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Can Your Medications Worsen a Coronavirus Infection?

by Amichai Perlman, PharmD PhD

Pharma Domain Expert, K Health



Over the last few weeks, there have been suggestions that certain commonly-used medications can make coronavirus worse. Specifically, France’s health minister warned that taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (the active ingredient in Advil) could worsen coronavirus infection. Similarly, researchers suggested that two types of medications commonly used to treat high blood pressure—ACE inhibitors and ARBs—might increase the risk for severe and fatal coronavirus infections.


There is not much evidence to support these statements, and I would not suggest stopping these medications if you regularly take them. In particular, you should not stop taking blood pressure lowering medications without speaking to your doctor, as doing so could cause more harm than good. When it comes to NSAIDs, these medications have other real risks (like kidney failure or gastrointestinal bleeding), so if you are worried about these risks, another good choice for pain and fever is acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. However, you should further educate yourself by reading more about this topic.


For a more in-depth look into how NSAIDs and blood pressure medication affect coronavirus, read here.


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