Ibuprofen is Tested as COVID-19 Treatment

June 9, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 10, 2020

According to an article published by the BBC, researchers in London have started a clinical trial to test whether ibuprofen helps hospitalized patients with coronavirus. The trial will use “lipid ibuprofen,” which is a specific formulation that dissolves ibuprofen into fat, rather than the typical pain relief tablets found in stores.

The team from London’s Guy’s, St Thomas’ hospital, and King’s College believe the drug could treat breathing difficulties. They hope the low-cost treatment can keep patients off ventilators.

Early in the pandemic, there were some concerns that ibuprofen might be bad for people to take. A review by the Commission on Human Medicines quickly concluded that, like paracetamol, it was safe to take for coronavirus symptoms. Both can bring a temperature down and help with flu-like symptoms.

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