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Antipyretic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs. Liming Zhou ( 周黎明) Department of pharmacology Huxi medical center Sichuan university. Contents. Overview History Common pharmacological effects Aspirin 阿斯匹林 Selective COS-2 inhibitor Other Drugs. Overview.

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Antipyretic, analgesic and anti-inflammatorydrugs

Liming Zhou (周黎明)Department of pharmacology

Huxi medical center

Sichuan university


  • Overview

  • History

  • Common pharmacological effects

  • Aspirin 阿斯匹林

  • Selective COS-2 inhibitor

  • Other Drugs


  • This kind of drug is a group of chemically dissimilar agents that have antipyretic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.

  • The structure of this kind of drug differs from that of steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs


  • In ancient Egypt & Greece, dried leaves of myrtle, the bark of willow & poplar tree

  • In England, active component from willow bark was identified as salicin (水杨苷),which is metabolized to salicylate(水杨酸盐)in 1763.

  • In Germany, salicylic acid(水杨酸)was synthesized in 1860.

  • In 1875, acetylsalicylic acid (乙酰水杨酸)was synthesized.


  • In 1899, “Aspirin“ (acetylsalicylic acid)was named; the "a" --- acetyl grouping and the "spirin" --- botanical genus spiraea, from which salicylates could be extracted.

  • Now, more than 30 million people consume NSAIDs daily and of these 40% of the patients are more than 60 years of age.

  • The consumption of NSAIDs is No. 1 among all drugs.


  • In 1969 the first association between prostaglandin production and the actions of aspirin- like drugs

  • In 1992 new enzyme was cloned & was called cyclooxygenase 2 (COX- 2) or PGH 2 synthase 2

Common pharmacological effects

These drugs show the same pharmacological effects

  • -- antipyretic effect (解热)

  • -- analgesic effect (镇痛)

  • -- anti-inflammatory effect (抗炎)

1. Antipyretic Effects

  • "normal" temperature: slightly affected

  • "elevated" temperature: reduced

  • The higher temperature, the more potent

  • Mechanisms of Antipyretic Action

    Blocks pyrogen-induced prostaglandin production in thermoregulatory center (CNS)




  • NSAIDs

thermoregulatory center

  • Antipyretic Mechanism

  • Block prostaglandins production

  • Sites of action:Central Nervous System

set point↑

heat production↑

Heat dissipation ↓


2. Analgesic Effects

  • Effective to mild to moderate pain

    0.5g of aspirin is a weak or mild analgesic that is effective in short, intermittent types of pain as encountered in neuralgia, myalgia (肌肉痛), toothache.

Analgesic Effects

  • Pain may arise from:

    Musculature, dental work , vascular , postpartum conditions, arthritis , bursitis

  • Sites of action:

    peripherally -- sites of inflammation

    subcortical sites

  • NSAIDs


pGE2 pGF2





Nerve ending of pain

  • block prostaglandins production

  • Sites of action: peripheral tissue


3. Anti-inflammatory Effects

  • NSAIDs only inhibit the symptoms of inflammation

  • But they neither arrest the progress of the disease nor do they induce remission

Anti-inflammatory Effects

  • Reduced synthesis:

    --eicosanoid mediators

  • Interference:

    --kallikrein system mediators

    --inhibits granulocyte adherence

    --stabilizes lysosomes

    --inhibits leukocyte migration

How can NSAIDs inhibit the prostaglandin production?

The Mechanism of NSAIDs

Mechanism of action

The principal pharmacological effect of NSAIDs is due to their ability to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis by blocking the cyclooxygenase (COX) activity of both COX-1 and COX-2.

NSAIDs----- acetylation of COX

(reversible or irreversible)

  • NSAIDs


pGE2 pGF2

Inflammatory factors





Symptoms of inflammation

  • block prostaglandins production

  • Sites of action: peripheral tissue

Red, swelling,

Heating, Pain

  • PGE2 vasodilatation, pain sensitization, gastric cytoprotection [mucous/HCO3 secretion], fever

  • PGF2 bronchoconstriction, uterine contraction

  • PGI2 inhibition of platelet aggregation, gastric cytoprotection

  • TXA2 platelet aggregation

Salicylates 水杨酸类

  • Acetylsalicyclic acid乙酰水杨酸

    Aspirin 阿斯匹林

  • Sadium Salicylate 水杨酸钠


  • Rapidly absorbed: stomach and upper small intestine

  • Distribution:through the body

    rapidly hydrolyzed --------- acetic acid + salicylate, catalyzed by tissue/blood esterases

Elimination----- Pharmacokinetics

  • metabolite in liver

    dose <1g/day:one-order elimination T1/2: 3--5 hrs

    dose >1g/day:zero-order elimination

    >4g/day T1/2:

  • Excretion: kidney, influenced by pH of urine


  • Analgesic Effects (300-600mg)

  • Antipyretic Effects (300-600mg)

  • Anti-inflammatory Effects (3-6g)

    do not influence the progress of disease

  • Effects on Platelets (40-100mg)

    Reduced platelet aggregation

    reduces thromboxane A2 (TXA2) formation

  • Effects on Platelets (40-100mg)

磷脂 血小板










cAMP 抑





cAMP 血小板释







No nuclei

No new COX1 produce

TXA2 production ↓


8-11 days

Endothelial cell

Has nuclei

New COX1produce

Low doses 40-100mg/day


5. Other effects

  • Immune inhibition

  • Effect on metabolism of connective tissue

  • Effects on metabolism of glucose, fat, protein ---- catabolism ↑

  • ACTH release ↑

Clinical Uses

  • Commonly used for management of mild to moderate pain(300-600mg)

  • Combination agents (cold)

  • Used for reducing fever (300-600mg)

  • Useful in treatment of:

    (high doses 3-6g) T1/2 > 12 hours

    0 rheumatic fever

    0 rheumatoid arthritis

    0 other inflammatory joint diseases

Clinical Uses

  • Antiplatelet: (low doses) 40-100mg

  • reduce incidence of transient ischemic attacks (prophylaxis)

  • reduce incidence of unstable angina (prophylaxis)

  • may reduce incidents of coronary artery thrombosis

Clinical Uses

  • Hypertension in pregnancy : (low doses) 60-100mg


  • Local indication

    GI inflammation : 5-amido-salicylic acid


  • CNS: excitation----inhibition

    salicylic acid reaction: Headaches; confusion; hallucinations; tremors; vertigo; behavior disturbance

  • GI effects: direct stimulation

    PGE2 & PGI2↓

    Esophagitis; gastric ulcerations; GI hemorrhage


3. Liver & renal toxicity

  • Dose dependence toxicity

  • Reye's syndrome

    a potentially fatal disease that causes numerous detrimental effects to many organs, especially the brain and liver.

    The disease causes hepatitis with jaundice and encephalopathy


  • Other reaction

    Hematologic: decreased platelet aggregation; prolonged bleeding time.

    Exacerbations of asthma

    Hypersensitivity: rashes

    Acid-base Imbalance

Acetaminophen 乙酰氨基酚(醋氨酚,扑热息痛) Phenacetin 非拉西丁

  • Rapidly absorbed from GI

  • Phenacetin is largely converted to Acetaminophen

  • Similar antipyretic, analgesia to aspirin

  • Weak anti-inflammatory properties

  • used to reduce fever and pains (a major ingredient in numerous cold and flu medications) (choice for child)

  • used appropriately, side effects are rare

Indomethacin 吲哚美辛(消炎痛)

More potent than aspirin

As an anti-inflammatory agent

More adverse reaction

Ibuprofen 布洛芬

More analgesia

Fewer adverse reaction

Brufen;Benzeneacetic acid; Fenbid; Emodin;Motrin 异丁苯丙酸;异丁洛芬;拔怒风;芬必得;炎痛停;

Phenylbutazone 保泰松 羟基保泰松

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory effects

  • Weak analgesic & antipyretic activities

  • Promote excretion of uric acid

  • Used for acute gout, rheumatic & rheumatoid arthritis

  • More adverse reaction

  • Can induce activities of drug metabolize-E

  • Can displace other drugs from plasma proteins

Selective COX-2 inhibitors

  • Less adverse reactions

  • Do not impact platelet aggregation

  • Meloxicam 美洛昔康

  • Celecoxib 塞来昔布

  • Nimesulide 尼美舒力

  • Rofecoxib

  • Valdecoxib


  • 解热镇痛药:对乙酰氨基酚、布洛芬

  • H1受体阻断药:氯苯那敏、苯海拉明

  • 止咳药:右美沙芬等

  • 缩血管药:伪麻黄碱

  • 抗病毒药:金刚烷胺

  • 中枢兴奋药:咖啡因

  • 其他:中草药、人工牛黄

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