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COVID-19 - Ibuprofen Use

Can I use ibuprofen to treat the symptoms of Covid-19 for myself or my family?

There were lots of reports on social media and the news advising against the use of ibuprofen to treat the symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

It has now been confirmed by the 'Commission on Human Medicines' that ibuprofen is safe to use during the illness, and does not make the illness worse. Therefore you can use either paracetamol or ibuprofen to manage the symptoms - following the instructions on the pack with care. Speak with your local pharmacist if you have other questions.

 

 

Ibuprofen is not recommended during pregnancy.

Things You Can Do To Help

Health experts say;

  • If you or you or your family get the symptoms of Covid-19 (a new cough that carries on and/or a high temperature of 38°C or above) you can use paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat them, unless you have been told they are not suitable for you.
  • If a person is already taking prescribed ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) for a health condition you can carry on taking them even if you get coronavirus symptoms. Speak to your GP or pharmacist if you feel worried.

Who Can Help?

If you feel worried and want more advice then speak to your pharmacist or GP surgery.

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

 

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