Health Minister Olivier Véran warned Saturday against taking ibuprofen in people infected with the coronavirus, while France was hiding to try to curb the epidemic, the magnitude of which is impossible to predict.
“Taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone, etc.) could be a factor in worsening the infection. If you have a fever, take paracetamol. If you are already on anti-inflammatory drugs, or if in doubt, ask your doctor for advice, ”said the minister.
Ibuprofen, sold under this name and various trade names (such as Advil and Nurofen), is indeed likely to worsen already existing infections, with serious possible complications.
It is for this reason that since mid-January, it is no longer sold self-service in pharmacies. This is also the case for aspirin, as well as paracetamol (Doliprane, Efferalgan …) which, when taken in too high doses, can itself cause serious liver damage, sometimes fatal.
Several doctors have reported cases of young Covid-19 patients without comorbidities who find themselves in serious condition after taking ibuprofen for their fever.
While millions of French will go to the polls Sunday to elect their mayor, the latest report released Friday evening by the Minister of Health reported nearly 800 new infections and 18 additional deaths in 24 hours, illustrating the acceleration as feared by the authorities.
In the country, which has more than 3,600 confirmed cases, “we are at the start of an epidemic of an unknown virus,” the minister warned.
He urged the entire population “to strictly and scrupulously modify our behavior in order to protect us individually and collectively”.
However, he assured that “all appropriate measures” have been taken to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.