Dr. Gbemudu received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Nova Southeastern University, her PharmD degree from University of Maryland, and MBA degree from University of Baltimore. She completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship with Rutgers University and Bristol Myers Squibb.
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Introduction to OTC pain medication and fever reducers
Pain is the most common reason for people to seek medical advice, pain medicine
is the most frequently purchased over-the-counter (OTC)
medication. Fever is one of the most common reasons that children visit the
doctor. Moreover, one in five emergency room visits for children is due to fever. Since OTC medicines that are effective in treating pain also are
effective at reducing fever, they will be considered together in this article.
What are the classifications of pain?
Pain can be classified as acute, chronic non-malignant, chronic malignant.
Headaches are the most common cause of pain and can be considered a separate class of
Acute pain is experienced by everyone; it is usually short in duration with
an identifiable pathology, a predictable prognosis, and treatment that usually
includes analgesics. Acute pain is most often due to injuries. Examples of
Although a fever could be considered any body temperature above the normal 98.6 F (37 C), medically, a person is not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 F (38.0 C)./"...