Coronavirus (COVID-19) and ibuprofen

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25 March 2020
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Doctors in the UK recommend that patients needing help with the symptoms of COVID-19 take paracetamol, not ibuprofen.

This is a precaution because there have been reports that ibuprofen may make coronavirus infection worse but there is not enough evidence to know for sure. This advice is therefore offered as a safety measure.

Do not give paracetamol to your child if you have been told that it is not suitable for them.

If your child is already taking ibuprofen (or another anti-inflammatory medicine such as diclofenac or naproxen), contact your doctor for advice. Continue to give the medicine to your child in the normal way in the meantime.


Further guidance on COVID-19 (coronavirus) 

Guidance for families from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: 


Advice on anti-flammatory medicines from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:


Advice for parents of children with complex health needs from WellChild: