Friday, October 14, 2011


  • Antipyretics from the Greek anti, against, and pyreticus, (pertaining to fever) are drugs or herbs that reduce fever.
  • Normally, they will not lower body temperature if one does not have a fever.
  • Antipyretics cause the hypothalamus to override an interleukin-induced increase in temperature. The body then works to lower the temperature, result in a reduction in fever.
  • Most antipyretic medications have other purposes.
  • The most common antipyretics in the United States are Antipyretics and aspirin, which are used primarily as pain relievers.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, and pain relievers.
  • There is some debate over the appropriate use of such medications, as fever is part of the body's immune response to infection.

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