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Chapter: Modern Medical Toxicology: Miscellaneous Drugs and Poisons: Analgesics and Antihistamines

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Analgesics and Antihistamines

Drugs used to reduce fever are referred to as antipyretics, while those that relieve pain are called analgesics.

Analgesics and Antihistamines

Drugs used to reduce fever are referred to as antipyretics, while those that relieve pain are called analgesics. Anti-inflammatory drugs are (obviously) those which reduce inflammation. There is however considerable overlap and a given drug may possess any or all of these properties. Classification and nomenclature are therefore based on the predominant property, e.g. while a drug such as acetylsalicylic acid may also possess anti-inflammatory property, it is its capacity to reduce fever and relieve pain which are the dominant effects. Hence it is gener-ally referred to and classified as an analgesic-antipyretic. This precept will be applied in the following discussion.*


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