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[posted 08/9/1999]
Question: My question is this. I am *highly allergic* to aspirin as I have had an anaphylactic shock when I was a child and almost died as a result of eating baby aspirin. In 1995 I was in an auto accident which did soft tissue damage to my upper and lower back. I have been told that NSAIDS would greatly help me regarding the pain I suffer on a daily basis, it's incompacitating and I have not held a job since. What I would like to know is can I take NSAIDS since I am truly extremely allergic to aspirin and my doctor from years ago said a baby asprin could kill me? I hate taking narcotics and usually don't unless it gets unbearable and then only Darvocets. I just feel like if the tissues are inflamed I would rather take some type of anti-inflammatory as opposed to narcotic/tylenol. I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me regarding this as I have asked numerous pharmacists and they say it would be okay to take NSAIDS, I just am not certain I believe them. The couple doctors I have asked say they really don't know the answer to my question. I hope you can help me on this matter. Thanks Jim Wood

Answer: It would not be ok to take NSAIDS, you might get away with it but, there is a distinct possiblitity of developing anaphylactic shock again(which would ruin your whole day). There is a new class of pain medications, Cox-2 inhibitors. I do not know the risk of this with aspirin anaphylaxis but, I would try these prior to NSAIDS.

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