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Medications for Dengue Fever

Other names: Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever; Dengue Shock Syndrome

About Dengue Fever:  Dengue fever is spread by the female Aedes mosquito that has been infected with dengue fever virus, of which there are five strains. As many as 80% of people infected with dengue virus have no symptoms or mild fever whereas others develop more severe symptoms of dengue fever. For those who are symptomatic, the symptoms start 4 to 7 days after being bitten from an infected mosquito and involve high fevers, headache behind the eyes, nausea, vomiting, skin rash, muscle and joint pain. In a small number of patients, as the fever resolves, the clinical course proceeds to the potentially dangerous dengue hemorrhagic fever with bleeding, severe abdominal pain, vomiting that contains blood, respiratory distress and organ impairment. This is a critical stage of the illness and without medical care the complications can cause death. Treatment in the early stages of dengue fever is oral rehydration therapy and acetaminophen for fever or pain, aspirin and NSAID’s like ibuprofen should be avoided as they increase risk of bleeding. If symptoms progress to severe dengue fever then medical care is critical to reduce the mortality rate. Avoidance of mosquito bites is the best way to reduce dengue fever. This can be done wearing protective clothing, using mosquito netting and using effective insect repellents. Reducing the habitat for the mosquito is another essential part of dengue fever prevention.

Drugs Used to Treat Dengue Fever

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
acetaminophen Off Label C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous analgesics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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