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What can I take over-the-counter for a fever?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Many antipyretics

Tylenol(acetaminophen), motrin(ibuprofen), aleve(naproxen), and Aspirin are considered antipyretics--fever-reducing medications.
In the recommended dosage, Acetaminophen is probably considered safest. Fever is cause by many infections, diseases, and even medications. So, if it is too high or lasting too long, consult your doc. Keep good hydration as fever causes additional fluid loss. Good luck.

In brief: Many antipyretics

Tylenol(acetaminophen), motrin(ibuprofen), aleve(naproxen), and Aspirin are considered antipyretics--fever-reducing medications.
In the recommended dosage, Acetaminophen is probably considered safest. Fever is cause by many infections, diseases, and even medications. So, if it is too high or lasting too long, consult your doc. Keep good hydration as fever causes additional fluid loss. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Sunil Arora
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen

If you are a otherwise healthy adult with no medical problems then 2 extra strength tylenols (acetaminophen) or 600mg of Ibuprofen should do the job.
You may need to repeat every 4-6 hours when the fever returns.

In brief: Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen

If you are a otherwise healthy adult with no medical problems then 2 extra strength tylenols (acetaminophen) or 600mg of Ibuprofen should do the job.
You may need to repeat every 4-6 hours when the fever returns.
Dr. Sunil Arora
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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine

In brief: Acetominophen

Tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) is usually the easiest with least side effects.
Anti inflammatories like Ibuprofen also work. Remember to follow the package instructions, and if it last more than a few days, see your doctor.

In brief: Acetominophen

Tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) is usually the easiest with least side effects.
Anti inflammatories like Ibuprofen also work. Remember to follow the package instructions, and if it last more than a few days, see your doctor.
Dr. Stephen Daquino
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