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Coronavirus fact check: Does ibuprofen make COVID-19 symptoms worse?

•, By: Debbie Lord

Oliver Véran announced on Twitter that doctors should not order anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen) for patients suffering from the COVID-19 infection.

Ibuprofen, which is in a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), is given to millions to reduce pain, fever and inflammation. In addition to being used in hospitals, it is sold over the counter under brand names such as Advil and Motrin.

Véran tweeted on March 14 that "Taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone . . .) could be an aggravating factor for the infection. If you have a fever, take paracetamol," he said. Paracetamol is another name for acetaminophen. Tylenol is a brand name for the drug.

According to the British Medical Journal, Veran's comments may have referred to remarks by a doctor in France who cited four cases of young patients with COVID-19 who had no underlying health problems but who went on to develop serious symptoms after taking ibuprofen in the early stage of their disease.

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