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use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) in relation to Covid-19 following a statement by the French Health Minister advising against the use of ibuprofen. Posted on 18 Mar 2020

 

There has been concern about the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) in relation to Covid-19 following a statement by the French Health Minister advising against the use of ibuprofen.

 

 

 

This statement was based on provisional information which UK authorities have not seen and is, to date, unpublished. There is no current literature on the impact of NSAIDs use in Covid-19.

 

 

 

Whist The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is reviewing the evidence; patients who have confirmed or suspected Covid-19 are advised to use paracetamol in preference to NSAIDs. 

 

 

 

There appears to be no evidence that NSAIDs increase the chance of acquiring Covid-19. 

 

 

 

Those currently on NSAIDs for other medical reasons (e.g. arthritis) should not stop them.

 

 

 

NHS England are keeping this position under constant review.

 

 

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