Scientists are trying to know if Ibuprofen can be used as a treatment for COVID-19.
Experts are trying to prepare a vaccine for coronavirus. Many researches are ongoing on both animals and humans but no single vaccine is ready yet. It may take 12 to 18 months to prepare one. That’s why, scientists are trying to check the effectiveness of different drugs and medicines and to check how much they are helpful in recovery from coronavirus.
In early days of Covid-19, there were some concerns that Ibuprofen might be not good to take. According to Olivier Veran, French Health Minister, Ibuprofen can make the infection more worse and advised to use Paracetamol instead.
But According to a study, one of the complications of severe coronavirus i.e. acute respiratory distress syndrome might be treated by ibuprofen. Doctors hope that Ibuprofen could be the key to treating severe cases of Covid-19. In England, scientists are starting clinical trials to see if the anti-inflammatory speeds up the recovery of coronavirus or not.
Possibly, Ibuprofen may help reduce the need of ICU for patients. For mild coronavirus symptoms, the NHS advises people to try paracetamol first. It has less side-effects as compared to Ibuprofen and it is safer choice for most people. They also advised not to use Ibuprofen if you have stomach ulcer.
Animal studies have shown that the treatment can increase survival rates to 80%. Prof Mitul Mehta, one of the team members at King’s College London, said: “But, of course, this is based on animal studies. It’s based on case report, we need to do a trial to show that the evidence actually matches what we expect to happen.”
The effect of Ibuprofen may me different on human health than those noted in animals. “(…) but of course it is an animal study, so we want to translate that really compelling result into humans”.
Using Ibuprofen can reduce the symptoms of coronavirus. Prof Mehta said: “If we can reduce their symptoms at that stage we have a number of benefits.”
Prof Matthew Hotopf, director of the NIHR(National Institute for Health Research, UK) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, added, “if successful, the global public health value of this trial would be immense given the low cost and availability of this medicine.”
The Bottom Line:
If the study concludes that the use of Ibuprofen by a person helps him to recover from coronavirus quickly, then it would be a very cheap way to fight against coronavirus. Also, the markets will reopen.