Friedman agreed, and said that many doctors are already providing fever-relieving medicines to stroke patients who need it.
"I do not believe that most clinicians are using acetaminophen in the short term with all patients who have stroke, [although] most physicians feel that avoiding fever in people with stroke is important, and we would use acetaminophen in those who have a fever greater than 37.5 Celsius [99.5 F]," Friedman said. "But, we lack much data on that issue, and we definitely don't give acetaminophen to every patient with a stroke."
There's more on the various types of stroke at the American Stroke Association.
SOURCES: Jonathan Friedman, M.D., associate professor, surgery, neuroscience and experimental therapeutics, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, associate dean, HSC-College of Medicine Bryan, College Station campus, and director, Texas Brain and Spine Institute; May 2009, Lancet Neurology