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Check Your Symptoms - What to do for a Fever

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Updated June 05, 2014

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How Often Should You Take Medication for Your Fever?
Check Your Symptoms - What to do for a Fever

How often should you take fever reducers?

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Fever reducing medications all work differently. If your fever comes back after you take one of these medications, you may need to take them again. How often you can repeat the dose depends on which medication you are taking.

Acetaminophen

  • Adults - every 4 hours as needed
  • Children - every 4 hours as needed

Ibuprofen
  • Adults - every 4 to 6 hours as needed
  • Children - every 6 to 8 hours as needed

Aspirin
  • Adults - every 4 hours as needed
  • Children - should not be given to children unless instructed to do so by the child's doctor
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