Thu January 24, 2013 By:

What are antipyretics? Please explain in detail with an example.

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Sat January 26, 2013
Antipyretics are drugs that reduce fever. 
Antipyretics cause the hypothalamus to override an interleukin-induced increase in temperature. The body then works to lower the temperature, resulting in a reduction in fever. Most antipyretic medications have other purposes also.
Examples of antipyretics are ibuprofen, acetaminophen (paracetamol) and aspirin.
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