New study suggests taking ibuprofen does not worsen COVID-19

Updated: September 22, 2020 09:46 PM
Created: September 22, 2020 01:53 PM

(NBCNC) — In the early days of the pandemic, there was concern that ibuprofen, the fever medication in Motrin or Advil, could worsen COVID-19.

It was based on a statement that reportedly came from France's health minister at the time. 


Now there's a new study clarifying the issue.   

The question over Ibuprofen's potential effect on COVID-19 was not clear cut.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus uses the ACE-2 receptor to get into our cells and there was reason to believe that certain medications like ibuprofen might increase the number of ACE-2 receptors which might lead to increased susceptibility to infection.

At one point agencies like the World Health Organization issued a recommendation to avoid the use of ibuprofen in COVID-19 patients, but subsequently, they have retracted it.

A new study published in the journal PLOS One is providing a direct answer.

The researchers looked at data from over 9,000 Danish citizens who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 between February and April, of whom nearly 250 filled prescriptions for Ibuprofen in the 30 days before their diagnosis.

Compared to people who did not use Ibuprofen there was no difference in hospitalizations, the need for an ICU or deaths.

The authors concluded that there was no reason to withhold ibuprofen solely because of a COVID-19 infection.

Based on this new information, experts say there is no apparent concern about taking ibuprofen increasing the risk of COVID-19.

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