June 24, 2022

Omicron patients under 60 can take paracetamol, expert says

People under the age of 60 without comorbidities, infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19, can start their treatment with paracetamol, said Maharashtra Covid task force member Dr Shashank Joshi.

In the latest episode of Heal Foundation’s Health4All online show, Joshi, an endocrinologist at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, said doctors are likely to prescribe antivirals like molnupiravir, if someone over 50 has a constant fever for two days alongside two or three comorbidities.

But “Omicron patients under 60 without comorbidities can start symptomatic treatment with paracetamol,” he said.

However, paracetamol should not be prescribed to children under 18, pregnant women or patients requiring hospitalization, he added.

Earlier, there were reports claiming 500mg paracetamol tablets were being given to children along with Covaxin – the only Covid vaccine approved for adolescents in India.

Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech clarified that paracetamol or painkillers are not recommended for adolescents after being vaccinated with Covaxin.

In addition, Joshi recommended using paracetamol within 72 hours of symptom onset “for patients in the high-risk population group, i.e., hypertensives, diabetics, people on immunosuppressed medications, the elderly , people suffering from other ailments and the like”.

“Whenever we have a new disease that is constantly evolving, new methods of treatment are also inevitable. However, it is up to doctors to identify those most vulnerable and prescribe drugs accordingly,” he said. added.



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