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Does ibuprofen reduce fever?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on April 5, 2021.

Official Answer


Yes, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, generics) does reduce fever. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

Ibuprofen can be bought over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription in the 200 mg strength.

It can be used in adults and children 6 months of age and older. Follow the directions on the OTC Drug Facts Label to determine your dose, or your child's dose, of ibuprofen for fever.

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