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Acetaminophen may not be effective for influenza or influenza-like illnesses

KEY POINT

Use of acetaminophen in patients with confirmed influenza and those with influenza-like illnesses had no effect on viral shedding, symptom scores, temperature, or time to resolution of illness, according to a small study published in Respirology.

SOURCES

Jefferies S et al. Randomized controlled trial of the effect of regular paracetamol on influenza infection. Respirology. 2016;21:370–377.