Avoid taking ibuprofen for COVID-19 symptoms

Avoid taking ibuprofen for COVID-19 symptoms

He warned people not to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS - a category of pain relievers and fever reducers that includes ibuprofen - because some French COVID-19 patients had experienced serious side effects.

The World Health Organization has officially recommended against using ibuprofen to manage symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by novel coronavirus.

Various publications have cited professors, doctors and other healthcare professionals offering conflicting takes on the the use of ibuprofen.

Pharmacies and grocery stores in the Netherlands have begun limiting sales of paracetamol due to shortages caused by stockpiling.

"Appropriate use of ibuprofen and paracetamol is still now being recommended by most European health authorities as part of the symptomatic treatment of COVID-19".

He advised those with a fever to use paracetamol, and told people already on anti-inflammatories, or those who are unsure, to seek a doctor's advice.

At the same time as Veran's recommendation, the French government warned against the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), the family of drugs that includes ibuprofen. The company believes that there is no proven scientific evidence associating ibuprofen to the worsening of COVID-19.

According to Metro, a frontline NHS doctor said that many patients in the United Kingdom that require these anti-inflammatory drugs, such as rheumatoid patients, are denied pain relief. But he also claimed people should consult a doctor before stopping taking the drug. The World Health Organization cleared the air on their official Twitter account regarding the use of Paracetamol only.

Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the makers of Nurofen products, said it is aware of "the ongoing spread of information" concerning the use of NSAIDs including ibuprofen, but requested patients and healthcare professionals to consider each case separately.

Dr. Angela Rogers, a pulmonologist at the Stanford University Medical Center and chair of its intensive care unit's COVID-19 task force, notes that Tylenol is the go-to medication for patients who are sick enough to be hospitalized for any infection.

Veran's warning followed the recent publication of a study in the Lancet medical journal that hypothesized that an enzyme boosted by anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen could facilitate and worsen COVID-19 infections.

But the organisation said that antibiotics "only work on bacterial infections".

The company "has neither received new safety information nor been involved in the evaluation of any adverse events regarding the use of ibuprofen in COVID-19", it adds.

Fever-reducing medicine such as ibuprofen could worsen COVID-19, top health officials say.

According to France 24 and Science Alert, Véran warned people not to use the common painkiller in response to a March 11 letter in The Lancet that hypothesized using ibuprofen could potentially make the disease worse when used to treat those with diabetes and hypertension. Paracetamol has been advocated as a sensible choice.

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