French authorities have warned that widely used over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs may worsen the coronavirus, the Guardian reports.
The country’s health minister, Olivier Véran, who is a qualified doctor and neurologist, tweeted on Saturday that taking anti-inflammatories like Advil and Motrin “could be a factor in aggravating the infection. In case of fever, take paracetamol (known as Tylenol). If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor’s advice.”
Health officials point out that anti-inflammatory drugs are known to be a risk for those with infectious illnesses because they tend to diminish the response of the body’s immune system.
The health ministry added that patients should choose paracetamol – which is known in the US by the generic name acetaminophen and commonly by the brand name Tylenol – because “it will reduce the fever without counterattacking the inflammation”.