Anti inflammatories and COVID – 19. Be careful. Do your research.

We have read over the last two days some research and some caution coming out of France regards taking NSAIDS (Anti Inflammatories) like Voltaren, and Nurofen, and their effects on the COVID – 19 virus.

The Health Minister of France issued a public statement on 14th March stating

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#COVIDー19 | La prise d’anti-inflammatoires (ibuprofène, cortisone, …) pourrait être un facteur d’aggravation de l’infection. En cas de fièvre, prenez du paracétamol. Si vous êtes déjà sous anti-inflammatoires ou en cas de doute, demandez conseil à votre médecin.

In English, taking anti inflammatories for your fever may well be a factor for aggravation if you are infected with the coronavirus, it may well worsen the illness, by quite a bit.
Take Paracetamol instead if you need to lower your temperature.  But that is another topic altogether, should you do that when you have a virus,  one we will explore tomorrow!
Dr Shane Heslop – Osteopath