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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 have been a lot of reports on social media and the news advising against the use of Ibuprofen to treat the symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

There is no proof that Ibuprofen is unsafe to use during the illness, or makes the illness worse. However because this is a new virus we still have a lot to learn about it therefore, the advice is to avoid ibuprofen until more is known. 

Ibuprofen is not recommended during pregnancy.



Things You Can Do To Help

Government health experts say;

  • If you or you or your family do get the symptoms of Covid-19 (a new cough that carries on and/or a high temperature of 37.8 or above) you should use paracetamol to treat the symptoms. Unless you have been told it is not suitable for you.
  • If a person is already taking prescribed ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) for a health condition you should carry on. If you get coronavirus symptoms speak to your GP or pharmacist before stopping.

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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