Experts conclude ibuprofen or paracetamol can be used for treating headache and fever associated with COVID-19. Read more on official guidance

Experts conclude ibuprofen or paracetamol CAN be used for treating symptoms of COVID-19

The updated position from the National Health Services (NHS), Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) confirms that patients can take ibuprofen or paracetamol when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache.

  • Full supporting Commission of Human Medicines (CHM) statement available here.
  • Full MHRA, NHS and NICE letter available here.

The World Health Organization (WHO), European Medicines Agency (EMA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and various other health authorities have also issued statements acknowledging an absence of conclusive scientific evidence on this topic.

  • Full WHO statement available here.
  • Full EMA statement available here.
  • Full FDA statement available here.

Consumer safety is our number one priority. Ibuprofen is a well-established medicine with a good safety profile that has been used as a self-care fever and pain reducer for more than 30 years.

As with any medicine, we would remind consumers and their caregivers to carefully read and follow the instructions provided on the packaging and in the patient information leaflet. If you have any additional concerns speak to your healthcare provider.

As a responsible, science-led organisation, we are engaging with the relevant health authorities. We remain committed to communicating any additional information or guidance necessary for the safe use of our products should the need arise.


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