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Most people recover from mononucleosis (mono) without any
complications. But there are many possible complications of mono. These
Other complications of mono can occur but are very rare.
While it is not a complication specific to mono, a serious
disease known as
Reye syndrome can develop if you give aspirin to
a person younger than 20 to treat symptoms of mono.
Aspirin should not be used to treat symptoms of mono. Other medicines, such as acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) or ibuprofen (for example, Advil) can help relieve fever and pain caused by
mono. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Even if you have a complication of mono, it is likely
that you will recover completely.
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Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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