Definition of antipyretic in US English:



  • (chiefly of a drug) used to prevent or reduce fever.

    • ‘Licorice, when it is used to treat adult pneumonia, can achieve full antipyretic function within 24-72 hours, and lower the content of endotoxin in blood.’
    • ‘The second question involves whether a response to antipyretic medication is associated with a lower likelihood of serious bacterial infection in young children.’
    • ‘Animal research found antipyretic effects of phytosterols were comparable to that of aspirin.’
    • ‘Bitter Melon is known as an antipoison or antipyretic agent.’
    • ‘The antipyretic and analgesic drug acetaminophen is safe in the therapeutic range, but an overdose often causes severe hepatotoxicity in experimental animals and humans.’
    • ‘Based on this data, it is recommenced that febrile episodes not be routinely treated with antipyretic therapy; an evaluation of the relative benefits and risks of antipyretic treatment should be evaluated in each individual case.’
    • ‘In particular, antipyretic treatment methods continue to be used incorrectly, thereby increasing the risk of toxicity.’
    • ‘Ambulatory patients may have undocumented medications, including those with antipyretic effects, such as aspirin.’
    • ‘The authors conclude that acetaminophen and ibuprofen have similar analgesic effects in relieving moderate to severe pain, but ibuprofen has better antipyretic properties.’
    • ‘An introductory case, designed primarily to familiarize students with the problem-solving steps and navigation through the computer cases, involved antipyretic use for fever.’
    • ‘This is most likely a rebound effect as the antipyretic effects subside.’
    • ‘The third point is the use of intermittent antipyretic treatment to prevent future febrile seizures.’
    • ‘Containing quinine and other alkaloids, Peruvian barks, or cinchona, the ‘aspirin’ of their time, exerted an antipyretic effect and thus relieved Clark of achiness and fever.’
    • ‘A response to antipyretic medication does not change the likelihood of a child having serious bacterial infection and should not be used for clinical decision-making.’
    • ‘Some experimental evidence on animals with artificially induced fevers supports the possibility of its antipyretic effects.’
    • ‘Until further studies are done, the most judicious advice to parents with a febrile child is to use one antipyretic agent or the other, not an alternating combination.’
    • ‘The pith of the stems is used for antiphlogistic, antipyretic and other medicinal purposes.’
    • ‘To develop anti-HSV compounds from plants, 31 herbs used as antipyretic and anti-inflammatory agents in Chinese medicine were screened.’
    • ‘The infection resolves spontaneously in 7-14 days, during which antipyretic analgesics such as paracetamol and adequate hydration are helpful.’
    • ‘‘Long-kwei’ is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used as a diuretic or antipyretic agent.’


  • An antipyretic drug.

    • ‘Appropriate doses of analgesics, antipyretics and decongestants should be offered, as well as patient education about the chosen treatment strategy.’
    • ‘All patients with pharyngitis should be offered appropriate doses of analgesics, antipyretics and other supportive care.’
    • ‘Part of this variation may be related to fluctuations that occur within the patient or to new medications such as analgesics and antipyretics.’
    • ‘The response to antipyretics cannot be used as a guide to differentiate septic children from those with viral illnesses.’
    • ‘Antihypertensives, antipyretics, other medications, and drugs of abuse such as alcohol and heroin may cause night sweats.’
    • ‘It can be managed with antipyretics, but if the symptoms are severe, rifampicin should be withdrawn from the treatment regimen.’
    • ‘General supportive measures, such as oxygen, antipyretics, and appropriate monitoring, are also important.’
    • ‘Routine prophylaxis using phenobarbital, valproic acid, oral diazepam, or antipyretics is controversial and not indicated.’
    • ‘In addition, none of the patients had any complications associated with the antipyretics used.’
    • ‘Even though relief of symptoms will not shorten the duration of illness, patients can benefit from analgesics, antipyretics, beta-agonist inhalers, antitussives or vaporizers.’
    • ‘Several medications may contribute to night sweats, but antipyretics are the most common.’
    • ‘The authors caution against recommending an alternating regimen of antipyretics to parents for their children for several reasons.’
    • ‘In most such patients, symptoms resolve spontaneously in seven to 10 days, although symptomatic management with nasal decongestants, hydration and antipyretics may be warranted.’
    • ‘The efficacy of prophylactic antipyretics for all transfusions, although widely practiced, has yet to be established.’
    • ‘Many instruction labels for commonly used antipyretics include language that surpasses the reading comprehension of one half of the parents in the United States.’
    • ‘Finally, the physician should actively manage symptoms with analgesics, antipyretics and decongestants, where appropriate.’
    • ‘Patients with hyperthermia should be treated with antipyretics to achieve euglycemia.’
    • ‘When appropriate, prescribe decongestants, cough medicine or antipyretics.’
    • ‘Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are the most frequently used over-the-counter analgesics and antipyretics in children.’
    • ‘Once other causes have been excluded, symptomatic treatment can include antipyretics, antidiarrhoeal agents and if all else fails, steroids.’