Coronavirus and ibuprofen: Can you take ibuprofen with coronavirus symptoms?

Coronavirus and ibuprofen: Can you take ibuprofen with coronavirus symptoms?

Coronavirus cases are on the rise, and now Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed further measures to prevent the spread of the virus. With the UK now in the delay phase of the Government’s four-step plan, only those in hospitals are being tested for the virus.

Cases in the UK have reached 1,543, with 55 deaths, and confusion around self-isolating, symptoms and treatment is growing.

The Government asked for anyone with coronavirus symptoms – in particular a persistent cough and fever – to self-isolate for seven days.

Anyone who lives with someone with symptoms should also self-isolate but for 14 days, to allow for the incubation phase of the virus.

Self-isolation means remaining in your home, limiting contact with other people and not visiting public places.

As yet there is no cure for coronavirus, but symptoms are being treated to make sufferers more comfortable as they fight the virus.

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Jean-Louis Montastruc, the head of pharmacology at Toulouse hospital, told RTL radio: “Anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk of complications when there is a fever or infection.”

However, there has been no such warning in the UK, with the NHS having advised the use of ibuprofen. 

The NHS coronavirus advice page previously stated: “Drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms”.

However, the ibuprofen section in their advice has now been removed, and as of Tuesday morning it reads: “Drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol to help with your symptoms.”

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

Published at Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:16:00 +0000