FDA Says No Evidence NSAIDs Aggravate COVID-19 Symptoms

March 23, 2020

The FDA said that it is not aware of any evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen could worsen COVID-19.

But the agency noted that all prescription NSAID labels warn that “the pharmacological activity of NSAIDs in reducing inflammation, and possibly fever, may diminish the utility of diagnostic signs in detecting infections.”

The U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency also said Friday that there is currently no research linking ibuprofen to the likelihood of contracting the virus or worsening the symptoms, but it advised COVID-19 patients to take paracetamol (sold in the U.S. as Tylenol) until it has more information.

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