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02 Antipyretics


Most antipyretic medications have other purposes. The most common antipyretics in the United States are ibuprofen and aspirin, which are used primarily as pain relievers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, and pain relievers.



Drugs that reduce fever. Examples of antipyretic drugs include paracetamol, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs



Various medical sources define antipyretic as medicine that lowers the body temperature in order to prevent or alleviate fever. It has been found to be effective in preventing or alleviating fever.

Various types of antipyretics drugs that reduce body temperature are also used as pain relieving drugs.  Ibuprofen and paracetamol are some of the most commonly available drugs that are used as examples in order to define antipyretic drugs.

These medicines are used in order to bring down the body temperature. But they may not be effective in reducing the body temperature when an individual is not having fever.

There is much controversy regarding the usage of these drugs as fever is considered to be body’s immune response to various infections. Other sources define antipyretic drugs as herbs that are administered for cooling the system and are known as refrigerants as they reduce fever. A wide variety of antipyretic drugs are available at only health stores.

Most often specialists define it is as febrifuge when they are referring to various herbs that are administered in order to reduce body temperature. Most drugs are easily available at any pharmacy store.

In fact one does not need a doctor’s prescription n in order to obtain the antipyretics drugs. It is important to follow the dosage instruction when taking the medicines. Most people may also take drugs in order to reduce body aches and pains.

Antipyretic: Something that reduces fever or quells it.

There are 3 classes of antipyretic medications that are sold OTC (over-the-counter) without prescription:

  • Salicylates — aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), choline salicylate (Arthropan), magnesium salicylate (Arthriten), and sodium salicylate (Scot-Tussin Original);
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol); and
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and ketoprofen.

From anti-, against + the Greek pyretos, fever from pyr, fire. The same root gives rise to pyrexia, a medical term for fever.


By Medifit Education