Treatment of fever

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 1996 Mar;10(1):211-6. doi: 10.1016/s0891-5520(05)70295-6.


Fever is an important indicator of disease and should not be routinely suppressed by antipyretics. There is considerable evidence that fever may actually benefit the host defense mechanism. In most patients, fever is short-lived and causes only minor discomfort. Antipyretic agents are effective in lowering temperature, but have significant side effects. Routine antipyretic therapy should be avoided but may be necessary in individual patients with underlying cardiovascular or neurologic disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fever / physiopathology
  • Fever / therapy*
  • Humans