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Is Ibuprofen dangerous for those infected with the coronavirus?

Ibuprofen belongs to a family of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

On 14 March 2020, Olivier Véran, France’s health minister Tweeted that taking anti-inflammatory medicine “could be an aggravating factor” for those infected with Covid-19, and recommended paracetamol for those with a fever.Is Ibuprofen dangerous for those infected with the coronavirus?

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Later, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), said that observations have been made in individual cases, but this is not sufficient to prove that the medication played a causal role in the severity of the (Covid-19) illness. Verifications are ongoing. In the meantime, caution is recommended when taking Ibuprofen-based medicinal products. In addition, FOPH said it is better to use paracetamol-based medication to treat a fever, but that those taking Ibuprofen as part of a long-term treatment, should continue to take it and consult their doctor.

A research paper published on the US National Institutes of Health website suggests Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be immunosuppressive. The paper concluded by saying these drugs “have the ability to weaken the immune system which can have serious consequences for children, the elderly and the immune-compromised patients.”

This article is not medical advice. It is important to consult a doctor before making any decisions on medication.

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