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Coronavirus: NHS updates advice on painkillers

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Coronavirus: NHS updates advice on painkillers

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:56pm 17th March 2020. (Updated at 6:11pm 17th March 2020)

The NHS has updated its advice on taking painkillers if you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

We are being told to take paracetamol to treat the symptoms, unless your doctor has told you it is not suitable for you.

The NHS is no longer recommending ibuprofen.

It comes in the wake of some reports that the anti-inflammatory drug can make COVID-19 worse.

However, the NHS says "there is currently no strong evidence" that this is the case although it says until there is more information it is recommending paracetamol.

Anyone already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory on the advice of a doctor is told not to stop taking it without checking first.

A GP from Badgerswood Surgery near Bordon, Dr Anthony Leung, has told Eagle Radio people should "err on the side of caution".

Dr Leung added:

"Really stick to paracetamol for now - more evidence may emerge over the coming days - but for now let's play safe, stick with paracetamol first.

"If that's not enough just have a word with your doctor and work out what the latest advice is first."

The NHS advice on ibuprofen and coronavirus in full:

"There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.

"But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.

"If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first."

The latest NHS advice can be read online.