Fact Check: Over-the-counter drugs & the vaccine

Nikki Rudd
Updated: March 19, 2021 10:17 AM
Created: March 19, 2021 05:35 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Have you heard this one? You shouldn't take over-the-counter pain killers before or after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 

That is true. The reason? There have been some concerns that anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, aspirin and Advil, could impact how well the vaccine works. 

However, there have been no actual studies on this. So right now, the CDC recommends you don't take those meds or antihistamines before getting the vaccine. 

What if you already did? Do you need to be re-vaccinated? 
News10NBC's Nikki Rudd asked Dr. Nancy Bennett, the co-chair of the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub. 

"If someone took anti-inflammatory medications, they do not need to be revaccinated," said Dr. Bennett. "It is possible to test for COVID-19 antibodies but since they are not the only predictor of protection, it is not necessary to be tested for them after vaccination."

Now, what if you take these drugs on a regular basis? In that case, the CDC says you should keep taking them before and after you get vaccinated. 

If you have questions, talk to your doctor or your vaccine provider. 

Check out previous Fact Checks here.
 


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