PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What medication can help with mononucleosis?

ANSWER

In addition to rest, your doctor may prescribe ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the fever, sore throat, and other discomforts of the illness. In case mono has affected your liver, check with your doctor before you take acetaminophen.

Don’t give aspirin to children or teens. It’s been linked to a disease called Reye's syndrome, a serious illness that can be life-threatening. Call 911 if you or your child is having any trouble breathing.

If your sore throat is so severe that you have trouble breathing or eating, your doctor may give you the steroid prednisone.

From: Tests and Treatments for Mono WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

CDC.

Mayo Clinic.

UpToDate: “Patient education: Infectious mononucleosis (mono) in adults and adolescents (Beyond the Basics).”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Infections: Reye Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 17, 2017

SOURCES: 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

CDC.

Mayo Clinic.

UpToDate: “Patient education: Infectious mononucleosis (mono) in adults and adolescents (Beyond the Basics).”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Infections: Reye Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 17, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

What activities do I have to avoid while I have mononucleosis?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: