Information on Orudis KT

People's Pharmacy

January 02, 1996|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Is there anything I should know about the new pain reliever Orudis KT? I take it for my bad back.

Orudis KT and Actron are both new brands of over-the-counter strength ketoprofen. Like ibuprofen or naproxen, ketoprofen is effective at treating pain, fever, inflammation and menstrual cramps.

I take 1000 IU of vitamin E every day, and wonder about side effects. Could it cause insomnia?

Most studies suggest few side effects for vitamin E up to the high dose you take. To discover if it is causing your sleeplessness, why not experiment for a week or two without the vitamin?

My son is a freshman in college. He called last week to say he had the flu and a fever. He was taking aspirin. That worries me. Isn't this a risk for Reye's syndrome?

Yes. While very rare, Reye's syndrome can strike adolescents. Aspirin is discouraged for children and teens who have the flu or chicken pox.

Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Dr. Teresa Graedon is a medical anthropologist and nutrition expert.

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