Advice about use of Ibuprofen & COVID-19

The Commission on Human Medicines’ Expert Working Group on COVID-19 has concluded that there is insufficient scientific evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and susceptibility to contracting COVID-19 or worsening of its symptoms.


Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.

Patients should always read the patient information when taking over-the-counter medicines, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, and follow the instructions on how to take the medicines.

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