Which medications in the drug class Analgesics are used in the treatment of Viral Meningitis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Cordia Wan, MD; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Analgesics

Symptomatic control with antipyretics and analgesics is needed in the management of uncomplicated viral meningitis.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, FeverAll)

Acetaminophen inhibits action of endogenous pyrogens on heat-regulating centers. It reduces fever by a direct action on the hypothalamic heat-regulating centers, which, in turn, increase the dissipation of body heat via sweating and vasodilation.

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)

Ibuprofen is the drug of choice for patients with mild-to-moderate pain. It inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing prostaglandin synthesis.

Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)

Naproxen is used for relief of mild-to-moderate pain. It inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing activity of cyclo-oxygenase, which results in a decrease of prostaglandin synthesis.


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