Is Ibuprofen Really Risky for Coronavirus Patients?


Is it risky to take ibuprofen if you have symptoms of covert nineteen the French health ministry says yes over the weekend it warned doctors not to give ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs to patients with the disease but experts on the frontlines of this pandemic say there is no reason for alarm NPR's Maria Godoy reports the concern over IB Provan started with a brief letter published in the medical journal the lancet last week the authors hypothesize that medication such as ibuprofen and other and states could raise a person's risk of developing a severe case of code nineteen the theory was that these drugs increase levels of an enzyme that would make it easier for the virus to infect cells but leading global health officials say there's no evidence is actually the case you know sometimes discussions off the cuff turning to letters turning to social media turned into a lot of discussion and you have no idea what kinds of what I tax Dr Anthony Fauci head of the National Institute of allergy and infectious disease bottom line is I have not seen any certain data indicate there's a problem well it's a true that there's not a problem the world health organisation agrees it issued a statement on Twitter saying it's been in touch with doctors treating coronavirus patients and hasn't heard of any negative side effects from ibuprofen beyond those already known for instance patients with kidney problems shouldn't take ibuprofen because it can cause kidney damage when used long term in high doses Dr Angela Rogers pulmonary and critical care physician at Stanford University says that's one reason why hospitals routinely avoid ibuprofen for patients sick enough to be hospitalized with any sort of infection when patients are very ill with fevers and hospitalized they're at risk for kidney injury and so Tyler all really is the go to one that we use Tylenol doesn't work the same way as and states and it's thought to affect the part of the brain that regulates temperature the Tylenol is it risk free either it can damage the liver in high doses so if you have mild symptoms of covered nineteen and want to treat them at home if people are you know having a liver disease either and and could make them feel a little bit more security start tiling offers that might be a reasonable way to do it but if you take ibuprofen or other in states for other medical reasons Roger says talk to your doctor if you're worried but for now there's no reason to stop taking them Maria could away

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