Fever, headache … Beware of self-medication in the presence of what are similar to the symptoms of Covid-19. On Twitter, the Minister of Health warned of the risks associated with taking anti-inflammatory drugs, which could actually worsen the infection. Explanations.
For get a migraine or an episode of fever, many of us use self-medication. While the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic has been reclassified as a pandemic and that France has just closed all its schools, the Minister of Health Olivier Veran wanted to warn the public about taking anti-inflammatory drugs in people infected with the coronavirus.
“Taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone …) could be a factor in worsening the infection. If you have a fever, take paracetamol. If you are already on anti-inflammatory drugs, or if in doubt, ask your doctor for advice.“said the minister on Twitter.
⚠️ #COVID ー 19 | Taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone, …) could be a factor in worsening the infection. If you have a fever, take paracetamol.
If you are already on anti-inflammatory drugs or in doubt, ask your doctor for advice.
– Olivier Veran (@olivierveran) March 14, 2020
This was said to follow up on reports from hospital doctors that the link between taking anti-inflammatory drugs and worsening symptoms in severe cases of Covid-19.
Young patient has a fever and a dry cough. He took prednisolone for self-medication. So that he has no risk factor. I am beginning to understand why a second wave of patients without comorbidities end up intubated. Self-medication with anti-inflammatory drugs
– Strapondine (@strapondine) March 14, 2020
Muriel Alvarez professor of infectious diseases at the CHU #Toulouse reports 4 serious cases # COVID19 young people with no underlying pathology. They all consumed anti inflammatory drugs so be careful not to take anti inflammatory drugs in case of early symptoms: Advil, nurofen …
– Patrice Bacchin (@pat_bacc) March 14, 2020
Anti-inflammatory drugs: which drugs are affected?
Since January 15 and the last warnings from the ANSM, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen are no longer sold in self-service pharmacies. But the Minister of Health’s alert concerns this whole family of drugs. There are two types of anti-inflammatory drugs:
- Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (AIS): they include Corticoids (Prednisolone, Solupred, Prednisone, Celestene…)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Ibuprofen (Advil and its derivatives, Antarene, Nurofen, Spedifen, Upfen, Spifen, etc.), Aceclofenac, Ketoprofen, Ponstyl, Nifluril, tiaprofenic acid (Flanid, Surgam), Minalfene, Celecoxib, Diclofenac, Voltarene, Lodinen, Lodinen, Lodinen ), Antadis, Cebutid, Meloxicam, Nabumetone, Naproxene, Piroxicam, Arthrocine, Tilcotil …
This is not the first time that this family of drugs has been warned of the risks of secondary infection. In the past, many pediatricians have already alerted parents to the dangers of anti-inflammatory drugs for chickenpox, and reported cases of sepsis and generalized infection following the use of ibuprofen medication to treat this mild infection. In case of fever or flu-like symptoms, it is better to avoid the risks and opt for paracetamol. If you experience the symptoms or are on anti-inflammatory therapy, ask your doctor for advice.
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