Warning on fever medication

Thursday, 8 August 2019

The Director-General of Health Services has requested the public to abstain from using anti-allergic pain medication including aspirin for fever.

Issuing a statement, the Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that cases of worsening of the illness after using such medication have been reported from several areas in the country.

Anti-allergic pain medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac Sodium, and Mefenamic Acid or steroidal medications such as Prednisolone, Methylprednisolone, Dexamethasone, should not be given to a patient who is suffering from fever, the doctor stated.

Use of such medication may worsen the illness and might prove deadly if administered to a patient with dengue, the Director-General pointed out in his statement.

Although in some districts, there has been a decline in the number of dengue cases, an increase in the number of dengue cases has been reported in some districts due to the monsoon rains, Jasinghe stated.