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Paracetamol is no more likely to exacerbate asthma in children than ibuprofen, shows study

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4558 (Published 18 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4558
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Using paracetamol to treat fever or pain is no more likely than ibuprofen to exacerbate asthma in children with mild persistent asthma, a randomised trial has shown.1

Observational data have previously linked paracetamol and asthma symptoms to decreased lung function, so some doctors have recommended avoiding the drug in children with asthma. But data from randomised trials have been limited.

The new study, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine …

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