I’ve heard that it can be bad to take ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) if I have Coronavirus, is this true? What about aspirin? What about daily “baby aspirin”?
As of March 16, 2020, there is no clear evidence suggesting that Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), Aspirin should be avoided in patients with coronavirus. This question arose because some clinicians suggested the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) early in the course of disease may have a negative impact on disease outcome [77,78]. These concerns are based on anecdotal reports of a few young patients who received NSAIDs early in the course of infection and experienced severe disease, as well as the theoretic concern that the anti-inflammatory properties associated with NSAIDs could have a negative impact on the patient’s immune response. In light of these concerns, some providers are using acetaminophen (tylenol) in place of NSAIDs for reduction of fever; however, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the WHO do not recommend that NSAIDs be avoided when clinically indicated [79,80].