Researchers are all set to find out Whether or not Ibuprofen Treats Coronavirus

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic has started, researchers are trying to find its treatment. One of the many ‘popular’ remedies is that Ibuprofen treats coronavirus patients. However, there is no scientific backing of this usage of Ibuprofen on this deadly virus. Researchers are now working on a trial test to see if Ibuprofen treats coronavirus or not.

This research team from London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital and King’s College are hopeful to find some positive effects of this drug. Ibuprofen is a standard anti-inflammatory medication which also serves as a pain killer. Sometimes doctors advise using for breathing problems. But more than this, there is no other reason to try ibuprofen on any disease.

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That’s why it was almost impossible to tell whether this popular internet remedy for coronavirus works or not. If this medicine turns out to be effective, it would probably be the most affordable treatment for coronavirus patients. It could even help them to get off from a ventilator leaving considerably prominent differences in their health.

In this new coronavirus trial, named as ‘Liberate’, patients would be given ibuprofen along with their typical medicines. But this Ibuprofen would not be the same one that is available over the counter.

In fact, this trial will use a different and special type of Ibuprofen formulation. It is a lipid capsule of ibuprofen which many arthritis patients take to ease their pain and inflammation of joints.

The animal studies imply that ibuprofen might treat respiratory distress and breathing difficulties as well. Interestingly, these two are the most common signs of coronavirus.

Mitul Mehta, from the King’s College London, says that a trial is necessary to know if ibuprofen treats coronavirus or not. Without trial, it is hard to say even if it has some benefits for the coronavirus patients.

Previously, the common assumption on ibuprofen said that it might not be safe for coronavirus patients.  And this risk was highest in people with mild coronavirus symptoms.

Oliver Veran, the French Health Minister initiated a fire when he said that ibuprofen and all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines could worsen the condition of coronavirus. He advised people to use paracetamol, alternatively.

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The Commission on Human Medicines reviewed this statement and declared paracetamol safe for coronavirus patients. However, both paracetamol and ibuprofen are able to show improvements in coronavirus symptoms, especially that look like flu’s symptoms.

Mild cases of coronavirus should try taking paracetamol, says NHS. There are lesser side effects of paracetamol and it is safer than Ibuprofen. Medicines that ibuprofen are not safe for some people with underlying medical conditions like stomach ulcers. That’s why ibuprofen treats coronavirus or not needs scientific research to answer.

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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