Avoid self-medication with ibuprofen against COVID-19 symptoms: WHO - (Business Standard via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The World Health Organisation on Tuesday recommended that people suffering from COVID-19-like symptoms should avoid "self-medicating with ibuprofen," reported Business Standard.

  • The advice follows a recent warning from French health minister Olivier Veran on the heels of a study in The Lancet that hypothesised that an enzyme that is boosted when taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen could facilitate and worsen COVID-19 infections.

  • Asked about the study, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said the UN health agency's experts were "looking into this to give further guidance."

  • "In the meantime, we recommend using rather paracetamol, and do not use ibuprofen as a self-medication. That's important," he said.

  • He stressed though that if ibuprofen had been "prescribed by the healthcare professionals, then, of course, that's up to them" and that patients should "ask advice from your doctor."

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