Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fever Adult Treatment

The treatment for a fever in an adult depends on the underlying cause.

Treatment for fever in an adult may include:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Light clothing
  • Acetaminophen for fever
    • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Ibuprofen for fever
    • Adult dosing is 200-400 mg every 4-6 hours.
  • Aspirin for fever:
    • Adult dosing is two regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours with food.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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