Indications for the use of antipyretics are simple: crossing the border of a thermometer +39 in an adult, +38 in a child. You need to be more attentive to children — if the baby has problems with the heart and lungs, with hypoxia, metabolic disorders, poor tolerance for fever and seizures in the past, it is worth monitoring the child’s condition and starting treatment already at +37/+37.5 degrees .
All antipyretics are divided into two groups:
- Medicines based on paracetamol are considered the most common. They reduce the temperature for a period of about 4 hours, are indicated for viral diseases, but have side effects;
- Ibuprofen-based drugs are more effective at reducing fever, begin to work much faster, but can cause even more adverse reactions. Recommended for inflammation and fever.
The best antipyretics for adults
Coldact Flu Plus
Coldact Flu Plus
Capsules of complex and prolonged action contain not one, but several active ingredients: paracetamol (200 mg), phenylephrine (25 mg) and chlorpheniramine (8 mg). “Coldact Flu Plus” effectively anesthetizes and brings down the temperature, while it does not cause allergic reactions and, on the contrary, fights such manifestations as sneezing, tearing and itching of the eyes. The manufacturer claims that 1 capsule is designed for 12 hours of its action, that is, it is more than enough to take, for example, a capsule in the morning and evening. Within half an hour after using the drug, you will be able to observe the suppression of such symptoms as a runny nose, headache, pain caused by inflammation in the throat and, of course, a drop in body temperature. Syrup and tablets are also on sale, but these forms of release are not common.
- Gentle concentration of paracetamol;
- Blocking of allergic reactions;
- The longest action (12 hours).
- Not detected.
Ibuklin is a unique drug based on the action of paracetamol in combination with ibuprofen. Most often, antipyretic drugs contain only one of these components. The dual action agent has an excellent analgesic effect and normalizes the body temperature of an adult. Available in tablets, the absorption rate of which is about 40 minutes. Ibuklin has been the leader in reviews for many years in a row. Indicated for use in toothaches, neuralgia, bruises, colds or flu. There are contraindications and side effects indicated in the instructions. The optimum temperature is maintained for 6 hours after taking the tablet. It is forbidden to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding period.
- Positive reviews;
- A combination of two effective ingredients.
- There are a lot of contraindications.
The most reliable way to quickly get rid of a high temperature in an adult is undoubtedly the use of Paracetamol. It is released in tablets, which do not contain any additional components. It is sold in every pharmacy and does not require a doctor’s prescription. From the moment you take the pill, it usually takes about 40 minutes before the temperature starts to drop. But the effect lasts up to 4 hours. Of the contraindications, there are only intolerance to the substance and chronic alcoholism. Tablets not only normalize the thermoregulation of the body, but also have a weak anti-inflammatory effect, and also perfectly relieve pain. The drug “Paracetamol” has long been considered a “traditional” means of getting rid of fever. At the same time, it has the lowest cost, unlike its counterparts.
- Best price;
- Efficiency proven over the years;
- Few contraindications.
- Causes increased sweating.
The best antipyretics for children
“Nurofen” is the most common children’s antipyretic drug based on the action of ibuprofen. Produced in the form of a suspension, which is taken orally. It is used to reduce the temperature in infections, respiratory diseases, influenza. It also helps relieve pain in the muscles, throat, ears, relieves migraines. There are several different flavors to choose from that kids like (strawberry, orange, etc.). It is prescribed for children from 3 months to 12 years. The size of the dose also varies depending on age: the smallest are given 25 ml of medicine three times a day, for a child at 3 years old, the dose is doubled, etc. For convenience, the manufacturer provides a special syringe with a measuring scale, with which you can easily give medicine to your baby. It has a large list of contraindications, including diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, kidney failure, diathesis, allergy to fructose, etc. When using, you should be careful, because. Nurofen has many possible side effects.
- Special syringe included;
- Children love the sweet taste;
- Lowers temperature quickly.
- Many contraindications;
- Unpleasant side reactions.
The World Health Organization-recommended over-the-counter syrup for children, Maxicold, combats symptoms such as chills, fever and pain. It is sold in 4 forms of release: powder, tablets, spray and directly syrup (strawberry and orange) of optimal consistency. Approved for use by children from 3 months to 12 years. The suspension is effective in a wide range: elimination of attacks of heat, headache, stop swelling of soft tissues. For 5 ml of syrup, there are 100 mg of ibuprofen, the main active substance. “Maxicold” has a long-term antipyretic effect, after taking, the syrup begins to suppress the symptoms of the disease after 15 minutes and lasts up to 8 hours, which will help the baby sleep sweetly, and also eliminate the need to often use the suspension.
- Allowed for children from 3 months;
- Does not contain dyes, sugar, alcohol;
- Valid up to 8 hours.
- Not detected.
The most advertised Efferalgan syrup, with the main active ingredient paracetamol (30 mg per 1 ml), can be called the best in quality, at a low price. It can be used for children from the 1st month of life, with a body weight of 4 kg. A 90 ml bottle is enough for a full course, which, by the way, should not exceed 3 days as an antipyretic and 5 days as an analgesic. The reviews note that the temperature begins to drop within 15 minutes after ingestion. The kit comes with a non-standard, but convenient measuring spoon. Often parents are faced with the need to calculate the dose of medicine according to the age and weight of the crumbs, but the manufacturer solved this problem by marking the weight on the spoon. The syrup is transparent in color, which indicates the absence of dyes. And the caramel taste will surely appeal to little patients. Other forms of release can also be found on sale: rectal suppositories and effervescent tablets.
- Allowed from the 1st month of life;
- Convenient measuring spoon;
- Does not contain dyes;
- Pleasant taste;
- Budget price.
- Not detected.
Best Antipyretic Powders
A powder with a pleasant lemon flavor will help to avoid worsening a cold and get back on your feet in a matter of days, and this is due to a combination of components of a different spectrum: paracetamol (1000 mg), vitamin C (40 mg), phenylephrine (10 mg). Thanks to the action of these substances, simultaneous relief of symptoms is achieved: sore throat, nasal congestion and, first of all, body temperature is normalized. Thus, there is no need to take several different drugs and it becomes possible to save money. The manufacturer used paracetamol in the highest single dosage for an adult, so the use of Coldrex MaxGrip is unacceptable for people under 18 years of age. For the temperature to start to drop, you need to wait 30–40 minutes. It is sold in packs of 5 and 10 sachets with a volume of 6.4 g each.
- Does not reduce performance, due to the antihistamine component;
- High efficiency.
- May cause dizziness;
- For adults over 18 only.
Headache and muscle pain, irritated throat, hot flashes and colds, fever — all these problems, according to the manufacturer, can be quickly resolved if Fervex is taken in advance. It will be enough 2–3 sachets per day, which must be consumed at intervals of 5 hours. The high efficiency is due to the presence of paracetamol in the composition at a concentration of 500 mg per sachet of 4.95 g. Additionally, vitamin C was added — 200 mg (strengthens the resistance of the immune system) and pheniramine — 25 mg (blocks nasal congestion and sneezing). On sale you can also find “Fervex” raspberry, with lemon or without sugar, as well as a similar powder, but with a lower concentration of components for children. You can take the remedy for no more than 5 days — as an analgesic and no more than 3 days — to relieve fever. Doctors warn that Fervex is often faked, so you should be careful.
- Strengthens immunity;
- There is a series for children and without sugar.
- Often fake.
It is a combined remedy that fights the symptoms of colds and flu, effectively reduces the temperature in just half an hour. Passes and body aches, headache, fever. One 5 g sachet contains: paracetamol — 750 mg, caffeine — 30 mg, pheniramine — 20 mg, phenylephrine — 10 mg and ascorbic acid — 200 mg. Caffeine, which is part of the composition, enhances the analgesic effect of paracetamol. And ascorbic acid will increase the resistance of the immune system. The drug successfully eliminates redness of the mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract. It should be taken 3 sachets per day, with a break of 5–6 hours, the course of treatment should not exceed 5 days. The best effect is guaranteed if you start using the powder at the earliest stages. The drink is presented in 3 flavors: lemon, blackcurrant and orange.
- 3 kinds of tastes;
- Good anesthesia;
- Increasing the resistance of the immune system.
- Contains bright dye.