Ibuprofen: Popular Painkiller Can Worsen Coronavirus Symptoms

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Ibuprofen is a widely used to relieve pain from various conditions such as headache, muscle aches and dental pain. It’s also used to reduce a fever, but new guidance from the NHS says people should avoid the popular painkiller for the virus.

New guidance published on the NHS website states:

“There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.

“But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.

“If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.”

The advice comes after France’s Health Minister, Olivier Veran, tweeted on Saturday “The taking of anti-inflammatories could be a factor in aggravating the infection.”

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