This is according to a study from New Zealand published in the journal Respirology.

Scientists examined the severity and duration of flu symptoms in 80 individuals who took either acetaminophen or a placebo. Interestingly, they found no difference between the acetaminophen and placebo groups in terms of duration, severity, viral load or temperature. This means acetaminophen had no beneficial effect.

Acetaminophen is widely recommended for reducing fever during an illness like the flu. Everyone seems to assume it actually works. According to Dr Irene Braithwaite, a senior researcher in the study, “Paracetamol was neither harmful nor beneficial. We found that it did not significantly reduce temperatures compared to a placebo and did not make the participants feel any better.”
Many people find that aspirin is more effective at reducing fever and pain. However it is not appropriate for each person and not suitable for very young children. It is best to see your doctor to figure out the most appropriate medication for you.

What else can be done to reduce the symptoms of the flu? Best rest, drinking plenty of fluids and eating lightly are all essential. The flu is a much more severe illness than a cold, and it can be serious in people with a compromised immune system or lung condition. It’s important to work on strengthening your immune system to reduce the risk of catching the flu in the first place.

Vitamin D is well known for helping to provide protection from the flu. See all of our recommendations here []

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