Coronavirus and Ibuprofen

coronavirusThere have been questions raised on the internet regarding the safety of ibuprofen in patients infected with the coronavirus. My recommendation is to avoid ibuprofen at this time and take acetaminophen (paracetamol) instead for either fever or pain. There is some indication that the anti-inflammatory mechanism by which ibuprofen works within the cells interferes with lung cells’ ability to remove the virus from the airways. It is not worth the risk of taking it since there are alternatives for pain and inflammation. However, it is reasonable to assume that all NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) should be avoided. Acetaminophen (paracetamol) is not an NSAID.

– Dr. Bussell

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