Taking ibuprofen ‘aggravates’ coronavirus as health minister in warning
Don't take ibuprofen if you have coronavirus as it may make symptoms worse, it has been warned.
The anti-inflammatory drug is available over the counter but may have a negative effect on the body, French health minister Olivier Véran said.
The qualified doctor and neurologist tweeted: "The taking of anti-inflammatories [ibuprofen, cortisone … ] could be a factor in aggravating the infection.
"In case of fever, take paracetamol. If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor's advice."
Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs can diminish the body's immune system response and be dangerous for those with infectious diseases.
Since January, French patients have had to consult pharmacists if they want to buy popular painkillers such as ibuprofen, paracetamol and aspirin, and legally have to be reminded of the potential health risks.
"Anti-inflammatory drugs increase the risk of complications when there is a fever or infection," Jean-Louis Montastruc, the head of pharmacology at Toulouse hospital, told RTL radio.
France went into lockdown at midnight last night, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announcing that all non-essential businesses would shut at 12am on Sunday.
Among the stores that shut their doors were restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues.
He told a news conference that exceptions on the shop ban would include food stores, pharmacies and gas stations.
The Prime Minister said it was part of new measures that would be brought in to contain the rapid spread of the virus.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France passed 5,420 on Sunday, with 127 people having died.
On Saturday, 300 French coronavirus patients were in critical condition, half of them under 60.
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