There are no specific medicines used to treat mono. Over-the-counter medicines may be used to help treat the symptoms of mono.
Over-the-counter pain relievers, including Reference acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and ibuprofen (such as Advil), may be used to relieve headaches and a sore throat. Do not give aspirin to anyone under the age of 20, because its use has been linked with Reference Reye syndrome Opens New Window, a serious illness.
Taking antibiotics such as ampicillin or amoxicillin may cause a rash in many people who have mono.Reference 1 A rash caused by antibiotics can often be a first sign that the person has mono. The rash is not an allergic reaction.Reference 2
Antiviral drugs do not improve the symptoms of mono or shorten the length of the illness.Reference 5
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Nonprescription medicines are commonly used to relieve symptoms, but they do not shorten the duration of the illness.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 28, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease