August 6, 2020

Avoid taking Ibuprofen for COVID-19 symptoms: WHO

(BARBADOS TODAY) — The World Health Organization, on Tuesday, March 17, recommended that persons suffering with COVID-19 symptoms avoid taking Ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anton Best, speaking at a press conference at Ilaro Court today, noted that the Ministry was alerted to the fact that in some places where NSAIDs were used, patients worsened.

He said: “Right now, the recommendation is to focus on the use of paracetamol for pain and for fever reduction, as opposed to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen, Voltaren, Cataflam and other drugs in that category [such as] aspirin.”

Barbadians are being advised to avoid using products containing Ibuprofen if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

According to the Barbados Drug Service, over-the-counter Ibuprofen products are:

Advil 200mg in 2s of a box of 50s
Advil caplets and tablets 200mg 24s
Advil Cold and Sinus
Advil Infant drops 15ml
Advil Liquid Gels
Advil Migraine Gel 20s
Advil PM 30/50 packs of 2s
Advil PM Bottle 20s
Children’s Advil Liquid
Ibufen Liquid
Ibuprofen 400mg by Health 2000
Ibuprofen 400mg tablets Bristol 84s
Ibuprofen Gel Rub
Motrin Children Elixir 1oz
Motrin Children Elixir 4oz
Motrin Infant Drops
Motrin PM Caplets 20s
Perofen 400mg by Remedica
Thornton and Ross Ibuprofen 200mg tab
Thornton and Ross Suspension 100ml bottle
Westmead Flamingo Ibuprofen 200mg tab 24s

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