Covid-19 France: Experts defend stance on ibuprofen

French medicine experts have defended France’s cautious position against taking ibuprofen for Covid-19 symptoms, despite some international bodies stating that there is no evidence that it is harmful.

Several leading French pharmacology professors take the view that a combination of scientific knowledge of how anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen work, plus observations on the ground that many people becoming severely ill with Covid-19 - especially young previously healthy people - had taken such drugs, is enough to justify France’s position that they should be avoided.

The French advice is to take paracetamol instead, though not to stop taking an anti-inflammatory drug without medical advice if you already take it for another condition (see this previous article about drugs to avoid).

Some other international bodies, on the other hand, refuse to rule out taking drugs such as ibuprofen against Covid-19 symptoms because they say there are no official studies yet proving that they cause harm.

France’s position may be compared to the ‘principal of precaution’ that is part of French law with regard to protection of the environment and use of agricultural chemicals or ...

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