Neo-Melubrina: What It Is and Why to Avoid It

Neo-Melubrina, commonly referred to as “Mexican aspirin”, is an over the counter pain and fever medication sold south of the border in pill and liquid form for adults and children. It is not uncommon for tourists in the region to wander into a local pharmacy looking for quick relief of pain, headache, or fever, and be handed a bottle of Neo-Melubrina.

While common in Mexico, Neo-Melubrina has been banned in the United States since 1977. It has been found to cause agranulocytosis, or a marked suppression of white blood cells. Granulocytes are a type of white blood cell that are responsible for digesting microorganisms. Theses white blood cells are necessary to fight illness, infection, and disease. If agranulocytosis is left untreated, the risk of dying can be high. Death results from sepsis (overwhelming bacterial infection in the blood). Although Neo-Melubrina is banned in the U.S., it continues to be sold and prescribed in Europe and Latin America.

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