BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5967 (Published 27 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5967

Doctors telling their patients to take paracetamol and other antipyretics for influenza-like symptoms never think about death, but should they? In animal models, treatment with antipyretics for influenza infection actually increases the risk of death. No randomised placebo controlled trials exist of antipyretics in human influenza infection, and very few other clinical data are available by which to assess their efficacy (Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2010;103:403-11, doi:10.1258/jrsm.2010.090441).

Reproductive capability is a worry for women with epilepsy. An Indian cohort study followed up 375 women with epilepsy, who were anticipating pregnancy but had not yet conceived, for 1-10 years. Nearly 40% remained infertile, and of the rest, most became pregnant within the first two years of follow-up. Infertility was associated with age, lower education, and the …

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