What is the role of aspirin in the treatment of pediatric lipid disorders?

Updated: Jun 27, 2019
  • Author: Henry J Rohrs, III, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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Although aspirin is widely used in adults with atherosclerosis for prevention of atherosclerotic complications (eg, plaque rupture with thrombosis), aspirin should not be used in children, because of the risk of Reye syndrome. Beta carotenes, vitamin C, and folate should be supplied in the diet in amounts to meet recommended daily allowances (RDA). However, pharmacologic doses should not be used, because no current safety or efficacy data are available regarding their use in children for the treatment of dyslipidemia or the prevention of cardiovascular disease.


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