Can I Take Pain Relief Drugs After the Covid-19 Vaccine Injection?

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA – Covid-19 mass vaccination has begun in a number of countries, including Indonesia.

There are several effects of vaccine injections experienced. Starting from the severe suspected of causing death in Norway, to the mild, such as fever and drowsiness.

Side effects can also appear at the injection site, or throughout the body.

Although this is usually temporary and harmless unless a person has a vaccine allergy some pain relief may be needed.

According to UK authorities the possible side effects of vaccines include:

1. Pain

2. Swelling

3. Fever

4. Fatigue

5. Hot cold

6. Headache

People should call their doctor if the pain and redness around the injection site increases, or if other symptoms persist for a few more days.

For some help, people can use ibuprofen if they need it, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The hospital recommends people take an over the counter medication such as medication or acetaminophen to relieve symptoms.

Meanwhile, UCI Health, an academic hospital in Orange County, California, offers additional guidance.

An FAQ posted on their website warns people not to “go for vaccine treatment”.

They added that taking an over-the-counter medicine before receiving an injection could affect the vaccine’s efficacy.

If you regularly take aspirin, acetaminophen (eg, Tylenol) and ibuprofen (eg, Motrin, Advil) for other medical conditions, continue taking them as directed by your doctor or as needed. If not, don’t do it before the vaccine.

“Taking over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen before receiving the vaccine could reduce its ability to work and blunt your immune response to the vaccine,” the statement reads.

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“After vaccination, don’t hesitate to take an over the counter medicine if you have symptoms that make you uncomfortable.”

Although the advice that taking ibuprofen might worsen Covid symptoms, the Human Medicines Commission (CHM) Expert Working Group concluded that people can still take it.

The CHM found that “there is currently insufficient evidence to establish an association between use of ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and susceptibility to contracting COVID-19 or worsening of symptoms.

The government advice adds that people should keep “reading patient information when taking over-the-counter drugs, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, and following directions on how to take medications”

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