December 9, 2022

Expert advice on taking paracetamol or ibuprofen before or after vaccination

If you are due for one of your first covid shots or your booster, there are questions about what you can and cannot do.

One of the key questions is always whether you can use over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen before or after getting your shot.

People are still encouraged to check the information provided on the NHS website to find out how to relieve side effects from the vaccine.

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You may want to take painkillers for any potential side effects, such as pain in the affected arm, but is this advisable?

The NHS website says most side effects are mild and shouldn’t last longer than a week.

Side effects include:

  • A sore arm where the needle went in
  • Feeling tired
  • A headache
  • Feel bad
  • To feel or be ill.
  • You may also have a high temperature or feel hot or shivering one to two days after receiving the vaccine.

He later adds more serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clots, which are very rare.

The NHS website says: “You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need them.”

If your high temperature lasts for more than two days or you have a new, continuous cough or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste, you may have coronavirus.

The NHS then advises you to stay at home and take a test.

Earlier this year, SurreyLive reported that you shouldn’t have to take paracetamol or ibuprofen before your shot.

The clinical chair of the NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We wouldn’t recommend taking painkillers before you have the vaccine. Most side effects from the Covid-19 vaccine are mild and not expected to last. more than a few days.

Professor Matt Ashton, director of public health at Liverpool, has continued to push for more people to be vaccinated as the country tackles the omicron variant.

On January 9, he tweeted, “I’m director of public health and I’m double vaccinated and boosted, as are my family and friends.

“I believe vaccination is the most important thing we can do to avoid getting seriously ill or dying from Covid-19. Please get vaccinated.”

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