Barbadians are being warned to reduce the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, especially at this time.

The advice has come from Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment, Adrian Forde. Minister Forde, a pharmacist by profession, said while such drugs are very good for pain and can help to reduce fever, it is not advisable for persons suffering from viral illnesses to use them, as they can exacerbate their symptoms. He said this is not only in relation to the coronavirus, but any viral illness.

“My plea to Barbadians, especially the elderly, if they are having signs and symptoms – persistent cough, high fever, breathlessness, tiredness, dizziness or difficulty breathing at this point in time, I would not advise them to be using any of the prominent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,” he said.

Among the over-the-counter NSAIDs to avoid he said are Advil and Motrin and he is also recommending that persons consult their physicians about the use of prescription NSAIDs. Such medications include, he said, Naproxen, Celebrex, Voltaren, Cataflam, Arcoxia, Aspirin.

He added, “At this point in time, if you are going to take this medicine as prescribed by your doctor, and you are having signs of coughing, breathlessness, tiredness, dizziness and high fever, my advice is to have close consultations with your doctor before you take any of these products”.


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