Ibuprofen and COVID-19: Is it Safe?

As of now, yes. Experts are saying there’s no clear evidence that ibuprofen makes COVID-19 worse. After previously announcing that people with COVID-19 shouldn’t take ibuprofen, the World Health Organization (WHO) is now saying that they’re not advising against it. 

Overseas, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on March 18, 2020, said there’s “no scientific evidence” that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen could worsen COVID-19.

What Are NSAIDs Like Ibuprofen Used For?

Over-the-counter ibuprofen pain relievers, such as Advil and Motrin, are widely used to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Decrease fever
  • Decrease inflammation

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What Are the Side Effects of NSAIDs Like Ibuprofen?

Although they’re widely available and are in medicine cabinets around the world, they aren’t without risk. Side effects of NSAIDs can include:

Why Were There Recent Reports That Ibuprofen Isn’t Safe to Take With COVID-19?

Comments made by French officials in relation to a recent study in The Lancet hypothesized that an enzyme boosted by anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen could facilitate and worsen COVID-19 infections. This provoked a lot of social media discussion with varied reactions around the world. 

Right now, experts worldwide have said that, without new evidence, additional risks of NSAIDs related to COVID-19 are questionable.

More Questions About COVID-19 and Ibuprofen?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding whether or not taking ibuprofen is safe for you, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


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Sources:
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