4% households had stored antacids followed by antipyretics
to lower body temperature to 33 to 37 [degrees]C (91.
The classes of drugs that were commonly used (Table 6) were antipyretics
(78%), analgesics (72%), antihistamines (42%), antibiotics (38%) and antacids (33%).
Okposio also documents intake of antipyretics
and antimalarials only on the basis of mother's perception of the presence of fever24.
are frequently prescribed or purchased over-the-counter (OTC), specifically to bring down body temperature in an ill child, [2-5] paracetamol and ibuprofen being the most frequently purchased OTC medicines for children.
Because of this, it is common to treat fever with drugs that reduce temperature, known as antipyretics
Objective: This study was conducted to introduce mothers' knowledge and practices on fever, measuring fever and using antipyretics
Despite all these concerns, families have been found to give inadequate doses of antipyretics
to children in studies in which the approach to children with high fever was examined (1-4).
Available evidence does not support routine administration of antipyretics
to reduce duration of fever or illness
This report encourages pediatricians to only recommend antipyretics
in situations where the fever is causing a child a fair amount of discomfort, and in those situations, normal doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen are generally considered safe.
In the US alone, manufacturers' revenue from internal non-narcotic analgesics, antipyretics
, antiarthritics and anti-inflammatories, including salicylates and acetaminophen, totaled USD2.
Encourage proper hydration and think carefully before recommending the use of antipyretics
such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, the report urged.
But if the patient doesn't respond to antipyretics
, complications may occur and he could develop pneumonia, whose symptoms include difficulty breathing and the patient's lips going blue.
Due to safety concerns, such as potential dosing errors (under dosing and overdosing) and toxicity, monotherapy of antipyretics
is recommended (Carson, 2003; Goldman et al.
The possible risks and benefits of lowering fever with antipyretics
have prompted much discussion in the medical literature.