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Coronavirus Update: WHO’s Stance on Ibuprofen and Paracetamol

WHO has found no evidence that Ibuprofen is dangerous for people with Coronavirus symptoms.

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According to the latest Coronavirus update, WHO has found no connection between Ibuprofen and COVID-19 symptoms’ escalation. The World Health Organization cleared the air on their official Twitter account regarding the use of Paracetamol only.

Ibuprofen is Not Dangerous for People with Coronavirus Symptoms

“Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen worsens symptoms of SARS-Cov-2 virus, rely on Paracetamol instead”. The news has been spreading like wildfire in the last couple of days but is it legit?

Well, according to the World Health Organization, there’s no proof to support this argument. The official WHO Twitter account published a statement on the subject a few hours ago. Following is the original text from the tweet.

Based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend against the use of Ibuprofen. We are also consulting with physicians treating Coronavirus patients. WHO is not aware of any negative effects of Ibuprofen beyond the usual known side effects. We also don’t know about any clinical or population-based data on this topic.

It all began when the French Health Minister Olivier Veran, quoted The Lancet on this subject. According to The Lancet, Ibuprofen boosts an enzyme that worsens the symptoms of SARS-CoV-2. WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier was quick to respond and share his thoughts on it.

We’re looking into this to give further guidance. In the meantime, we recommend using Paracetamol and do not self-medicate. That’s important. If ibuprofen is prescribed by the healthcare professionals, then, of course, that’s up to them.

Nurofen’s official stance on the matter

Meanwhile, the manufacturers of Nurofen, Reckitt Benckiser (RB), have also come up with their official stance. British pharmaceutical company RB thinks there no connection between anti-inflammatory drugs and heightened symptoms of Coronavirus.

Patients and healthcare professionals should consider all available treatment options including paracetamol and continue using NSAIDs (like ibuprofen) as per the approved product information.

There is currently no reason for patients taking the anti inflammatory drug to interrupt their treatment. This is particularly important for patients taking NSAID medicines for chronic diseases.

The latest update on the effect of these drugs on symptoms of Coronavirus doesn’t mean that you start consuming them without consulting. Avoid self-medication and in touch with the concerned authorities. Dankanator will keep you updated.

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