July 1, 2022

What is the recommended pain reliever for COVID-19?

Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen Can All Be Used to Relieve Pain Caused by COVID-19

Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve) can all be used to relieve pain caused by COVID-19 if taken in doses recommended and approved by your doctor.

At the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended using acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen to manage symptoms of COVID-19 or side effects of vaccination. However, researchers have found little or no evidence that one type of pain reliever is riskier than another.

While recommendations related to the management of COVID-19 evolve rapidly, most physicians still prefer acetaminophen over ibuprofen. If you cannot take acetaminophen or do not get symptom relief despite taking the maximum dose (3000 milligrams per day), you can take ibuprofen instead.

Are pain relievers safe?

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers help manage symptoms such as muscle aches, headaches, and fever by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins that cause inflammation in the body.

These medications are safe as long as you follow the prescribed doses or the directions on the label. Overdose of pain relievers can cause side effects such as indigestion, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

You should ask your doctor before taking over-the-counter pain relievers if you:

Do pain relievers help prevent COVID-19?

Pain relievers cannot prevent or treat the COVID-19 virus itself. They only help relieve the symptoms of COVID-19 and make you more comfortable. Symptoms may include:

What are the treatment options for COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease, and treatment options are still being explored. Several drugs have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to relieve symptoms and control the harmful effects of the virus in the body.

As active research is conducted, treatment options for COVID-19 continue to develop.

Medical examination on 7/5/2021

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