STATEN ISLAND, NY – Medical experts warn against taking over-the-counter pain relievers in the hours before receiving a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – as it could affect the body’s immune response, according to a recent report.
Although recipients of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine typically experience minor side effects, including temporary pain and swelling at the injection site, muscle pain, fever, fatigue, and chills, recipients should not. not attempt to prevent them by taking pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) beforehand, according to experts.
“We do not recommend premedication with ibuprofen or Tylenol before COVID-19 vaccines due to the lack of data on its impact on the antibody responses induced by the vaccine,” Dr Simone Wildes, infectious disease specialist at South Shore Medical Center and a member of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group, told ABC News.
In fact, the side effects experienced after the vaccine are an indication that the immune system is working and is starting to develop immunity, which is the desired effect, according to the doctors.
Pain relievers can stop parts of the immune system from working and slow the immune response, according to the ABC News report.
It was long believed that it was best to avoid taking pain relievers for one to several days before receiving a flu shot, medical experts have said.
âUnless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise, it’s best not to take pain relievers a day or two before the flu shot and for a week after,â said David J. Topham, Ph.D., a professor in the Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, whose study results on the subject were published on the school’s news site in 2015.
And a study from Duke University found that children who took pain relievers before receiving their childhood vaccines had fewer antibodies than those who did not take the drugs, which could mean less protection, ABC News reported. . However, there were still levels of protective antibodies, despite the blunting, according to the study.