Coronavirus: Health official warns against taking ibuprofen as it 'may worsen bug'

Coronavirus: Health official warns against taking ibuprofen as it 'may worsen bug'

Coronavirus: Health official warns against taking ibuprofen as it 'may worsen bug'

The World Health Organisation on March 17 recommended that people suffering from COVID-19-like symptoms should avoid self-medicating with ibuprofen, after French authorities warned anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen the effects of the virus.

Nurofen, one of Reckitt's more popular drugs, contains 200 mg of Ibuprofen as its active ingredient in each tablet and is indicated for "effective pain and inflammation relief and reducing fever", according to the company's website.

But on Twitter, French politician Olivier Véran, whom the Daily Mail reported is a qualified doctor and neurologist, said: "The taking of anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, cortisone.) could be a factor in aggravating the infection". If you have a fever, take paracetamol.

Health experts have reportedly criticised NHS advice to consume ibuprofen for COVID-19 and added that they have reasonable evidence that it could aggravate the condition. "If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, or you have any doubts, consult your doctor", said Veran.

Public Health England reportedly said there was now insufficient information on the use of ibuprofen.

Paul Little, Professor of Primary Care Research from the University of Southampton, said there was "sizeable literature" from studies in several countries that prolonged illness or the complications of respiratory infections may be more common when NSAIDS [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs] are used.

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