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How can nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) help to treat aches, pain, and fever?

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NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Each is different, but they all reduce fevers and pain. NSAIDs may work better than acetaminophen at lowering a fever. They may do a better job of relieving sinus pain, too, since they reduce swelling.

Check with your doctor before you use NSAIDs if you have a history of stomach problems, heart, liver, or kidney disease, or if you're taking a blood thinner.

SOURCES:

Academy of American Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better," "Pain Relievers: Understanding Your Options."

FDA: "The Best Way to Take Your Over the Counter Pain Reliever? Seriously," "Information about Taking Ibuprofen and Aspirin Together."

Flu.gov: "Treatment."

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Press release.

Rayssiguier, Y. December 2006. Magnesium Research,

Sanchez, A. , 1973. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

CDC: "Seasonal Influenza (Flu): Treat Fever."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Fever."

Rennard, B. 2001. Chest,

Moreno, M. , June 2009. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes

Cleveland Clinic: "Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen: Which Works Better?"

Merry, A. January 2010. British Journal of Anesthesia,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Academy of American Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better," "Pain Relievers: Understanding Your Options."

FDA: "The Best Way to Take Your Over the Counter Pain Reliever? Seriously," "Information about Taking Ibuprofen and Aspirin Together."

Flu.gov: "Treatment."

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Press release.

Rayssiguier, Y. December 2006. Magnesium Research,

Sanchez, A. , 1973. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

CDC: "Seasonal Influenza (Flu): Treat Fever."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Fever."

Rennard, B. 2001. Chest,

Moreno, M. , June 2009. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes

Cleveland Clinic: "Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen: Which Works Better?"

Merry, A. January 2010. British Journal of Anesthesia,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

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