Ibuprofen allowed in case of coronavirus infection?

It was spread on social media that ibuprofen could worsen the course of an SARS-CoV-2 infection. But the World Health Organization and virologists give the all-clear

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Where did the warning about ibuprofen come from?

The warning about ibuprofen was spread on social media. Allegedly, cell culture studies by the University of Vienna have shown harmful effects of ibuprofen on infected cultured cells in the test tube. Immediately after the fake news emerged, the University of Vienna denied it. There have never been any such studies.

There was speculation in an article in the journal "The Lancet" about whether ibuprofen might increase levels of an enzyme that the virus can use to bind to its target cells in the body and thus possibly lead to more severe courses of an infection with the novel coronavirus. However, this was only an assumption that has not been proven.

What evidence is there actually?

Professor Dr. Christian Drosten, head of virology at the Berlin Charité, said in his NDR podcast on March 16: "There is no data on it. Other coronaviruses are known, there is no indication that ibuprofen would worsen an infection. I believe You would know that by now, if it were so, because it is a very widely available drug and there are also common cold viruses in the population. "

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also given the all-clear: "On the basis of the information available today, the WHO does not advise against taking ibuprofen," she said, according to the German Press Agency. Beyond the known side effects in certain population groups, there is no evidence of negative ibuprofen consequences in Covid 19 patients.

So what to do

Painkillers should only be taken when they are really necessary. The doctor or pharmacist can advise which one suits the respective symptoms and individual contraindications best.