Consumption habits and antipyretics preferences in patients in our setting
Reference of this article: Carabaño Aguado I, Llorente Otones L, Martínez Antón A, Ruiz Contreras J. Consumption habits and antipyretics preferences in patients in our setting. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2006;8:39-49.
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Objective: to describe the preferences and tendencies in the consume of antipyretics, as
well as evaluate how the parents of our patients face up to treat fever.
Patients and methods: data were collected using a survey filled by the parents of 107
patients whose ages ranged from 6 months to 10 years. A descriptive analysis of the aimed
variables was made and frequency of each answer was estimated.
Results: 92% of parents have sometime offered an ibuprofen (Dalsy®) to their children,
and 98% have given an acetaminophen (Apiretal®). Among the children who had consumed
ibuprofen, 65% liked its flavour and 23% disliked it. Those who had tried acetaminophen,
61% liked his flavour and 22% disliked it. 73% of parents noticed differences of efficacy of
antipyretics. 63% of them think ibuprofen is more effective than acetaminophen, and 26%
think acetaminophen is more effective than ibuprofen. Most of parents (84%) prefer to give
an specific antipyretic to their children. 55% of them prefer ibuprofen and 38% prefer acetaminophen.
49% alternate two antipyretics and 91% use physical measures.
Conclusions: ibuprofen and acetaminophen, widely consumed by our children, are both
nice-flavoured. Both drugs monopolise the current pharmaceutical market of fever in children.
Parentslead their preferences to the ibuprofen mentioned. In almost half cases the parents alternate
two antipyretics. In most of the feverish situations, they also use physical measures.
Keywords● Antipyretics ● Fever