Paris / Hamburg / Vienna. Ibuprofen or Paracetamol? Or aspirin? Advice and rumors about the influence of certain drugs on a coronavirus infection are currently causing uncertainty. Many of these messages are incorrect.
A chain letter is currently spreading on Whatsapp and other social media that advises against taking the painkiller ibuprofen. In a voice message from Whatsapp, for example, a woman’s voice claimed that doctors at the Vienna University Hospital had found that there was a connection between the commonly used remedy and serious illnesses. “This report is incorrect and lacks any scientific basis,” says the head of the North Rhine Pharmacist Association, Thomas Preis. The University Hospital Vienna also reported via Twitter that the chain letter was Fakenews.
Price asked the population: “Avoid spreading this message and do not forward it. Pharmacists and doctors are already working to the limit of their resilience. Such false reports hinder work for those who now urgently need medical and pharmaceutical help. ”
French health minister Olivier Veran had previously written on Twitter, a short message service, that anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen could make a coronavirus infection worse. In the case of a fever, paracetamol should be taken, Veran advised. National health director Jerôme Salomon made a similar statement and advised against taking so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In addition to ibuprofen, this group of active ingredients also includes acetylsalicylic acid (ASA; aspirin) and diclofenac.
Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) can well imagine that especially ASA, but also ibuprofen, could not be helpful for the lung disease Covid-19. “Ibuprofen inhibits blood clotting, which would be a possible indication,” explains the virologist. This increases the risk of internal bleeding. “This is not the case with paracetamol.”
Nevertheless, as far as he knows, there is no connection between taking NSAIDs and severe courses in Covid-19, Schmidt-Chanasit emphasizes. “We know little about the pathogenesis of the Sars-CoV-2 virus. There are no clinical data on this yet. ”In France, ibuprofen has not been freely available in pharmacies since the beginning of the year.
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