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The World Health Organization, on Tuesday, March 17, recommended that persons suffering with COVID-19 symptoms avoid taking Ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anton Best, speaking at a press conference at Ilaro Court today, noted that the Ministry was alerted to the fact that in some places where NSAIDs were used, patients worsened.

He said: “Right now, the recommendation is to focus on the use of paracetamol for pain and for fever reduction, as opposed to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen, Voltaren, Cataflam and other drugs in that category [such as] aspirin.”

Barbadians are being advised to avoid using products containing Ibuprofen if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  According to the Barbados Drug Service, over-the-counter Ibuprofen products are:

  • Advil 200mg in 2s of a box of 50s
  • Advil caplets and tablets 200mg 24s
  • Advil Cold and Sinus
  • Advil Infant drops 15ml
  • Advil Liquid Gels
  • Advil Migraine Gel 20s
  • Advil PM 30/50 packs of 2s
  • Advil PM Bottle 20s
  • Children’s Advil Liquid
  • Ibufen Liquid
  • Ibuprofen 400mg by Health 2000
  • Ibuprofen 400mg tablets Bristol 84s
  • Ibuprofen Gel Rub
  • Motrin Children Elixir 1oz
  • Motrin Children Elixir 4oz
  • Motrin Infant Drops
  • Motrin PM Caplets 20s
  • Perofen 400mg by Remedica
  • Thornton and Ross Ibuprofen 200mg tab
  • Thornton and Ross Suspension 100ml bottle
  • Westmead Flamingo Ibuprofen 200mg tab 24s


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