 29, 2019

Mosquitoes cause Dengue fever. Accountable for over 10,000 deaths per year as per the WHO data, there has been a dramatic increase in the spread of Dengue fever. The number of symptomatic dengue infections has doubled in ten years, between the period of 1990 to 2013. In most cases, affected people discover it in the later stages, and during this period, they make the mistake of consuming drugs like Ibuprofen. Doctors around the world strongly endorse their views on thecontraindication of Ibuprofen for Dengue fever.

Why is Ibuprofen Contraindicated for Dengue Fever?

Also known as 'breakbone fever' because of the pain it causes, Dengue fever drains all the energy from the body, making affected ones turn to over-the-counter painkillers at the initial stage. WHO recommends Paracetamol as per the opinion of field experts, but the guideline does not come from controlled trials conducted by the organisation.

Ibuprofen, on the other hand, is contraindicated for Dengue fever. It contains acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents that can aggravate gastritis or bleeding. Practitioners warn against the consumption of Ibuprofen when experiencing symptoms of Dengue fever. Check out the symptoms of Dengue fever below.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Dengue fever knocks with warning signs, and if checked in the initial stage, the infection could be cured without causing substantial harm to the body. Concerning Dengue fever, one must know that only 5% of patients who come in contact with the infection show severe symptoms while the remaining show mild symptoms.

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There are two types of Dengue fever - Dengue hemorrhagic and Dengue shock. The hemorrhagic fever causes bleeding and decline in platelet count. On the contrary, Dengue shock fever causes a drop in blood pressure making it more severe than Dengue hemorrhagic fever. For both the types of Dengue fever, watch out for the symptoms listed below.

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Accelerated breathing
  • High fever (104 F)
  • Vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Laziness
  • Liver enlargement
  • Rashes
  • Nausea
  • Body Ache

In the case of Dengue hemorrhagic fever, affected ones may also have severe symptoms such as:

  • Bleeding from gums/nose
  • Blood in urine, stools or vomit
  • Bleeding under the skin, which may look like bruises
  • Cold or sweaty skin
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability/Restlessness

Consulting a doctor is always recommended if you come across any of the symptoms lasting for more than a day.

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Inputs by Dr Vighnesh

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