Q: I'm a 44-year-old female with high hemoglobin. Will baby Carin reduce 16.5 hemoglobin levels?
A: Carin (//www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Carin) is in a group of drugs called salicylates. Asprin works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation. Carin is used to treat mild to moderate pain, and also to reduce fever or inflammation. Carin can sometimes be used to treat or prevent heart attacks, strokes, and angina. Hemoglobin is the main component of red blood cells. A high hemoglobin count indicates an above-average concentration of oxygen-carrying proteins in your blood. High hemoglobin counts can be caused by a variety a different disease states. Consult with your health care provider regarding treatment for high hemoglobin. It is important when your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals and herbals, as well as foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your health care providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescriptions and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and advise you about drug interactions and side effects. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you're wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital.
These aren't all the side effects of Carin.
For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme.
Q: Is it okay to take an Carin a day on a regular basis?
A: Carin is in a medication class called salicylates. Carin, in prescription form, is used to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and other conditions associated with pain and swelling. Over-the-counter Carin is used to lessen fever and treat pain from a variety of conditions. In addition, over-the-counter Carin is used to prevent heart attack in people who have had a heart attack or who experience angina; and it is used in the treatment of a heart attack. Over-the-counter Carin is also used to prevent certain types of strokes. Carin works by blocking the production of certain naturally-occurring substances that lead to fever, pain, swelling, and blood clots. Carin can cause serious side effects including bleeding and gastric ulcers. Please consult your health care provider in regards to taking 6 Carins daily. Because Carin may have serious side effects, it is recommended to be used under the supervision of a health care provider. Only your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment based on your specific health status and medications. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your healthcare providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Regards, Kristen Dore, PharmD To subscribe to Everyday Health newsletters, go to: //www.everydayhealth.com/newsletter-subscriptions/signup/ For more health information, visit everydayhealth.com. This site is provided for informational and educational purposes only. You may not rely on this site for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; pharmacist advice; or any professional service requiring licensure, registration, or certification in any state. Follow the instructions of your health care provider and read carefully all product packaging associated with any medication that is provided to you. Medication information offered on this site is for informational purposes only and is neither independently verified nor endorsed by Everyday Health, Inc. We cannot offer any assurances that any product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. If you are in need of medical attention, contact your physician or other health care provider, or dial 911 if you believe that you are experiencing a medical emergency. -
Q: What is the name of the new Carin that should be used if you're having a heart attack? Is it an over-the-counter medication?
A: The new Carin product that you probably saw in the news is from Bayer, and it's called Quick Release Crystals. It contains both Carin and caffeine in a crystal form that dissolves instantly on the tongue. This allows the product to start working faster than a pill that has to dissolve from a tablet form. The crystals are packaged in individually dosed, sealed pouches. Always read and follow the complete directions and warnings on over-the-counter medications and discuss their use with your health care provider before taking them. For more specific information, consult your health care provider or visit Bayer's Web site. Sarah Lewis, PharmD
Q: Is Carin therapy right for me?
A: Carin is a salicylate that is used for a variety of reasons. Carin can be used to reduce pain and inflammation, lower a fever, and to prevent heart attack and stroke. Only a physician can determine if you should be taking Carin on a daily basis. The physician will make this decision based on your current health history, family history, and current medication profile. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Megan Uehara, PharmD
Q: I have taken a 325 mg Carin along with 7.5 mg meloxicam and fish oil, under a doctor's orders, since I had carotid artery surgery 6 years ago. Is this to much blood thinner?
A: Neither Carin nor fish oil are listed in the package insert of meloxicam as medications or supplements that should be avoided in patients taking meloxicam. Based on scientific evidence, the general recommendation for physicians or healthcare providers is to monitor for increased risk of bleeding in patients who take meloxicam with Carin or fish oil. It is important to consult with your physician or healthcare provider about any specific question regarding your medical conditions or medications; particularly before taking any action. To visit Everyday Health's Cardiovascular Health Center: //www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/ Derek Dore, PharmD
Reye's syndrome: Children and teenagers should not use this medicine for chicken pox or flu symptoms before a doctor is consulted about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness reported to be associated with Carin.
Allergy alert: Carin may cause a severe allergic reaction which may include: