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BET 2: NSAIs and chickenpox
  1. Karen Stone,
  2. Emma Tackley,
  3. Sandra Weir
  1. Gloucester Royal Hospital, Gloucester UK and John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Karen Stone; production.emj{at}


A shortcut review was carried out to establish whether non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is safe to prescribe in patients with chicken pox. 66 unique papers were found in CINAHL, Medline, Embase and Cochrane using the reported searches of which 6 presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication; patient group studied; study type; relevant outcomes; results and study weaknesses of these best papers are tabulated. It is concluded that, pending further research, it is advisable to avoid NSAID use in cases of primary varicella due to the potential increased risk of severe bacterial skin infections. Paracetamol should be given instead.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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