Avoid taking ibuprofen for COVID-19 symptoms - WHO

Avoid taking ibuprofen for COVID-19 symptoms - WHO

News from Europe which is considered now as the new epicenter after Wuhan, China,
French officials have warned about the use of the anti-inflammatory drug- Ibuprofen in the treatment of those afflicted with the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19, as it could worsen the effects of the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already recommended that people being treated with COVID-19 to avoid taking Ibuprofen.
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French Health Minister Olivier Veran 
 was the one who gave the warning adter a recent study in The Lancet medical journal which hypothesized that an enzyme boosted by anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, could facilitate and worsen COVID-19 infections.

The WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier was asked to comment on the French warning, he said to reporters in Geneva that the UN health agency’s experts were “looking into this to give further guidance.”

“In the meantime, we recom­mend using rather parace­tamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That’s important,” he said.

Lindmeier added that if ibuprofen had been “prescribed by the health care professionals, then, of course, that’s up to them.”

Even before the  COVID-19 pandemic, French medical authorities sounded the alarm over serious “infectious complications” linked to the use of ibuprofen, which are sold under various brands like Nurofen and Advil, and other anti-inflammatory drugs.

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