The NHS has stopped advising Corona virus Patients taking ibuprofen fear that the anti-inflammatory pain reliever could only make the situation worse.
Health experts had questioned the advice of the NHS and warned people against taking the over-the-counter drug.
A stepfather from Greater Manchester warned of this his four-year-old stepdaughter fell seriously ill – Shaking, wheezing and vomiting – after taking ibuprofen for symptoms of coronavirus.
The recommendation to take ibuprofen has now been removed from the “home counseling” page on the NHS website.
It now says, “Drink plenty of water and take acetaminophen to relieve your symptoms.”
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On Saturday, French health minister Olivier Veran suggested that anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen could make Covid-19 worse and urged people to take acetaminophen if they have a fever.
He added, “If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor for advice.”
Covid-19 is so new that there are no studies that suggest a link between ibuprofen and side effects, or that the drug can make symptoms worse.
Anti-inflammatory drugs can pose a risk to patients with infectious diseases because they can affect how the body’s immune system responds.
Public Health England previously said there was not enough information about the effect of ibuprofen on the virus to change its recommendations
Previously, it said: “There is currently no published scientific evidence that ibuprofen increases the risk of getting Covid-19 or worsening the disease. There is also no conclusive evidence that ibuprofen is harmful to other respiratory infections. “
Health experts have raised concerns about the use of ibuprofen in the past few days.
Ian Jones, professor of virology at the University of Reading, said the telegraph that ibuprofen could dampen the immune system, slow recovery and worsen the symptoms of pneumonia.
“It is recommended that people use acetaminophen to lower the temperature when they have a fever,” he said.
Dr. Amir Khan of the Channel 5 Show GPs Behind Closed Doors also warned against using ibuprofen.
He said that anti-inflammatory drugs “can have a depressive effect on parts of our immune system”.
People with weakened immune systems are even more susceptible to coronaviruses.
Dr. Khan told Al Jazeera: “When it comes to taking it to relieve the symptoms of the cold, we don’t really have to worry about this slight but important decrease in the strength of our immune system: it is very unlikely that we will develop . ” Complications from a cold, let alone die from it.
“But we need our immune system in top shape to fight and win the coronavirus.”
Mast cells in the human body release flammable chemicals when they come into contact with the virus.
These chemicals are needed to fight the virus, said Dr. Khan.
He added, “It is the effectiveness of these chemicals that determines whether a person develops complications from the coronavirus or fully recovers.”