Don’t Use Ibuprofen For Coronavirus Symptoms – WHO

The World Health Organization {WHO} has warned against taking Ibuprofen if a person notices the symptoms of the deadly novel Coronavirus, such symptoms include, running nose, sore throat, cough and fever. Ibuprofen

This is coming after the French health official warned that the anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen the effects of the virus. Commenting on a recent study in The Lancet medical journal, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said it was hypothesised that an enzyme boosted by anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen could facilitate and worsen COVID-19 infections.
Veran advised that anyone who diagnosed with Coronavirus should take paracetamol instead of the anti-inflammatory drug, while anyone already being treated with anti-inflammatory drugs ask advice from their doctor.

When asked about the study, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters in Geneva the UN health agency’s experts were “looking into this to give further guidance.”

He added;

“In the meantime, we recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That’s important.
“If ibuprofen had been prescribed by the healthcare professionals, then, of course, that’s up to them.”

AFP reported that a spokesperson for British pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser, which makes Nurofen, said in an email statement that the company was aware of concerns raised about “the use of steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) products, including ibuprofen, for the alleviation of COVID-19 symptoms.”

The statement added;

“Consumer safety is our number one priority. Ibuprofen is a well-established medicine that has been used safely as a self-care fever and pain reducer, including in viral illnesses, for more than 30 years.
“We do not currently believe there is any proven scientific evidence linking over-the-counter use of ibuprofen to the aggravation of COVID-19.
“Reckitt Benckiser is engaging with the WHO, EMA (the European Medicines Agency) and other local health authorities on the issue and would provide any additional information or guidance necessary for the safe use of our products following any such evaluation.”

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