Coronavirus Medication Queries
Do NSAIDs worsen outcomes in acute respiratory infections (ARI)?
Responding to the Guardian: Anti-inflammatories may aggravate Covid-19, France advises
There is a need for caution when using NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac) in the context of acute respiratory infections. NSAIDs do not significantly reduce total symptoms or duration of respiratory infections. Instead it is advised to use paracetamol.
If however you are already on these medications in the management of other conditions the advice is to continue this.
NSAIDs do not significantly reduce total symptoms or duration of respiratory infections. "This speculation about the safety of ACE-i or ARB treatment in relation to COVID-19 does not have sound scientific basis or evidence to support it. Indeed, there is evidence from studies in animals suggesting that these medications might be rather protective against serious lung complications in patients with COVID-19 infection, but to date there is no data in humans" European Society for Cardiology.